Day of the Dead

Join the Mexican Culture Society in celebrating Day of the Dead!

Guest speakers will deliver live and interactive presentations exploring this annual festivity. The programme of events includes:

  • 17:30 to 18:00 – Briefing
  • 18:00 to 18:05 – Welcome from the Global Lounge
  • 18:05 to 18:15 – Introduction to the Festivity
  • 18:15 to 18:30 –  Celebrations in San Lorenzo Tenzonco
  • 18:30-18:45 –  El Xantolo
  • 18:45-19:00 – La Catrina
  • 19:00-19:15 – How to cook “Pan de Muerto”
  • 19:15-19:30 – How to cook “Tamales” 
  • 19:30 -19:45 – Calaveritas Literarias
  • 19:45 – end of the event

Each talk will last around 15 minutes; participants can simply sit back, relax and listen – or get more involved in the chat while finding out more about this cultural celebration!

Join in the event on Zoom.

Meeting password: 387206

 

The Mexican Culture Society at the University of Bristol aims to:

  • Involve the student community with Mexican traditions via cultural events
  • Strengthen the integration of the Mexican community at the University via social events
  • Promote Mexican culture, history, art, literature and scientific research within the University of Bristol student community.

 

Travel the World: South India

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm during term time.

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrationsetiquettefood and much more!

Join us for this virtual event.

On 27 October, we’ll be talking about South India!

Student Deepthi Nanduri will be guiding us through some interesting facts about the South of India, including things like local cuisine and travelling through the region. Brought to you as an interactive presentation, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our speaker!

This is a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

The information presented in this event represents the personal views, observations and experiences of the speaker. We welcome your diverse range of questions with cultural sensitivity in mind.

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events.

 

Travel the World: Berlin

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm during term time.

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrations, etiquettefood and much more!

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Our Music, Black Music

The Global Lounge has partnered with the BME Network to invite you to Our Music, Black Music, as part of Black History Month.

 

Join in with this virtual exploration of Black music, from rock to neo-soul to highlife. Hosted by students, in collaboration with Black cultural societies, they’ll take you on a musical journey – all you need to do is sit back, enjoy the music and cast your vote on which host you think has won each genre during this interactive live DJ set!

 

To join in with this event, simply head to @bristol_su on Instagram live at 6 pm.

 

This event is part of Black History Month. Check out the full programme of events on the SU website and follow the BME Network on Facebook and Instagram.

 

A statement from Khadija Meghrawi, Chair of the BME Network at Bristol University, about Black History Month:

 

“Black History is far too neglected and should be represented all year around. The purpose of this month is both to empower Black students and to refocus the energy on how to be an active ally, equipping non-Black students with the tools to educate themselves and question the structures around them. These discussions are particularly relevant in Bristol, which is facing the challenge of ensuring that Colston’s statue being taken down is not where the activism ends.”

 

Travel the World: Northeast China

Discover new places and destinations with our Travel the World series, every Tuesday from 1 pm to 2 pm during term time.

Experience different parts of the world as fellow student and staff volunteers share insightful stories about locations across the globe, from famous landmarks to local hotspots. This is an exciting opportunity to learn about new cultures, including local traditions, celebrations, etiquettefood and much more!

On 13 October, we’ll be talking about Northeast China! 

Join us for this virtual event.

Postgraduate student, Jin Song, will be sharing her knowledge of Northeast China for our first ever Travel the World session. Jin will discuss what’s unique about the northeast region and how it differs from the rest of China. You will find out about the Snow Festival and why the region’s architecture and cuisine are actually more akin to Russia than China:

“I really enjoy travelling and would like to introduce a place which is dear to me, Harbin, a moderate city located in the northeast of China. My presentation will open a window through which you will find a place that is totally different from the rest of China. If you are a person who loves snow or enjoys hearty food, you must attend this event!”

All of this will be brought to you as an interactive presentation, with the opportunity to ask any questions you may have for our presenter! It’s a fantastic chance to broaden your cultural knowledge, learn something new and be inspired to visit new places in the future and engage with students from all over the world.

If you’re interested in volunteering and sharing your knowledge of a particular place; be it a country, county, city or region then please visit our volunteering page to find out more!

View all of our other upcoming Travel the World events.

 

A Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance

University of Bristol staff and students came together for the first big Global Lounge event of 2020; a Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance.

Attendees enjoyed classical dance performances and a delicious meal, organised by the Global Lounge in collaboration with students Aditya Sharma and Deepa Lakshmi.

Showtime

Just under 200 people attended the Indian dance event, held in Anson Rooms in the Richmond Building on Thursday 6 Febraury. A free delicious, authentic Indian meal and refreshments were provided after the show which many stayed on to enjoy whilst socialising and chatting to the performers.

Aditya and Deepa showcased two very distinct and popular forms of Indian dance: Kathak and Bharatanatyam. Their performances were accompanied by their stories, which explained each dance and its cultural significance, presenting a modern, fresh and personal take on the traditional roots of Indian choreography.

Meet Deepa and Aditya

Aditya Sharma approached the Global Lounge to hold this event and, along with Deepa Lakshmi, curated their performances especially for the Global Lounge, putting much time and effort into the event.

Aditya Sharma is a senior Kathak dancer with eight years of experience. He is the founder and artistic director of Yatra Dance productions, a classical dance choreography unit in Bangalore. He is currently pursuing a Master’s in Management (Marketing).

Deepa Lakshmi is a senior Bharatanatyam artist from Chennai. She has been training in the discipline since the age of four and has received many accolades. Deepa is currently pursuing a Master’s in Law.

The elaborate performances and beautiful outfits made it an immersive and entertaining experience for the audience. The dancers carefully curated their technique and style to showcase the art form in a modern and exciting way, while maintaining the roots and traditions of the choreography, music and performances.

Speaking of the success of the event, Deepa and Aditya said:

“We did not expect this kind of reaction. We were very nervous; thinking, how are [the audience] going to bounce back to us, would they be able to relate to it – we didn’t know whether they would know the history about it or not. But it just shows that art, music, dance; you don’t need a lot of commonalities to understand it. If you have the music, your feet are going to start tapping, and you start dancing – so you don’t need to know the background to enjoy anything.”

A Glimpse into the World of Indian Dance from Global Lounge on Vimeo.

Festive Mingle – 18 December

Tis the season to be jolly! Get into the festive spirit at our Festive Mingle event, with free hot drinks, snacks and the chance to share your seasonal traditions with others.

 

 

 

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and find out what activities you can get involved in while the university is closedExchange traditions with others and learn about how the holidays are celebrated in different cultures – whilst enjoying some nibbles of course!

We’ll be playing games and munching on festive treats (including Christmas pudding – yum!) and at 12.45 pm we’ll be going down to see the Carol Service organised by the Multifaith Chaplaincy – which is definitely worth the trip if you’ve never experienced a carol service before and will be sure to get you in the festive mood!

Staying in Bristol over the holidays? There is a Facebook Group which you can join to connect with other students and discover what things are going on over the Christmas break.  To see what services and support is available over the holiday period visit this web page: bristol.ac.uk/students/christmas-opening.

This event is run in collaboration with the SU Living Room – find out more by visiting the event page.

Festive Mingle – 16 December

Tis the season to be jolly! Get into the festive spirit at our Festive Mingle event, with free hot drinks, snacks and the chance to share your seasonal traditions with others.

 

 

Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is a great opportunity to meet new people and find out what activities you can get involved in while the university is closed 

We will be running crafts and games and you’ll have the chance to learn about how the holidays are celebrated in different cultures – whilst decorating a biscuit (or three) and enjoying some nibbles of course!

We’ll be crafting Christmas decorations, helping to put up a tree and giving some gingerbread biscuits the extra (sugar) factor with icing and edible glitter spray!

If you’ve not got the festive feels yet, this event will be sure to get you in the mood and give you a chance to meet some new people at the same time.

Staying in Bristol over the holidays? There is a Facebook Group which you can join to connect with other students and discover what things are going on over the Christmas break.  To see what services and support is available over the holiday period visit this web page: bristol.ac.uk/students/christmas-opening.

This event is run in collaboration with the SU Living Room – find out more by visiting the event page.