One of the perks of living in a college town like Oxford, Ohio is that we get people not just from around the country but from all around the world coming here and settling down, whether for a few years or for a lifetime. And with this diverse community comes an array of cultures and experiences that make our little town feel surprisingly big. Organizations like the Oxford Community Arts Center, as well as Miami University departments and clubs, put together engaging cultural events all year long. These events create important opportunities for our town to come together, share, learn, and have fun.
To help you take advantage of these opportunities, we've listed some upcoming cultural events that you won't want to miss.
When: Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, from 5:30PM - 9:00PM
Where: Uptown Park (2 East High Street)
Sponsored by Miami University's Center for American and World Cultures, the UniDiversity Festival is a kick-off event for a month of activities celebrating National Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month. The festival will include performances by El Corazon de Mexico (Ballet folkloric) and Orquestra Kandela. Food vendors will include Empanadas Aqui (Venezuelan), Arepas (Colombian), Just Jerks (Caribbean), and Paella (Spanish). Don't forget to stop by the Information Fair where you can pick up literature about work and services related to the Latin America, Caribbean and Latino communities. This festival is FREE and open to the public. For more information, click here.
When: Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 and Monday, Oct. 22, 2018 from 3:00PM - 4:30PM
Where: Harry T. Wilks Theater, Armstrong Student Center (550 E. Spring Street)
This important panelist discussion is a revival of a 1981 anti-racist educational initiative at Miami University. Panelists have surveyed first-year students about racial "myths" and will use the discussion time to respond with their own experiences and insights as students of color on the MU campus. With over 77 courses participating in the surveys, this is not only sure to be a historic event in our community but also the perfect way to help make the greater Oxford community feel inclusive and welcoming to everyone.
Where: Hall Auditorium (101 S. Campus Ave)
When: Monday, Sept. 24 from 7:30PM - 9PM
Miami University's Lecture Series is bringing iconic actor (you may know him from Law and Order: SVU), hip hop artist, and activist Ice-T to Oxford, Ohio for a special lecture titled Race in America: Bridging the Gap. This event is FREE and open to the public, though you will need a ticket to get in. If you have a Miami ID you can get your ticket at the Miami University Box Office beginning Sept. 19. The general public can get their tickets at the box office beginning Sept. 21st or at the event at 6:30PM. A question and answer session will follow the lecture.
When: Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, from 2:00PM - 8:30PM
The Confucius Institute of Miami University is hosting the 5th Annual Chinese Festival. The beginning of the festivities take place at Cook Field with an interactive Kung Fu from 2:00PM - 3:00PM, followed by Kite Flying from 3:00PM - 4:00PM. The fun then continues in the uptown park with games, raffles, food tastings, and language learning. The night ends with over an hour of performances on stage. This festival is FREE and open to the public. Visit the event page here.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018 from 7PM - 8PM
Where: Oxford Community Arts Center (10 S. College Ave)
The Jing-Ju Opera is back yet again at the Oxford Community Arts Center (OCAC)! This family-friendly and FREE performance is presented by the National Taiwan College of Performing Arts and will dazzle you with a combination of music, singing, mime, dance, and acrobatics. The performance is made all the more breathtaking due to the colorful artistry of the makeup and costumes. This event is part of the OCAC's Family Performance Arts Series. View the event page here.
When: Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018 at 7PM
Where: Millet Hall (500 E. Sycamore Street)
Part of Miami University's 2018 - 2019 Performing Arts Series lineup, as well as the Presidential Series on Inclusivity, the Chinese Warriors of Peking will be a gorgeous display of acrobatics and high-intensity martial arts. This family-friendly event is set in Peking during the Ming Dynasty and follows the true story of two rival martial arts schools as they battle it out. According to the event page, the Chinese Warriors company was founded in 1958 and has "toured the world and performed with numerous circuses including the Cirque de Soleil." Basically, this will be a performance you're going to remember. Read more here.