KulturNatten 2015 / by Tess Cagle

Last Saturday was Uppsala's KulturNatten, a day where the city center celebrates culture. It's an annual event organized by cultural workers, associations, firms and others. On Saturday, the streets were filled with live performers, food carts and vendors.

As an American, I noticed a lot of my own culture embedded in the festivities– all ranging from square dancing lessons to donut shops located on most street corners. I even spotted an "American BBQ" cart, which I avoided at all costs. We found it really interesting that there was a great deal of Native American vendors and performers, decked out in traditional garb and selling dream catchers. 

Being my typical self,  I was mostly drawn to the colorful food and live music performances around the city. Most of the musicians performed in English, and a lot of the music was American-inspired– for instance, we saw a particularly stellar cover of Destiny Child's "Say My Name." 

In general, the event was really inspiring. Uppsala recognizes that it is a diverse cultural center, especially because of the high rate of international students attending the university. It was great to see that the city works hard to be welcoming to all cultures, to the point where they celebrate it's diversity. 

Unfortunately I came unprepared for cold weather and rain so we spent a lot of the day hiding from the weather in our favorite coffee shop. Nonethless, here are my favorite photos from the day: