Time and again you hear the terms ‘globalisation’, ‘global village’ to refer to a closely connected world of ours, and nothing epitomised this better than at the Moon Chun Multifunction Hall two weeks ago. The Global Festival Night (GNF) kicked off with much fanfare and frolic, with an ensemble of performances lined up, a plethora of lip-smacking food from different countries all at a totally affordable student budget-all for free! With representation from 20 countries, spanning 4 continents, the party started off with an inauguration which was graced by President Way KUO himself along with other members of the Global Services Office (GSO) and Student Residence Office (SRO) and a representative from each participating booth.
With the conclusion of the opening statements, and perhaps to the sound of very noisy bellies, the gauntlet was submitted and food was ready to be served. I, for instance, was lucky enough this time to be just close to the Canada booth and didn’t waste too much time queuing up for some good old poutine and the deliciously sweet beaver tail, all to the sound of Justin Beiber’s-Baby, the country’s illustrious ambassador.
Conveniently, our good buddies from Pakistan were next door serving the famous Chicken Biriyani–an opportunity I wasn’t going to miss. While sneaking a second serving just before getting the ornate looking sweet-jalebi, I managed to speak to Sagar PINJANI (Residence Tutor of Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 3, Finance), organiser of the booth, who told me that it took them around 7 hours just to prep for the night’s event. It was an effort that paid off as it won the best food later that night.
Hopping from booth to booth and getting a taste of the various cultures present was both fun and insightful for it helped people exchanging experiences through food. Hong Kong Day, our very own representatives from Hong Kong, enlightened its patrons with the understanding of its ubiquitous game-Mahjong–among other things to get non-local students overcome the much complex nature of it. Apple LEUNG (Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall) an elated representative of the group, felt happy with the participation turnout at the table and the overcoming of schedule conflict of its members during the preparation week.
A good amount of recognition was due for the effort of Abir HUSSAIN (Hall 10, Year 1, Mechatronic Engineering) from the Bangladesh booth. In order to prepare for this event, he had to convince his professor to reschedule his exam which strongly showed the effort and passion that went into the making of the event. On a side note, the chat puti, pakoda, dhoodhkoli pita and semai were lip-smacking treats to the patron!
Next, with the performances underway, the stage was set on fire with a round of dazzling dances, skits, and band performances. It kicked off with an ensemble of performances from Hong Kong and China, with a creative display of tactful juggling and a steamy K-Pop choreography, warming up the effervescent crowd to the Bollywood performance that followed from the Indian crew which also deservedly won the best performance of the night. Later winning the best booth award, the Taiwanese enthralled the audience with an energetic choreography, peppered with pop-cultural Taiwanese references and a chorus in unison. The Malaysians followed suite with a resplendent performance, echoing a chorus that rang-proud Malaysian heritage!
Before drawing close the curtains, the crowd was treated to a sneak peak of Fame-the Broadway style musical, with an energetic and crowd-thumping dance-skit by the showmen. Denis MOLDOVEAN (Jockey Club Harmony Hall, Year 2, Finance) and dancer/actor of the group, excitedly encouraged “All must come for FAME on 9th and 10th of November! Believe me, it’s a ‘YUUGE’ show, bigly!”, and after the snippet from last night, the guests were definitely left wanting more .
All-in-all, the GFN was a fantastically organised and executed event, with all cheers and praise to the International Society!
Writer: William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
Photographer: Unnat CHOUDHURY (Hall 11), William, Sumanth LAZARUS (Jockey Club Harmony Hall)
攝: Unnat CHOUDHURY (舍堂十一)、William, Sumanth LAZARUS (賽馬會群萃堂)