WMU International Day 2013
International Day has been an annual tradition at WMU since 1999. In the years prior, there were similar events, but the high standard for the event set in 1999 by Nichola Stewart from Jamaica made International Day an annual affair that has become a highlight of the WMU experience in Malmö.
Over 250 people gathered in the courtyard of the Henrik Smith Residence on 6 July to celebrate world culture, dance, food, and song. This year’s celebration was particularly notable since 2013 is the 30th anniversary year of WMU, meaning there was even more excitement in the air than usual. Summer finally decided to arrive that weekend and the large tent was a welcome source of shade for the crowd. The celebration started with the WMU choir singing the WMU song and “We are the World” before moving on to an international fashion show. Many of the students wore their national costumes creating a colorful atmosphere. As is the tradition each year, the students prepared specialty foods that are representative of their home countries. Several countries offered performances that ranged from traditional folk dance to more contemporary forms of dance that even included a glimpse of the global sensation Gangnam Style.
Overall it was a festive and congenial atmosphere highlighting the spirit of WMU that emphasizes sharing with, and embracing other cultures. It is an exceptional WMU community event, graciously hosted by the students, in many cases with support of their friends and families, that brings staff, faculty, host families, and guests together for a memorable afternoon of camaraderie.