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CSUDH Unity Fest, Free Cultural Event Open to Public
WHO: California State University, Dominguez Hills Multicultural Center
The 2005 Unity Fest will be held on April 21 and 23 in the Sculpture Garden. A campus tradition since the late ‘80s, Unity Fest is a free event open to the campus community and the public, featuring multicultural entertainment, activities, food and crafts from across the globe. This year’s theme, “Global Reach,” echoes the event's goal of raising funds for South Asia tsunami relief. While admission is free, donations will be accepted for the cause. The proceeds of many items for sale, including a silent auction, will also be contributed to the effort.
“Supporting the Tsunami relief effort seems to be a very natural extension of what Unity Fest stands for,” emphasizes Lui Amador, coordinator, Multicultural Center. “This event is about learning and celebrating the richness of diversity. It’s about opening our minds to new and different things.
“I don’t know a greater situation, where understanding and compassion are needed more than the Tsunami disaster,” he says. “For many of us, it was brief video footage and news clips that are forgotten after a few months, but lives and communities have been impacted forever. What better way to honor the spirit of unity than to support members of our global family.”
Musical entertainment for this year includes traditional Japanese drumming from Taiko Center of L.A.; reggae music by Natty Rootz and Tomorrow’s Bad Seed; the Mariachi Academy of Carson; Latin jazz by Alessa and African drumming by Carole Zitlin Adyemi. Dance performances feature belly dancing by the CSUDH Middle Eastern Dance class, led by alumna and adjunct faculty Elissa Kyriacou; regional Mexican dance by Grupo Folklorico; Polynesian dance by Bright Entertainment; and Filipino folk dance by Kayamanan.
Other performances include Hollywood Klezmer, a fusion of Yiddish, jazz and classical, sponsored by Mu Phi Epsilon music fraternity, through grants from the Multicultural Center, Associated Students, Inc. and the Recording Industries Music Fund and Black Paradigm, who will present jazz, poetry and spoken word.
Teatro Dominguez has written and will be performing a play to share the stories of the tsunami, based on real-life accounts.
A children’s corner
will provide face painting, cotton candy and the antics of Yazmine the Clown.
On Saturday, the Sunshine Express will give train
rides through the Sculpture Garden. A Folk Arts Festival includes Tibetan
rugs, Huichol prayer arrows, Ukrainian egg art and Indian embroidery. Food
vendors will offer a variety of ethnic cuisine and popular street fare.
For more information on Unity Fest, contact (310) 243-2519. Admission and parking are free.
California State University, Dominguez Hills • 1000 E. Victoria Street • Carson, California 90747 • (310) 243-3696
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Last updated Tuesday, May 10, 3:11 p.m., by Joanie Harmon