International Festival of Language and Culture (‘IFLC’) is an annual celebration that showcases the diversity of linguistic talents from across the globe, with the sole vision of uniting nations of the world through universal human values and also promoting inclusiveness. It’s the living embodiment of respect, harmony and peace that can be achieved with the universal language of art, dance and music – colours of the world.
The celebration promotes cultural and linguistic diversity and the values of universal peace, love and friendship through the medium of song and dance.
IFLC started in 2003 in Turkey with students from 17 countries. In 2015, 160 countries took part in the events across the world with more than 2000 participants. Since 2015 IFLC franchise is also held in Australia. This event provides participating students great opportunities to present aspects of their language and culture with other students from around the world and to local audiences in host countries. Lifelong friendships are gained, with bridges formed to cross the promoted Islands of Peace.
The IFLC is currently held in more than 20 different countries and attracts more than 2000 participants from more than 145 countries. The colourful showcase of culture and language through the medium of performing arts, creates a positive synergy on and off stage; promoting long-lasting friendships between the participants and instills goodwill partnerships for future projects.
In 2019, the global IFLC franchise will celebrate its 17th year and it will be the 5th IFLC in Australia. Sirius College, in partnership with Australian Intercultural Society will be co-hosting the 2019 International Language and Culture Festival on Saturday, 26th October 2019 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC).
The IFLC Australia has been staged in several iconic venues, including the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre in 2015 and 2017, in which it attracted more than 5000 people, and the Sydney Opera House in 2016 and 2018 with more than 2300 people attending with many dignitaries including the Governor General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove and Governor of NSW Sir David Hurley. With more than 280 students from 40 different countries having performed so far, IFLC promises to cement Australia’s position as the premier country to host the IFLC and, in doing so, embrace and celebrate inclusiveness and diversity.
Since the first IFLC in Melbourne in 2015, IFLC has been hosted by the very talented TV personality George Donikian. The IFLC Melbourne programs in 2015 and 2017 and the IFLC Sydney programs in 2016 & 2018 were nationally broadcasted on SBS One.
IFLC Opening Address by Governor General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove, Sydney Opera House, 2016.