Oxford College brings the world to Covington

COVINGTON -- Oxford College students are offering a chance to see the world without ever leaving downtown Covington.

From 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, the college will host Culturefest 2011 on the Square. The event is a celebration of the world's cultures inspired by the college's Freshman Seminar, taken by the majority of first year students. The seminar focuses on cultural diversity and requires students to participate in a service project. This year, the decision was made to tie that service project into the issues discussed in class, said Crystal McLaughlin, director of student development at Oxford.

"Oxford has such an incredibly diverse student body," said McLaughlin, noting that the college has students from more than 20 countries. "It was the thought process that the Freshman Seminar classes could share information and experiences from all over the world with the community."

Culturefest will include 23 stations with activities, including games and arts and crafts from Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East and Africa, as well as Hawaii and Mardis Gras.

Participants can practice using chopsticks, play with Chinese yo-yos, learn how to write their names in another language, make origami, sample food from other countries, try out hula hoop skills and accessorize with henna body art.

Performances will include traditional Indian, Chinese and Latin dancing, a cappella music, martial arts demonstrations and a magic show.

"Everyone will learn something new from this event. Kids of all ages, up to 100, will enjoy the activities," McLaughlin said.

The event is free and parking is available around the Square and on side streets. For more information, call 770-784-8456.