“Cultural diversity is as important as biodiversity,” Spanish professor Daniel Delgado said in his welcome speech at the World Cultures Fair last Thursday, March 26. “The world is a garden, and with culture in it, humans bloom.” Students, professors and members of the Charleston community blossomed on stage at the annual LCWA-sponsored event, sharing not only their individual talent, but also their cultural heritage.
After an introduction from students Royal Pipaliya and Krystyna Rastorguieva, the show began with a song from Rastorguieva. Visitors to the fair crowded around the back lawn of the Stern Center Garden to watch the show and meandered through booths set up by the College’s international clubs and departments in front of the turtle pond. Check out some scenes from the event’s seventh year below:
THE CHINESE CLUB, REPRESENTED BY THEIR PRESIDENT SANDRA CIAPPA, WON FIRST PLACE FOR THE BEST BOOTH. SECOND PLACE WENT TO THE AFRICAN STUDIES PROGRAM, AND THIRD WENT TO THE JAPANESE CLUB.
PROFESSOR YAN LI PERFORMED “HONG YAN,” A TRADITIONAL CHINESE DANCE.
PEACELOVE AND GREGARIOUS GUAY OF THE HOLY CITY CIRQUE PERFORMED ACROYOGA, AN IMPRESSIVE SHOW OF STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY AND BALANCE.
BEENA, REPRESENTING THE ARABIC CLUB, PERFORMED “MELAYA LEFF,” A DANCE FROM ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT THAT TELLS THE STORY OF A GIRL TRAVELLING TO THE MARKET AND PLAYFULLY FLIRTING WITH A BOY SHE MEETS ON THE ROAD.
EZINNE AGIM FROM THE BELLY DANCE CLUB GAVE A SOLO PERFORMANCE.
JUDGES SAMPLE DISHES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD IN THE INTERNATIONAL FOOD CONTEST. BRITTANY FELDER’S SALAD VINAIGRETTE FROM RUSSIA, MEG SMITH’S PEANUT STEW FROM GHANA AND NOLAN BARRETT’S HUMMINGBIRD CAKE FROM THE BAHAMAS WON FIRST PRIZE IN THEIR CATEGORIES.
ESABEAU AND BEENA OF THE ARABIC CLUB PERFORMED “KHALIJI,” WHICH EMPHASIZES DANCERS’ LONG HAIR AS THEY WHIP THEIR HEADS AND SPIN.
PROFESSOR MASSIMO MAGGIARI DREW A RESOUNDING HUM FROM HIS DRUM BY RUNNING HIS FINGERS AROUND THE EDGE AFTER HITTING IT. HE RECITED A POEM IN ITALIAN, WITH PROFESSOR MIKE MAHER TRANSLATING.
MEMBERS OF THE MASTERS STUDIOS OF SELF DEFENSE SURPRISED AN AUDIENCE MEMBER WITH A KISS FROM A LION DURING THEIR PERFORMANCE. IN ADDITION TO THE LION DANCE, THEY GAVE A TAI CHI SWORD DEMONSTRATION.
FAITH DAVID AND KYLIE BEARD PERFORMED A GROUP DANCE WITH MIRANDA ROCKOW AND TUESDAY FIG FROM THE BELLY DANCE CLUB.
LIZA TANTALOVA OF THE RUSSIAN CLUB SANG A FOLK SONG CELEBRATING THE NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE RUSSIAN LANDSCAPE.
KRYSTYNA RASTORGUIEVA AND STEPHEN PAPPAS PERFORMED A UKRAINIAN FOLK SONG CALLED “MY DEAR MOTHER.” RASTORGUIEVA LEARNED THE SONG FROM HER GRANDMOTHER.
(All photos by Laura Cergol)
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