Cultural Festival

24 July 2014

Five of our Bachelor of Communication students are undertaking an international media internship in France this week

FIVE Bachelor of Communication students from the University of Newcastle are undertaking an international media internship to film a documentary in France this week (through to July 29) on the 'Festival Les Cultures du Monde'.

Working alongside media production lecturer Dr Vikrant Kishore, the students have travelled to Gannat, a small village five hours from Paris, to capture the Festival of World Cultures. Dr Kirshore is a member of the Hunter Centre for Creative Industries and Technology.

The ten-day festival is organised by the French National Association of Cultures and Traditions to celebrate and preserve international folk heritage. The festival is one of the largest gatherings of folk performers in the world and attracts around 65,000 people.

Along with filming their own documentary, the students are also working with French media and assisting them with the coverage of the festival.

Dr Kishore has been associated with the festival for the past 20 years, and said he is
values the students gaining media experience on an international scale.

"I think this is an excellent opportunity for the students of the University of Newcastle to experience the diverse cultures of the world all in one place," Dr Kishore said.

"The documentary will capture how the Festival has become a site for cultural intermingling and globalisation, but still enables an understanding and provides encouragement in sustaining and protecting cultural heritages," he said. 

"The students are being hosted by local families for lunch and dinner in and around Gannat, which is giving them a glimpse of the French countryside living and culture." 

Ellie June on location in France Head of the School for Design, Communication and Information Technology, Dr Anne Llewellyn, said the University hoped the international experience would help the students in their future careers.

"Technology has changed the way our graduates work and the professions they enter can no longer be viewed as having a purely local focus. I hope this opportunity to engage with international organisations will open up further pathways," Dr Llewellyn said.

Final year Bachelor of Communication student Luke Ryan said he was enjoying the thrill of working in a foreign place with people from all over the world.

"The thing that excites me so much is getting the chance to really apply what I've learnt throughout my course in such an eclectic cultural melting pot," Mr Ryan said.

Contact: Melanie James
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