A student performing at a previous edition of International Festival of Language and Culture. This weekend (May 7-8), witness music, dance, and art at the 14th International Festival of Language and Culture. The theme of the festival is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world is one family’. I
A student performing at a previous edition of International Festival of Language and Culture. This weekend (May 7-8), witness music, dance, and art at the 14th International Festival of Language and Culture. The theme of the festival is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world is one family’. I

Music. Dance. Art. 400 students. 17 countries: Festival highlights

This weekend (May 7-8), witness music, dance, and art at the 14th International Festival of Language and Culture. The theme of the festival is ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ or ‘The world is one family’. It will showcase 400 students from over 17 countries coming together to spread the message of harmony, universal human values and peace.
By Nikita Saxena | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2016 03:01 PM IST

Get set to enjoy an evening of art, music and dance on Saturday. The 14th edition of the International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) will take place in the Capital with the theme ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ that means ‘the world is one family’. School students from all over the world will come together at this cultural festival and sing, dance and act to spread the message of peace and harmony.

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Talking about the event, the organiser Bilal Acikgoz says, “This is the first time we’re organizing IFLC in India. Around 400 students from 17 countries, including India, will perform various acts at the event. The main aim of the programme is to promote peace, harmony and universal human values through culture, art, music and dance.”

School students from all across the world perform together to spread the message of universal peace, harmony and human values.
School students from all across the world perform together to spread the message of universal peace, harmony and human values.

Some of the performances at the event will include choir performances on songs such as Universal peace, Colours of the World and What a Wonderful World. There will be music performances by students of various countries, and traditional folk dances by students of countries such as Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and India. The participating students are chosen through auditions held at the schools.

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Aditi Dureha, a student of Springdales School, and one of the performers, says,“This is the first time that I’m performing at this festival. I will be singing Colours of the World, which is a song composed by the volunteers of the organisation. It is a Turkish song and the lyrics have been translated into Hindi language. Students have to perform different songs in different countries. In my previous performances at other events, I have sung the songs -- Mann Mera and Desh Rangeela.”

Around 400 students from 17 countries will perform at the festival in 2016.
Around 400 students from 17 countries will perform at the festival in 2016.

Talking about the theme, Acikgoz shares, “The general theme of the event is Colours of the World. For the Indian edition, we thought Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam was the most suitable motto. It is very inclusive and fits the ideas of this festival very well.”

“The organisers encourage interaction among the students. They teach us that we should appreciate the country that we belong to and should not hate other countries or discriminate,” adds Dureha.

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WHAT: International Festival of Language and Culture

WHERE: Talkatora Stadium, Talkatora Garden, President’s Estate

WHEN: May 7

TIMINGS: 6pm

NEAREST METRO STATION: Patel Chowk on Yellow Line

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