There’s only one free on-campus show a year that features the belly of a dragon and the bellies of dancers.
"Cultural Crossroads" will feature six acts from community and campus groups such as the Polynesian dancers, the Sherwood Players, the Chinese Lion Dance Club and a mariachi group, and begins at 7 p.m. Saturday in Campbell Hall. Several organizations, including the MultiCultural Center, Residence Halls Association and the office of the vice chancellor for student affairs, are sponsoring the event, which is free to the public.
Sigma Chi Omega organized the performance, which fraternity President Gabe Enriquez said is one of the only annual events representing a number of cultures, as opposed to concentrating on one cultural group.
"I can’t think of another event where you get such a diverse group of people under the same roof," he said. "We did this to show our commitment to diversity. There are other events that are specifically for one culture, so we want to include everything."
This is the third year Sigma Chi Omega has organized this event, and the second year it has been held in Campbell Hall. Organizers switched to Campbell Hall, which seats 800 people, after 100 students were turned away from Lotte Lehmann Hall the first year. Enriquez said students filled Campbell Hall last year, and he expects similar success Saturday.
"It’s gotten bigger in the past two years, and I’m hoping it will continue that way," he said.
Fakshuns Entertainment, a Los Angeles-based group, will perform a piece on hip hop culture featuring turntables, break dancers and a graffiti artist. Senior business economics major Raj Persaud, a member of Fakshuns, said he came up with the piece because hip hop is becoming more recognized.
"I wanted to do a piece about hip hop culture because it’s become part of our culture slowly but surely. I think it’s transcending from music into a way of life," he said. "We wanted to do a break from the norm and we think it’s definitely something the people will like. It’s full of music and it gets the crowd going."
The Chinese Lion Dance Club will also perform a dance based on Chinese tradition. The dance, which dates back to ancient times, was believed to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck, said Fabian Aguirre, a junior psychology major and dancer.
"This is a way to bring out Chinese culture," he said. "It’s a dance in which you depend a lot on two people. It’s unique in form, and there’s this big gigantic head you’re dancing with."