Colourful Arctic Cultural Evening with a dozen nationalities
Every year in December students and staff members in Tornio unit come together to celebrate the Arctic Cultural Evening. This year Rovaniemi students were involved as well.
There were more than 140 students who participated at the event. The students represented at least 12 different nationalities.
This year the event took place in the Lappia Hall in Tornio at 11 December. Teresa Chen,
Senior Lecturer/International Coordinator at Lapland University of
Applied Sciences in Tornio, gave her best to organize this multicultural
and entertaining evening. Students of Tornio as well as from Kemi and
Rovaniemi were warmly invited and welcomed to join. For students from
Rovaniemi smooth transportation was provided. They took a bus
particularly chartered for the occasion.
The evening started at 17:30 as the director Leena Alalääkkölä welcomed and opened the evening formally.
from all campuses could meet before heading to the room where the meal
was held. We then came to the restaurant to enjoy a delicious Christmas
dinner. The course of the dinner was very well organized; the three
different dishes were presented as a buffet. We discovered a variety of
products traditionally eaten at Christmas, such as caviar pie, exotic
baked sweet potatoes, or the chocolate-cherry pastry. The meal was very
good, the service was professional and the decoration of the room
created a joyful Christmas atmosphere.
After dinner we had some
free time, during which we could take pictures at the photo booth space.
A photographer was there to capture all the good moments of the
At 19:00 there were some greetings and opening speeches.
After that it was show time! All students had the opportunity to show
their talents while presenting an aspect of their culture. The whole
show was presented by three students, much like an American show. It was
very well organized. We enjoyed presentations and performances of many
different nationalities. Students from China, Russia, Finland, France,
Czech Republic, Slovakia and the USA entertained us with songs,
sketches, audio-visual presentations and dances.
show people were invited to test their general knowledge of culture by
filling in a cultural quiz with questions related to the performances.
Each row was considered one team. At the end of the show, quizzes were
collected and a winner was acclaimed.
Seats were assigned randomly
according to a colour code. At the entrance of the room each person got a
coloured paper that matched the row in which he must find a place. This
enabled us to meet new people from other locations of Lapland UAS as well
as diverse origins. Thus, it promoted contact between students who do
not yet know each other.
A favourable side effect of the evening
for the performers was to practice to give performances in front of an
audience or on a stage. Promoting cultural diversity and making the
audience discover different countries definitely was the main purpose of
All in all we experienced a very nice evening full of entertainment and new discoveries in a multicultural environment.
Editors: Vindic Héléna, Calvez Bleuenn, Reto Anne-Laurene, Hespe Johanna
Photographer: Shybinskyi Oleksandr