What is ISFiT?
ISFiT is not just another student festival.
The International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), is the world’s largest international student festival. It has been organized every second year since 1990, gathering students from all over the world for ten days of dialogue, cultural events, workshops and more. The next festival takes place from the 7th to the 17th of February, 2019, and will invite 500 students from over 100 different countries to discuss the theme of migration. Will you join us?
Since 1990, ISFiT has:
|Gathered 6047 participants in Trondheim||From more than 115 different nations||Engaging more than 4552 volunteers and counting|
The History of ISFiT
It all started back in 1988, when a group of students at Studentersamfundet had an idea of creating an international student festival to gather students from all over the world to create unity between students across borders. Since the very beginning, ISFiT has held a wide program of cultural events providing entertainment to both the international audience and the citizens of Trondheim. The cultural program of ISFiT consists of concerts, scene art, meetings and ceremonies. Through the cultural program, ISFiT wishes to create a venue where the participants get the opportunity to break through cultural barriers. During the festival there will also be workshops. These are smaller workgroups where participants will be discussing and sharing their views on topics related to migration. Right before the festival kicks off in Trondheim there will be held dialogue groups where participants will meet to understand their situation and how to use dialogue as a tool. The dialogue groups have been running since 1997, and have spanned various conflicts and countries since that time.
A year later, in 1998, the students of ISFiT began to wonder why the Nobel Peace Prize was never awarded to students. This was the beginning of the Student Peace Prize. The Student Peace Prize will be handed out during the festival, to a student or student organization that strives towards peace and understanding rather than violence.
Over the years a number of significant people have visited the festival, including Gro Harlem Brundtland, the Dalai Lama, Chai Ling, Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai, Desmond Tutu, Betty Williams and numerous others.
Migration: The Global Puzzle
There are an estimated 244 million people living outside their country of origin in the world today. As long as there have been humans, we have been on the move. For some, migration is an empowering experience that can open up a new world. Others are forced to move due to wars and disasters. Host communities may encounter resource challenges, whilst countries with a high degree of emigration can lose valuable human resources and face brain drain.
Narratives surrounding migration have become increasingly polarized and the debate focuses on the extremes. ISFiT wants to challenge these extremes, highlight the opportunities and likewise the challenges that can arise when people migrate. The festival hopes to provoke and allow fruitful discussion surrounding the theme: migration.
As 500 students meet up in Trondheims beating heart, the Student Society, we will work towards exploring and discovering various aspects of migration and how it affects our lives and communities. This we hope to achieve through dialogue, where we will understand and listen, but also challenge and be challenged. Ideas, perceptions and worldviews will be shared as ISFiT invites students from all over the world to neutral grounds, where we will give space for everyone to share their stories such as we can gain insight into the topic of migration in today’s global world. With this in mind we hope to enlighten our audience and participants on the complexities of the theme, and pave the way for a broader understanding of migration.
The International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT), is happening from the 7th to the 17th of february 2019 and seeks to shine a light on the important theme of migration. During this period, 500 participants consisting of students from around the world, will come to Trondheim to participate in workshops, plenary sessions, dialogue and a broad cultural program involving everything from concerts to literature events and stage performances.
With more than 450 volunteers, the organisation hope to make this a festival that will inspire and encourage the participants to join each other in conversation about the theme, to listen and accept all the different opinions. The organisation aspire to help these participants come up with possible solutions to the problems they face in their countries and at their universities, and believe the best way to do so is through dialogue and intercontinental networking.
DIALOGUE GROUPS: What is it?
The participants for the dialogue groups will come to Norway ten days ahead of the festival and stay at a cabin in Røros, which is a small town just outside of Trondheim. The purpose for the dialogue groups is to attempt an even more practical approach to peace building, and have students from three separate focus areas come together with the aim of creating an understanding of the different point of views, as well as have these participants form friendships across ethnical, cultural, religious or political situations.
The three focus areas for ISFiT 2019 are the Balkans, Ukraine and Columbia.
For more information about this, contact:
WORKSHOPS: What are they?
The 500 participants that are invited to come to the festival, will be divided into nineteen different workshops, and will for the ten days that the festival last, spend most of their days participating in these workshops.
Each participant will be part of only one workshop for the entirety of their stay in Trondheim and will work closely with and form strong friendships with both the participants in their workshop, as well as outside of it.
The twenty different workshops are:
- Forced Migration
- Politics and Power
- Model UN
- The Refugee Crisis
- Human Trafficking
- National Identity
- Culture and Migration
- Big City Life
- Ancient Migration
- Moving Ideologies
- Faith Movements
- Brain Drain or Brain Gain?
- Hidden Figures
- Natural Degradation
- Global Citizens
- Global Food
To read more about the workshops and send in your application for ISFiT 2019, go to http://participant.isfit.org
ISFiT is built from the ground up by a team of 500 student volunteers living in Trondheim, Norway.
Elise Mikalsen Steinsland
Ingeborg Albert Rikheim
ISFiT is made possible through the generous support of numerous individuals and organisations in Trondheim. Some of our key partners include:
Join the team!
The next opportunity to join the team will be in 2019. Keep an eye on our website and Facebook page for more information. Please note that you must be a student in Trondheim, Norway to volunteer with ISFiT. Those living outside are welcome to participate in ISFiT.