You’ve probably heard of the famous novel ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’ by Jules Verne set in 1872. In the novel, one of the protagonists questions the Daily Telegraph’s claim that, with the new railway built in India, it would be possible to travel around the world in 80 days. This catalyses a wager between members of the Reform Club and an inventor to attempt to prove this claim.
Back then, traveling the world so fast could only be achieved through fiction or dreaming. However, in 2015, not only is it more than possible to travel the world in eighty days, but even just in one afternoon.
Hosted at the Student Union, International Day allowed Loughborough University’s students to circumnavigate the world in as little as an hour. By attending the event they could get a taste of the cuisines, learn about the customs, and experience the cultures of over forty different countries.
Run by the international students of Loughborough University, each stall created a microcosmic taster of the country it represented, sharing not only its delicious food and rich history, but vivaciously representing each country’s presence in the Loughborough community. The best part is that this lively, exciting, and informative event was completely free for all students. This is a particularly appealing aspect to most uni students because who doesn’t love free food?
However, International day didn’t only feature free food and information stalls, but also included captivating live performances. A wide range of acts were exhibited by the international students, showcasing the traditional music, dances, and arts from around the globe. From spellbinding performances of Indian songs and graceful renditions traditional Russian dances, to breakdancing and an all inclusive performance of ‘Danza Kuduro’, the acts became more than just entertainment and transformed into vessels through which all who viewed them could experience new cultures.
International Day at Loughborough University was a truly unique way of experiencing and exploring our vast and diverse world. When else can you get from Italy to Australia in just a few steps? If you didn’t get a chance to stop by this year, lucky for you, it’s an annual event, so if you missed it make sure you attend next year. We promise you wont regret it!
Photography by Till Sieberth