Music, dance, laughter and the smell of blended spices permeated through Barton Hall as Culture Fest commenced for its second annual event, featuring performances, music, food and presentations Sunday afternoon.

Culture Fest began last year in response to racial incidents and hate crimes on campus, according to ALANA Intercultural Board President Elaine Liu ’19. The organizers designed the event as a way to showcase the diversity on campus and “celebrate it through understanding and appreciation,” said Liu.

“We don’t want the celebration of cultures to be a reaction to bad incidences,” said Shemar Christian ’21, vice president of programming for ALANA. “It should just be a constant thing, which is why we are trying to have [Culture Fest] annually.”

This year, ALANA Intercultural Board also collaborated

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