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Monday, April 10, 2006

HFCC presents annual Globe Fest

HFCC presents annual Globe Fest

Henry Ford Community College will host its 11th annual Globe Fest, sponsored by the Council of American Cultures, Thursday, April 12 in the Student and Culinary Arts Center Pavilion from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The event, open to the public, will present food, music and entertainment representing cultures from around the world.

'It’s a big party to celebrate who we are as a college community,' said Diane Mancinelli, HFCC dance instructor and chairperson of the Council of American Cultures. 'The colors, the sounds, the smells and the movement hopefully will entice everyone to join us in this great festival.'

Globe Fest will feature Pakistani, African, Lebanese, Mexican and Italian food stations. Attendees can purchase tickets at three for $1 to use at the food stations.

Globe Fest will feature performances by HFCC’s Full Circle Dance Company; Aunenue Dance Company, an island dance group; HFCC student Elizabeth Makas and her sister Becky, who will perform Irish dances; and Black Folk Arts, an African dance and music group that has performed at Globe Fest since its inception.

David Smith, media technician from HFCC’s Instructional Technology Department, will play French tunes on his vielle à roue, a box-shaped instrument that makes music with strings and keys, and children from Dearborn’s Maples Elementary School will return to perform Arabic music under the direction of Cathy Prowse.

Omari from De-cipher will deliver poetry featuring rhythm and rhyme and the festivities will conclude with a Flamenco dancer from Argentina.

The Council of American Cultures was formed to promote cultural awareness at HFCC said Mancinelli.

'Globe Fest is an important event to HFCC primarily due to our diversity,' said Cassandra Fluker, HFCC student activities director and member of the council. 'It's important to reflect and promote the existing cultures as a way of showing appreciation, understanding and respect for our differences.'

Globe Fest will feature activities and food all day long, including five door prize drawings and a raffle. Bill Secrest, HFCC social sciences instructor, will introduce a group of Tibetan Mongolian monks who will be creating a sand mandala at HFCC the week of Globe Fest.

For more information about Globe Fest, please contact Diane Mancinelli at 313-845-6314. For more information about HFCC, please call toll free 1-800-585-HFCC or visit