The 21st annual International Culture Night, one of the largest cultural events in the Central Valley, will be held on Friday, Oct. 5, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union at California State University, Fresno.

This program, which is open to the public with free admission, is a unique event that celebrates and shares cultures from around the world through music, song, dance, and demonstrations, said Carol Munshower, director of the International Student Services and Programs Office at Fresno State.

She said the event provides Valley residents the opportunity to see a glimpse of cultures from throughout the rest of world.

“International students are so generous and have so much to share,” Munshower said. “This is a wonderful way for them to be able to do that.”

Last year more than 200 performers were on stage with more than 1,000 in attendance. Performers in this year’s event include students from China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Sri Lanka, Africa, various nations in Latin America, Pacific Islands and others.

“International students enrich our campus and community. In addition, the students are the best form of foreign policy the United States has,” Munshower said. “The students learn about our educational system, our business practices, our family structure and they take those ideas home with them. When the students have a positive experience here, they share that with friends, family and neighbors and recommend they come to the U.S. as well.”

Sponsors for the event include the International Student Services and Programs Office and Diversity Awareness Program. For more information, call (559) 278-2782.