WorldFest 2023, 6-12 March

An annual celebration of our culturally diverse student and staff community!

WorldFest sign

Next week is WorldFest at University of Kent!

Our student body represents over 157 nationalities, with 29% of our students identifying as international.

Taking place between 6 – 12 March, WorldFest is a series of free events that celebrate our cultural diversity, happening across the Canterbury and Medway campuses.

Here are just some of the events taking place during WorldFest.

Global Cuisine

Take your tastebuds on a world tour at the International Food Fayre at the Central Plaza on the Canterbury campus all week.

Sample souvlaki wraps and salad boxes from street food specialists Hide & Greek; enjoy an authentic Spanish experience from paella caterer Spanish HomeMade; check out award-winning Korean food from ROK Kitchen; feast on Moroccan cooking from Flo’s Falafels; celebrate South African cuisine with food truck Saffa Bru; and savour Firecracker Brisket Roll, BBQ Corn ‘Ribs’ and Buffalo Chicken Wings from Kent Hospitality.

There will be meat free options available, as well as other dietary requirement options.

World Trivia

Are you globally minded? Want to show off your worldly knowledge and win prizes?

Head to the Kent Global Hangouts Worldfest Quiz run by our very own Global Officers on 6 March in the Gulbenkian Café from 5-6pm.

There are limited places, so book your free ticket in advance!

World Cinema

The College and Community Life Team (CCL) have collaborated with our Global Officers to bring you the international WorldFest Movie Night in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 on 7 March from 5.30pm until 9pm.

Come along…there will be free popcorn!

International Music

Join the University Community Choir on 8 March from 1pm-2pm in Colyer-Fergusson as they celebrate WorldFest with a Swahili song as a part of their weekly session.

Festival of Colours

Join in the celebration of the traditional Hindu Festival of Colours to mark the end of winter!

Also known as the Festival of Spring and the Festival of Love, Holi is a vibrant celebration that welcomes the coming spring. People celebrate by daubing one another playfully with coloured powder in an energetic riot of colour.

Join in the fun on our Medway campus on 8 March at 12pm. Or on our Canterbury campus on Saturday 11 March between 12pm and 2pm between Eliot and Rutherford Colleges on the grass.

Wear a white t-shirt and be prepared to get colourful!

Women in STEM

Join the Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences; the Division of Natural Sciences and the UKC Women’s Network for their International Women’s Day: Women in STEM Panel Discussion and Q&A titled ‘How far have we come? What obstacles still need to be overcome?’.

The event will take place on 8 March between 12.45pm and 2pm in The Gulbenkian Cinema. All students and staff are welcome!

More Medway Events

Don’t miss the Worldfest Fair on 7 March at The Hub from midday to 3pm, free to all Medway students. Join in activities including African drumming, Indian printing, origami, henna, piñatas, flag making and more! Meet the cultural societies on campus and learn about a range of cultures from around the world.

Fancy dancing to music from across the globe? Head to The Deep End for Worldfest Club Night on 8 March from 8pm.

Or head to The Hub on 9 March at 6pm for WorldFest Movie Night

Want to learn more about WorldFest events? Head to the WorldFest webpage to find out more!

Got an idea for an event that isn’t listed here? Why not apply for the WorldFest Bitesize Fund? You can apply for up to £250 to help run a multicultural event. Download the application form to apply!