Culture Night at the College of St. Scholastica.
Various cultures, including Mermaid, graced the Mitchell stage for 2013 Culture Night. The opening reception was held at 6 p.m., complete with cheese, crackers, and good friends.
The night went underway at 6:30 p.m., with Maria Olivares taking the stage and opening the night with a song. Following Olivares was Emma Myles, who brought sang "Part of Your World" from the Little Mermaid.
"Apparently ‘Mermaid' is a culture too," said Myles.
Asha Long was after Myles with a powerful spoken word poem.. Zarif Khan took to the stage with a song, followed by Josh Stewart who did storytelling. Zolboo Tsogbayar and Marat Kudaibergenov sang a song, and then it was time for the fashion show.
Brought by the International Club, the fashion show represented 7 different cultures. Thailand, Nepal, Mongolia, Vietnam, the Phillipines, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and India were all featured on the stage.
Next the St. Scholastica Steel Band performed La Bamba, a beautiful piece that captivated the audience.
Continuing the musical evening, United for Africa preformed a vigorous group dance. After the group dance there was a Hand Drum Ensemble, which featured audience participation in the form of dancing onstage.
Sheila Iteghete danced after the ensemble was complete, and then Antonia Ross sang Three Little Birds, which got the whole audience singing along.
The last two events onstage were Vocal Revolution and the KPOP Dance Group, which kept the evening lively and exciting.
After the stage was cleared, everyone proceeded downstairs to Storm's Den, where free dinner was awaiting everyone involved. With choices of Chicken, Lamb, or Vegetable Curry and Rice, there was something for everyone.
Besides simply filling out a Dignitas Lab for freshmen, Culture Night was an exciting experience that helped to unite Scholastica's Benedictine community.