International students busting barriers with inclusive Christmas celebration

International students at Cape Breton University are holding a special Christmas celebration which will bring together Celtic, Chinese and Korean culture. On November 23, CBU’s Bachelor of Hospitality Management Class will present a Chinese Korean Christmas Ceilidh, where guests will have the opportunity to see the food, decor, music, and spirit that go hand in hand with these walks of life. Tickets are $15 per person. The party will be held in CBU’s Multipurpose room at 7 p.m.

“The students wanted to find a way to incorporate aspects of their culture and the culture they’ve come to know well while they’ve been getting educated here on the Island. We’ve never had a celebration quite like this before, and it really shows CBU’s level of inclusivity and acceptance of the traditions of its students,” says Jennifer Currie, course instructor.  “Guests will enjoy beverages and delightful tastes from the three cultures represented in the class – all prepared by the students. It’s definitely an event not to be missed!”

Celtic Colours and Cape Breton Music Industry Cooperative are sponsoring the event, and it will feature musical entertainment by Dawn and Margie Beaton, accompanied by some international students. Event managers on the Island are very interested in this particular mix of cultures, and plan to discuss future development of events similar to this one in the future.

Other entertainment to be featured includes a Chinese Folk singer, a Korean Alumni Opera performer and a traditional Chinese Folk Dancer. Each ticket ensures guests one free alcoholic drink and free appetizers.

Those attending must be 19 or over. For more information, please contact Jennifer Currie at or 902-563-1196.