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

12:00 – 13:00 | Carillon Concert – Tour around the Bell Tower

Carillon Concert by Mathieu Polak
Inspired by Jules Verne ‘Around the World in 80 Day’s, Mathieu Polak, carillonist of EUR, will tour the world in just 30 minutes. In this festival where we 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

14:45 – 15:15 | Caribbean Brass Band Performance

As kick off for the Cultural Festival come and watch the spectacular show of the Caribbean Brass Band.

  • Location: Plaza in front of Erasmus Sport
  • Time: 14.45 – 15.15
  • You don’t need to sign up.
  • Price: free

Presented by: Dutch Caribbean Association

15:00 – 17:00 | Food Fair

Nothing connects people like the universal language of food. This Food Fair features food stands from over 16 international student associations. Join us to discover tastes from all over the world: from savory to sweet, and everything in between. With the purchase of a 4 euro ticket, you’ll receive a stamp card, which gives you the opportunity to taste five snacks from our diverse selection of stands.

  • Location: Erasmus Sport, Hal1 and Sport hall 1
  • Price: 4 euros for 5 snacks of your choice
  • Time: 15.00 – 17.00
  • You need to sign up through Stager 

Presented by: EMA, and the International Student Associations of EUR: Chinese Student Association, Nordic Student Association, Bulgarian Society Rotterdam, Dutch Caribbean Association, International Students Rotterdam, The Eastern Europe Students Association, Ukrainian Student Association, Erasmus Portuguese Association, Studentenvereniging Mozaik, Perhimpunan Pelajar Indonesia Rotterdam, Erasmus Hispanic Cultural Organisation

15:00 – 21:00 Exhibition: African Art

An exhibition of paintings, made by a Ghanaian artist. The Ghanaian art is provided by an organization that strives to portray the beautiful side of Africa through its art.

  • 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)

16:00 – 17:00 | Workshop Scottish dancing

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!

  • Location: Erasmus Paviljoen Theater
  • Time: 16.00 – 17.00
  • Maximum participants30
  • You need to sign up through Stager
  • Price: free

Presented by: Richard Kneen

17:00 – 19:00 | Workshop Eastern European Traditional Embroidery

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

  • Location: Living Room
  • Time: 17.00 – 19.00
  • Maximum participants20
  • You need to sign up through Stager
  • Price: free

Presented by: EESA (Eastern European Student Association)

18:00 | Opening Your Cultural Heritage – Photo Exhibition

A visual celebration of cultural diversity.
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.

  • The official opening of the Photo exhibition ‘Your Cultural Heritage’ is at 18.00 at foyer Erasmus Paviljoen.
  • 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

19:30 – 22:00 | Cultural Theatre Show

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)
  • You need to sign up through Stager 
  • Maximum visitors: 180
  • Price: 4 euros, included a drink during the break

The programme:
Bagpipe show by Richard Kneen
Chilean Song by Agua Aedo
Dutch Song by Imane Wijsman
Mexican Song by Luna Mongrut
Turkish Song by Didem Demirel
Italian song by Emma of Erasmus Music Association
Indian song by Ria of Erasmus Music Association
Hindi Song by Shaggy/ Wribhu Chakraborty
Portuguese Song by Leonor 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 of Erasmus Hellenic Society
Rap, presented by ASAH

Magic Show:
Magical Show by Maciek Kowalski

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

Theatre by WILDe Theatre

Presentation: WILDe Theatre

For the Food Fair and the Cultural Theatre show, you need to buy a ticket. The workshops Scottish Dancing and Workshop Eastern European Traditional Embroidery are free but registration is needed. Get your tickets by clicking the button below.

The Crossing Cultures Festival is a collaboration between Studium Generale, EUR International Office and Erasmus Music Association. 

A special thanks to all participating organisations: EMA (Erasmus Multicultural Association), DCA (Dutch Caribean Association), ASAH (Association of Students of African Heritage), EESA (Eastern European Student Association), SPILKA (Ukrainian Student Association), PHOS (Erasmus Creator Association), Erasmus Hellenic Association, PPI (Indonesian Student Association Rotterdam), ISR (International Students Rotterdam), BGSR (Bulgarian Society Rotterdam)2, Erasmus Music Association, WILDe Theatre, CSA-EUR (Chinese Student Association),  ECHO (Erasmus Hispanic Cultural Organization), Erasmus Italian Society, La French, Mozaik, NSA (Nordic Student Association), EPA (Erasmus Portuguese Association), SSA (Surinamese Students Association), EDS (Erasmus Dance Society).