Date published: March 10, 2016
One World Week: Huge celebration of culture coming to campus
After we were named as one of the world's 'most international universities', we want to celebrate the diversity of our staff and student population by holding our first ever ‘One World Week’ here on campus.
Taking place throughout the week of Monday 14 March, this festival will celebrate multiculturalism and the joy we all experience when sharing our individual cultures with people from other backgrounds.
Ourselves, the Sports Centre, the Students’ Union, the library and SALFOOD have partnered together to bring you a bumper week of nearly 38 events set to take you across the world and help you familiarise yourself with all the cultures that are present here in Salford. Attending just three of these events will get you a loyalty card and put you in the hat to win one of many fantastic prizes, including a year membership at Home, £100 high street vouchers and more.
Music, language and of course, food are huge parts of our individual cultures and we will be sharing these things with one another throughout One World Week, hopefully helping you to try something new and learn more about your peers at Salford.
A music extravaganza
As with any good festival, music is a prominent theme throughout One World Week. Starting off the week with a bang will be the ‘Manchester School of Samba’, who will deliver a Brazilian carnival percussion & dance performance on Monday in University House. Following their performance with a workshop in the Activities Space, the local samba group will give you a hands-on experience of the drums, the dancing and much more.
After you’ve enjoyed the Samba sound of Brazil on Monday, you can experience the sound of West Africa on Tuesday when the hugely popular Kora Collective perform in Maxwell Canteen from 12pm. On Thursday you’ll have the chance to show off your musical skills in our International Café karaoke session. Held from 12PM in the Activities Space, this is a chance for you to sing and share songs from your home country and enjoy free Japanese food at the same time.
Sharing culture with food from all cuisines
We will also be enjoying and sharing food from other cultures throughout One World Week. International Café will have themed activities each day and provide free food from different cuisines at each drop in for all attendees, before finishing the off the week with a cooking demo on Friday where you can learn from other students how to cook their favourite traditional dish. SALFOOD will also be offering different international cuisine in Maxwell and Allerton throughout the week, allowing you to try everything from Greek to Irish stew on St Patrick’s Day, which falls on the fourth day of One World Week.
Party with your peers
One thing that is definitely universal, especially in Salford, is our love for a good party and One World Week will be full of them. The Students’ Union will be hosting an Arabian Party in Atmosphere on Tuesday evening and will follow it up the next day with a huge Holi celebration in Peel Park from 1pm. Also known as ‘The Festival of Colours’, this jubilant event gives you the chance to run into a sky full of colour and enjoy some Bollywood beats at the same time. There will also be a special UV party to keep the celebration of colour going in Atmosphere from 7.30pm.
The Sports Centre will also be helping us get in the party mood, with their Dance Riot class on Wednesday in the Sports Hall from 6PM, which incorporates elements of dance from all cultures, and there two Zuu fitness classes taking place on Monday and Thursday which give you the chance to move like an animal.
The final party of the week takes place at Atmosphere to mark St Patrick’s Day. This Irish festival is hugely popular in the UK and the Students’ Union will be playing some Irish favourites from 12pm, so get involved.
With so much going on throughout this week, we hope you can come along and get involved with as many events as you like. The full programme of events can be viewed here.
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