University celebrates its international flavours

28 July 2003
UCT staff and students bearing victuals, insignia and sounds from a mosaic of nations and cultures will get together from August 4 to 9 - with an unofficial lead-in on August 1 - to celebrate International Week, the University's annual cosmopolitan fête.

Hosted by the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) alongside a score of student organisations and societies, the weeklong event, this year dubbed as The World at UCT, will as usual boast foodstuffs, dress and melodies from a host of countries, all presented by international and local UCT students and staff, of course. The itinerary will feature, among many other items, talks, a poetry and song fest, a film screening and, as its signature grand finale, a Kaleidoscope of Cultures evening in Jameson Hall on Saturday, August 9.

Presentations on semester-abroad studies and exchange opportunities are also lined up. Guests over the week will include Jane Raphaely, CEO of Associate Magazines and editor-in-chief of O Magazine South Africa; fashion designer Gavin Rajah; as well as UCT graduate and actor-filmmaker Akin Omotoso, whose lauded God is African will be screened on Friday, August 8.

According to IAPO's international student officer, Jerome September, the event is intended to showcase the scope of students and experiences at UCT. "Through International Week we also want to celebrate and highlight issues around internationalisation and to celebrate diversity."

International Week will kick off - unofficially - with a Black Law Students Forum Cultural Evening on Friday, August 1.

More information about the event can be obtained from September at 650-2822/3740 or via e-mail at

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