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CANDI hosts colourful Culture Day event to celebrate diverse student body

Staff and students at CANDI host an exciting Culture Day celebration across its three college sites.

City and Islington College (CANDI) hosted an exciting celebration of multiculturalism as it welcomed students and staff to take part in Culture Day.

CANDI hosts colourful Culture Day event to celebrate diverse student body

The event, which took place on 29 April, involved around 20 student volunteers who ran events across CANDI’s four sites, the Centre for Business, Arts and Technology in Camden Road (CBAT), the Sixth Form College and Centre for Applied Sciences in Angel and the Centre for Lifelong Learning in Finsbury Park.

The student volunteers made posters to publicise the event and collaborated to create a multicultural playlist featuring songs from around the world. They also styled the event space with flag bunting and a balloon arch.

CANDI hosts colourful Culture Day event to celebrate diverse student body

During the event, over 500 students took part in a range of exciting activities that showcased the wonderful range of cultures represented across CANDI’s colleges. Students were invited to wear clothing from their cultures or flags which represented their home nation or cultural heritage. 

The student volunteers showcased their skills and creativity by organising a range of Culture Day activities which included:

  • A henna stall where students could have intricate designs applied to their skin
  • A giant map for students to place a sticker on to mark their cultural roots. By the end of the event, the map was covered in colourful dots showing the diversity of the CANDI community
  • A badge-making stall where students could create pin badges of different flags
  • A flag trivia quiz that challenged students to match 12 flags to the appropriate country
  • A performance by the CANDI dance group
  • Sharing music and dance styles from different cultures. Students were able to request songs and this led to some wonderful spontaneous dancing
CANDI hosts colourful Culture Day event to celebrate diverse student body

The event was a joyful celebration of diversity and multiculturalism. Students enjoyed sharing elements from their own cultural backgrounds and learning more about the culture of their peers.

Student volunteer Deimante Sidoraviciute, who is a Year 12 Sixth Form College studying A Levels in English Literature, Sociology, and Psychology, said: “Culture Day meant a lot to me as I was able to learn different cultures. It was amazing looking at the map and seeing the variety of countries people were from. The highlight of the day was seeing all the cultural attire and the dances as well as the music.”

Another student volunteer from the Sixth Form College, Chanel Haake, who is studying A Levels in Sociology, Philosophy, and Politics, said: “Thank you for coordinating such a special event, we really appreciate it as well. A truly unforgettable experience!

CANDI hosts colourful Culture Day event to celebrate diverse student body

Catherine Quinn, Deputy Head of School CANDI’s Sixth Form College, said: “Today has been absolutely gorgeous for our students! [I] got a bit emotional earlier hearing the students talk about it!”

At Capital City College Group (CCCG), we take every opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our staff and student body and remain committed to meeting the needs of our learners within a multicultural society.

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