The goal of the evening is to inspire students to think more broadly. As Adora Svitak, a young American writer once said, “Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture.”
The event started with Mr. Springer singing his story of feeling at home with us here in Latvia. His story is inspiring and unique. Mr. Springer began his performance by describing his latest return to Latvia from a short trip in Paris, “…When I got out of the plane [in Riga], went through the baggage claim and came out of those last glass doors, and the cold wind and rain hit me, I said...ah…I am home! So to me, Latvia is home now!... ”
After Mr. Springer’s performance, small groups of students had their time to shine and to present America in various ways. Some danced, some sang while others acted. Performances were demonstrated with songs like Beast of America, Mr. Sandman, Old Town Road, Party in the USA and Footloose. Mr. Sandman was acted out as a 1950’s love story, Old Town Road was a background for Latvian cowboys dancing. Students even included the popular performer Miley Cyrus, with the song Party in the USA, where she was portrayed by a male student!
Antonino Mistretta - Italian Erasmus intern of the International Office gave all the opportunity to enjoy the Italian song Lasciatemi cantare played on his guitar.
The evening ended with positive feedback from the audience - their smiles.
The International Office, in a name of the Ventspils University of Applied Sciences, would like to say thank you to Thomas Springer and all the students, who participated and prepared such interesting performances!
Lija Stulova and Nefeli Kavvada