Cultural Showcases

Dhamaka

South Asian Society

Rice South Asian Society presents Dhamaka, our annual cultural showcase bringing to light the diverse cultural elements of countries throughout South Asia. Dhamaka involves several performances by Rice students and community groups presenting South Asian talent in various styles, such as dance, song, spoken word, comedy, fashion, and much more. The showcase ends with a senior performance, honoring their time in South Asian Society, and is followed by an open photo booth and catered dinner. Through combinations of traditional, modern, American, and South Asian elements of food and performance, we invite the Rice community to participate in and celebrate South Asian culture.

Africaye

Rice African Student Association

This year’s Africayé: Coming to Africa is inspired by the film Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy. It is the story of a wealthy African prince named Akeem who—after escaping an arranged marriage back home in Africa—flees to America to find a queen for himself without revealing his true identity. Just as Akeem is immersed in American culture, RASA hopes to provide an immersive all-African experience.

Soul Night

Black Student Association

Soul Night is the organization’s annual cultural event and enables BSA members to immerse themselves in the Houston community culture and identity and increase the awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity. Each year soul night brings together members of the Rice and greater Houston community to celebrate and enjoy the offerings of talented students whose performances highlight Black culture.

Lunar New Year

Chinese Student Association

The Lunar New Year Show is the largest annual cultural event hosted by Rice Chinese Student Association in collaboration with several other cultural organizations on campus including VSA, KSA, RTA, APASA, and RCSSA. The lunar new year, which marks the beginning of a new year based on the traditional Chinese calendar, is widely celebrated in several Asian cultures including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, and more. Through an array of food and a variety of performances by Rice students showcasing both traditional and modern Asian culture, we hope to celebrate and represent the diverse cultures present on campus and usher in a new year with the Rice community.

Korean Culture Night

Korean Student Association & KISA

Korean Culture Night is jointly hosted by Korean Student Association and Korean International Student Association to highlight diverse aspects of Korean culture. We showcase traditional as well as modern performances, from Woori to Basyk, and encourage audience participation by introducing games trending in Korea. Another highlight of the show is King of Masked Singer, inspired by the Korean original mystery music show. We invite all of Rice to join us for a night of delicious Korean food, beautiful performances, fun games, and Korean traditions beyond K-pop.

¡Ritmo!

Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice

The Hispanic Association for Cultural Enrichment at Rice organizes a cultural showcase every year called ¡Ritmo!. ¡Ritmo! celebrates the beauty and struggle of the Hispanic/Latinx community through acts ranging from dance numbers to spoken word to stand-up comedy to fashion shows. HACER's Cultural Events Committee coordinates ¡Ritmo!, involving Rice and community participants, and attracting between 300 and 400 attendees. In 2019, ¡Ritmo! had an established theme for the first time: “La Nueva America” — the New America, a recognition of the difficult time the Latinx community is experiencing in the United States, prompting discussions on identity, visibility, and inclusion. In a call to action, we hoped to emphasize the right of the Latinx community to United States society, especially as a growing force in the nation.

RTA Night Market

Rice Taiwanese Association

Rice Taiwanese Association hosts an annual night market to showcase one of the best parts of Taiwanese culture. We strive to make the experience as authentic as possible by including popular street food, such as Taiwanese popcorn chicken and Boba, as well as games that you can often find at a night market, such ring tosses and darts. Performances from the dance group BASYK and the acapella group Random Notes add to the celebratory atmosphere. Student entrepreneurship is also important to us so we also allow student vendors to reserve a table and showcase their designs.

Islam Immersion Week

Muslim Student Association

Islam Immersion Week is a week of events in the Fall semester full of events for the Rice community to learn about Islam and meet Muslims on campus. Every day in the RMC there is a table and photo campaign, and every night there is a different event with dinner. This culminates with "Open Jummah", a traditional Friday prayer, but held outside in the Central Quad, and a final dinner on Friday night.

PRIDE Week

Rice PRIDE

Pride Week is a full week in April filled with events. Every day of the week has an event dedicated to advocacy, education, or fun social experiences. This week is designed to craft solidarity within the LGBTQ+ community and provide education to members of the broader Rice community. We work with other organizations within and outside the university to provide a broad experience of this extremely diverse community and ensure everyone openly in the community and still working through their identity feel represented and connected during this week. We end the week with the Gayla and Drag Night, which are two large events dedicated to recognizing and showcasing the beauty of the LGBTQ+ community of Rice and Houston.

Rice University's Critical Approach to the Vagina Monologues

Rice Women’s Resource Center

Collection of monologues adapted from several hundred interviews conducted by Eve Ensler discussing womanhood. The RWRC puts on this play with the intent of exposing its flaws and shortcomings while celebrating the multifaceted nature of womanhood and gender identity.