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18/08/2017

Developing knowledge and awareness of different cultures by promoting intercultural understanding, tolerance and mutual respect is the aim of the International Culture Fest, hosted by Nelson Mandela University’s Office for International Education.

The festival, taking place on Saturday, 19 August from 11:00 to 15:00 at the Tramways Building in Baakens Valley, provides a platform for the students and the community, from various walks of life to meet under one roof and celebrate the City’s rich cultural diversity.

The event which forms part of the University’s annual International Diversity Week, aims to involve the Nelson Mandela Bay community with the University’s cultural activities and showcase its appreciation for diversity both on and off campus.

There are approximately 1 500 international students from 84 countries at Nelson Mandela University. Fourteen of these countries will be represented at the festival, with food stalls providing free samples of traditional cuisine.

In addition, students will be exhibiting information, souvenirs and paraphernalia and showcasing their countries for visitors to experience an authentic depiction of these cultures.

Countries represented at the fest include France, South Africa, the Netherlands, Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Nigeria, Germany, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.

Local food vendors representing different cultural cuisines, including: Taco Mia, Foongs, the Burger Guys, Fire Foods, the Bay Leaf Café, Shisa African Restaurant, and the German Club will also be selling food at the festival. 

The entertainment line-up includes well-known bands, such as The Cottonfields and Irie Vibes Marimba Band. There will also be a Fusion Fashion show with CultureCut and Trench, as well as some other talented local artists from Nelson Mandela Bay (and the University). Performances will cover a wide range of cultures, from traditional African to Indian, right through to a Chinese Lion dance performance.

Members of the public are encouraged to support this this celebratory event. The entrance fee is R5, with free entrance for Nelson Mandela University students when they show their student ID cards. There will also be a shuttle service available between Summerstrand and the Tramways Building during the event for students. Student ID cards are required to access this service.

Picture: International Diversity Fest

Contact information
Ms Janine Wagenaar
Public Relations, Events and International Visitors Coordinator
Tel: 27 41 504 4093
janine.wagenaar@mandela.ac.za