Students from the Gainesville community perform at Soulfest 2016


Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by: Carmen Arce

On the evening of October 12 at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the 93rd UF Homecoming and Gator Growl presented Soulfest 2016: The Dawn of a Revolution.

Soulfest is a live, multicultural performance that showcased different forms of expressions and art  from the students of the University of Florida and the Gainesville community. Soulfest promotes creativity and the celebration of personal identity in the Gator Nation during our annual Homecoming week.

This year, Soulfest continued the tradition of a timeless event and allowed us to stand together against the turmoil that the multicultural communities face every day. At Soulfest, the performers “growled” through art, cultural appreciation and music. With love and unity, the performers demonstrated the importance of change that is needed in our campus and country.

The event had it all: singing, dancing, stepping and more. The first performance was by the Explosive Steppers, which is the first non-Greek affiliated step team at the University of Florida. The diversity of the team’s members provides a vibrant and energetic environment for those to pursue their passion for stepping: an art form demonstrating strength, finesse and endurance. Click below to view their performance.

Video by: Carmen Arce

Aside from promoting creativity and personal identity, the performers gave it their all on the stage to see which team would take their talents to Gator Growl, the biggest event of Homecoming Week, on Friday, October 14.

“I came to support my friends who are on the Sabor Latino dance team,” said Brandon Apagueño a third-year psychology major at UF.

Apagueño was ecstatic when hearing that Sabor Latino won the competition.

“Sabor Latino will be performing at Gator Growl! I know they’re (his friends) expecting me to go for sure now,” Apagueño said.

If you missed Sabor Latino’s performance at Soulfest, don’t worry, you have the opportunity to see them at Gator Growl alongside Passion Pit; Waka Flocka Flame and DJ Whoo Kid; Timeflies; and Maddie & Tae.

Click the link below if you haven’t purchased your tickets yet, and please stay safe at the event. Until next time!