For the entire month of February, Northeastern hosts a TON of events celebrating cultures from around the world! That’s twenty-nine days jam-packed with music, color, and lots of ~free food~!
Carnevale, or Carnival, is a festive season celebrated all over the globe during February, usually to celebrate Mardi Gras. Some of the most famous events include the Carnival of Venice, world-famous for its elaborate masks, and the Rio de Janeiro Carnival, which is the largest street festival in the world. Northeastern’s Carnevale, hosted by the International Student and Scholar Institute, combines traditional Carnivale celebrations with an array of awesome cultural events from other global traditions.
Celebrations begin on Monday, February 1st with the Carnevale Kick-Off in Curry, with raffles, yummy treats, and a one-stop-shop for all the info you’ll ever need about the month’s events. To get you in the festive spirit, here’s a preview of each and every event guaranteed to brighten up your mid-semester slump (PS, starred* events include free food, you’re welcome)! Many of the events require (free) registration, so make sure to sign up through each of their Facebook pages here.
Masquerade: A Venetian Arts Workshop (Feb 1st, 405 Ell Hall, 5- 7 pm) Learn the art of mask-making and go home with your own beautiful piece!
*Hula Workshop (Feb 3rd, Curry Ballroom, 6:30 pm) Join HONU for a hula dance workshop and refreshments.
Turkish Ceramic Workshop (Feb 4th, 405 Ell Hall, 6:30 pm) Hosted by the NU Turkish Association, participants will learn how to make intricate motifs on ceramic tiles. Each masterpiece will be showcased at the Grand Turkish Festival!
Annual Ice Carving Competition (Feb 6th, Krentzman Quad, 10 am) Watch teams of Northeastern students create awesome sculptures from blocks of ice right, each representing an iconic cultural landmark.
*Lunar New Year Celebration (Feb 6th, Curry Ballroom, 6 pm) One of the most widely celebrated holidays in Asia, Lunar New Year is a time to honor ancestors, family, and friends. Northeastern’s celebration will include lots of food, cultural performances, and prizes!
*Chinese New Year’s Eve Celebration (Feb 7th, Fenway Center, 5 pm) Celebrate the Chinese New Year in true Malaysian and Singaporean style! Including a buffet, a lion dance performance, and a stuff-a-monkey activity to welcome the Year of the Monkey.
*Grand Turkish Festival 2016 (Feb 8th, Fenway Center, 5:30 pm) An evening of Turkish food, dance, music, and community. Guests can experience the Home of Turkey exhibit put on by the NU Turkish Association.
*Yalla Let’s Cook Habibi! (Feb 10th, 405 Ell Hall, 7 pm) The NU Lebanese Society will give you step-by-step lessons in making three classic Lebanese dishes: shwarma, tabbouli, and hummus.
*Taste of Latin America, Venezuela (Feb 11th, Xhibition Kitchen, 6 pm) Xhibition Kitchen will explore Latin American history and unity through their favorite medium: food!
Leymah Gbowee: Fear into fortitude: Interfaith Peacebuilding Lessons from Liberia (Feb 11th, Blackman Auditorium, 7 pm) Northeastern is honored to host Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee, known for her astounding work as leader of the interfaith women’s peace movement that helped bring an end to the Second Liberian Civil War. Tickets available on myNEU.
Carnevale Keynote Speaker: Perry Chen (Feb 12th, Blackman Auditorium, 7 pm) In 2009, Perry Chen created a website called Kickstarter. Seven years later, he’s one of Time‘s 100 Most Influential People, artist extraordinaire, and the business magnate responsible for the world’s most popular crowd-funding website. Tickets available on myNEU.
*Spring Festival Handmade Dumplings (Feb 13th, 405 Ell Hall, 4 pm) Celebrate the Chinese Spring Festival by learning to make delicious dumplings with ISSI!
*HONU Lu’au 2016: Aloha ‘Aina (Feb 13th, Fenway Center, 5 pm) Aloha ‘Aina means “Love the Land,” and is the theme for HONU’s Annual Lu’au! Experience Hawaii’s beauty, culture, tastes, and sounds in a brand new way.
*Sosyal: Masskara Festival (Feb 14th, Curry Ballroom, 4:30 pm) Celebrate the Filipino festival Masskara, traditionally marked with colorful parades to show resilience in times of hardship. Come in colorful semi-formal for an evening of food, music and lots of color.
*Southeast Asian Food Tasting (Feb 18th, Curry Ballroom, 6:30 pm) Fill your “passport” with stamps from tables of food representing eleven different Southeast Asian nations. Collect all the stamps and win prizes!
One Night, One World Gala (Feb 19th, Fenway Center, 7:30 pm) Watch your fellow huskies dazzle with cultural performances from all over the world!
Light Up the New Year: Chinese Lantern Festival (Feb 21st, Curry Student Center, 12 pm) Celebrate the Chinese festival of lights with ISSI.
*Russian Cuisine Day (Feb 21st, 405 Ell Hall, 2 pm) Learn delicious recipes from a professional Russian chef and experience Russian cuisine like never before!
*Beyond Borders, The Netherlands (Feb 24th, Curry Student Center 4th Floor Suites, 12 pm) Northeastern students will share their co-op and study abroad experiences in the Netherlands. If you’re considering an international experience or a future career in the Netherlands, this lunch discussion is for you!
NU Jazz and Rock Ensemble (Feb 27th, Fenway Center, 7 pm) Come here tons of talented musicians from the Northeastern community perform jazz and rock classics.