Viva Oromoia is the theme celebrating Oromo Night at 6 p.m. April 25 in the Atwood Memorial Center.
The Oromo are an ethnic group inhabiting Ethiopia, northern Kenya and parts of Somalia.
The event features eight traditional dances, poetry, skits and a fashion show to showcase the Oromo culture.
Dinner includes traditional Oromo dishes which consist of a combination of several types of cuisine prepped with Oromo spices, served with Budanna, a flat bread.
The Oromo Student Organization is partnering with the Organization for the Prevention of Aids in Africa (OPAA) to host OPAA Jam after the show from 10 p.m-1:30 a.m. in the Quarry in the Atwood Memorial Center to raise money for AIDS prevention in Africa.
“It’s empowering to have the opportunity to showcase our culture as students of St. Cloud State,” said Abdul Sero, student and president of Oromo Student Organization.
Admission is $5 for students with a student ID, $7 for the general public and free for kids 12 and under.
Cultural festivals are one way the university is providing a transformative educational experience for students to help prepare them to be global citizens at home, at work and in their communities. More than 1,000 students from 90-plus nations attend St. Cloud State, and cultural festivals give them an opportunity to share elements of their culture with the campus community.