Cultural differences gave way to an artistic mix of dance, African drumming, puppetry, playwriting, magic and rock bands last weekend as students from around Southeast Asia came together to celebrate their love of the arts. 'Metamorphosis', the South East Asia Student Activity Conference's annual arts festival, saw 135 students from Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and Hong Kong attend a weekend of workshops and take part in a gala performance at the Canadian International School. The festival, which was held in Hong Kong for the first time, included three rock bands performing their original music and a comedy improvisation group. Festival co-ordinator Erin Keefe said students learned that they could share their passion for the arts with other students, regardless of nationality or religion. 'It was one of those peak experiences where they pushed themselves beyond the limits and produced something really inspiring,' she said. 'For us the focus was not just the arts but the cross-cultural exchange.'