Cultural Caravan: Celebrating Diversity at UWaterloo

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Erin Kuepfer
Communications Assistant
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 09:45

Cultural diversity is an important part of our school’s identity. Cultural Caravan, Feds' annual talent show, celebrates this diversity through captivating, high-energy performances from various clubs as they showcase their unique talents and cultures to the student body.

“Cultural Caravan is important because it gives students the opportunity to showcase their culture," said Reena Patel, third-year arts and business student and president of the UW Indian Cultural Association [external link]. "The University of Waterloo is filled with multicultural students and this night allows students to be exposed to cultures they may have not heard before."

“I firmly believe that without it, [campus] would not have its current level of appreciation for culture that already exists,” said Adam Campbell, third-year nanotechnology engineering student and president of the Association of Caribbean Students [external link]

"The Cultural Caravan stage allows our members to exude country pride whilst inspiring students and faculty members alike to do the same in a manner that all can enjoy and appreciate,” he added.

This free talent show will take place at 7 p.m. on March 7 in the Student Life Centre Great Hall. This year's performers include University of Waterloo African Student Association (UWASA) [external link], Association of Caribbean Students [external link], UW Indian Cultural Association [external link], UW Vietnamese Student Association [external link], and the Chinese Classical Dance Club [external link].

For Campbell and Patel, participating in Cultural Caravan is also a chance to enjoy and admire the talent of their fellow performers. 

"To see my colleagues on stage with such passion, pride, and joy makes it even better each year," Campbell said.

“My favourite part is watching all the performances and meeting all the other performers at the end of the show,” said Patel. “We all get to together and appreciate the hard work we all put to make this show spectacular.”

And the experience for audience members is pretty special, too. 

“As an audience member, it's very easy to become completely engrossed by what is happening on stage," Campbell said. 

“Everyone should attend because it's a fun-filled night filled with art from all over the world," Patel said. "It's a chance to hang out with your friends, relieve some stress, and see how much talent UWaterloo has to offer.”

Don’t miss out on this cultural experience! If you're away on co-op, Cultural Caravan will be broadcast live [external link] so you can check out your amazing UWaterloo peers from wherever you are in the world.