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Students from Ghana in traditional dress participate in the fashion show

Students from Ghana in traditional dress participate in the fashion show

There were 23 different stalls at the fifth annual iDay, which was held in Colloseum on Campus Valla on Friday 21 May. Exhibitors were from all corners of the world, from countries as diverse as Ghana, Belgium, Bangladesh and Colombia.

The event, which is organised by the International Students Association (ISA), continues to increase in popularity and this year’s event saw a packed venue. The fair is an opportunity for international students at LiU to showcase their home countries with posters, films and traditional foods.

Zohed from Bangladesh who studies for a master’s in Computer Science offered spicy yoghurt drinks and told of the theme behind their stall. “This year we are showing the rural side of Bangladesh, with food typical of a village. The stall itself is shaped like a traditional village hut and it took us three days and three nights to build!”

Columbian students were part of the exhibitors for the first time this year and had a great time. They had miniature buses, fruit, coffee and delicious dulce de leche on offer at their stall.

Also new for this year was a dedicated stage, where students performed traditional dances from their countries and there was also a fashion show with traditional clothes which drew loud cheers from the audience. Judging by the loudness of the cheers and the clapping the clear winner was a three-year old Pakistani boy in a traditional gold brocade coat.

Jelena from International Student Association was very pleased with the fair and the turnout, after having spent the past three months preparing for the event. “We had originally planned to have the fair outside but the forecast was of rain, which proved to be very wrong, but maybe that’s something for next year, it would give us much more space. We introduced a stage this year to deal with the crowds, last year the performances were held in the middle of the floor and that made it very crowded”.

Therese Winder 2010-05-21

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Last updated: 2010-05-24