• Abigail Hall

OU Venezuelan club to host night celebrating their traditions, culture

Originally published at OU Daily 2 April, 2019

OU's Association Friends of Venezuela will host an annual event to celebrate the food, music and culture of Venezuela on April 6.

The club's 11th annual Venezuelan Night "See It Through Our Eyes" will showcase a cultural performance with traditional music, dances and stories from Venezuela, as well as serve a traditional dinner to participants. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. April 6 in Gaylord Hall's Ethics and Excellence auditorium. 

The evening will begin with the performance followed by with a dinner with traditional Venezuelan food, according to the event page.

Members of the club will perform traditional dances from various Venezuelan regions, said Antonieta Hernández, psychology sophomore and club vice-president. 

Hernández said the performance will focus on stories about family, and will feature popular national and regional dances, such as joropo, the national dance of Venezuela. The performance will also include mixtures of flamenco and African Indigenous, and Afro-Venezuelan sounds. 

Hernández, a Venezuela native, said the evening will celebrate the positives of Venezuela as a culture and nation, and not the crises currently affecting the country, as portrayed by the media. 

"I would like as many people from the OU community to come and learn about this other side of Venezuela to keep our culture and traditions alive," Hernández said in a text message. "I think everyone would benefit from this change in the narrative, whilst still being aware of what is going on in Venezuela."

Tickets are required upon entrance to the event, which covers the cost of food provided, according to the event page.

Tickets are $8 for students with I.D., and $10 for non-students, and can be purchased at the door. 

The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 6:45 p.m. Dinner will be served at 8 p.m. 

The event will be April 6 in the Ethics and Excellence Auditorium on the first floor in Gaylord Hall. 

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