What: UBC Student Global Fest and Cultural Showcase, a celebration of global diversity
Where: UBC’s Okanagan campus, Charles E. Fipke Centre for Innovative Research
When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
- Food and drinks from around the world, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
- Music, dance and performances, 6 to 8 p.m.
Call it a trip around the world in 80 minutes. The diversity of culture, homeland customs, food and entertainment takes centre stage on Wednesday, November 5, at UBC for a popular event on UBC’s Okanagan campus – Global Fest.
The public is invited to join and discover UBC’s community and meet students who represent more than 90 countries. It will be a day of heritage, culture and community at UBC Okanagan.
The student Cultural Showcase runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will exhibit the diverse global community that comprise UBC’s campus. Students will share what makes their country special – food, music, traditions, myths, legends, and of course, the arts. Then everyone is invited to join for a night of dancing and music from around the world from 6 to 8 p.m.
“Global Fest is one of our largest and most popular events every year, with faculty, staff and students all taking part in the activities and celebrations,” says Philipp Reichert, acting manager of international programs and services at UBC. “Global Fest is just one example of UBC's broader internationalization strategy in action at our Okanagan campus with a focus on increasing international engagement and intercultural understanding while bringing members of the campus community together.”
Global Fest brings people together to experience cultural diversity with students, faculty and staff representing more than 80 countries and many more cultures, says Reichert.
“For our students, it is a great opportunity to represent their culture to the campus community, often breaking down stereotypical assumptions and generalizations and provides a great learning opportunity for both the presenters and participants.”
Pay parking is available on campus.