Gannon University Hosts Annual International Night

Posted: April 9, 2016

Gannon University's annual International Night, a celebration of international food, culture and performances, will take place on Saturday, April 9 at 5:45 p.m. in the Hammermill Center, 620 Peach St. Representatives and Gannon University students from over 20 countries will showcase their cultures for guests.

This year's theme is "A Taste of Harmony" and will be hosted by Gannon's International Student Office (ISO) and the Global Unity at Gannon University club (GU2).

The international food buffet will begin at 6 p.m. and will include dishes from India, Nepal, Ireland, Jordan, Iraq, Vietnam, Turkey, China, Japan, Ukraine, Poland, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya and others. The entertainment portion of the event will begin at 7:15 p.m. and will include performances from the Alankar Odissi Dance Center, Long's School of Irish Dance, Erie Wiwaty Polish Folk Dancers, a guitar solo, singers and more.

Barbara Zarnick, the international student advisor for Gannon's international student office, said International Night has been a tradition at Gannon for almost 30 years in celebration of the diverse students, staff and faculty at Gannon as well as members of the Erie community.

"People look forward to attending each year, as do the participants who share their talents through performances or preparing traditional food dishes," Zarnick said. "The international student office and the students of Global Unity at Gannon University continuously work to expand the community's cultural understanding and encourage all those who have never experienced this amazing event to join in honoring our growing international community through food and fellowship."

All tickets must be purchased online at gannontickets.com prior to the event; there will be no tickets available upon arrival. Ticket prices are $14 for adults, $9 for college students, $7 for children 5 and up, and children under 5 are free.