Music and food celebrate Highbury College’s cultures

Stuart Burnham with 12-year-old Andrew Impey and his mum, Kirstine Burnham   Picture: Habibur Rahman

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MULTICULTURALISM was in full swing at a college in Portsmsouth that hosted music, activities and food to celebrate its diverse population.

Staff and students at Highbury College enjoyed Tai Chi, Scottish dancing, Indian head messages, Henna painting, Origami, steel drum playing and much more at their annual multicultural festival.

Virginia Lam, 19, an international student from Hong Kong studying business, said: ‘I am delighted to introduce my country to more people.

‘At the festival I displayed various aspects of Hong Kong including the sights, foods, taboos, traditions and cultures of the country.

‘Some of the students and staff said they would like to visit Hong Kong in the future which gave me a lot of satisfaction.’

Jack Davenport, 21, represents young people from 88 countries as president of Highbury’s student union.

He said: ‘All of the students who may not have been so aware of different cultures have definitely come away from the festival with a greater appreciation and understanding of the many cultures we have at the college.

‘It was great to see everyone really get involved in representing their own cultural background and showing a keen interest in those of others.

‘Through events like this the students will leave the college with an open mind and a positive attitude towards people from all around the world.’