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Festive fun with an international flavour

22 November 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Enthusiasts to showcase a range of foreign languages in city centre event

Staff and students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are busy preparing for their first Christmas Languages Festival.

The language enthusiasts, who are based in UCLan’s School of Language, Literature and International Studies, will be running a series of international events on Saturday 30 November as part of Languages Festival month.

Among the host of activities on offer from 12noon to 3.00pm in St George’s Shopping Centre are mini language tasters, whereby adults and children alike can learn their favourite festive phrases in a range of different languages, origami sessions and language quizzes.

There will also be plenty of entertainment from the Worldwise Samba drummers and a special performance from a Chinese opera singer. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to sample a range of international festive food and drink.

“Our Christmas themed Languages Festival aims to celebrate this community focus and promote the benefits of learning a language.”

The Language Festival 2013, which has run throughout November, aims to raise the national profile of language learning and celebrate the UK’s diverse cultural heritage.

Isabel Donnelly, Dean of the School of Languages, Literature and International Studies, explained: “The University is fully committed to delivering a wide breadth of cultural and language learning opportunities to our local community; not just our students, staff and business partners.

“Our Christmas themed Languages Festival aims to celebrate this community focus and promote the benefits of learning a language.”