Festival Celebrates Varied Culture of Tech Students
Posted March 29, 2012 | Atlanta, GA
Despite the many nationalities and ethnicities represented on Tech’s campus, many are inclined to gravitate to those similar to them for social activity. However, for a week each spring, the various cultures that compose the Tech population mix and mingle to celebrate their dynamic differences.
The Office of International Education and Culture Tech have long collaborated to organize Culture Fest, celebrating the culture and diversity of campus. This year’s weeklong event, from April 2–9, will continue to do just that, with world food, movie screenings and other activities open to students, faculty and staff.
The week begins with a Food Fest and Language Café on Monday, April 2, where more than 20 different global dishes will be served for a $5 ticket price. The Language Café will let participants practice basic greetings and phrases in numerous languages with speakers from the Language Institute.
“This event is unique in that it bridges a connection between typical Georgia Tech students and the international students of the Language Institute,” said Courtney Widjaja, publicity co-chair for Culture Tech and a first-year biology student. “Modern language students especially should look forward to practicing their speaking skills with these foreign native speakers.”
The week continues with a karaoke night, movie night and coffee hour, as well as opportunities to learn or watch international dance with GT Salsa’s Ritmo Latino and India Club at GT’s annual Holi Show. Ritmo Latino attendees will learn basic salsa, meringue, mambo and cumbia steps, as well as see these dances performed by professionals. The Holi Show features performances by students from universities around the Southeast, and proceeds from the event will benefit an India Club service project.
“For both [International Karaoke Night and Ritmo Latino], we invite attendees to actively contribute their own singing and dancing skills to the stage of Culture Fest,” Widjaja said. Contribute your own talents or enjoy those of others by joining in the cultural celebration all week.