International Day at Sussex Downs College in Lewes

A COLOURFUL fiesta celebrated the many cultures of overseas students at Sussex Downs College in Lewes.

The college’s second International Day – following its successful introduction in 2010 – showcased the young people who come from all over the world to study English in Sussex.

The event featured students showing off different aspects of their own cultures through live music, karaoke, calligraphy, films and origami. They also learned new phrases in different languages.

Hair and beauty students at the college got involved again by adorning faces and hands with an array of colourful national flags.

Niki Mcwilliams, International Lecturer, said: “International Day really captures the special spirit and atmosphere of Sussex Downs College – it’s a chance for us to celebrate the diversity of our students, their different talents and personalities, and their fantastic creativity.

“We have brilliant singers, dancers and artists at the college who were the stars on the day. But so many more gave their time behind the scenes to make sure every part of the event came together.

“New friendships were forged among students from different countries and from the UK. Students and teachers from around the college went away with smiles on their painted faces – and that is the best way for us to judge that the day was a success.

“Last year’s International Day was great, but this year we really took things to a different level. And next year I’m sure it will be bigger and better again.”