Cultural Night to feature food, music and dancing

A dancer performs at the 2019 Cultural Night at UO Portland

Members of the University of Oregon Portland community and their families are welcome to come eat, dance and enjoy live performances at the third-annual Cultural Night Celebration: Ducks Around the World.

The event is planned for 4 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the White Stag Block. 

Sarah Kutten, director of student services, said Cultural Night goes along with UO Portland’s commitment to creating an inclusive environment and celebrating the diversity of the school’s community.

“We are thrilled to offer an opportunity for everyone to share their heritage, food and arts,” Kutten said. “We hope the event offers a space for our community to learn about our differences while engaging in activities that further unite us as a Duck family.”    

At this year’s event, participants will get to feast on a sampler platter of Puerto Rican fritters from El Coqui as well as West African cuisine from Black Star Grill. The two restaurants are local and minority-owned. 

Cultural Night also includes an opening drum ceremony by leaders of local indigenous tribes, an Aztec dance performance and a West African dance workshop, which will teach people how to dance.

“Engaging performances add excitement to the event,” Kutten said. 

Other highlights include interactive games, crafts and booths representing different cultures. 

For more information and to register for this free, family-friendly event, visit the event calendar listing online. Or, contact studentlifepdx@uoregon.edu or 503-412-3704. To find out about transportation and parking options, visit the UO Portland website

– By Emily Lindblom, University Communications