Cultural Festival aims to create fellowship through food, music

The Hastings College Cultural Festival is designed to showcase various cultures present at Hastings College and in the entire Hastings community, bringing together people from diverse backgrounds to socialize through food, music and dance.

This year’s Cultural Festival is set for Sunday, November 11 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Kiewit Gymnamsium (715 E. 7th Street). The event is free and open to the public.

“The goal of this festival is to promote diversity and inclusion among the Hastings College community, as well as foster friendship and good neighborliness among both the campus and throughout Hastings,” said Dr. Moses Dogbevia, one of the event’s organizers who is a professor of chemistry at the College.

The initiative is an effort on the part of Multicultural Student Union and the Hastings College Diversity Team, in collaboration with Hastings YWCA and the Multicultural Association of Hastings.

The event began in 2009 and has grown annually, with more than 500 people joining the festival last year. Dogbevia said several acts will offer ethnic-themed performances, and a number of booths will serve ethnic foods from around the globe.

Hastings College is a private, four-year institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. Hastings College has been named among “Great Schools, Great Prices” by U.S. News & World Report and a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review. For more, go to

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