Johanna Lundah


Celebrating culture and identity

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 2016 festival was held Feb. 12 and 20.

Find out more about CulturalFest at


The 2016-17 season of diverse music, dance, and theater performances will feature artists from all over the world. Upcoming acts include French- Algerian dance group La Compagnie Hervé Koubi, Japanese percussion ensemble KODO, and Israeli- American pianist Yefim Bronfman.

For a list of performances visit


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.

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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.


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


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