Juan Guzman
UNK Office of Multicultural Affairs director, 308.865.8127

The first ever African Culture Festival at the University of Nebraska at Kearney will be held Tuesday, Jan. 31, at 6 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room.

“There are a lot of misunderstandings about Africa,” said Desiree Assemian, African Student Association board member. “Some people think of it as a country, when it is actually a continent of very different countries. Each one is different, and we will have information about the different places. We want people to have fun, be educated and make sure they get something out of it.”

The event is free and open to the public, and classes are also welcome to attend. Free refreshments and African foods such as grilled fish, chicken yassa and fried plantains, which are fried bananas, will be available.

Members of the African Student Association will be performing two dances– one a more modern dance with modern music and the other a traditional dance with African drum beats.

“There are 30 to 40 members in the association, and they just got recognized last semester, so this is their first event,” said Juan Guzman, UNK Office of Multicultural Affairs director. “The students don’t know very much about their roots, so we wanted to start an organization to promote cultural awareness and learn more about it.”

The event is sponsored by The African Student Association and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Division of Student Affairs.