Brock International Services will be hosting a Celebration of Nations this week in an effort to highlight the strength of Brock’s diverse international community.
This year’s installment of the celebration is being held from February 4 to Feb. 8. A number of events are scheduled to take place which showcase the multitude of countries all represented in the melting pot of Brock University. It promises to offer a glimpse into the uniqueness and the diversity of the thoughts, cultures, religions and ideas from each of the represented countries.
In years prior, Celebration of Nations took place on only one day of the week and took the form of a cultural fair in Market Hall. However this year, to accurately represent the international population — which comprises 11 per cent of the Brock community — the duration of the celebration has been extended, creating a total of five days of activities.
Mike Morrison, the marketing and communications officer at Brock International is anticipating that the week’s events will showcase just under 100 countries. The following events are on the agenda for the week:
Campus World Tour — Feb. 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The week started with a campus world tour in which saw a number of Brock’s cultural clubs could be found at tables across campus. Each table represented a different continent and educated guests about the region and highlighted students’ cultural experiences.
Cultural Dinner with the Ambassadors — Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m.
Students will be given the opportunity to dine with any of three International Student Ambassadors from three varied cultural backgrounds. Participants can choose between Latin-American food at Lost & Found Taqueria with Santiago, Trinidadian food at Soxy’s Trini Takeout with Ana, or authentic Chinese cuisine at Noah’s Kitchen with Wei.
CultureFEST – feat. MOROCCO — Feb. 5 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Brock International Services will be hosting an informal meet-and-greet session in the International Centre Global Commons that will highlight the culture of Morocco. The purpose of this event is to help students expand their social network, learn about country and its people, try new foods and participate in cultural traditions that are new to them.
International Talent Showcase — Feb. 6 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
An international talent showcase that is open to anyone willing to participate will be held in Isaac’s Bar & Grill. Students will share aspects of their own culture with the entire Brock community. The event will include live music, dancing, poetry and stories reflecting the cultural heritage of performers.
International Movie Night — Feb. 7 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A movie night will be hosted in the International Centre Global Commons that will feature one of four acclaimed international films. Students will be able to select between The African Doctor, Lionheart, Roma and The Salesman by casting a vote on Brock International’s Instagram story on Feb. 5. The event is free of charge and snacks and drinks will be provided.
Encore! Professional Concert Series presents: Libre with Amanda Martinez and friends — Feb. 8 from 7:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Canadian singer-songwriter Amanda Martinez will be performing at the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in downtown St. Catharines. The concert features songs from Amanda Martinez’s latest album celebrating freedom of all kinds. Martinez’s music blends Mexican and South African sounds with flamenco soul. Interested students and staff can purchase tickets at firstontariopac.ca. The cost for students is $23 and $29 for general admission.
Chinese New Year Gala — Feb. 8 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Chinese New Year, also known as Chinese Spring Festival, is the most important festival in Chinese culture. Brock’s Confucius Institute, in association with a number of partners, will host a free-to attend Chinese New Year Gala featuring Chinese performances and a rich choice of food. The gala will be held at Merriton Community Centre.
Sandra Gruosso, the associate director of Brock International Services, is convinced that attending events during the Celebration of Nations will only serve to increase the ways domestic students perceive foreign cultures and traditions and increase appreciation of the diversity Brock is known for.
Interested students are encouraged to take part in the week’s activities as much as possible. For those who are interested in volunteering, they can contact Christoper Illich via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students interested in signing up for the international talent showcase are advised that they can do so at brocku.ca/nations. More information about each event can be found either on ExperienceBU or at brocku.ca/nations.