The International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is an annual celebration that showcases the range of linguistic talents and cultural diversity from around the world. IFLC started in 2003 in Turkey with students from 17 countries. In 2015, this event was staged worldwide in 20 countries, with more than 2000 participants from 145 different countries. In 2015 this spectacular festival was performed in Australia for the first time, with our member Sirius College’s organisation at Melbourne Convention Centre. Thereon, the festival has been hosted between Melbourne and our Sydney members Amity College and Affinity Intercultural Foundation.
The purpose of the International Festival of Language and Culture is to celebrate diversity and promote inclusion, whilst also providing an opportunity for participating students to showcase the kaleidoscope of their language and culture with other students from around the world.
This annual event provides opportunities to build strong ties and lifelong friendships. Respect, understanding, inclusion and goodwill are the keystones to making the most of our colourful nation and world, and are the glue with which we may build a brighter future.
The official festival song reflects the desire for a brighter world:
“I saw a luminous future in my dream one night
Lights were silently pouring down everywhere
It was like a harmoniously working clock
Dark nights had gone away
A new world! A new world!
They were building a new world
Everywhere sparkled like the skies
They were building a new world.”