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February 23, 2016

SVSU Intercultural Night to feature ‘Olympics’ theme, showcase talent from across the globe

Saginaw Valley State University will host its 15th annual Intercultural Night Friday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Rhea Miller Recital Hall.

Thirty international students from more than 10 nations will perform songs, dances, and skits that showcase their respective cultures. Nations to be represented include Bangladesh, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Nicaragua, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United States.

“The audience can expect to be entertained by the variety of talents and cultures displayed by SVSU students from all around the world,” said Pat Shelley, SVSU's international student advisor.

SVSU’s International Students Club selected “Olympics” as the theme for this year’s event, since Brazil is hosting the 2016 Summer Olympics later this year. The major sporting event brings performers from many countries together, similar to Intercultural night.

The night will feature singing, instrumental music, dancing, skits, costumes, and cultural information from over a dozen different countries. Many of the students will be dressed according to customs of their homeland.

“The purpose of SVSU having international students is not only to provide educational opportunity, but also to enrich the campus with an international flavor through global awareness,” Shelley said. “This is one way we do that.”

Admission is $10 for the general public and free for students with their ID card. Tickets may be reserved in advance through the SVSU Box Office at (989) 964-4261.