The annual Spring Cultural Fest is set for Tuesday, April 16, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

The event will be held from 6-8:45 p.m. in the Adair-Greenhouse Human Sciences Hall auditorium (room 157) and will feature food and fashion from different cultures, live music and dance, according to a news release.

Attendance is free and participants are encouraged to bring a food dish to contribute to the potluck-style dinner.

Janette R. Wheat, Ph.D, associate professor for the Department of Human Sciences at UAPB, and her Families Across Cultures class will host the event. This year’s festival theme is “It’s a Different World: Celebrating the Beauty of Cultures.”

“We hope people come out and sample delicious foods from various world and regional cuisines,” Wheat said. “Those interested in fashion will enjoy the international fashion show, which features garments that represent different cultures from across the world.”

The purpose of the cultural festival is to promote unity, demonstrate an appreciation and tolerance for a diversity of cultures and showcase an array of international cuisines, fashions, arts, music, mores, traditions and customs, Wheat said.

Wheat has hosted the annual cultural festival since April 2006. Details: Janette Wheat, or 870-575-8808.