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Your guide to Carnevale 2016 at Northeastern

While you won’t find the grandiose parties you would in Brazil or Italy, Northeastern’s Carnevale 2016 celebration will have a variety of fun and culturally diverse events, including food tastings, an ice carving competition, and a special guest speaker.

Northeastern’s Carnevale celebration is sponsored by the International Student and Scholar Institute, which is committed to being an active resource for the university’s community of more than 8,00o undergraduate and graduate international students.

Here’s a rundown of some of the Carnevale 2016 events planned for this month, more information for which can be found by visiting the Facebook event page.

Bring your appetite

Food is an integral part of celebration, and Carnevale 2016 has plenty of opportunities for members of the Northeastern community to experience foods from different cultures.

There’s “Yalla let’s cook habib,” a lesson in cooking famous Lebanese dishes, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. in 405 Ell Hall.

You can get a taste of Venezuela on Thursday, Feb. 11, in Xhibition Kitchen, including an exploration of Latin American food history. The time of this event has not been determined yet, and registration is required.

And you can take a culinary trip through Southeast Asia with a tasting of a wide variety of foods on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Curry Student Center Ballroom.


ISSI kicked off Carnevale 2016 with an information table outside the bookstore on Monday. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Keynote speaker

Perry Chen, a New York City-based artist and the creator of Kickstarter, will give the Carnevale 2016 keynote address on Friday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. in Blackman Auditorium.

Chen, CEO of Kickstarter until 2013, was named to the TIME 100 Most Influential People list that year. Tickets for this event are available on myNEU.

Ice, ice baby

A popular event during Northeastern’s Carnevale celebration is the annual ice carving competition. Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Krentzman Quad, this “chilly” event gives teams of students the chance to showcase their skills in turning a block of ice into art. Judges will select the top three winners.

Registration is required to compete, but all spectators are welcome. Hot chocolate, coffee, and donuts will be provided for everyone.

One night, one world gala

On Friday, Feb. 19,  Northeastern students will work the catwalk while dressed in cultural garb from the far reaches of the globe. Registration is required for this event, which will be held in the Fenway Center from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

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