Latino Cultural NightSMC’s celebration of cultures kicked off recently with the fourteenth annual Latino Cultural Night which drew a crowd of people to the Soda Center for an evening of food, entertainment and community.

With the theme of “Love and Hate,” students performed spoken words, highlighting personal feelings about their Latino culture. “I hate the assumption that now that I’m off getting my education, I somehow have forgotten about my friends and family … the reality is that every time I go home I am reminded of how lucky I am; life could have ended up differently, but instead I am here at Saint Mary’s,” read Micaela Flores, a student who performed a spoken word.

In addition to the spoken words, the various musical and dance numbers engaged the audience and furthered the community feeling of the event. One of the more lively performances of the evening was the Ballet Folklorico dance. Wearing colorful dresses and dancing to lively music, the performance captured the attention of the audience and created a celebratory atmosphere.

One of the best aspects of the event was the audience of friends, family, and members of the Saint Mary’s community. “I really liked the atmosphere, everyone was so happy to see each performance … it was such a nice environment with all the families,” said Erin Halsey, a student who attended the event. This diverse makeup of the audience furthered the community atmosphere of the evening and contributed to the personal yet enthusiastic feeling of the event.         

There are five more Culture Nights ahead during spring term. To learn more: http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/intercultural-center/cultural-nights

The next Cultural Night will be the Lu’au on March 6th at 6 p.m. in the Soda Center. 

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