Terror attacks in Paris may have rocked the world only 24 hours prior, but on Saturday night at the IUPUI Campus Center, groups from around the world united for a night of singing, dancing, and cultural performances at the International Club’s fourth annual International Culture Show.
This year’s director Jhoselyn Hneich, a senior from Venezuela, said her goal for the event was to try to “bring to light how diverse our university really is and to show everyone that, even if we come from different places, we can all come together and be one.”
Hneich said the show aimed to introduce students to the cultures of different countries through performances that ranged from “very traditional to really modern.” The night’s performances included everything from a traditional tinikling dance by the Filipino Student Association group to an Indian duo’s modern freestyle routine to a Punjabi song.
In a serendipitous coincidence, Hneich said she decided upon a “UNITE” theme for this year’s show because “Some people are not aware that there are so many different cultures surrounding us as we walk through our campus. They are aware that we all have our differences, but they aren’t aware that we also have a lot of similarities that bring us together as friends or even as families in some cases.”
“I definitely want to show people that we are all one and open their way of thinking so they can see it with their own eyes.”
Check out a recap of each group’s performance below:
The Malaysian group performs dikir barat, a traditional dance native to the Malay peninsula that symbolizes togetherness and unity. It involves singing in groups, sometimes in a competitive setting.
Love & Compassion
A song and dance duo performs songs advocating love and compassion.
The Filipino Student Association group performs the tinikling, a traditional Philippine dance that originated during the Spanish colonial era. Two people beat bamboo poles on the ground and against one another as dancers step over and between them.
The Tai-Chi group incorporates fans into a traditional martial arts routine.
The Indian duo dances to a medley of Bollywood songs.
The Swing Cats dance team performs a West Coast swing dance routine.
The Japanese group incorporates modern moves into a traditional Japanese dance.
The Bollywood Busters dance to a Bollywood song.
The African Student Association group dances to modernized traditional songs from the Ivory Coast and Ghana.
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