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Sunny Lim, staff reporter

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Diversity Council hosted its annual Cultural Explosion event on Thursday, April 7. This is a time when students and families of students can hang out and learn more about the culture of different countries all over the world.

All students, friends, and families were welcomed with an admission ticket price of 3 dollars. Around 170 people attended the event, accumulating around $430, with profits then donated to the Lidè Foundation.

A Native American drum group performs traditional music on an authentic instrument

Mounds View students perform multiple styles of Bollywood dance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A major part of the Cultural Explosion are the performances. This year, a Chinese dance, Bollywood dance, Indian tribe drum group, and belly dancer were presented. “Performing the dance was really fun,” said Nandini Avula, 10, who danced one of the Bollywood dances. “I wish I would’ve done [more dances].”

Another Bollywood performer also immensely enjoyed performing in front of the audience. “I always like to dance at cultural events because it allows me to [represent] my Indian ethnicity,” said Shriparna Patnayak, 10.

Diversity Council presidents Alex Jiang, 12, (left) and Hassan Lubega, 12, (middle) oversee the performances

Diversity Council presidents Alex Jiang, 12, (left) and Hassan Lubega, 12, (middle) oversee the performances

Attendants crowd around the stage to watch the shows

Attendants crowd around the stage to watch the shows

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Along with the performers, the audience had a great experience as well. “Music and dance show so much about a culture that cannot be expressed in words, said Sarah Ingraham, 12. “It’s amazing to see the variations of dance and music from around the world.”

Another part of this event is the variety of foods that visitors can try. Foods from all over the world including Canada, India, and Puerto Rico were given at the Cultural Explosion this year. “China [and Taiwan] were my favorite booths,” said Nishu Srivastava, 10, also a Bollywood dancer. “The boba was really good.”

Sophomores Bri Sislo-Schutta and Colin Jones pose with their Nigeria booth

Sophomores Bri Sislo-Schutta and Colin Jones pose with their Nigeria booth

Art teacher Joelle Imholte applies henna to guests for the India booth

Art teacher Joelle Imholte applies henna to guests for the India booth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amber Zhao, 11, performs a slow Chinese dance

Amber Zhao, 11, performs a slow Chinese dance

Marian Hitti, 11, performs a Middle Eastern belly dance

Marian Hitti, 11, performs a Middle Eastern belly dance

Although there were many booths which let the students experience many different cultures, some students saw that previously popular booths were missing. “I was a little upset at the lack of diversity in the booths,” said Gabriel Lee, 11. “I didn’t notice a Korean or Vietnamese booth which were there last year.”

In the end, however, there are many more students who viewed the Cultural Explosion as a great experience. “My favorite part of the cultural explosion was seeing all my friends and family come together to try new foods and learn new things about other cultures,” said Avula.

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