Diwali – Festival of Light

We celebrated Diwali by transforming the room, from classroom and lab, to a place where we could come together, meet people and travel using virtual reality, across the world.
Friday afforded the opportunity to showcase work from across the year, welcoming new visitors and updating friends on the experiences, projects and outcomes that have we have engaged with in the Global Languages & Cultures Room. Guests enjoyed authentic Indian cuisine from local restaurant Choolah, danced to music from DJ Stephanie Tsong and moved through a series of VR experiences.
Thank you to those that attended and supported the event. We couldn’t have done this without you. Firstly to Shirley Saldamarco and John Dessler from the ETC who transformed our room with a galaxy of lights and projections. Our student workers Yuxi and Alivia who guided guests and helped them with headsets and experiences. To the Modern Languages Dept’s Jaycie King who provides support for invites, food and much more. So many people chipped in and helped out. Truly a team effort.
Throughout the year we have hosted events to celebrate the room, but with Diwali, we reached higher, a much more ambitious project that we hope to replicate in the Spring 2020, with further support from the ETC.
If you want to find out more about our events, then sign up to our newsletter and follow us on twitter and Instagram. As one guest commented. “This is a room of marvels…truly transforming the way we see the world.” See you next time.

Memories of moments celebrated together. Moments that have been attached in my heart, forever. Make me Miss You even more this Diwali. Hope this Diwali brings in Good Fortune & Abounding Happiness for you!


Join us for Diwali

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This semester we’re celebrating Diwali and we want to invite you to the Global Languages & Cultures Room for an afternoon of music and light. We’re working the ETC – Entertainment Technology Center to transform the room, with a dazzling light show.

We want to introduce the room to new visitors, open up our installations and VR experiences, bring the world to CMU. This event will invite you into a discussion about the room, so that you can help us create engaging content, talk about ways you’d like to interface with us as we welcome your ideas and suggestions.

Music will be provided by DJ Formosa – Stephanie Tsong who performs regularly at Jellyfish and throughout Pittsburgh.

Stay tuned for more info closer to the day, the first part of the event is by invitation only, but as a blog reader you can get in touch using the contact form to let us know if you would like to attend. Just enter the code LIGHT19 to receive an invite.

Following our exclusive event, the doors will be open between 5-7pm for all visitors. Please spread the word and look forward to seeing you!