Students and volunteers came together on Saturday 21 April to host the first ever Culture Festival at the International Campus. The Festival saw students from various countries and regions host stalls which represented their nationalities with fun games, food and artefacts. There were also plenty of main stage performances to keep the audience entertained which ranged from traditional Kung Fu to country/pop music.
Francesca Celi, Organiser of the Culture Festival and member of the International Student Council said: "The idea of the Cultural Festival was to let students share their countries' traditions, art, activities and games. The outcome was extremely positive. Chinese and International students cooperated in creating a real international environment, with performances of traditional songs and dances from all over the world, several stands divided by international countries and Chinese regions, and a range of food delicacies offered by the canteen. During the festival, students shared traditional games and activities, and visitors had the chance to collect 'Visas' from every stand to complete their official Culture Festival passports."
The Festival was jointly arranged by the International Student Council, Student Union, Residential College Student Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Youth League Committee, and provided a real insight to the international nature of the campus. Students from over 46 different countries and regions were represented at the Festival and over 100 people attended. K.C. Ting, Vice Dean of International Campus, Jenny Wang, member of Party Working Committee and Director of Office of Student Affairs of International Campus, Haidong Qu, Vice Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Chen Ye, Vice Dean of ZJE, and Ma Hao, Vice Dean of ZJUI, also participated.
Francesca said: "The effort from all the students was incredible, they volunteered in preparing the stands and entertaining the guests during the duration of the festival. It was a wonderful occasion of cooperation among students' associations, a chance for everyone to understand each other's origins, and to engage altogether in creating an international spirit for our Campus."
A gallery with all images from the Culture Festival is available on our Facebook page.