The 2019 Linköping rainbow week (Regnbågsvecka)

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The 2019 Linköping Rainbow Week took place from 20th – 26th of May. The theme for this year was norm creativity. The rainbow week which is organized by (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Rights) RFSL Linköping and supported by Linköping Municipality dates as far back as 2013.

The young and old gathered at Trädgårdsförenin

There was a colorful parade around the inner city

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The week was a beehive of activities. Such as display of pride flags, lectures on the theme of LGBTQ in Linköping, film shows, circus performances and poetry exhibitions to name a few.
One of the highlights was the parade on the 25th with a gathering at Trädgårdsföreningen. It was an opportunity to explain the importance of equal rights and an open-minded society.  RFSL’s goal is that LGBTQ people should have the same rights and obligations as everybody else in society. It was also an opportunity to increase knowledge about LGBTQ people’s living conditions in the society.

Marching to promote equal rights for all

An opportunity to raise awareness about equal rights for all in the society.
Photo Credit: Yuan Yuan Xue

 

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The 2019 international day celebrations at LiU

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The 14th International Day (iDay) was celebrated on 2nd May 2019. IDay is the biggest event of the LiU International Student Association (ISA). According to ISA, the purpose of iDay is to promote cultural integration.

LiU is an internationally diverse university with lots of students from different countries all around the world. Hence, it was an opportunity for students, teachers and visitors to exchange culture with others and make friends in a fun atmosphere.

Members of the team from Sweden

The team from India

The team from the people’s republic of China

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The program started at 10:00 with exhibitions in Colosseum in C-building at the Valla campus. Each team representing a country was provided with a stall. Individuals were adorned in traditional dresses and on hand to introduce their countries to other people. There was a lot of traditional food, music and various other exhibits.

Later in the afternoon, there were performances from the different teams at Matsalen in Kårallen at the Valla campus. The team that was voted to have given the best performance was awarded a cash gift.

 

The team from Iraq

The team from Australia

The team from Colombia

The republic of China team

 

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Valborg 2019 in Linköping!

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Winter is over. The trees are green again and we are all preparing for summer. For students, it’s just a few weeks before the spring term ends. With the beautiful weather, spring is a time for so many beautiful events.  One of such events is Valborg. Celebrated on the last day of April, it is a festival where massive bonfires are lit in honour of an 8th-century German abbess, St. Walpurga, or Valborg in Swedish.

Perfect weather for hanging out with friends
Photo Credit: Simon Tornqvist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unfortunately, as a result of a very high fire risk, this year the County Administrative Board  declared a fire ban. However, students were unperturbed by the sad news as they thronged Trädgådstorget in their numbers to celebrate the day with a lot of singing and dancing. Of course on such occasions where many students gather and there is music, there is also as much beer as you imagine.

There was music, dancing and so much fun at trädgådstorget. Photo credit: Isabella Henriksson

 

 

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