SUBU’s One World Festival 2017

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The annual One World Day is back! Only this time it was bigger and better, stretching over 3 days of fun activities! SUBU’s recent One World Festival 2017 has had a huge success amongst many students and staff members.

One World Day has been an ongoing tradition at Bournemouth University. It’s always been the perfect chance to learn about new cultures and spoil your taste buds. With many countries from all around the world represented each year One World Day has become an event anticipated and loved by many students.

This year the committee was composed by Charlie Souter-Phillips (VP Welfare), Sophie Bradfield (Democracy and Campaigns Coordinator), Wole Adesun (International Students (NonEU) Officer), Teodora Tepavicharova (Cultural Activities Officer) and Nina Nagel (International Students (EU) Officer). They decided to go a step further and stretch the event over 3 days. SUBU’s first ever One World Festival took place in the Student Centre from the 27th to the 29th of March.

The first two days were open to any cultural society or group of friends or individual who wanted to make a stall or host a workshop. This was the perfect opportunity for dance workshops and stalls on campus to campaign and fundraise, as for example did the Student Action for Refugees Society, who also took part in the festival to represent those who don’t have a home anymore.

On the 29th of March, the main event of the festival took place with over 300 attendees eager to explore the cultures of the many countries represented at over 20 stalls.

Charlie, VP Welfare and Head of the One World planning committee was very pleased with the good response:

It was so great to see hundreds attend this amazing event to learn new things about other people’s cultures, trying their food and speaking to them about their traditions!

The whole festival had been organised by students for students and there were many volunteers on site, who did a fabulous job running the final night!

The evening was an incredible cultural extravaganza that featured foods from all around the world. Diverse performances were also part of a talent show on stage, featuring acts from the traditional Irish Siege of Ennis to dance offs to Nigerian music.

Each event goer would receive a ‘Global Passport’ upon entrance. All the stickers from the stalls then had to be collected in order to gain an entry into a prize draw for a tour of the Jurassic Coast! This made people eager to visit each single country in order to gain all the stickers.

All stalls had a variety of FREE food to offer, all made by members of the respective cultural society or individual students. The menu ranged from dumplings to haggis over curry and traditional Arabic tea.

Charlie was very grateful for all the students who decided to participate in the main event:

It wouldn’t have been the same without all the amazing societies and stall holders who cooked the yummy food and decorated their tables in beautiful ways, so thank you to you all for showcasing your country!

Apart from the food, each stall offered an opportunity to dive into a different culture. Some let you try on their traditional clothes, others had books with beautiful pictures from foreign landscapes making you want to jump on a plane right away.

Student Action for Refugees also had a stall where they collected signatures for their Equal Access to Higher Education Campaign. They also collaborated with the Islamic society on henna tattoos for donations towards their ‘Rave for Refugees’ fundraiser night out.

All in all the event was super inclusive and had something going on for everyone. It showed how beautifully diverse Bournemouth University is and how we all harmonise together! Food, Culture, Music, Entertainment and even charity work all in one place. What could you want more from a free student led event?!

SUBU’s One World Festival 2017 was definitely a huge success and I can’t wait to visit next year’s!