International Night Market: A Night to Remember

On November 4th, University of Tulsa was blessed with an amazing collection of countries getting together to present the International Night Market: A celebration of the diversity we see on campus under a romantic string of lights. 

At 6 pm, the line to get into the night market was already looping around the Student Union. The event was attended by 634 guests which comprises of TU students, faculty, administration, along with many who were not affiliated with the school. Inside the Bazaar, representatives from 16 countries gathered together, setting up their booths. People were buzzing around trying to perfectly capture the spirit of a night market in their respective country.

Upon arrival at the long and looping line, AIS video ambassadors, Sarah Ghazi-Moradi and Guilherme Lopes de Almeida greeted each guest with a fresh cup of orange juice. Before stepping into the night market, students received a tote bag, as well as a passport to the event, where after receiving 16 stickers, one from each booth, they could enter their passport in for a chance to win a Target gift card!

The anticipation was mounting, until finally the doors to the Great Hall opened, and people being to fill in the room. Sophomore student Dhivya Kannan enjoyed how the event brought many of the different cultural organizations on campus together and how students were able to be transported around the world in one night. “The tents and lights really reminded me of a night market… it was reminiscent of the Indian night markets and the canopies.” Another student, Ian Walker, remarked that the event was “well organized”.

Midway through the event began the Parade of Nations, a walk from different student groups displaying pride and patriotism for their cultures. Parade of Nations is a fresh attraction which debuted at this year's bazaar. The parade serves as a permanent replacement to the traditional fashion show that has been around at the bazaar for many years. A unique addition to this year's line up are the LGBTQ Pride and Native American Students Parade. 

At the end of the night market, Vice President of Diversity and Engagement, Jacqueline Caldwell presented the Best Booth and Best Parade Performance. Oman and China received the awards respectively.

Jacqueline Caldwell awarding China with best parade award.

Jacqueline Caldwell awarding China with best parade award.

Oman was proud to receive best booth.

Oman was proud to receive best booth.

Some, were clearly overcame with emotion upon receiving their awards.

Some, were clearly overcame with emotion upon receiving their awards.

At the end of the Bazaar, after everyone was gone, it was time to boogie!

In case you miss the night market already, here's a video to remind you how awesome it was: