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Celebrating diversity through week of world music and dance

International life gets spotlight during week of workshops that end in grand concert


Ohio University’s School of Dance and School of Music are combining their efforts to bring awareness to international living and diversity for a weeklong series of events starting on Monday, Feb. 7 and ending Friday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. with the World Music and Dance Concert.

Workshops on dance and music will run throughout the week and cover everything from drumming workshops to lessons on world dance, from Japan to Brazil, a multitude of countries will be presented. The organizers hope these workshops  to help students develop the framework to understand other cultures and create a discussion between other cultures that would foster tolerance and appreciation.

“With the faces in classrooms changing with the increase in international students, it is very important to use art to bring people together,” said Pascal Yao Younge, director of the event and associate professor of multicultural music education.

This is the first year for the event, but Younge hopes it becomes an annual event for students to enjoy.

“With International Week happening during spring quarter, this is a perfect way to have the same type of atmosphere during winter,” Younge went on to say about the week of events.

The week ends with the World Music and Dance Concert preceding the International Food Fair. The concert costs $12 for general public and $9 for non-OHIO students. The concert will feature Ohio University’s African Ensemble, Gamelan Ensemble, Samba Batucada Ensemblem, Taiko Ensemble, Korean Ensemble and many more. More than twenty student organizations have collaborated for the cultural event.

All events are free for Ohio University students and open to the public. A full schedule of the events can be found on the College of Fine Arts website.