You could have been forgiven for thinking that you had strayed into another continent, or three, the other night at The College of North East London (CONEL).

The Cultural Fashion Show, held at CONEL on Thursday 12th February, started off with a bang and vibrant flashes of colour, courtesy of an energetic Chinese Lion dance.

After the lion had wove its way through spectators and out of the Drama Hall, the audience were then taken by the host, Jackson Ogunyemi, on a colourful fashion journey. Beautiful traditional garment collections, the result of weeks of hard work by learners, included pieces from China, Africa, Somalia, Jamaica and Asia.

The audience was also treated to some Turkish/Cypriot belly dancing, African/Caribbean dance moves, a Kung Foo demonstration by Andrew Wong, and a showcase of singing talent from CONELs November Talent Show contest.

The Cultural Fashion Show, the brainchild of Karlene Sutherland, Youth Worker and Student Liaison Officer, was a joyful celebration of spirit and ethnicity. Karlene wanted to commemorate the cultural diversity and creativity of students within the college, and she was thrilled with the results. 'I was so proud of their achievement, particularly the shy ones who were coaxed into doing the event. I felt like I was walking on air afterwards! The atmosphere was electric in the hall and everyone was so pleased with themselves they were grinning like Cheshire cats!'

A DVD of the Cultural Fashion Show will be available to buy from March, please contact CONEL on 020 8802 3111 and ask for Karlene. For further information on any of the Fashion courses offered by the college, please telephone the course hotline on 020 8442 3055. Or go to


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