DIVERSITY is Limkokwing University of Creative Technology’s strength. This was celebrated at its recently concluded annual International Cultural Festival.
Students from 110 countries joined hands and celebrated their differences in the most spectacular way, from producing craft, preparing food and performing in national costumes, till the wee hours of the morning.
This feat was recognised by the Malaysia Book of Records as the ‘most number of countries’ delegates participating in a cultural festival’.
Themed “Be Fly”, around 40 booths were decorated with unique items and packaged with traditional stories on what it showcased, to give visitors an insight into the country it represented.
For Abdullah Zarbakht Shahid, 25, in his three years of attending the festival, he has learnt how little he knew about the countries that are part of the festival.
“You can find the whole world here by just taking one round around the campus!
“I hope this event will go on every year. It is one of the most fruitful events we have,” adds the third year Bachelor of Information, Communication and Technology student.
Hailing from Pakistan, Abdullah Zarbakht says the cultural night is his favourite as he not only gets to witness the beautiful showcase of traditional clothing, but learns the traditional dance of a country and its food by visiting the booths and through the friendly dance competitions.
“We replicated a shrine that was built between 1320 and 1324, situated in Multan, Pakistan, in our booth.
“It is one of the country’s most valued heritage and we wanted to showcase it to the students,” says Abdullah Zarbakht, who is also an international student ambassador, on his booth.
Rana Shabib, 22, says the cultural festival gets better each year.
“Each year more countries get involved and I get to know more students; it feels good.
“I actually feel like I have travelled the world thanks to the festival!
“Every activity held is my favourite. From the people visiting our booths to the performances.
“I know how tough it is to organise an event of this scale but I hope it will continue every year,” adds the fourth year civil engineering student.
The student ambassador’s booth showcased a traditional house back in her homeland, Bahrain. The walls and frames depict traditional values of the country, she shares.
Indonesian Muhammad Tandra Utama, 20, looks forward to the festival every year.
“It provides students from different backgrounds with a platform to showcase their traditions and culture to an international audience.
“My booth showcased a traditional house from Jakarta, Indonesia, called Rumah Betawi and it is decorated with traditional Betawi statues called ondel-ondel,” says the third year Bachelor of International Business student.
Ashley Ngwarai Jutas, who was part of the student organising committee, says while planning the festival was a long series of events, the aim is to showcase “the best cultural gala any institution can offer”.
“It was six months of hard work, sleepless nights and multiple events along the way.
“Throughout the experience, I have learnt team management, communication skills, dealing with deadlines and pressure, and the ability to turn ideas into reality,” adds the Bachelor in Construction Management student from Zimbabwe.
Students from Sunderland College in the United Kingdom flew to Malaysia solely to take part in the unique celebration of arts and cultures. They also performed a mesmerising dance that charmed the crowd.
Local artistes such as girl group De Fam and Joe Flizzow floored the audience with their performances.
Sultanah of Pahang Sultanah Kalsom, who is the chancellor, attended the event with the university’s president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing.
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