Students experience world's cultures

Monday, 7 July 2014

Six University of Newcastle Communications students have landed a valuable opportunity to kick-start their career, after being selected to film and photograph one of the world's largest folk festivals.

The group will undertake a two-week media internship documenting the International Folklore Festival in Gannat, France under the guidance of Dr Vikrant Kishore. The unique event attracts more than 65,000 festival-goers annually, with about 400 traditional artists gathering to showcase the diverse cultural heritage of countries throughout the world.

"It's an excellent opportunity for students to experience the world's cultures all in one place, and to work alongside international media teams," Dr Kishore said.

"The 'Festival Les Cultures du Monde' brings together cultures and is an example of globalisation, while also highlighting the importance of sustaining and protecting heritages.

"The group's documentary will not only capture the experience, but also its importance."    

The students' once-in-a-lifetime experience will be funded by the federal government's Short Term Mobility Program, which offers assistance to higher education students looking to take part in short-term overseas study.

Final year student Elliana Lawford is one of the six people who have been chosen to participate. A proud Aboriginal woman, she says she is looking forward to enriching her cultural knowledge on an international scale, while honing her media skills.

"I'm excited to have the chance to experience the dance and performance of histories of other cultures, while also being able to put the theory of my Communication degree into action," Ms Lawford said.

A formal introduction of the selected students will be held during an event at the School of Design Communication and IT later this month. It will include a fusion dance performance by Savitri Naidoo's Chakras group, as well as a display of work created by students at last year's festival.

Our students shared their excitement with NBN:

  • Sheena Martin
  • Phone: +61 2 4921 8714

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