The long awaited International Festival of Language and Culture will finally meet Australians on 7 June 2015 in Melbourne.
The event, organised by Sirius College, is an annual celebration and showcase of the diverse linguistic talents and cultural diversity of students from around the world.
The event originally started in 2003 in Turkey with students attending from 17 countries. In 2014, the event reached its pinnacle with 145 countries attending with more than 2,000 participants.
The event will be held in Melbourne for the first time.
According to the organisers, the purpose of the event is celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.
“Sirius College aims to support and promote fellowship and dialogue among youth of different ethnic backgrounds in Australia. The festival will display our national treasure of diversity to all Australians and to the world.” the organisers said.
Students from over 19 countries and from 6 continents will perform songs, dance routines, stand-up shows and poems in their native language and English.
The acclaimed news presenter George Donikian will be the master of ceremony.
Date: Sunday, 7 June 2015
Time: 7:00 pm (7:30 pm start) – 9:30 pm
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center. 1 Convention Centre Place South Wharf. Melbourne
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We tend a distance between ourselves and that which is considered foreign. Communities and nations tend to be defensive about cultures with which they are not familiar or in communication with. Dialogue is therefore the key to overcoming this state of communicative failure. Building connections through dialogue is the most fundamental step for achieving a lasting, universal peace. Through dialogue, people can get to know each other as equals, which can in turn lead to stereotypes and fears being replaced by a sense of peace and fellowship. At the end of this event, you will see emotional students embracing each other, representing the world in dialogue with each other. They may not speak the same language, but they speak through the universal language of art, dance and music. – IFLC event website