Last week, UTMSU hosted Cultural Fest, an extended event dedicated to UTM’s diversity. During the week, students were given the opportunity to display their cultures and experience the cultures of their peers. On Thursday evening, the Cultural Show wrapped up the week in the Blind Duck Pub.

The Cultural Show provided a variety of performances from cultures all around the world. The evening began with a magic show by the Erindale Punjabi Association Dancers. They performed several tricks, including guessing numbers in the audience’s heads and making money appear in a bag of lemons. While the magic was impressive, the performers wowed the audience with their final performance, which was a dance routine.

Next was a dance performance by Violet Wang. She showcased a traditional Chinese dance, demonstrating the grace and beauty of her culture.

The Somali Students Association and East African Student Association performed one of my favourite pieces of the evening: a spoken word poem. Before beginning the poem, the audience was informed that poetry is prominent in Somali culture. The piece focused on the issue of having immigrant parents and entering a predominantly English-speaking country, where many people disregard other languages spoken.

The Erindale Punjabi Association then entered the stage for an energetic dance routine with traditional bhangra instruments accompanying them.

Caribbean Connections performed a dance that showcased a mix of traditional Caribbean songs dance styles. The vibrant performance combined dancehall and soca.

The Cultural Show offered a diverse blend of traditional performances. The evening was a proud event that allowed the different cultures at UTM to shine.