Connecting Cultures Festival

Part of The Week of the International Student
Thursday 16 Nov 2023, 12:30 - 22:00
Spoken Language

Woudestein Campus

Ticket information

Claim your free tickets for the Food Fair, the Cultural Theatre show  & the workshops Scottish Dancing and Eastern European Traditional Embroidery via this link!

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A festival to celebrate, showcase, and present the different nationalities and cultures of our own students with a food fair, workshops, exhibitions, dance, music, theatre, magic, and more! All presented by students and the International and Cultural Student Associations of Erasmus University Rotterdam!

In light of the Lustrum Celebrations of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Studium Generale, Erasmus Multicultural Associations, and the International Office have joined forces to organise the Connecting Cultures Festival at Campus Woudestein during the yearly Week of the International Student.

Day Programme

Inspired by Jules Verne ‘Around the World in 80 Day’s, Mathieu Polak, carillonist of EUR, will tour the world in just 30 minutes. To celebrate the different cultures of the world, you will hear all kind of music from many countries played at the bell tower of EUR.

  • Location: Campus Woudestein, Carillon - tower
  • Time: 12.30 – 13.00
  • You don’t need to sign up.
  • Price: free

Presented by: Mathieu Polak, carillonist of EUR

Nothing connects people like the universal language of food. This Food Fair features food stands from over 11 international student associations. Join us to discover tastes from all over the world: from savory to sweet, and everything in between. You’ll receive a stamp card, which gives you the opportunity to taste five snacks from our diverse selection of stands.

  • Location: Erasmus Sport hall 1
  • Price: free. If you want to be sure to get a stamp card, we recommend you to order your free ticket in advance, however, a number of stamp cards will also be available at the door. Get your ticket now via Stager
  • Time: 15.00 – 17.00

Presented by: 

  • EMA (Erasmus Multicultural Associations)
  • CSA (Chinese Student Association)
  • NSA (Nordic Student Association)
  • BGSR (Bulgarian Society Rotterdam)
  • DCA (Dutch Caribbean Association)
  • SSA (Surinamese Student Association)
  • ISR (International Students Rotterdam)
  • EESA (Eastern European Students Association)
  • SPILKA (Ukrainian Student Association)
  • Erasmus Portuguese Association
  • Studentenvereniging Mozaik (Turkish Student Association)
  • PPI (Indonesian Student Association)
  • EHCO (Erasmus Hispanic Cultural Organisation)
  • ASAH (Association of Students of African Heritage)
  • La French
  • IES (Italian Erasmus Society)

EMA and CSA present a very festive opening act: The Dragon Dance Warrior.

  • Location: Plaza/Erasmus Sport
  • You don’t need to sign up.
  • Price: free
  • Time: exact time T.B.A.

Presented by: Erasmus Cultural Associations (EMA) and CSA (Chinese Student Association)

A festive moment duringr the Connecting Cultures Festival food fair: come and watch the spectacular show of the Caribbean Brass Band.

  • Location: food fair @ Erasmus Sport hall 1
  • Time: 16.00 - 16.15
  • You don’t need to sign up.
  • Price: free

Presented by: Dutch Caribbean Association

An exhibition of paintings, made by Ghanaian artists. The art is provided by Hybridacia, a platform, created by Nathaniël Donkor and Erik Owusu, for talented but underrepresented African artists. Hybridacia aims to contribute to expanding the reach of Africa's creatives by promoting and showcasing their art on a global stage.

Location to be seen:

    • Erasmus Sport- food fair, next to the stand of ASAH – between 15.00 – 17.00 hours 
    • Foyer of Erasmus Paviljoen between: 18.00 – 21.00
  • You don’t need to sign up.
  • Price: free

Presented by: ASAH (Association of Students of African Heritage)

During this workshop, you'll have an introduction to Scottish Country Dancing! At Scottish gatherings and events, a "Ceilidh" is often a central part of the programme. What is a Ceilidh? It is a Scottish social event that involves traditional folk music and dancing!

Presented by: Richard Kneen

In this workshop you’re going to learn traditional embroidery as it is used as decoration on traditional Eastern European clothing.

Presented by: EESA (Eastern European Student Association)

Walk through the gallery of Erasmus Paviljoen and take a glance at the photographs taken by our students, reflecting the uniqueness of their cultural heritage. Each image tells the story of the richness of the individual backgrounds of our students, which make our campus as diverse as it is today. You can dive deeper into the stories behind the pictures by reading the descriptions attached to each photograph.

  • Location: Foyer of Erasmus Paviljoen
  • Time: Official opening of the exhibition: 18.00
  • You don't need to sign up
  • Price: free

Presented by: PHOS, Erasmus Creator Association

A spectacular theatre show with music, dance, theatre, and magic, all performed by our own EUR students. The different cultural backgrounds of our students are to be seen and heard in songs, dances and even a magical show!

  • Location: Erasmus Paviljoen, Theatre
  • Time: 19.30 – 22.00 (doors open at 19.15)
  • Get your ticket via Stager
  • Maximum visitors: 180
  • Price: free

The programme:
Bagpipe show by Richard Kneen
Chilean song by Agua 
Dutch song by Imane Wijsman with Coen ten Ham on piano
Mexican song by Luna Mongrut (with Frits van Schendel on guitar)
Turkish song by Didem Demirel (with Frits on guitar)
Italian song by Emma Signori of Erasmus Music Association (with Frits on guitar)
Indian song by Ria D’Abreo of Erasmus Music Association (with Frits on guitar)
Hindi song by Shaggy
Portuguese Song by Leo Lopes
Japanese and Chinese music, played on violin by Chiharu Koyama
German/Viennese song by Kay Dee
Mexican Song by Mateo Toron
Greek Song by Simos and Christianna of Erasmus Hellenic Society
Rap song by Jimmy Sana, presented by ASAH

Magic Show:
Magical Show by Maciek Kowalski

Traditional Balinese Dance, by Marvella Mutiara, presented by PPI/ISR
Traditional Bulgarian Dance, presented by Bulgarian Society Rotterdam
Indian Classical Fusion, presented by Erasmus Dance Society

Theatre by WILDe Theatre

WILDe Theatre

More information

A special thanks to all participating organisations: 

  • EMA (Erasmus Multicultural Associations)
  • DCA (Dutch Caribean Association)
  • ASAH (Association of Students of African Heritage)
  • EESA (Eastern European Students Association)
  • SPILKA (Ukrainian Student Association)
  • PHOS (Erasmus Creator Association)
  • EHS (Erasmus Hellenic Society)
  • PPI (Indonesian Student Association Rotterdam)
  • ISR (International Students Rotterdam)
  • BGSR (Bulgarian Society Rotterdam)
  • Erasmus Music Association
  • WILDe Theatre
  • CSA-EUR (Chinese Student Association), 
  • EHCO (Erasmus Hispanic Cultural Organization)
  • Erasmus Italian Society
  • La French
  • Studentenvereniging Mozaik (Turkish Student Association)
  • NSA (Nordic Student Association)
  • EPA (Erasmus Portuguese Association)
  • SSA (Surinamese Students Association)
  • EDS (Erasmus Dance Society)
  • ESN Rotterdam: The Cultural Committee.

Erasmus University Rotterdam is celebrating its 110th anniversary. This event is part of our 22nd lustrum. Check all our lustrum events.

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