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A Globally Themed Gathering

April 3, 2015 – by Spenser Hickey ’15

Ohio Wesleyan Celebrates Culture Fest ’15

The Ohio Wesleyan University campus came together recently for Culture Fest ’15, a celebration of cultural heritages shared through dance, music, and spoken word performances.

Sponsored by the Horizons International student organization, Culture Fest ’15 was held March 29 in the Benes Rooms. This academic year, Ohio Wesleyan is home to students from nearly every U.S. state and more than 40 countries.

“Our aim was to bring the world together and present it to the OWU community in one room for that one night, and I would like to believe that we were successful in that endeavor,” says Shashank Sharma ’17, president of Horizons International.

During the opening ceremony, students from a variety of nations entered with printed flags of their homelands, and Chaplain Jon Powers, originally not expected to arrive in time, led an interfaith prayer.

Many of OWU’s cultural clubs performed, including Pride OWU, Rafiki wa Afrika, OWU Sick Steps (OSS), VIVA, Student Union on Black Awareness (SUBA), “Talk to the Hand” American Sign Language club and Horizons International.

Dancers from the Citizens of the World small living unit (SLU) and singers from the a cappella groups the JayWalkers, Pitch Black, and the OWtsiders also took part.

“Culture Fest is one of the biggest events on campus and rightly so because we had almost all the cultural clubs participate along with other organizations, groups, as well as two SLUs,” Sharma said. “This event captures the true essence of our campus, which is that we all come together despite being from all over the world.”

Photos from the Event