Bangor University celebrated diversity and talent amongst its students, staff and the local community on 15th March, with the annual event called the One World Gala.
The programme comprised of twenty acts and over 400 audience members turned out to watch the performances at PJ Hall. From Welsh songs to Japanese drumming, Vietnamese dancing to Chinese instruments, there were acts representing many corners of the Globe.
The University’s International Student Support Office has been organising the One World for a decade, and during this time it has become one of Bangor’s main student integration events. There are over 1,500 international students at the University and the project has grown a lot in the recent years. The programme now includes acts from the local community, as well as University students and staff.
This time, One World Gala was raising money for Croese Menai, a small charity set up by one of the members of staff at the University. It functions around North Wales to sponsor and help families settle in North Wales from war-torn areas around the world. A total of £678.21 was raised through donations and a charity cake sale.
The audience had the opportunity to see and hear a traditional Chinese instrument performance, a showcase of Afro-Caribbean and Korean-Pop dance, an Opera act and many other exciting and unusual performances.
One of the highlights of this year’s gala was a dance act by Autonomy, a Hip Hop/Street dance group made up of students from Step One Performing Arts School in Colwyn Bay. The event concluded with the Bangor University’s International Ambassadors performing a Bollywood dance piece.
One World Gala organiser Raja Asad said: ““The One World Gala 2019 was a huge success with a representation of more cultures than ever before. We didn’t expected it to be such a busy event, the big University hall was full.
“The cake sale by the charity, Croeso Menai, raised a whopping £678.21 breaking the record of the most raised funds in the decade long history of the event.
“It has become an established highlight within the University social calendar and both International and local students took part in the Gala making it the melting pot of cultures in Bangor with performances from all around the world.”