Jinkal Modi performing classical Indian danceEngineering student Jinkal Modi performs Bharatnatyam, a form of classical Indian dance, during the Celebration of Nations, March 14 in the CAW Student Centre.

Music, movement, and munchies at centre of student celebration

Hundreds of UWindsor students, faculty, and staff experienced the cultural diversity of the campus community Thursday during the Celebration of Nations.

The festival drew on the talents of musicians and dancers, offered samples of ethnic foods, and presented artifacts and materials reflecting the history of many lands.

Diane Luu-Hoang, who co-chaired the event with Beth Oakley, said the event created many memorable moments.

“From the vibrant and lively flag parade, to the engaging and beautifully presented performances, to the captivating and educational table booth displays, to the tasty cultural appetizers — it was wonderful to see the community come together,” she said.

The booth from India was judged best display and social work student Perween Ismail received a $150 gift certificate in a prize draw for participants who visited every table.

Next up on the world culture calendar is the year-end gala of the International Student Society and Volunteer International Student Assistance. Titled “A Date with Diversity,” it is set for Friday, March 22, at the Mackenzie Hall Cultural Centre, 3277 Sandwich St. The $25 cost of admission promises dinner and a show of multicultural performances. For tickets, email iss@uwindsor.ca.