Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Diversity Celebration


All events are Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in Appalachian's Plemmons Student Union, unless noted otherwise.

Solarium Stage

  • Steely Pan Band
    3:00 - 3:45pm
  • 3:45 - 4:30pm

    Alma de Candela (Soul of Fire) is a Latin music experience not to miss! For dancers and non-dancers, Latinos and non-Latinos; an Alma de Candela concert is a sight to behold, full of rhythmic sounds, bright costumes, brass, percussion, and dancing.

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  • Mariachi Mexico 2000
    5:00 - 5:30pm

    The mariachi Mexico 2000 consists of 5 members that are 2 trumpets, a violin, vihuela and Guitarrón. The Mariachi Mexico 2000 is one of the most Ammonic Band, we are only 5 elements and our passion for this folkloric music made us sound like a huge Band, we have a big repertory (Classic, instrumental, folkloric, etc). Our love to the art does the difference.

  • 6:00 - 6:45pm

    Combining passionate originality and fierce authenticity, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba take West African dance music into new territory—literally, the North Carolina Piedmont. That’s where Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, makes his transplanted home.

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  • 7:00 - 7:30pm

    The Grandfather Mountain Highlanders Pipe Band, host band for the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games, focuses on developing young players and recruiting top players from a wide geographic area with the goal of being a top competition band.

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  • Native American Drumming & Dancing
    7:45 - 8:30pm

Cascades Stage

  • 3:00 - 3:45pm

    Equal parts Doc Watson and Bob Marley, The Carter Family and Burning Spear, Western North Carolina's own RAS ALAN has been blending old time Appalachian music with reggae rhythms and Rastafari spirit for over 30 years.

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  • 3:45 - 4:30pm

    Strictly Strings is an Appalachian Old-Time band born in Boone North Carolina. This band truly loves playing together as well as spending time as best friends. They spread joy, happiness, love and great music!

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  • 4:30 - 5:00pm

    Influenced heavily by artists such as Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Louis Jordan, Louis Prima, Clifton Chenier, Dr. John, The Meters, and Bob Marley, the band plays that jumpin’ jive so reminiscent of zoot suits and two-tone shoes.

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  • 5:15 - 5:45pm

    The CaroKlez Project is a true Klezmer band following in the tradition of the E. European musicians of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries. Their music is a mix of Russian, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Middle Eastern, German, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, and music of the Americas.

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  • 6:00 - 6:45pm

    The North Carolina-based ethnic fusion belly dance troupe takes inspiration from the traditional and modern dances of a variety of cultures. They flavor their belly dance style with the spices of movements and costumes from India, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, Latin America and the Middle East, and constantly explore new and different dance styles to incorporate into their repertoire.

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  • 7:00 - 8:00pm

    The Mountain Laurels are a Celti-lachian band from the High Country of North Carolina. The group performs a blend of Americana, Celtic and folk music typical to the roots culture of Western North Carolina.

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Roan Mountain Room

  • 3:15 - 4:45pm

    Award winning Appalachian Young Peoples Theater.

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  • 4:00 - 4:30pm

    Award winning Appalachian Young Peoples Theater.

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  • 5:30 - 6:15pm

    Appalachian creative writing professor and former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) Joseph Bathanti will read veterans-inspired poetry.

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  • 6:30 - 7:15pm

    Appalachian creative writing professor and former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) Joseph Bathanti will read veterans-inspired poetry.

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  • 7:30pm

    Denial is the final stage of genocide. In the early twenty-first century, we are not only observing the unfolding of new genocidal crimes around the globe, but also the rise of genocide denial. The tactics of denial are predictable. Deniers question and minimize the massive evidence, claim that killings do not fit the legal definition of genocide, and even attack and blame the victims. The denial of the Armenian genocide is one prominent example.

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Blue Ridge Ballroom

  • 3:00 - 7:00pm

    The Unity Festival—held as part of the Diversity Celebration—is a community development project designed to raise the level of diversity acceptance in our county by using music, storytelling, drama, dance and visual art to explore diverse cultures and races at a free, family-oriented celebration and by creating an environment that encourages cross-cultural friendships and relationships of trust. It is a room full of demonstrations and hands on activities aimed at helping us learn more about ourselves and other cultures.

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Sanford Mall

  • CANCELED: Cricket Game
    3:00 - 5:00pm

    The Cricket Game has been canceled due to cold weather.

    Want to learn how to play an international game? Come and join Dr. Dinesh Dave, originally from India, a big cricket fan and a College of Business professor.

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Linville Falls Ballroom

  • African
    4:00 - 4:45pm

    Performing and teaching Dances from West Africa, Gambia & Guinea. Sherone Price is on the Dance Faculty at Appalachian.

  • Capoeira
    4:45 - 5:30pm

    A Brazilian Martial Art that incorporates elements of dance, music, and acrobatics into a playful and entertaining performance. Monitora Agua de Beber (Gabrielle Motta-Passajou) started capoeira in Paris, France, in 1988. Agua de Beber moved to Boone, NC, in 1993, where she has been teaching capoeira to both adults and children for fifteen years. Agua de Beber teaches capoeira in the Boone community and at Appalachian State University. She is the founder of Capoeira Arte Antiga Inc., a not-for-profit organization.

  • 5:30 - 6:00pm

    By creating a welcoming environment focused on both personal and collective growth, Entropy Dance Crew helps members of all backgrounds and experience levels express themselves through the art form of dance.

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  • Hmong Society
    6:00 - 6:30pm

    "Hmong dancing can be a style of interpretative dance where the moves match up with the lyrics and can express the meaning of the song. In Hmong dancing, the hand movements are very important because it's best to have graceful movements and a lot of that comes from the wrist. Hmong dancing is performed more now to preserved the culture and traditions of the Hmong people."

  • 6:45 - 7:45pm

    The High Country Cloggers, NC Clogging Champions, are teamed up with The Dollar Brothers for a high energy, family oriented bluegrass stage show.

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  • 7:45 - 8:30pm

    Dances taught will include salsa, bachata and merengue. The Hispanic Student Association (HSA) is dedicated to promoting awareness of the Hispanic Culture on Appalachian State's campus and in Boone, North Carolina.

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Grandfather Ballroom

  • Ballroom Dance
    5:00 - 6:00pm

    Dancing demonstration by Tony Bly & Ballroom Members. Think Big Band and the Starlight Ballroom! Tango, Foxtrot, and Waltz

  • Shag Dance
    6:00 - 7:00pm

    Dancing demonstration by the Boone Shag Club & ASU Shag Club.

  • Line Dance
    7:00 - 7:30pm

    Genus Dance Crew is a new club organization on the campus of Appalachian. We focus on all types of styles and we are particularly focusing on line dancing. Every culture has dances that are done at events such as cookouts and family reunions. So we will be teaching you a few popular line dances within the African-American community.

  • Swing Dance
    7:30 - 8:30pm

    Dancing demonstration by the ASU Swing Club.

Crossroads Stage

  • Beech Mountain Ballads and Double Knock Style Banjo with Rick Ward
    4:00 - 4:45pm
  • Blue Ridge Kung Fu Arnis Academy
    5:00 - 5:30pm
  • Open Mike Poetry Slam
    7:00 - 8:00pm

Multicultural Center

  • 4:00 - 6:00pm

    Amalia Yosefa will be sharing her passion with the Appalachian community by displaying and educating attendees on the various aspects of tea and tea presentation and history.

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Watauga High School

  • April 9, 2016

    The 10th Annual Appalachian's People of the Planet Soccer Tournament will be held as part of the Diversity Celebration at Watauga High School on Saturday April 9, 2016. This tournament will bring together Appalachian and local players from around the world to celebrate diversity on the soccer field.

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