International New Year's Celebration

The International New Year's Celebration 2018 - a living tradition

On 19 January, the Welcome Centre invited to the International New Year’s Celebration 2018 in the unique Weinkirche. Around 500 students, teachers and employees of the University of Kassel from over 60 different countries accepted the invitation and celebrated the New Year together.

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The grand opening of the celebration began with the speech from the vice president of the University of Kassel, Professor Dr. René Matzdorf, and the mayor for social and civil affairs of the city of Kassel, Mrs. Ilona Friedrich. Following this was the awarding of the DAAD-Prize 2017 to Amantia Simixhiu from Albania, student of the master programme Economic Behaviour and Governance. Amantia was acknowledged for her astounding academic achievements and noticeably social and intercultural engagement at the University of Kassel by her academic advisor, Professor Dr. Andreas Ziegler.

Johanna Große, Markus Kube, Antonia Mariß, Kijan Vakilzadeh and Yiğitcan Yılmaz from the Welcome Centre led the multicultural and varied programme. Eight performaces from people from ten different countries impressed the audience with unique dances, songs and even rap and arts.

Two Indonesian dance groups opened the evening. Aziyati Dzata Ishma, Azzahra Nur Masitha Gnauk, Dhuita Pasthika Mahadhika, Maisarah and Shahi Raminda Erdi delighted the guests with a dance from the capital Jakarta, Nandak, a dance of joy and peaceful coexistence. The Royal dance from South Sumatra, “Melinting”, which stands for celebrating general gratitude and was wonderfully demonstrated by Dewi Sahda, Dian Afifa Yunus, Ega Rizka Aditya, Muhammad Juffalyono Wizul and Putu Ayu Della Vitri.

The impressive sounds of Indian and Turkish songs were performed wonderfully by Akshay Barik and Arundhati Choudhury from India, and by Emine Vural from Turkey. "Awaara Hoon", the soundtrack of the Indian classic "Awaara" had so far impressed many countries, such as Greece, Turkey, China, Russia and Romania and after the New Year definitely Germany as well. Arundhati Choudhury also thrilled the crowd with a first-class Bollywood dance in a beautiful Indian robe.

With two soulful songs, Anastasia Varakli from Greece enchanted the audience: “S' Agapo Giati Ise Orea“, a song from the island of Corfu, and "Tha Spaso Koupes" from the former "Mikra Asia", today "Anadolu". For the third consecutive year, Asad Salman Khan, from Pakistan, performed with an energetic rap.

The German-Bolivian-Ecuadorian group Andesmanta (en. From the Andes) was on stage for the first time under this name. They played a “Tinku” from the region "Norte de Potosí" in Bolivia and several "Huayños ", which are typical of the Tal region of Bolivia. To these Huayños, the singer of the band went to the audience and invited them to dance.

After their success last year, Anastasia Kharlenko, Alina Pohasii, Gonzalo Pradella, Valeria Naidenko (Ukraine & Argentina) once brought the audience to dance and sing.

DJ Holm, who was also celebrating a comeback at the New Year's Celebration, provided the perfect music for the after party. 2 VJ’s, Inga-Lisa Burmester and Karen Hertfelder, students of the Academy of Art in Kassel, who have projected animations of their own design to match the music, accompanied DJ Holm.

The highlights of the evening were recorded by Anastasiya Behmenburg and with DJ Holms photo box (password: 1918). We are grateful to Techniker Krankenkasse for sponsoring the photo box. The photos are available on this website and on the Facebook Page of the Welcome Centre.

The Welcome Centre would like to thank all of the participants and guests for an unforgettable night and wishes everyone an exciting and successful new year 2018!