New festival gathers pace

A new festival reflecting the University's diverse international community launches this March.

Illustration of international students drinking tea

The Gather Festival takes place from 14 to 22 March throughout the central campus and King's Buildings.

The events aim to celebrate Edinburgh's global links: students from two thirds of the world’s countries study at the University.

Gather Festival: 14-22 March

Tai chi with chai tea

People are being invited to take part in a series of outdoor tai chi sessions in Bristo Square and King’s Buildings.

The martial arts demonstration will be followed by a discussion with chai tea served as refreshment.

Students, staff and local groups will also participate in a variety of sporting events to win the ‘Tea Cup’.

There are opportunities for people to host their own tea parties and use social media to win prizes.

Eclectic events

A group of students will encourage others to make a positive impact in their community during a series of workshops.

ACT! A Festival for Social Change will take place in Edinburgh’s Assembly Roxy.

Elsewhere, postgraduate students will take centre stage at a conference where they will present their work on international issues.

Other events include language exchange evenings, an organised 5k park run across Edinburgh’s promenade at Crammond, St Patrick’s Day celebrations and an art workshop exploring creative ways to convey international citizens’ stories of coming to Edinburgh.

We are thrilled to launch Gather Festival – the programme is packed with a huge array of events that promises an incredibly exciting week. As well as having fun, we hope the events bring people together and help them to understand and celebrate other cultures, as well as their own.

Nadia MehdiEdinburgh University Students Association

Gather Festival has been organised by the University of Edinburgh in partnership with the Edinburgh University Students’ Association (EUSA).

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