GBI Students from all seven participant countries shared their traditions and heritage
|Lilia Seba wearing serwal mdewer, Ahlam Aissaoui wearing karakou sweral chela, and Selma Benameur wearing karakou serwal mdewer – all traditional Algerian garments.|
Ahmad Ladadweh leaps into dance, surrounded by the claps of his Palestinian country-mates.
|Many of the sweet Tunisian treats, including those homemade by Marwen’s mother.|
GBI Program Assistants and Cultural Liaisons dancing to “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” in front of the GBI crowd.
One of the most astonishing aspects of Culture Night occurred, however, after the technical “end” of the event. Once students were ushered out of the room in The Kelley School of Business, a spontaneous drum circle broke out in the courtyard. To the rhythm of a single tableh drum, the GBI students burst into song and dance. While regional accents sometimes make it hard to communicate when speaking, all the student were able to sing loudly and proudly in Arabic. The Kelley courtyard became a flurry of beating hands and feet, as GBIers hoisted one another off the ground and celebrated their rich heritage of merrymaking. In the words of Egyptian participant Mahmoud Abdelwahd, it was, “all the aroma, fragrance, and magic of the East combined in one place and at one time.”
|Some of the students led sing-along chants, while others responded, danced, and cheered.|
|Program Assistant Jacques Rozier entered the drum circle in an attempt to quiet students down but found himself hoisted up and welcomed to the dancing.|
|Seven nations; one GBI family.|