Cultural Night is composed of varied performances that celebrate the different cultures on campus. Auditions were held on June 7, but it isn’t too late to join in.
Those looking to still join can contact Cultural Night leadership at (650) 468-9278.
“The most interactive way to get to know different cultures and to learn about their art, like their dances and music, is by attending Cultural Night,” said Carina Alejandra Tovar, a senior majoring in international studies.
She will perform a traditional dance from Colombia with her group.
Tovar has attended Cultural Night performances every semester since she came to BYU-Idaho. She was the vice-president of the Latino Association previously, but it will be her first time performing in Cultural Night.
“The university is so diverse that attending Cultural Night helps us to learn more about people and different backgrounds they have,” said Erika Johanna Giraldo Sepulveda, a senior studying mechanical engineering and a manager for Cultural Night.
All kinds of performers can participate.
“Culture is not only about dancing,” said Tanner Barton, a senior majoring in international studies.
He will represent Australia, particularly the Indigenous Aboriginal peoples of Central Australia, along with his wife.
“Cultural Night seems to be predominantly dances, and I don’t think that is a very good representation of culture, so I wanted to diversify the culture being shown by performing something other than a dance,” Barton said.
Cultural Night provides the opportunity to represent multiple countries and cultures. All cultures are accepted and celebrated, including those from the United States of America.
Most “think of Cultural Night as in foreign cultures,” said Taylor Brasil Thompson, a sophomore studying English and the co-manager for Cultural Night.
She said North Americans should also share their talents and culture with others and participate in this event, even if they are immersed in the culture every day.
“They should perform Cotton-Eye Joe and just simply be Americans,” Thompson said.
Barton said the performances are only a taste of the cultures.
“Talking to people about it afterwards is where I really experienced the joy of sharing my culture with others,” Barton said.
Participating in Cultural Night is more than just having fun. Attending Cultural Night “helps us improve as children of God because it helps us see how others live and understand them,” Sepulveda said.
Everyone is invited to participate by either performing or attending.
“It’s really worth it when you are watching people from other countries sharing their culture and talents,” Thompson said. “It helps with the appreciation of other countries.”
Cultural Night will be held at the Oscar A. Kirkham Building in the Kirkham Auditorium from 7 to 9 p.m. on June 29. Attendance is free.