A free feast of student culture
A celebration of multicultural creativity is about to take over the Massey University campus in Palmerston North.
Massey University Students’ Association clubs have banded together for a five-day and free oncampus festival showcasing the talents, skills and interests of their members.
MUSA clubs and events coordinator Gunhild Litwin said the idea grew out of last September’s annual Unity and Diversity concert at the Globe Theatre.
‘‘We agreed that it was a pity to put such an enormous amount of effort for a one-off concert, so we thought about bringing it back on campus and taking a ‘fun palace’ approach to learning about different cultures and activities.’’
Winter was the perfect time for such an event, Litwin said.
‘‘The idea is when it is grey and cold to bring some colour, fun, vibrancy, smells, sounds and music to brighten things up.’’
It would also break club members out of their own interest bubbles.
Litwin said the opportunity to reach out also extended to the wider community to come in to the university for a celebratory event held over six campus venues. Entry to all events and workshops will be free, but koha will be accepted.
Saba Azeem from the International Postgraduates and Mature Students Club said it was also an opportunity for PhD students to come out of their rooms and engage with the rest of the student population.
The Arts and Cultures Fest opens on Monday with art and photography exhibitions, a kava ceremony, Chinese spun sugar painting, a hair braiding workshop, a visual art opening with entertainment from the Fire and Circus Club, and improv workshops with Spontaneous.
Later in the week, there will be 60- to 90-minute workshops for Indonesian batik and snacks, as well as freestyle dance, poi making, henna tattooing, Bollywood dance and journalling with Helen Lehndorf.
The workshops, performances and displays are mainly centred on the MUSA Lounge, Massey Concourse, the Sir Geoffrey Perren Auditorium and the library, but also in the Rec Centre dojo.
More details are available on the MUSA Facebook page, with programmes with a campus map available on-campus and at iSite in The Square.
Massey Muslim Society member Hima Cheerma draws a tattoo on Fareeda Barzak at last year’s clubs showcase.