Celebrating culture and identity

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Celebrating Culture

By McKenna Princing


This annual festival is held by the Foundation for International Understanding Through Students, which seeks to build a sense of community and cultural awareness for all students on campus. Many activities at CulturalFest are free of charge and include exhibitions and tabling about different cultures, food from all over the world, as well as music and dancing. The festival is held in February, with the exact dates announced in May.

Find out more about CulturalFest at fiuts.org/events/culturalfest.


The 2017-18 season of diverse music, dance, and theater performances will feature artists from all over the world. Upcoming acts include Malian guitarist and composer Habib Koité, Feathers of Fire, a performance of Persion epic Shahnameh (The Book of Kings), and flamenco guitarist Diego El Cigala.

For a list of performances visit uwworldseries.org.


Previously known as The Vagina Monologues, this annual production features monologues written and performed by UW students. The monologues focus on themes of inclusion and individuality, and encourage people to look beyond traditional gender binaries. The production is usually put on in February.

For more information visit women.asuw.org.


The UW has two major powwow events: The American Indian Student Commission holds an annual powwow in winter quarter, and the First Nations Native Undergraduate Student Group holds an annual three-day spring powwow with performances, a drum competition, food, and vendors. The spring powwow is free of charge and is attended by about 8,000 people each year.

Visit aisc.asuw.org/asuw-aisc-winter-powwow for the winter powwow schedule, and students.washington.edu/fnuw/powwow for spring powwow schedule.


Each year, the Asian Student Commission holds a food festival serving a variety of traditional Asian cuisine presented by a variety of student groups, such as the Japanese Student Association and the Indian Student Association. The event, typically held during spring quarter, also features entertainment and performances from local acts.

For more information about Bite of Asia, visit the Asian Student Commission’s website at asc.asuw.org/bite-of-asia.


The ASUW’s Student Health Consortium and other entities put on this fashion show to celebrate diverse body types and spread ideas about positive body image. Student models wear clothes lent largely by retail shops in the U-District. The show is typically held in winter quarter each year.

More information about the show will be posted to the Student Health Consortium’s website at health.asuw.org.

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