UNIVERSITY OF REDLANDS HOLD MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL
The 11th annual Multicultural Festival at the University of Redlands on Saturday, April 28, will be a celebration of cultures. Sponsored by the Intra-Cultural Awareness Program, the festival is preceded by Multicultural Week April 23-28, featuring various programs open to the community.
From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, April 23, participants can dance to salsa and merengue for "Sabor Latino"-Spanish for "Latin Flavor"- in Hunsaker Lounge. Lessons will be provided.
"Diversity Across the Disciplines," a panel discussion by students and faculty, will be held at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in the Casa Loma Room. The program is sponsored by the sisterhood Wadada Wa Rangi Wengi-Swahili for "Sisters of Darker Shades."
About 40 Redlands High School students will be invited to campus for a tour and lunch as part of "Shadow Day" on Wednesday, April 25. The event is sponsored by the Intra-Cultural Awareness Program and MEChA-Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan.
A fund-raising party for MEChA will be held at Carlos O'Brien's in San Bernardino at 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26. The club features a mix of all music styles.
The annual International Dinner, sponsored by the International Students Association, will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, April 27, at Orton Center. The cost will be $10 for non-students; reservations are required. For more information, contact Student Services at (909) 335-4079.
The week culminates with the Multicultural Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, on Peppers Lawn. This year's theme is "Living on Common Ground: Celebration of Spirits."
The festival will feature artistic performances, including Taiko drumming to begin the day, ballet folklorico in the traditional Mexican style, and Irish, Indian and belly dancing. Two students will give a recitation of their collaborative poem, one version in sign language. In addition, an array of interactive workshops, each presenting cultural arts and activities in a hands-on format, will be offered, including workshops in the ancient art of Chinese calligraphy, yoga and Egyptian dance. Children can enjoy a bounce house. And a variety of food and vendor booths will be on hand. The event is free and open to the community.
"This is a time for our community to step out and work for one common goal-to celebrate our differences," said junior Carlos Martinez, director of the Multicultural Festival.