UHV to host virtual International Festival

University of Houston-Victoria International Programs will offer a virtual version of its International Festival this month showcasing countries and cooking demonstrations from different cultures.

The International Festival will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. April 16 on Microsoft Teams. The event is free, and UHV student, faculty, staff and community members are welcome to attend. During the event, UHV international students from countries that include Angola, India, Nigeria and South Africa will share elements of their culture and demonstrate how to cook their country’s popular dishes.

Ludmi Herath

“The Festival offers folks the opportunity to virtually travel to the countries represented by UHV’s 158 international students,” said Ludmi Herath, UHV International Programs director. “We want this to be a fun experience that lets people feel like they’ve traveled the world in just two hours.”

Some of the food and drinks featured in the festival include bubble tea from Taiwan, stir fry beef noodles from Vietnam, falafel from Lebanon, milk tart from South Africa, Bahamian conch salad from the Bahamas, tortilla Espanola from Venezuela, and Nigerian boly and vegetable sauce. There also will be a presentation of ankara book covering from Nigeria and other crafts.

This year’s virtual event will take the place of the in-person festival typically attended by hundreds of UHV students, faculty, staff and community members. Herath is looking forward to offering another in-person event once COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

The festival’s message will focus on how interconnected today’s world has become, Herath said. Every country of the world experienced the pandemic during the past year, but it also showed our resilience in working together as one world to fight the pandemic.

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The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973 in Victoria, Texas, offers courses leading to more than 80 academic programs in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, Texas, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.