By AMBER AINSWORTH, Staff Writer
Cultures united at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday, March 7 during a bash of international music and art hosted by the University’s GLOBE.
GLOBE is dedicated to integrating the campus and bridging gaps between different ethnicities, and the International Music and Arts Expo (IMAX) did just that.
Upon arrival to the event, one was greeted with the sights and smells of various cultures of the world. Decorative tables lined the walls of Kochoff Hall, promoting artifacts of the world. Posters provided facts about various cultures as well.
Besides representing specific cultural aspects, the Art Club and Anthropology Club at U M-Dearborn both had booths. Attendees could even “test” the Art Club by creating an art project at the event.
Guests were also treated to a spread of edibles from across the globe. Dishes included everything from hummus and pita bread to rice and beans to noodles to samosa (a triangular pastry containing vegetables and spices).
After settling in with some snacks, the night began with Globe President Carolina Noguez introducing the event before the performers began.
The night was full of singing, dancing, and the playing of instruments, among other unique skills showcased both by UM-Dearborn students as well as other nonstudents. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor joined in on the night, with a monologue entitled, “I Don’t Know Who I Am,” tugging at the hearts of those in attendance.
Through the shows China, Oman, India, Palestine, and Brazil were just some of the many different countries involved. Western culture was even represented by an interesting performance by student Javaan Arnold.
Arnold’s display combined breakdancing with a tribute to the late Harry Houdini. He began by being strapped into a straightjacket, where he then wiggled and danced his way free, eventually making his way onto the floor to breakdance the rest of his feat.
Perhaps one of the most suspenseful moments of the night was waiting for a performance by a group that goes by the name of Turab Beladi. The set of the five kept the room waiting and watching the door before making a grand entrance of stomping and clapping.
The jamboree was a traditional Palestinian Dabkeh, a line dance of sorts that is often performed at wedding ceremonies.
Continent to continent, country to country, IMAX was an explosive view of cultures that those who attended could experience firsthand, something that isn’t always possible.
The night was an inclusive event that reached out to the very vast cultural presence that is contained within the University of Michigan-Dearborn community. As a school that is so rich in many different backgrounds, it is essential that events like the IMAX event invite students of all cultures to come together and share their traditions. Plus, it was a whole lot of fun.