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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Oct. 25, 2016

El Grupo Folklorico to launch Northwest intercultural festival Nov. 11

By Lexi Ryan, media relations assistant

Northwest Missouri State University will host a Mexican dance troupe to kick off its year-long intercultural festival and continue the Encore performance series at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco fills the stage with an exuberant array of the regional dances and music of Mexico, performing nationally and internationally. Established in 1979, El Grupo Folklorico Atotonilco has garnered a reputation as one of the best Mexican folk dance companies in the U.S., and the Asociacion Nacional de Grupos Folklorico has named this troupe the Premiere Mexican Folk Dance Company in the U.S.

The performance is free and open to the public.

Last fall, Northwest hosted its inaugural intercultural festival, featuring a variety of workshops, lectures, nationally touring performers and other activities. This year’s intercultural festival is comprised of events throughout the academic year, including an upcoming international food tasting event and a civil rights celebration.

The Intercultural Advocacy committee, a subcommittee of Northwest’s Faculty Senate, is organizing the intercultural festival with a focus on supporting the University’s strategic initiative of diversity education.

Northwest’s Encore performance series is designed in collaboration with the Department of Fine and Performing Arts, the Office of Student Involvement and the Student Activities Council. The University sponsors the Encore performance series in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468