The International Students Association will be hosting Ethnos with a new theme at 7 p.m on Nov. 8-9 in Cullen Auditorium. This year’s theme will be “Pandemic.”
Ethnos is ACU’s annual culture show that is performed every year in the fall semester and is the biggest event that ISA puts on for students. This a showcase of different artistic expression be its singing, dancing, or playing an instrument. International students are encouraged to teach a group of students, be they American or international, a cultural dance or song from their native countries. In essence, this show is a way for international students to express their cultural identities and bring the community together.
In between each act, actors will bind the performances together to form a story around the chosen theme. For this years show, the story will revolve around a virus overtaking various nations with the symptoms manifesting as dance and singing.
This year, the show will consist of performances from 11 groups with skits in between each one. ISA invites preexisting dance groups as well as new ones to participate and perform. This program will consist of a performance from Shades, Japanese Pop, Sanctify, Afro Pop, Latinos, Swing Cats, Korean Pop, as well as Mexican, Chinese, and Filipino acts, all culminating into an international worship song.
“This year, we have a really great team organizing it,” Veronica Whitt, the international student services coordinator, said.
The show is primarily run by ISA officers, but it has also opened up to those who work with them on a committee.
Tickets for this show are already being sold online. However, Monday, tickets will also be sold in the campus center after Chapel. These tickets will be sold for $5 to students with their ID’s along with general admission for non-students will be $8. Tickets will also be sold on the day of the performance at the door for $10.
Arnold Charles, a student cultural intern at the Office of Multicultural Affairs and former ISA officer, said, “If you want to be able to live vibrantly through the culture of others, come to Ethnos.”