Cultural Shows

2024 Shows

African & Caribbean Student Association (ASCA) Culture Show

Koma Waidi

Saturday, February 17th, 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST
Mandel Performance Hall in Reynolds Club, 5706 S. University Ave, Chicago, IL 60637

Ticket Information 

The phrase ‘Koma Waidi’ comes from the Nubian people of northeastern Africa, what is present-day Sudan and Egypt. The phrase in its entirety means “Tales of Our Past”, and it is a reference to the ways our individual pasts inform our collective present and future.

Paired with the phrase is the Aya, shown above, an Adinkra symbol that stems from the Akan people from Ghana and the Ivory Coast. The Aya is a fern, a hardy plant that is traditionally associated with notions of endurance, independence, and resourcefulness. For us, it signifies the ability to flourish in all conditions. To overcome what challenges have arisen in our past that make our present and future possible. 

We are looking to our past and the long ancestral histories we each possess; the challenges we have overcome as we move through life; the bonds we have made with those we met along the way; and the joy and happiness that have come from our experiences. We hope to honor our past so that we may celebrate our present.

The Culture Show will take place Saturday, February 17th in the Mandel Performance Hall located in Reynolds Club. Doors open at 5:00 PM. Formal or traditional attire is preferred.

Instagram: @acsa.uchicago

More information on the spring 2024 shows coming soon...

2023 Shows

African & Caribbean Student Association (ASCA) Culture Show

Sankofa: Finding Our Way Back Home
Saturday, February 18th • 5:30pm
Mandel Performance Hall in Reynolds Club, 1311 E 57th St.

Sanfoka Finding Our Way Back Home will showcase African and Caribbean culture, food, and art. Celebrating the power and eminence of African and Caribbean beauty and opulence.

Instagram: @acsa.uchicago

South Asian Student Association (SASA) Presents

"Till Death Do Us Part"!
Saturday, March 25th | Dinner at 5:30p in Ida Noyes (with optional dinner service at 7p for those observing Ramadan) + Show at 8:30p in Mandel

On the evening of Saturday, March 25, the South Asian Students Association (SASA) is holding its annual cultural show in Mandel Hall. The SASA show has traditionally been one of the largest cultural shows on campus, and this year the theme is "Till Death Do Us Part"! The story is inspired by elements from classic “whodunnits”, and the show will include musical and dance performances, as well as pre-recorded skits. Tickets will be on sale this upcoming week, Monday through Friday (March 20-24) in Reynolds Club from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS) Presents


100 Años de Amor, Soledad, y Espíritus
Saturday, April 1st | 8p
Mandel Hall

Inspired by the classic Latin American books that established Magic Realism, “100 Años de Amor, Soledad y Espíritus” is a story about desire, despair, and reconciliation. This is a journey
across different decades and traditional dances from many different countries. Throughout colorful performances, vibrant rhythm, and sparkling dances, magic will fusion with reality in this
passionate love chronicle.