The Associated Students Ethnic Student Center is proud to present “Culture Shock.” On May 7 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. this free event will feature 20 different students who will showcase their cultures through a wide array of performances.

These performances range from singing to instrumental music, from spoken word to cultural dances and more. Last year, the largest group consisted of 14 performers and with an even higher number of participants this year, the AS Ethnic Student Center Program Coordinator Polly Woodbury is ecstatic about the event.

“It’s an opportunity for all the ESC clubs to get together and showcase what their culture is,” Woodbury said. “It’s also a celebration for the end of the year.”

Woodbury was first introduced to Culture Shock as a freshman when she performed a hip-hop dance with a friend.

“It was amazing,” Woodbury said. “I didn’t know how big the event was because it was my freshman year, but I was super excited.”

When she was on stage, looking into the audience, Woodbury saw the entire Multipurpose Room in the Viking Union packed, with all eyes on her.

“I was like, ‘wow,’ I didn’t even know I was part of something larger than just a performance,” she said.

Last year, AS Ethnic Student Center Marketing & Outreach Coordinator Teena Thach wrote and performed a song at Culture Shock.

“While performing, it’s amazing to be able to share part of yourself with the university,” Thach said. “I think it’s a great way to show people different cultures while everyone is just having a good time.”
Thach emphasized that it doesn’t cost anything to attend Culture Shock, people just need to stop by for a night of great performances.

“We make it a free event because we want everyone to come and we want it open for anyone to bring their family and friends,” Thach said. “The PAC is huge and we want to fill it up.”

While this event is intended to be entertaining, it also serves to educate and highlight the different cultures that make up Western’s community.

“You’re not just going there for entertainment, you’re going there to learn about people’s cultures,” Woodbury said.

If you have any questions about the event, contact Thach at as.esc.publicrelations@wwu.edu.