Tsukasa Taiko drumming group

Explore different cultures, sample fare,
visit exhibits at International Night

ANGOLA, Ind. – "See the World in Colors" and experience different cultures without the need for a passport during Trine University's 45th annual International Night, iNight 2013, on the main campus.

Everyone is welcome to visit Trine's Rick L. and Vicki L. James University Center Mall where the International Bazaar will be abuzz with activity. There, participants may sample food prepared by Bon Appetit, listen to music and explore exhibits and activities during the event from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The International Bazaar will also include a Japanese tea ceremony, caricature artist, Chinese and Arabic calligraphy, Japanese origami (paper folding), Reiki therapy (hands-on natural therapy) station and henna station.

Fabiani Theater, also in the University Center, will be the location for traditional performances by students, faculty and staff along with a featured performance by Tsukasa Taiko, a Japanese drumming group from Chicago. Performances in Fabiani are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

Taiko, which means drum, is known for its thunderous sound and stunning, stylized choreography, according to the website of Tsukasa Taiko (www.taikolegacy.com/). With a 2,000-year-old history, taiko has its roots in Japanese court, theater, religious/ceremonial and festival music, where the taiko was one instrument of many that comprised the ensembles that performed this music, according taikolegacy.com

Countries/cultures that will be represented include Argentina, Bahamas, China, India, Japan, Libya, Malaysia, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Virgin Islands.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger and includes the opportunity to taste cultural foods, explore the International Bazaar, listen to Japanese drummers and take in the other performances in Fabiani Theatre.

For more information, contact Deborah McHenry, director of Student Success & Retention, 260.4509 or mchenryd@trine.edu.

The event is sponsored by Office of Student Success & Retention, Office of Student Services and Office of International Student Services.

Cutline:  Tsukasa Taiko, a Japanese drumming group from Chicago, is scheduled to perform during International Night. Photos courtesy of Ken Carl.