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2009 poster design by Nadeer Alabdulwahab.  Intercultural Night, 2008 photo by Chris Distasio.

On Wednesday March 24th and Thursday March 25, the Malcolm Field Theatre on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University will come alive with the sights and sounds of performers representing 15 different countries in the 9th Annual Intercultural Night.

This program is one of two regular events put on by students from SVSU's International Students Club, made up of international students and their American friends. During the fall semester, this group organizes a food festival to spotlight ethnic cuisine, while in the winter semester performances of music, song and dance ring out. This year audiences can look forward to, among other acts, songs in Arabic, German, and Chinese; deuling flamenco guitars; a Scottish sword dance; and an imitation Saudi wedding. Themed "One Day," this event pays tribute to those affected by the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and begins with a drum and dance performance by two Haitian students.

International Students Club President Nadeer Alabdulwahab, a graphic design Masters student, explains that all of the some 400 international students at SVSU are automatically members of this organization, and Americans are welcome to join as well. "Our aim is to help international students know American culture better and for the Americans to get to know our cultures." 

For the Wednesday night performance, tickets range from $5 for students to $10 for regular admission. On Thursday night admission will be free for SVSU students, $10 for others. Tickets are available at the door.  

Sponsors of this event include the SVSU Theatre Department, Emotions, International Foods and Spices, Independent Bank, AIESEC International Internship Exchange Program, and Brewtopia Coffee.