Students show off the musical tastes of African cultures. JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

The fashion show features different dance styles that our students bring to the stage JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUENT

The Africana Fashion Show took place on March 25 in Olin Arts Center. With everything from modeling to West African dance and song, this performance truly captured the rich culture and diversity of the African continent as well as at Bates. Gift Kiti ’18 expressed that “this is the one time where we engage together in celebration of who we are through dance, song, poetry and fashion showcasing. For many of us, it is a way of keeping in touch with the African continent and its array of culture and tradition. Most importantly, this annual event builds and strengthens the relationship between the African community here at Bates and the African diaspora in Lewiston.”

Students show off their African culture at the fashion show JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

Another model joyfully struts down the runway. JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUENT

This event fostered an immensely high attendance as more faculty, students and community members came to see and support the vibrant African culture on our campus and in Lewiston. Kiti said, “Crowd favorites were the Dance off, featuring participants from the audience, the West African Music and Dance Ensemble and the Africana Dance group’s highly energetic West African inspired dance.”