One of my favorite international events that I attended this year was Eve of Nations. I’ve wanted to go since freshman year, but haven’t been able to go until this year…and it was even better than I imagined. I was only able to attend the show, but I really wished I had also gone to the dinner (it looked delicious!). Many international groups in campus performed music or had a fashion show, after which the student organizations had a dance talent-type show. The Native American group that sang/danced and this drumming (I believe Japanese-style) were simply amazing, but were not part of the overall competition.
While all of the groups were very talented and creative, the ones that really stuck out to me were the Angolan Student group and the Indian Student association. The Angolan group stylized their performance as a story through song and dance, depicting a slow blossoming love story (there was even a Lion King inspired part!). The Indian student association’s dance was very interesting because the music they danced to was a mix of more traditional-sounding Indian music with Western influences. For instance, they performed to Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You”, but tweaked it to sound more traditional. The performances were absolutely amazing and watching it made me wish that I had been able to attend the previous years’ Eve of Nations.