One World Week

One World Week (OWW) is an annual celebration of the diversity and uniqueness of the many cultures and people that we have at Brookes. It is a week of internationally-themed events organised by staff and students at Oxford Brookes. 

(Locations & times subject to change)



Static Display - Islamic Society

All day in Union Square

Postcards to the World

Send a postcard to the world. Tell us where you're from, where you've been and where you'd love to travel to. Watch our muliticultural Brookes community appear. 

Union Square, JHBB



Samba opening event
Mon 18 Feb, 12pm, The Forum

Samba workshops
12:15pm Union Square, Brookes Union, JHBB
Cultural dress
Mon 18 Feb, 2 - 5pm, Union Square
Hosted by various societies

Find out more about cultural dress from around the world, and try some on.

International Games - Table Top Gaming
17:00 - 21:00
JHB 402

International Karaoke
17:30 - 21:00
Union Bar, JHBB
Hosted by International Student Advice team   

Who doesn't like karaoke? What about one in which you can sing songs from around the world?
Join us for a fun evening  "Leave the music to us, and we'll leave the fun to you!"   


Mon 18 Feb, 7-8pm, Sports Centre
Hosted by Brookes Sport

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. It was developed in Brazil at the beginning of the 16th century. 


8-9pm, Sports centre
Hosted by Brookes Sport 

Learn the basics of various Ballroom and Latin dance forms. 


Model United Nations

Tuesday, 19 February⋅11:00 – 12:00, Venue TBC
Hosted by Model United Nations Society 

An open Model UN debate session about the importance of multiculturalism.


Musical instrument performance 
Tues 19 Feb, 11:00 – 13:00, Union Square

Hosted by the Chinese Society

Health and life discussion
Tuesday, 19 February⋅12:00 – 13:00
Marston Road, room TBC

A round table discussion with different academics from Health and Life Sciences, Marston Road campus on Healthcare across the globe, their experiences and an opportunity for students to ask questions of their previous experience. 

Pole Fitness: The History of Pole 
Tuesday, 19 February⋅13:00 – 14:00
Hosted by Pole Fitness Society 

Find out about the origins of Pole dancing

Want to see the world?Work and volunteer your way around the globe. 
Tue, 19 Feb, 14:00 – 16:00, outside the Careers Service, in the Forum
Hosted by Careers. 

Careers will be dedicated to answering questions and giving information about working and volunteering abroad. Students will have the opportunity to highlight places they have visited and are interested in visiting on a large global map and we will then help guide students through our online resources on how to research opportunities for both part-time and full time vacancies in the UK and overseas.

What a wonderful world
Tue 19 Feb, 16:00 – 17:00, Venue TBC 
Hosted by Oxford Brookes Pathways

An extravaganza of music and songs from around the world. Just come and listen or feel free to join in or even perform.

Pub Quiz
Tue 19 Feb, 17:00 - 19:30, Sports Bar
Hosted by Quiz Society and Oxford Brookes Pathways

Fortune singers film screening: Evita
18:30 – 21:00, Union Hall

BYOB: Bakes of the World
Tuesday, 19 February⋅19:00 – 21:00 (Meeting rooms 1 and 2)
Hosted by Baking Society

Bring your own bake to Baking Society’s Bakes of the World event. 


Art Society Art interactive
Wed 20 Feb, 10:00 – 12:00 - Union Square TBC

Hosted by the Art Society

Pick up a pen and join us in creating a collaborative piece of art! For OWW we want you to channel your inner artist and show us what your nationality means to you. You don’t have to be the next Picasso to take part! You can draw your native dish, landmark, flower or maybe something more personal. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Traditional tea ceremony
Wed 20 Feb, 13:00 – 14:00, Union Square
Hosted by The Oxford Brookes Confucius Institute 

We will take the audience through a traditional Chinese tea ceremony. With one staff acting and one explaining, the audience get a full understanding of the steps required to produce a culturally beloved ceremony. Following the ceremony completion, the audience will be invited to taste the tea prepared and ask questions about tea culture in China.

International Lunch
Wed 20 Feb, 12:00 – 14:00, The Terrace, JHBB
Hosted by various societies, with thanks to Food at Brookes

Join us for our annual International Lunch event. Our societies will be sharing their favourite foods from all around the world with you. It’s all free! 

Wed 20 Feb, 17:00 – 18:00, Headington Hill Hall
Hosted by Academic and Student Affairs (ASA)

An experiential introduction to Mindfulness Meditation. No previous expression necessary. Guided commentary by an experienced meditation teacher.

International Games - Table Top Gaming
17:00 - 21:00
JHB 402

Christian Union, Themed Quiz
Wed 20 Feb, 18:00 – 19:30  Meeting rooms 1 & 2


LGBTQ+ Rafiki film
19:00 - 21:00, Union Hall
Hosted by LGBTQ+ society 
Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives, but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Fem Soc
Thu 21 Feb, 11:00 – 12:00 (subject to change) 

An event celebrating the importance of rooting our diversity celebrations and anti-racist campaigns in intersectional feminism. A panel event that explores identities, largely marginalised ones, and how allies can uplift the voices of those who need it most. 

Interfaith Panel
12-1pm, Union Gallery
Hosted by Kate Harford, panelists from CU, Hindu, Jsoc and Isoc.

Interfaith discussion on multiculturalism. Islamic Society, Jewish Society and Christian Union. 

Thu 21 Feb 14:00 - 15:00, Union Square 
Hosted by Japanese Society and Islamic Society

Find out more about traditional calligraphy.  


Art Society Interactive
Fri 22 Feb, 10:00 – 12:00 - Union Square TBC

Pick up a pen and join us in creating a collaborative piece of art! For OWW we want you to channel your inner artist and show us what your nationality means to you. You don’t have to be the next Picasso to take part! You can draw your native dish, landmark, flower or maybe something more personal. We look forward to seeing you there! 

Cheeses of the world
Fri 22 Feb⋅11:00 – 13:00, Union Square 
Hosted by Cheese Society
Taste different cheeses from around the world. 


Teas from around the world
Fri 22 Feb, 11:00 – 13:00, Union Square 
Hosted by Tea Society 

Taste your way around the world in tea. 

Staff International Bake-off 
Fri 22 Feb, 11.00am - 1.00pm, Forum JHBB
Championed by Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student and Staff Experience, hosted by Cathy Burleigh

Staff members can bring in internationally themed baked good for all students and staff to vote for in a bake off style competition. 

Chinese Handkerchief Dance
Frid22 Feb, 13:00 – 14:00, Union Square
Hosted by The Confucius Institute 

From the most northern Chinese province, our instructor will perform a traditional Chinese handkerchief dance to give a glimpse into a beloved traditional performance. After the demonstration, the audience will be guided step by step through the performed piece to learn the moves for themselves. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about dance culture in China, traditional dances and other traditional performances after completing a full group performance.

ACS Music and Fashion
Friday 6 - 9 pm, Union Hall
Hosted by African - Caribbean Society


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