UNMC will celebrate CultureFest ‘Rhythm of the Islands’

UNMC will celebrate its annual CultureFest event today (April 11) from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Truhlsen Events Center inside the Sorrell Center.

CultureFest is UNMC’s annual celebration that is filled with interactive booths, food and entertainment. This year’s theme of “Rhythm of the Islands” will celebrate the islands of Australia, Hawaii and Jamaica.

Several food and beverage stations will offer free samples, while supplies last, of products created or native to each of the Islands, including Jerk chicken wings, Australian snag sausage, Moko Loko and Hawaiian Sun tropical punch.

Event programming will be as follows:

  • 11:40 a.m. – A special presentation and demonstration from Chris Brookins, No Limit Hair Salon, and Jayida Moore, The Braid Fix, on the history of hair braiding.
  • Noon – A spoken word piece presented by St. Patrick Reid, PhD, associate professor in the UNMC Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology.
  • 12:20 p.m. – Attendees can participate in a hula hoop contest.
  • 12:50 p.m. – A ukulele musical presentation.
  • 1:15 p.m. – A cultural dance from the Filipino-American Organization of Metropolitan Omaha will close the event.

In addition to the in-person event, employees can participate in an online trivia quiz to win a prize. Answers must be submitted no later than 5 p.m. today.

For questions regarding the event or to participate in next year’s event planning, reach out to Giovanni Jones.


  1. Jan Williamson says:

    This was really fun – next year – see if you can add in a Maori stick game !!! (Australia/New

  2. Dr. Sheritta Strong says:

    What a fabulous event! I wish I could’ve stayed longer. Thank you to all those who made this possible.

  3. Sean Malloy says:

    The food was great and it was fun to play ukuleles for everyone there.

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