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Cornwall College celebrates Cultural Diversity
Discovering how to dance Bollywood style, learning to mix and scratch with DJ Angel, wearing Mendhi Hand Tattoos and sampling curry dishes were just a few of the diverse activities students at Cornwall College Newquay took part in, during their annual Celebrating Diversity Festival.
The event, which took place from 14th November, was an opportunity to share, showcase and promote cultural diversity. The week enabled students and staff to celebrate the diversity of the whole College community, and learn about cultures locally and globally.
Having taken part in the Bollywood dance workshop student Gemma Collins, 30, from Newquay said: “We learnt the routine to Jai Ho, from Slumdog Millionaire, and I found it really exhilarating and a lot of fun. It was great to have a go at something completely different and to have access to an activity that we don’t normally get to experience at college is fantastic. I would definitely try it again.”
Jean Hall, Bollywood dance instructor said: “I think it’s wonderful that the College opens its doors each year to a whole range of diverse activities. Without events such as these the students might not get to experience different cultures first hand, which would be a shame as it was clear the students were really enjoying the dance moves and giving it their all.”
Other activities throughout the week included talks from guest speakers, sand play therapy, an African music and culture workshop and a rapping master class.
Ruth Martin, Curriculum Area Manager said: “Cultural diversity is a part of everyday life at Cornwall College. Organising a week of activities to celebrate this provides an educational experience which engages students with different cultures, ethnicities, beliefs, religions, languages and histories.”