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Get a taste of SCU's diverse cultures at Fusion Festival


Anne-Louise Brown
20 August 2015
The diverse cultures, flavours and backgrounds of Southern Cross University’s students will be on display at the 2015 Fusion Festival, to be held across the University’s three campuses from 24-28 August.

The Fusion Festival will be launched on Monday August 24 at the Lismore campus and will be followed by celebration days featuring international food, performance and activities at the Coffs Harbour campus on 25 August, Lismore on 26 August and the Gold Coast campus on 27 August.

Militsa Antonova, a Bulgarian native studying on the Gold Coast, makes a mean banitsa, and plans to show off her culinary skills and her dancing during the festival.

She is fiercely proud of her culture and its cuisine and, for the second year, will be cooking up a storm on the Gold Coast.

“I’m making banitsa, which is filo pastry filled with feta cheese, and kebache, which is a delicious meat dish,” said the second year Bachelor of Business in International Hospitality Management.

“I’ve been studying dance for 12 years so I will also perform traditional Bulgarian dance at the festival. I’ve even managed to source traditional costumes from the Bulgarian Society in Brisbane.

“The dancing is very fast and, because I’m the only Bulgarian student on campus, I’m teaching some of my friends so they can dance with me.”

The Fusion Festival will be launched by Vice Chancellor Professor Peter Lee at the Lismore campus’ Learning Centre on Monday 24 August at 10:30am.

At the launch, the winners of the 2015 Fusion Festival Photography & Poetry Competition will be announced. This year’s theme is ‘Home’ and all entries will be displayed in the Library at Lismore, Gold Coast and Coffs Harbour campuses from Monday 24 August 2015.

The Fusion Festival, held each year since 2007, provides an opportunity to acknowledge, learn from and celebrate the University’s diverse communities and aims to further intercultural understanding and communal harmony through cultural exchange and social connection.

It is a free event and is open to Southern Cross University and Coffs Harbour Education campus students and staff and to the public.

It will held at:

- Coffs Harbour campus on Tuesday, 25 August 2015

- Lismore campus on Monday 24 August and Wednesday, 26 August 2015

- Gold Coast campus on Thursday, 27 August 2015

Photo: Militsa Antonova serving banitsa at last year's Fusion Festival