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UOWD 6th Annual Multicultural Festival

Monday, 21 November, 2011

Celebrating the universitys cultural diversity
The University of Wollongong in Dubai (UOWD) staged its 6th Annual Multicultural Festival by presenting the art and culture from various countries during the three-day event from November 14 to 16.

Students from Australia, UAE, India, Iran, Pakistan, China, Egypt, Oman, Philippines, Peru, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh, Africa and Iraq (combined with other Arab countries like Syria, Yemen) put up stalls displaying the particular colours, designs and icons of the countries. The colourful event showcased the different cultural practices, music, language and traditions, along with diverse cuisines from these countries.

A photo booth manned by members of the Photography Club allowed staff and guests to take pictures wearing different costumes or in different national outfits. They could also take a picture in Cleopatras crown and jewellery at the Egypt stall.

Students treated themselves to Arabic dishes like home-made kosharee, shawarmas, makshey, felafel, mutabel, humous, biryanis, and well as cuisine like dumplings, spring rolls, Uzbek pilav and boorsok, Russian food and some fast food, including pizzas, KFC and sweets from different countries.

The activities include writing names in Chinese alphabets and Arabic letters; Pakistani traditional dances; Indian drum beats and Perus cultural dance with their distinctive instrumental music on flute.
Paintings of three talented students -- Fariha, Paayal and Alifiya -- were displayed at the venue. The winning pictures from the photo competition were also displayed.

In the Best Stall Competition, Peru, presented by postgraduate student Melissa Povis, garnered the highest points followed by UAE and Philippines. The competition was judged by Dr. Laubei Li, Sandra Lee, Arpana Sharma and Talien Huisman.

The final day of the Festival presented a team building drumming with African dance performed by some students and staff.
Among the memorable dance and music performances, the most impressive were the famous Dragon Dance by Chinese students, belly dance by Amina, a special drumming session by a student from Morocco, a Dhabka dance by some Arab students from Lebanon, Palestine, Jordan and Egypt. There was also a show stopper a parade of students representing the countries with their respective flags.

"The 6th UOWD Multicultural Festival was once again a big success, thanks to the hard work of the organizing team and participating students, said Franky Barreto, Student Services Manager, UOWD. "It truly celebrated the multiculturalism that is the hallmark of the university.