Who are we
The International Festival of Language and Culture (IFLC) is an annual celebration that showcases the range of musical talents and cultural diversity from around the world. IFLC started in 2003 in Turkey with students from 17 countries.
Sirius College is an independent and non-denominational school, operating in Victoria since 1997. It has been serving the community for 20 years and has grown beyond expectations to meet the increasing demand of Australia’s multicultural community.
Australian Intercultural Society
The Australian Intercultural Society (AIS) is a not-for-profit dialogue platform operating since 2000 with the aim of strengthening social cohesion and promoting diversity and understanding through interaction. Through partnership with other organisations, AIS works to strengthen relations in multicultural Australia.
Affinity Intercultural Foundation
Affinity Intercultural Foundation is a dialogue platform operating since 2000 with the aim of strengthening social bonds and promoting cultural diversity and understanding through social interaction. Our objective is to establish a better future for the common benefit of humanity and to enhance mutual respect and understanding in this multicultural nation of ours.
Amity College (formerly known as Sule College) is an independent, non-denominational, multi campus, school operating in NSW since 1996. It has been serving the community for 20 years and has grown beyond expectations to meet the increasing demand of Australia’s multicultural community.
Colours of the World
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 Melbourne, Australia, for the first time, with Sirius College organisation and the support of Australian Intercultural Society.
In 2016, IFLC was taken place in Sydney at the majestic Sydney Opera House (SOH); cohosted by our sister organisations Amity College and Affinity Intercultural Foundation. The world-renowned Sydney Opera House was certainly a symbolic venue to stage the multicultural mosaic of this event.
Sirius College and Australian Intercultural Society are proud to organise IFLC 2017, which will be held in Melbourne on Sunday, 14th May 2017 at The Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
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.
Sirius College and Australian Intercultural Society are avid supporters of collaborative learning and compassion, promoting fellowship and dialogue among youth of diverse backgrounds in Australia.
Our co-hosts are passionate advocates of community involvement as a platform for achieving peace, friendship and understanding. Sirius College and Australian Intercultural Society also trust that this festival will exemplify our core Australian values of understanding, respect & inclusion on a national and global scale.
Australia’s diversity is a rich asset. The festival will showcase the complex cultural and musical kaleidoscope and provide invaluable opportunities for the participating students to be an active member of the global conversation. All entrants will engage with the one another and the local community through meaningful social, cultural and educational activities.
This event will provide opportunities to build strong ties and lifelong friendships. Respect, understanding, inclusion and goodwill are the keystones of making the most of our colourful nation and world, and are the glue with which we may build a brighter future.
We strongly believe that it is our duty to encourage and facilitate positive conversations and contributions. We tend to be sceptical and doubtful about ‘other’ cultures. By exposing our youth to the metalanguage and social skills necessary to deal with these issues, we are equipping them with the tools necessary for personal growth and thus a better world.
Although we may not speak the same language, we speak through the universal language of art, dance and music. Language, in whatever form, is instrumental to understanding and communication. Building connections through dialogue is imperative for achieving lasting universal peace. Engaging in collective dialogue allowing us to understand and appreciate other viewpoints. The friendships made and life changing experiences gained here will enable us to embrace each other and take steps towards a brighter future.