The University of Newcastle, Australia

Folklore Festival

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Communication staff and students bound for France to cover a folk festival

Students who travelled to France in 2013

The School of Design, Communication and Information Technology has secured funding for six students to travel to France in July to assist with the media coverage for the International Folklore Festival of Gannat, five hours from Paris. 

The students will be travelling with media production lecturer, Dr Vikrant Kishore who has had an association with the festival for over 20 years. 

Last year marked the 40 year anniversary of the festival which is one of the largest gatherings of folk performers in the world attracting a crowd of over 65,000 people. Folk groups from more than 20 countries visit the French town over 10 days to promote the global diversity of cultures and create awareness for safeguarding this heritage. 

The group will be working with the French media team to help with the coverage of the festival and will also film a documentary to capture their experiences. 

Head of School and Director of the HCIT, Dr Anne Llewellyn, said the international experience should assist students with their future careers and open up pathways for them. 

"This is a valuable opportunity for these students to apply their studies on an international level and gain experience working with other volunteers and media from around the world. They'll be able to develop intensive media production skills on the ground and learn how to work at a highly skilled and fast-paced level, which are crucial skills employers look for in graduates," she said.

  • Dr Vikrant Kishore
  • Phone: +61 2 43 494591

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