Young people from Brunei will converge on The University of Nottingham on March 22 for a celebration of sporting talent.
Hundreds of Bruneian students based at universities all over the UK will gather to take part in the Brunei Easter Games, with hundreds more expected to attend as supporters and volunteer helpers. Other activities on campus on the day will help to promote cultural exchange between the two countries.
The University has one of the largest Brunei student populations in the UK and hosts the Games every year to promote sportsmanship and highlight the strong links that exist between Brunei and Nottingham. Sponsors of this year’s event include the British High Commission in Brunei.
Students will compete for glory in indoor football, netball and badminton during a full day of tournaments that will culminate in the awarding of trophies in each event. The Games are held in and around The University of Nottingham Sports Centre, on University Park, from 8.30am to 8.30pm.
VIP guests attending the Games include the British High Commissioner to Brunei and Mr Abdullah Bin Haji Ahad, Acting Director of the Brunei Students Unit, High Commission of Negara Brunei Darussalam.
Vincenzo Raimo, Director of the International Office at The University of Nottingham, said: “We are honoured that two High Commissioners are attending the Games and supporting both the sporting prowess of our students and the promotion of cultural ties between the UK and Brunei.”
Other activities on the day will help to promote cultural awareness and cultural exchange between Brunei and the UK — including an arts workshop organised by Lakeside and the Prince of Wales School for Traditional Arts that will be open to the public.
Lakeside, the University's public arts centre, will be hosting two free workshops led by artist Unaiza Karim. Both workshops offer an opportunity to gain an insight into some of the traditional tools, materials and techniques used in adorning the page in Islamic Art. The Decorated Page workshops are for students in the morning and for children and their families in the afternoon.
Students participating in the morning workshop will choose traditional motifs found in Quranic illumination and following a demonstration will go on to paint their chosen motif and transfer it to a piece of vellum. In the afternoon workshop, Unaiza will be giving participants a taste of the traditional ‘halkar’ painting technique used in Ottoman illumination before trying the technique themselves by painting their own plant motif.
Lakeside's Director Shona Powell said: “We are delighted to be able to complement the student games by hosting these workshops and bringing a taste of Brunei to Lakeside audiences.”
More details of the workshop sessions are at: