13 October, 2023

BIS Hanoi International Festival 2023: A Celebration of Diversity and Unity

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Our BIS Hanoi International Festival 2023 last Saturday was a true celebration of cultural diversity.

The annual International Festival is the biggest event of the year at BIS Hanoi. It is a unique opportunity for students, parents, and the community to come together and embrace the multicultural spirit of our school. With students from over 30 nationalities, the festival was a colourful and immersive experience, offering a glimpse into different cultures through various forms of music, dance, and cuisine.

At this year's festival, our amazing students at BIS Hanoi once again showcased their incredible talents, representing various cultural features from around the world. The program kicked off with delightful drama, music, and dance performances from different countries. We were treated to the lively Ghanaian song "Nanuma," the graceful Bharatnatyam dance from India, and even a captivating opening from a famous Shakespearean musical, to name just a few. 

In the midst of the program, our spirited Year 2 students took the stage to perform a lively Scottish country dance, and they even invited the audience to join in on the fun! 

The grand finale of the stage performance featured a stunning choir performance by students from Year 7 to 13 with the beautiful Welsh song 'Suo Gan' and the energetic Vietnamese folk dance 'Thi Mau,' performed by our talented grade 11 students. 

Additionally, our festival wouldn't be complete without the involvement of our wonderful parents, who set up cultural experience booths throughout the school yard. As a diverse and multinational school, we were able to showcase and celebrate a wide range of cultures, including Vietnam, Korea, China, Spain, Mexico, and Brazil. It was truly a feast for the senses! 

"As a parent of BIS Hanoi British International School and the organiser of this year's International Festival's hand embroidery workshop, I am very happy and honoured to be a part of such an important programme. I am delighted that everyone, even the foreign families, could enjoy the traditional Vietnamese hand embroidery art. This will undoubtedly be a memorable memory for Tiem Tho and my family at BIS Hanoi," said Ms. Nguyen Tho Tho, Vietnamese parent of the school. 

"It was an honour to help organise a Korean cultural booth this year. First off, I would like to express a huge thanks to Year 7 Korean parents for their efforts in making this event a success! We had lots of fun doing traditional Korean games such as Jaegi, slap-match, Dalgona, arm wrestling, and making a spinning top and Korean flag. Also, we could not miss trying Hanbok, Korean tattoos, and enjoying K-pop dance performances by Year 7 students. Especially Sunhee Hwang, a representative of Year 7 Korean parents, Sumi Lee and Panim Seo had such a busy time planning and preparing the event by visiting Phố Hàng Mã many times and collecting items from Korea. We hope to continue giving many BIS families good experiences of Korea in the future,” said Ms. Kyungmin Kim, representative of the Korean parents. 

"Me and my children were very happy and honored to take part in this event and be able to show a little bit more about Mexico as well as to learn more about our community's home countries. Thank you BIS for creating such an enjoyable event,” Ms. Xochitl Herrmann, one of our parents from Mexico shared. 

We're grateful to all the participants, volunteers, sponsors, booth partners and attendees who made this event an unforgettable experience. Thank you for joining us in creating cherished memories and fostering a sense of global community and a place to belong right here at BIS Hanoi.