Since the very beginning of the College of Europe, the organisation of national weeks has been one of the most cherished College traditions that gives us the chance to show our fellow-students what makes our cultures so different and unique. As there are only a limited number of weeks, some countries are inevitably left out. To rectify this, this year we have decided to pioneer an idea and join forces with all students whose countries are less represented — both big and small from very diverse world regions — and organise a week under the motto "United in Diversity".
We are a team of 25 students from countries as diverse as Albania, Malta, the United States, the UK, India, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Canada and invite you to join the festivities of our inter-national United in Diversity Week between 8 and 14 April 2019. We wish to dedicate our project to the celebration of everything that unites us in our differences by highlighting the diversity of talents, thoughts, backgrounds, points of view and, above all, individuals that we have in our small yet vibrant community.
On Saturday, 13 April 2019, get ready for an exciting day! The 2019 Hendrik Brugmans Memorial Cup takes place between 12:00 and 18:00. Following the football tournament, from 19:30 onwards, in one of the most beautiful and historic buildings in Bruges - the Joseph Ryelandtzaal (Achiel van Ackerplein 3, 8000 Bruges) - we are going to have our Salon des Arts and gather under one roof all the talents (and multi-talents) of the College. An evening of special surprises, varied performances, refreshments from several world regions, gifts co-hosted by la Voix du College and inspired by the literary salons of Paris in the roaring 1920s. Local host families have also been invited.
The party will follow in the Yellow Pubmarin afterwards, from 22h onwards.
There is already a line-up of performances but you are still welcome to join! Come and express yourself on stage in the stunning Ryelandtzaal on Saturday night— playing music, singing, dancing, drama, reading or reciting your favourite poem in any language, stand-up comedy, making a fire show, all of these at once, or any other creative performance that comes to mind. Send us a message about how you wish to participate (who, what, how long, and if you need something specific) before midnight of 7 April to Mariya TRIONZHIEVA & Perrine ROSSI, and let’s embark on this adventure together! Our Salon des Arts will be co-hosted by la Voix du College.
This event is open to the public, but registration below is required before 13 April, 12h.