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Newcastle Festival of International Culture

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Friday, 22 March, 2013 - 00:00
Event Type: 
North East
Newcastle University, Bedson Teaching Centre

This year will see our successful Festival of International Culture taking place in Newcastle once more!

The Festival  will comprise of all sorts of different activities to raise awareness of the need for language learning in the UK. We will focus on the fun, active and practical side to learning new languages and cultures.

The event will last for full school day and take place between 9:30 and 15:00. It will be split between language taster sessions and practical introductions to new cultures and practices such as dance, martial arts and music.

The purpose of the day is:

1) To introduce the idea of learning a new language to school pupils.

2) To show the students the benefits and opportunities that language learning can offer.

3) To give them an idea of what life in higher education is like

Over the last two years we have been forced to reduce the number of school groups able to take part in the Festival so get your booking in quickly to avoid disappointment.

The Festival this year is open only to groups of year 8 or 9 pupils who will NOT have taken their GCSE options before the 22nd March. The number of students per goup is limited to 15.


9:15 - Arrivals/registration

9:40 - Plenary

10:30 - First group session

11:30 - Second group session

12:20- Lunch (not provided)

13:00 - Third group session

14:00 - Fourth group session

14:50 - Evaluations

15:00 - Departures

Each school group will have the opportunity to learn two completely new languages (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese etc.), take part in exciting cultural activites (e.g. capoeira, African drumming, caligraphy) and will also be have the chance to meet new people and discover the importance and joy of language learning in a university setting.