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300 people attend lively Refugee Culture Night

Despite heavy snow fall, over 100 young adults from ten refugee communities shared their dance, song and music with a lively and diverse audience of over 300  people on Saturday, November 15 at the 3rd Refugee Cultural Night.

Burundian  community Chiors
Burundian Choir sang and danced

The dance performances ranged from highly stately traditional dances by the ethnic groups from Myanmar to a very upbeat traditional dance number by young women from the Acholi community of South Sudan.  Performance included the traditional leaping dance of the Darufuri men as well as sizzling contemporary dance numbers by Bhutanese youth who were dancing to Nepali tunes.

Darfur Men
Darfuri leaping dance
Rhakang community
Rhakang perform stately dance
Acholi Community
Acholi youth in fun dance
Kachin community
Kachin youth enjoy traditional dance

            

There was great ethnic food before including Noodles from Mynamar, Mandazi from Burundi, Namkin from Bhutan and tapioca from Burma. Generous sponsors and those who donated at the door helped raise $3000 which was distributed to the groups to help them continue their cultural education and performances.

Mungyit and Suzanne Doupnik
Time for making new friends
Mixed group of kids dancing a final dance
And time to “bust a move” at the end