Music, film, food shape Global Fest

Global Fest culminated with a jamboree featuring musical groups from Sound Culture. Global Fest videoGlobal Fest photo gallery

The Chicago-based company Sound Culture produces performances to celebrate ethnic diversity and foster multi-cultural understanding. West African drumming group Sénéké performed as well as Swing Brasileiro, a Brazilian band. DJ Sound Culture David Chavez kept the beats going between sets.

It was all part of the annual event that took place September 20-22.

Each of the festival’s three days surrounded a theme designed to shape the celebration of global diversity and awareness. The first day’s theme was poverty. Students were invited to attend the screening of the documentary The End of Poverty? Think Again followed by a panel discussion moderated by Assistant Professor of Education Dr. Desmond Odugu and Masresha Esayas Asres ‘15, president of the International Student Organization.

Day 2 was a community building day, so information was sent to student groups, and student teams competed in international versions of the popular NBC game show “Minute to Win It.”

Saturday was the main affair. In addition to the Sound Culture concert, student groups sponsored booths to showcase their global interests with informational materials and games. Student performers belly danced or played guitar. Two Vietnamese students sang a traditional Vietnamese song.

Saturday’s line-up also included international food tasting. Attendees sampled items from five regions of the world from hummus to churros to crepes to corn dogs. 

Leslie Turner, assistant director of the Office of Intercultural Relations, said she has heard positive feedback about the festival, which has evolved over the past eight years. Although it’s too early to say what might change or stay the same for next year’s event, she is pretty sure about one thing: Sound Culture is coming back.

“David Chavez said he definitely wants to keep up the relationship with Lake Forest, so he’ll definitely be back,” she said.  “They’re great, really high quality. And it’s something different.”