This past weekend, I took a break from thesis writing and went to the 26th annual Cultural Rhythms with a couple of my friends. Every year, the Harvard Foundation for Intercultural and Race Relations puts on a wonderful show celebrating Harvard’s diversity and awards an Artist of the Year. This year, the artist was Shakira, of Hips Don’t Lie and Waka Waka (the official song of the 2010 World Cup!) fame. Needless to say, we were all super excited! Thankfully, we bought tickets early, and managed to get pretty good seats in Sanders Theater for the show. My friend Chris ’13 was even luckier, and won the lottery to get lunch with Shakira!!!
During the show, (which Shakira MC’ed!), a variety of different cultural groups from Harvard performed pieces, ranging from the Harvard Ballroom team and the Asian American Dance Troupe to the Kuumab Singers and Harvard Wushu (who had some crazy skills!) At the end, all the performance groups performed a fusion dance to Waka Waka and Shakira got up and danced along!
I walked away from the performance thinking about why I chose Harvard four years ago—in a big part, because of the students. Events like Cultural Rhythms showcase just one aspect of students at Harvard—everyone here comes from different backgrounds and has different interests, and I love seeing everyone pursue their passions.
Here’s Kevin ’11 (the co-director of CR last year) with Shakira!
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