Students and staff celebrated the music, dance, arts and food of different cultures at Sheffield Hallam University’s biggest ever SHU Fest event.

This was the seventh SHU Fest that has been held at the university since it began in 2011.

The event helps students and staff members to take part in something that allows them to express talents they may have and reflects the university’s diversity through the performances and activities from all different backgrounds.

Samantha Jane Logan, Hallam’s International Experience Senior Officer and one of the organisers of SHU Fest, said: “This university has an incredible range of talent from around the world.

“SHU Fest is a great opportunity for the students and staff alike to showcase their cultural traditions and to get involved in something alongside their studies.

“It brings those traditions to a whole new audience and the variety of events mean there’s something for everyone.”

The event had over 40 different activities and performances taking place at different venues across both the city campus and collegiate campus.

The events ranged from live musical performances to traditional cooking classes, dance performances and craft workshops.

Traditional Flamenco Dance Display  

The festival began with a variety of musical performances from students and staff along with a ‘Knit like your nana’ craft workshop held by Hallam’s own Knitting Society.

There was a flash mob dance in Hallam Square to celebrate solidarity and raise awareness about the exploitation of women for anyone to get involved with.

Events of cultural celebration also took place as students from India and Indonesia provided a variety of performances and workshops based around their traditional backgrounds.

Sheffield Hallam’s international experience officer and a SHU Fest organiser, Yat Fai Tang, said: “We have such a range of students from all different backgrounds at Hallam and it’s amazing that they want to show off their talents from around the world.

“This festival helps to show off their cultural traditions from home and abroad, and helps gain more experience to make their CVs stand out to employers.”

SHU Fest 2018 has already been announced with students and staff being able to register their talents for next year’s event.

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