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Festival celebrates Southeast Asian culture

Published: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 11:43 a.m. CDT
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NIU student Piyathida Sereebenjapol, who has studied Thai classical dancing for 15 years and performs for area schools and community events, will demonstrate her art at the NIU Southeast Asia Club’s Southeast Asia Culture Festival Saturday. Here she talks to students at DeKalb’s Tyler Elementary School after performing there in 2012.

DeKALB – The Southeast Asia Club of Northern Illinois University will showcase cultural crafts, language lessons, games, performances and Southeast Asian food at its first-ever Southeast Asia Culture Festival from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in the Anderson Hall gymnasium (Room 100) on the east side of campus. Admission is free.

The family-friendly event will feature cultural offerings and activities from seven Southeast Asian countries: Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines and Thailand.

“There will also be a table representing the influence of China on Southeast Asia,” said organizer and music-education major Glynnis White.

Over the years, the club has regularly sponsored Southeast Asia performance nights at the university. “This event is different from years past because we have more interactive demonstrations on culture. Instead of the audience sitting down to watch performances, they will be participating in different stations to gain a greater understanding of that country’s culture,” White said.

Cultural craft tables, language lessons and demonstrations will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Performing arts demonstrations, which will include martial arts and traditional music and dance, will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Parking is available directly west and east of Anderson Hall. For more information, contact the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at 815-753-1771.

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