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.

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