International WeekWestern International

Opening Celebration

Host: Western International
Date: Monday, November 13, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Various Locations Across Campus


Our opening celebration takes place in several different locations across campus. With performers and artists from many different cultures, including student groups and community members, our opening focuses on celebrating the diversity of our campus and our community. Enjoy!

The campus locations for 2017 are posted below. Performances will be announced on this page closer to International Week.

Location Time                        Performance/Demonstration
UCC 12:00 - 2:00 PM

WOOF – Western Ontario Organization of Filipinos
WOOF is a socio-cultural club that strives to promote the Filipino culture though the Western community through dance, food, and social events.


Jafra – a part of the Arabic Student Association (ASA) – Dance Performances
Jafra is a cultural, and traditional, Palestinian dance group. They are a group of 15 girls, their goal is to promote Palestinian culture through dancing to old folk songs, and keeping Palestinian culture alive.

Faith Mumba – Visual Art live painting

Weldon Library 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Duncan Urquhart (Western Alumni)
Duncan Urquhart is multi - instrumental musician who grew up in London and graduated from Western University with a Master of Arts in History in 1986 and a Bachelor of Education from Althouse in 1985. 
Duncan has performed as a harmonicist and a guitarist/singer in the blues, folk, gospel, country and Celtic genres for over thirty years.

He is playing a number of different instruments at the Opening Ceremonies, including the Irish Whistle, Chinese Ba Wu, the bamboo flute, guitar and vocal. It will include Latin, and Mississippi blues from the 20s and 30s, as well as Chinese, Japanese, and Jewish traditional styles.

Chervona Roota with Maria Oborzhytska, Svitlana Cheh and Ihor Zhyliak
We came together in 2016 in the Ukrainian Community and started working together and singing Ukrainian folk music. Our musician Ihor has 20 years of experience in music in Canada. Svitlana has 20 years of experience in singing in Ukraine, Maria has 2 years of experience in singing is Canada.


Taylor Library 12:00 - 2:00 PM

Western International Week in Partnership with Taylor Library and The Chinese Canadian National Council presents:

Wu Style Tai Chi with 108 steps: performed by Ms. Betty Tong.

Chinese Calligraphy Demonstrations: Philip Tong, a retired Physics Professor, now the President of CCPA (Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Asso.) and his team, Mike Feng and Kimberly Cooper will perform their calligraphy and painting demonstrations at the Opening Celebrations in Taylor Library.  The group will lay out an artist from China, a masterpiece of Calligraphy in Clerical Style, the Thousand Characters. 中国書法家 千字文.

Traditional Chinese Dance

Althouse Faculty of Education 12:00 - 2:00 PM

The WELC Singin’ Gang

Yasmin Al Shams

Yasmin Al Shams is a dance group of Syrian youth who moved to London in 2016. Forming the group was Hanadi Akkad’s idea. She wanted to keep the youth busy, build their self-esteem, inspire them and help them integrate into the community.

The group has danced at many events including the LMLIP I am London event, Life as a Refugee, the Palace Theatre for London Fringe Festival, and numerous cultural festivals and weddings

They perform Dabke – an Arab folk dance which combines circle dance and line dancing.

King’s University College:
Darryl J. Student Life Center
12:00 - 2:00 PM

Come enjoy King’s own Celtic Stew including Professor Dermot Hurley (Social Work) and Academic Counsellor Dr. Jim Zucchero performing on guitar and mandolin at the Learning Lounge in the Student Life Centre at King’s.  Join them around the fireplace at 12:00 noon on Monday November 13th.  ALL are welcome.


Sandra Gowdy