Qatar University has opened its 2012 Cultural Village bringing cultural displays, theatre and dance performances, exhibitions, art, poetry, food, singing and music from the student body to the masses.
The four-day event is in its fifth year and has involved students from more than 20 countries across the globe, including Iraq, India, Somalia, Egypt, Bahrain, Yemen, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Sudan, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, Palestine, China, Australia, Turkey, South Korea, Japan, USA and Yemen.
It is aimed at bringing students from these different cultures together to share their history and traditions by sampling delicacies from other nations and watching performances of traditional dances or which tell stories about countries’ pasts.
This year’s festivities will include evening performances of folkloric tales and a fashion show as well as a number of booths and exhibitions.
Qatar University president Professor Sheikha Abdulla al-Misnad, who opened the event, told the Gulf Times: “I encourage all students to take this opportunity to share their own culture and history with their colleagues, QU members and the wider Qatar community. This event is a perfect ice-breaker for our new students and makes the settling-in process more exciting and enjoyable.”
He added that last year’s event was reported to be the best so far and he is confident that this year’s can go even further.
“This is a long-awaited event for the students and the community. I consider it a great chance to bridge the cultural gap between students who come from different places in the globe,” he continued.
Qatar University is the largest of its kind in the nation and welcomes a number of international students each year from all across the globe. Over 50 international students enrolled in September 2011.
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