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October 17, 2013

SCC Festival celebrating world’s cultural diversity

Somerset —

Listen to the world ... from the comfort of your own hometown.
That’s the idea behind the eighth-annual Somerset Community College International Festival, being held today at the institution’s Somerset campus.
This year’s theme — “Listen to the World: Exploring Music, Culture and Language” — was chosen by student body vote, said Elaine Wilson, SCC’s Director of Cultural Diversity and the woman who spearheads the popular annual event which showcases different ways of life around the globe in the form of lectures, presentations, and beautiful sights to see.
“I think people like the idea that we can bring all those things together here to bring people together,” said Wilson. “We always talk about bringing the world to the college at one time, one day, and in one place, and I think that matters to people as well.”
Another thing that matters is seeing what new attractions the International Festival offers each year, and there are plenty of fresh perspectives this time around.
For one thing, Stoner Little Theater will be open for business. Wilson noted that in most past years, there have been classes going on in the auditorium, which features a stage, sound and lighting, but it worked out this time that it would be free for use during the festival, providing the ideal venue for certain acts.
That include Laverne Zabielski, a Wayne County woman with a talent for “wearable art.” It’s Zabielski’s first time at the festival, and Wilson is excited to have her aboard.
“She makes a presentation about the different cloths that she makes and her husband weaves music in there,” said Wilson. “It’s two for the price of one.”
Zabielski will be in the theater at 9:30 a.m., but does need models for her clothing. Wilson said that anybody who wishes to participate should show up at 9 a.m. and they can be included in the program as a special “interactive” feature of the festival.

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