On Friday, the 5th of February 2016, the North Africans ended the Parents Weekend in a blast with their Cultural Exchange. The Cultural Exchange took place from 7:30-8:30 in the school auditorium and was short, simple, but definitely exciting. The decoration was definitely eye catching as the candlelights caught the attention of people as we mingled around waiting for the doors to open. The audience was welcomed warmly into the show with a beautiful and tasty delicacy of Moroccan Samosa, Egyptian mousakaa, and Tunisian grilled salad. It was a night of food, dressing, language, music and dance of the North African countries of Libya, Egypt, Morocco, Mauritania, and Tunisia. The theme of the cultural exchange revolved around similarities between North African countries and interesting elements of each North African country.
The cultural exchange started of with a video of three families: The Moroccan family, Egyptian family, and Tunisian/ Algerian Family. After a while, the video ended and the actual families were seen on stage. The story unraveled with Aisha (Salma), the daughter of Tunisian-Algerian parents, unable to speak English catching the attention of many men in the community, specifically, Othmane’s (Yassine). The play then switches to a section of the TV titled “North Africa’s Got Talent”, where we saw beautiful dancing and singing performances from various North African countries. Judging from the audience’s reactions, it is safe to say that their favourite performance was Rahaf’s spoken word “Many Shades of Anger” by Rafeef Ziadah. Hind, also known as “Flower Power” made us crack up in laughter as she performed Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” in the rustiest voice possible. The lovely judges, CYCA representatives, who are in charge of the cultural exchanges at the Academy made Flower Power’s performances even funnier by stopping her just a few seconds into her performance.
The cultural exchange then beautiful transitioned back into the play with funny scenes of Aisha and Othmane flirting with each other. At the end of the day, Othmane’s family visits Aisha’s family, asking for her hand in marriage, which she agrees, with her parents continually reminding her that he went to Yale and would bring in a lot of money.
The cultural exchange ended with the wedding of Aisha and Othmane, where we saw the beautiful display of dresses worn in different North African countries like the Jebba, Blouza and Fouta from Tunisia, and the Kaftans and Tunics from Morocco.
The Egyptians wrapped it up beautifully with a traditional dance and what else could the audience give to the North Africans besides a standing ovation?