GSB’s Culture Night Fair welcomed over 225 guests from the community into the SBS Pavillion on Thursday, January 27, 2023, for a family fun event sponsored by the Parents’ Association to share and celebrate the unique heritages of our diverse community.
The event kicked-off with an amazing preparation of cultural foods that represented countries from every continent around the globe. Attendees lovingly prepared their favorites dishes including beef empanadas from Columbia, potato cheese pierogi from Poland, salam di biscuiti from Romania, chicken tikka masala from India, falafel and hummus from Egypt, lamingtons from Australia, sweet sticky rice balls with coconut milk and mango from Thailand, and rice and beans from Jamaica.
Colorful table displays with handmade posters and “Did You Know?” facts lined the event space and highlighted the artwork, musical instruments, attire, and cultural traditions of the participating families. Guests enjoyed over 10 interactive stations that offered a chance to map their ancestry origins, play century-old games, paint river rocks, and learn about cultural traditions.
Interactive activities paused for the entertainment portion of the evening when Middle School Music Instructor Amy Southerland directed the MS Choir in two choreographed numbers, upper school student Desirae Hemans ’23 recited a poem about Jamaica, and one lower school student, Tatum '30, shared her Irish Step Dance skills. Nisha Khanduja P ’32 orchestrated the finale to the live show, leading the Parents’ Association Diversity & Inclusion Committee in a “flash mob” Bollywood Dance.
Head of School Sid Rowell echoed the enthusiasm in the room when he thanked everyone and reinforced the importance of sharing our personal stories.
“We are so grateful for our committee’s support and the overwhelming response and participation from our community,” said event Co-Chairs Kim Donaldson P ’32 and Vicki Lockhart P ’26. “It was truly a great night”
PA President Sacha Marcucci couldn’t agree more. “Kim and Vicki were so passionate about this event, and their committee found ways for all ages to be involved and feel welcome. I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity for my children to be involved in this wonderful event.”
Congratulations to everyone involved in making this evening such a resounding success.
Enjoy the photo gallery from the event, below!