IT TRULY was a global affair at Quest International University Perak (QIU) during the “Voices of Culture” celebration at its campus in Ipoh.
Various types of international cuisine were served, accompanied by traditional musical performances from Bangladesh, China and several African countries as well as an international fashion show featuring traditional outfits from 15 countries.
The event, organised by QIU’s Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) students, was held to mark the United Nations’ World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development.
The cultural show kicked off with thunderous Punjabi dhol drums, followed by performances from QIU’s Music Club and Dance Club.
Students Ruth Wilson Das and Eden Barua, from India and Bangladesh respectively, sang a duet that was a ballad interspersed with rap.
After them, members of the Chinese Society performed a traditional instrumental piece.
The entertainment continued with an enthralling African house music dance that had the crowd swaying in unison, before an impassioned performance from Malaysian crooner Muhammad Imran Shamshul Baharin.
Traditional costumes including from Sudan, Mauritius and Japan were paraded in the fashion show that followed the entertainment segment.
“Voices of Culture” was a hit with guests who enjoyed the vibrancy and passion showcased.
Visitor Jamie Bendy, 25, said it was fantastic to see such a wide array of cultures represented.
“The performers were so passionate and skilled; I particularly enjoyed the drum performance,” said Bendy.
“It is really important to embrace and understand different cultures and I think this event managed to do it perfectly,” he added.
QIU chief operating officer Nicholas Goh said the event was meant as a platform for students to showcase their unique cultures.
“QIU is all about diversity and we have a truly multi-cultural staff and student body.
“We want all of them to share the wonder of their respective cultures with the university and community at large,” he said.
“Events like this allow the community to learn about different cultures from around the world.
“It improves and strengthens our bonds of unity and mutual understanding.
“Students also gain valuable experience from working together to put on this event, which boosts their employability and skill set,” he added.