INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF LANGUAGE AND CULTURE, AUSTRALIA

International Festival of Language and Culture is an annual celebration and showcase for the diversity of linguistic talents from across the world. IFLC started first in Turkey with students from seventeen countries in 2003. This year, the festival held in Melbourne Australia with participants from 18 countries for the first time, it had been organized by Sirius College and supported by Australian Intercultural Society.

The purpose of the international festival of language and culture is to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. IFLC has a vision of uniting nations of the world with universal human values and their mission is to rise on the wings of art and music and promote peace, love and cultural encounters throughout the world. The event provides participating students with a great opportunity to present aspects of their language and culture with other students from around the world as well as to the local audiences from hosted countries.

This year, Nashra Zaman was selected to represent Bangladesh along with Roksana Zarin. Deputy Head of Junior Section Uttara was selected as a teacher to accompany her. They started their journey on 31st of May and reached Melbourne on 1st of June early morning. A surprising warm welcome with a lovely bouquet of flower was waiting for them at the airport.

After hours of rest, they had been taken to the Yarra River in order to attend a photoshoot by the lower stretches of the river, where the city of Melbourne was established in 1835, which is known as a greater Melbourne today. Next, they were taken to sea life Melbourne aquarium.

2nd, 3rd and 4th June, they paid important visits and attended meetings with President of the Parliament of Victoria, Cultural Minister, and Governor General. First day, they met the President of Parliament, Mr. Bruce Atkinson, where as, the following day, they met the Multicultural Minister Mr. Robin Scott and third day, the Governor General His Excellency Mr. Peter Cosgrove.

Mr. Atkinson appreciated the organizers for arranging such a wonderful program because he believes that the children are going to be the leaders of the future in their communities and these future leaders will be able to build bridges between countries with the help of their present experiences. Since Mr. Atkinson has never been in Bangladesh before, he showed his kin interest to pay a visit to Bangladesh in near future. After his speech Nashra was given a chance to present a short speech. Nashra thanked him for his inspiring speech and spoke about Bangladesh as a small green country as well as invited him to visit Bangladesh soon.

Next day, the visit with the Cultural Minister Robin Scott began with a short program. After the program in his speech he mentioned how passionately Victoria follows and supports multiculturalism. So, Victoria Government appreciated IFLC, as this program exactly promotes that. He was grateful to the participants from all over the world and thanked IFLC and Sirius College whole-heartedly.

4th June they flew to Sydney to meet His Excellency Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove at their beautiful home near the Sydney Harbor. They had been warmly welcomed by the officials at their home. His Excellency similarly encouraged the participants for their efforts and spent about an hour talking to everyone in the house.

Finally on 7th June the program took place in Melbourne Convention Centre. Around 5500 people were present including the Cultural Minister and a couple of high officials from the Victoria government. The program was held for 3 hours where different songs, dances were performed that mesmerized the audience. IFLC’s hard work and efforts were astonishingly successful as the managed to create a splendid environment for the audience as well as created strong unity amongst the participants presenting different countries.

International Festival of Language and Culture is an annual celebration and showcase for the diversity of linguistic talents from across the world. IFLC started first in Turkey with students from seventeen countries in 2003. This year, the festival held in Melbourne Australia with participants from 18 countries for the first time, it had been organized by Sirius College and supported by Australian Intercultural Society.

The purpose of the international festival of language and culture is to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion. IFLC has a vision of uniting nations of the world with universal human values and their mission is to rise on the wings of art and music and promote peace, love and cultural encounters throughout the world. The event provides participating students with a great opportunity to present aspects of their language and culture with other students from around the world as well as to the local audiences from hosted countries.

This year, Nashra Zaman was selected to represent Bangladesh along with Roksana Zarin. Deputy Head of Junior Section Uttara was selected as a teacher to accompany her. They started their journey on 31st of May and reached Melbourne on 1st of June early morning. A surprising warm welcome with a lovely bouquet of flower was waiting for them at the airport.

After hours of rest, they had been taken to the Yarra River in order to attend a photoshoot by the lower stretches of the river, where the city of Melbourne was established in 1835, which is known as a greater Melbourne today. Next, they were taken to sea life Melbourne aquarium.

2nd, 3rd and 4th June, they paid important visits and attended meetings with President of the Parliament of Victoria, Cultural Minister, and Governor General. First day, they met the President of Parliament, Mr. Bruce Atkinson, where as, the following day, they met the Multicultural Minister Mr. Robin Scott and third day, the Governor General His Excellency Mr. Peter Cosgrove.

Mr. Atkinson appreciated the organizers for arranging such a wonderful program because he believes that the children are going to be the leaders of the future in their communities and these future leaders will be able to build bridges between countries with the help of their present experiences. Since Mr. Atkinson has never been in Bangladesh before, he showed his kin interest to pay a visit to Bangladesh in near future. After his speech Nashra was given a chance to present a short speech. Nashra thanked him for his inspiring speech and spoke about Bangladesh as a small green country as well as invited him to visit Bangladesh soon.

Next day, the visit with the Cultural Minister Robin Scott began with a short program. After the program in his speech he mentioned how passionately Victoria follows and supports multiculturalism. So, Victoria Government appreciated IFLC, as this program exactly promotes that. He was grateful to the participants from all over the world and thanked IFLC and Sirius College whole-heartedly.

4th June they flew to Sydney to meet His Excellency Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove at their beautiful home near the Sydney Harbor. They had been warmly welcomed by the officials at their home. His Excellency similarly encouraged the participants for their efforts and spent about an hour talking to everyone in the house.

Finally on 7th June the program took place in Melbourne Convention Centre. Around 5500 people were present including the Cultural Minister and a couple of high officials from the Victoria government. The program was held for 3 hours where different songs, dances were performed that mesmerized the audience. IFLC’s hard work and efforts were astonishingly successful as the managed to create a splendid environment for the audience as well as created strong unity amongst the participants presenting different countries.

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