International Cultural Festival Monday 6th to Sunday 12th February
International Cultural Festival Hosted by:
Leeds University Union.
The International Cultural Festival is an action packed week of activities and events to celebrate and showcase our different cultural groups and to bring together students from home and abroad. From the various films showcasing at the International Film Festival to the Carnival and Bollywood Dance Evening, weâ€™re confident there will be something inside this programme that makes you want to join in. We would also like to say a big thank you to all the students involved in making this happen, especially the Intercultural Ambassadors festival project team. We look forward to seeing you during the week!
Charlie Hopper Equality and Diversity Officer Leeds University Union
All events are based in the Leeds University Union building and are FREE unless otherwise stated. The festival is made up of a mixture of films and events, use the key below to find what interests you or turn to page 10 and 11 for a full overview of this yearâ€™s events.
Events and Films hosted by the Intercultural Ambassadors and Santander.
Throughout the Week Cultural Perspectives Come and take some time to look through some beautiful pictures from around the globe. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. 9.00am to 5.00pm, Union Foyer.
LSR Breakfast Show Hosted by LSR Radio. During the International Cultural Festival join the LSR Breakfast team every weekday. We will be talking about different cultures each day as well as playing some great music, news headlines and lots of fun onÂ www.lsrfm.com Every day, 9.00am to 11.00am.
The History of Henna Exhibition showing the history of henna, the henna plant, a world map of henna (different styles of henna art), the use of henna and black henna. Plus photos of membersâ€™ henna. Henna will be available 11.00am-3.00pm. Monday, Thursday & Friday, 10.00am to 4.00pm, Union Foyer.
Cultural showcase: Wedding Extravagansa No matter where in the world you are from, weddings are universal. International Cultural Festival is giving you an opportunity to witness a variety of weddings from all over the world. From a white dress and tuxedo, to the West African Dashiki, to the Indian langha and sherwani to
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the Mexican mantilla veil and matadorian outfit, and many more! Expect an evening of colourful fashion vibrant dances and diverse music from all around the world. Friday 10th February, From 7.30pm, Riley Smith Hall.
Monday 6th February Ong-bak: Muay Thai Warrior, Thailand Hosted by the Thai Society. Booting lives in a small and peaceful village. One day a sacred Buddha statuette is stolen from the village by an immoral businessman. Booting must track the thief and reclaim the religious treasure. 12.00pm to 2.00pm, Meeting Room 5.
Folk Tune and Dance Workshop Hosted by the Folk Society Get a taste for our Folk Soc sessions by learning traditional folk tunes and dances from an experienced musician. Suited for beginner/intermediate ability. Later you will have the opportunity to play and share songs in our regular informal session. 5.00pm to 7.00pm, Pack Horse pub, Instruments not provided.
Time for Taiwan Hosted by the Taiwanese Society Get a taste of Taiwanese food, enjoy marvellous Taiwanese culture and have fun with exciting games. We are a very small and exquisite island and this is your chance to know more about where, what, how is Taiwan! Everyone welcome. Don’t forget to try as much bubble tea as you can. 2.00pm to 5.00pm, Riley Smith Hall.
To Be, Palestine Hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Group ‘To Be’ explores the suffering of Palestinians under the Israeli and international siege on Gaza. The film looks at international activist work in Gaza and provides deep testimony to the urgent and overdue need to end an immoral siege on an imprisoned population. 5.30pm to 7.15pm, Meeting Room 5.
Together, Sweden After suffering an abusive husband, Elisabeth takes her two children to a Stockholm commune run by her brother. Life at the commune is crowded, and teaming with sex, drugs and nudity and lots of drama. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 1.
The Global Cafe Takes place every Monday throughout term time. Students can come along, relax, enjoy the free tea, coffee and biscuits and meet people and make friends from all over the world. 5.30pm to 7.30pm The Lounge
Bachehay-e Aseman, Iran Hosted by the Iranian Society When Ali loses his sister Zohre’s shoes he is filled with guilt: he knows that his family cannot afford a new pair. He resolves to share his sneakers with her while keeping it a secret from his family and their teachers. A touching comedy that proves loyalty and love cross cultural boundaries. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 2.
Women Without Men, Iran Hosted by the Feminist Society This exquisitely crafted 1953 Iranian film weaves together the stories of four women after a British and American backed coup removes the democratically elected government. It explores how the women’s experiences are shaped by their faith and the social structures of the day. 7.30pm to 9.15pm, Meeting Room 5.
Debating International Issues Hosted by the United Nations Association Society Come along to a taster session with the United Nations Association. We will introduce you to debating international issues in a UN format. Refreshments at the end. 6.00pm to 7.00pm, Miall Lecture Theatre, Baines Wing, Leeds University.
(L’Auberge Espegnole) Pot Luck, Spain A French student goes on a European exchange programme to improve his Spanish and finds himself living with a strange collective of people from across the world. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Meeting Room 2. Shooting Dogs, USA This powerful, fact-based film follows a priest and an idealistic teacher as they watch bureaucracy, institutional racism and generations of hatred lead to mass murder in Rwanda. Can a priest and a teacher find sense in the senseless? 7.30pm to 9.30pm, The Common Room.
Laskar Pelangi (The Rainbow Troops), Indonesia Hosted by the Indonesian Society This award winning film follows a group of schoolboys and their two inspirational teachers in a farming and tin mining community in Belitung. It explores the boys’ struggles with the poverty that they are enveloped in and looks at their determination to build hope for their futures. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Meeting Room 4.
Karaoke Come on down to the Old Bar and sing your heart out. It’s free, it’s fun, and it might make you famous. 8.00pm to late, Old Bar.
Tuesday 7th February Wish You Were Here Welcome to the Intercultural Postcard Factory. Drop in to explore other cultures and your own through designing postcards to be exhibited around university throughout International Cultural Week. Meet new friends from around the world over coffee, cake and collage. See you there! Participants can bring own materials. 11.00am to 4.00pm, The Common Room.
Salsa Hosted by SLAPsoc Get a taste of Spanish culture and meet loads of new people in a friendly environment. Whether you’ve got two left feet or you’re a pro at sexy salsa, come along to our taster session and feel the Latin vibes. 5.00pm to 6.00pm, The Lounge. Middle Eastern Mosaic Hosted by the Islamic Society Join the Islamic Society in a class on how to make traditional plaster mosaic patterns of the Middle East. Materials will be provided. 5.30pm to 6.30pm, The Treehouse.
Wing Chun Kung-Fu Hosted by the Wing Chun Society Come try Wing Chun Kung-Fu, a Chinese martial art perfect for men and women wanting a simple, efficient and practical self -defence system. No experience needed. 5.00pm to 7.00pm, Meeting Room 2.
Garden State, USA This indie classic follows the life of Andrew Largema, who was lead to believe that he caused the accident that paralysed his mother. This late coming of age film takes Andrew on an adventure as his lithium induced
Persepolis, Iran The poignant story of a young girl coming of age in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. Marjane tells the story from the perspectives of her childhood and her encounters with the changing face of Iran and the dramatic implication it has to the lives of Iranian people. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 5.
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coma fades and he starts to experience life, love and loss. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, The Common Room.
for the free education promised by the government. An old Mau Mau veteran aged 80, desperate to learn, fought for the liberation of his country and now feels he must have the chance for the education so long denied to him. We are taken back to the untold story of British colonial rule 50 years earlier, the fight for freedom and the love for his country. 7.30pm to 9.15pm, Meeting Room 4.
Motorcycle Diaries, Cuba Hosted by the Film Society This film explores the journey of Ernesto Guevara, who would later become known as the revolutionary Che Guevara. The film recounts his expedition across South America with his friend. As their adventure of youthful hedonism unfolds, Guevara discovers himself transformed by the life of the impoverished indigenous peasantry. 6.00pm to 8.15pm, Cinema (LT2.31) Clothworkers North, Leeds University.
The Adventists, USA Hosted by the Seventh Day Adventist Society This film shows how the Adventist movement formed and the key characteristics of the faith, including a passion for healthy living. It offers several moving, intimate stories of healing, historical re-enactments showing the churchâ€™s beginnings and breathtaking medical techniques that show the way forward for this committed faith community. 7.30pm to 8.30pm, Meeting Room 1.
Politiki Kouzina (A Touch of Spice), Greece Hosted by the Hellenic Society A grandson learns that both food and life require a little salt to give them flavour. Years later that same grandson travels back to reunite with his grandfather and his first love; only to realize that he forgot to put a bit of spice in his own life. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Meeting Room 5.
The Kite Runner, Afghanistan This is a story of friendship, bertrayal and forgiveness. After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble. 7.30pm to 9.45pm, Meeting Room 2.
The First Grader, Kenya Hosted by the East African Society In the remote Kenyan bush, children are jostling for a chance
British Day Events Tuesday 7th February, Leeds University Union Grab your friends and join us for a great British day of feasting, drinking and dancing. Not forgetting the traditonal afternoon tea. Ceilidh Hosted by the Folk Society Folk Society invite you to join them for an evening of Traditional Celtic dancing with live music. No experience necessary, come along and have a go at this traditional dance. Free refreshments plus a raffle sponsored by Hobgoblin. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Riley Smith Hall, £3 for non-members or £2 for members.
Afternoon Tea There are few things as English as a cream tea. Come to the Hidden Café and learn about its history before indulging and getting lost in conversation. Enjoy a cup of tea with a scone topped off with jam and cream, all for £2.50. 3.00pm to 4.00pm, Hidden Café.
Bangers and Mash The British have been describing sausages as bangers since 1919, and the Terrace will be offering this iconic dish throughout the week. Choose from three types of local sausages including a vegetarian option. 11.00am to 8.00pm, Terrace.
Copper Dragon Brewery Tour Hosted by the Real Ale Society Ever wondered what sets British Ales apart from other World beers? Find out on our tour of a local real ale brewery, the Copper Dragon in Skipton. Tickets must be purchased at the Union helpdesk in advance. 5.00pm, Meet at Leeds Train Station underneath the main departure boards, £5 plus travel.
The Old Bar British Films Tuesday 7th February, Leeds University Union The Italian Job Career criminals take on one of the biggest heists in history. Charlie Croker, a stylish robber and skirt-chaser just out of prison, leads the hijack of Italian gold bullion right under the noses of the Italian Police and Mafia. From 11.00am, Old Bar.
Shaun of the Dead A man decides to turn his moribund life around by winning back his ex-girlfriend, reconciling his relationship with his mother, and dealing with an entire community that has returned from the dead to eat the living. From 5.00pm, Old Bar.
East is East In 1970s England a traditional Pakistani father finds his family spinning in non-traditional directions. His children were born to an English mother and, having been brought up in Britain, increasingly see themselves as British and start to reject their father’s rules on dress, food, religion, and life in general. From 1.00pm, Old Bar.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Part 1 With Voldemort’s power at its peak and Dumbledore dead, only Harry, Ron and Hermione can stop the Dark Lord. They face a race against time and a battle against the odds as they seek to destroy the remaining Horcruxes, the Deathly Hallows themselves, and save the wizarding world. From 7.00pm, Old Bar.
Snatch This chaotic crime comedy combines a load of quirky characters and a maze of subplots, as several gangs of crooks try to get their hands on a huge stolen diamond. From 3.00pm, Old Bar.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows; Part 2 The saga finally reaches its dramatic conclusion as Harry, Ron and Hermione close in on the final Horcrux. But the Death Eaters surround Hogwarts and Voldemort controls the Elder Wand and knows about the trio’s quest. A face-off is inevitable From 9.30pm, Old Bar.
I N T E R NAT I O NA L C U LT U Time for Taiwan Riley Smith Hall 2.00pm to 5.00pm
Wish you were here The Common Room 11.00am to 4.00pm
Libyan Cultural Day Riley Smith Hall 11.00am to 4.00pm
Folk tune and dance workshop Pack Horse Pub 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Wing Chun Kung-fu Meeting Room 2 5.00pm to 7.00pm
Green Room Open Day The Green Room 12.00pm to 5.00pm
Salsa The Lounge 5.00pm to 6.00pm
Black hair Workshop Meeting Room 6 6.00pm to 7.00pm
Middle Eastern Mosaic The Treehouse 5.30pm to 6.30pm,
Poetry Slam Riley Smith Hall 7.00pm to 8.30pm
Debating international issues Miall Lecture Theatre 6.00pm to 7.00pm Karaoke Old Bar 8.00pm till late
Ong-bak, Thailand. Meeting Room 5 12.00pm to 2.00pm To Be, Palestine Meeting Room 5 5.30pm to 7.15pm Together, Sweden Meeting Room 1 5.30pm to 7.30pm Bachehay-e Aseman, Iran Meeting room 2 5.30pm to 7.30pm Women Without Men, Iran Meeting Room 5 7.30pm to 9.15pm Laskar Pelangi, Indonesian Meeting Room 4 7.30pm to 9.30pm L’Auberge Espagnol (Pot Luck), Spain Meeting Room 2 7.30pm to 9.30pm Shooting Dogs, USA The Common Room 7.30pm to 9.30pm
More Events on British day page 8-9 Persepolis, Iran Meeting Room 5 5.30pm to 7.30pm Garden State, USA The Common Room 5.30pm to 7.30pm Motorcycle Diaries, Cuba/South America LT2.31 Clothworkers 6.00pm to 8.15pm The First Grader, Kenya Meeting Room 4 7.30pm to 9.15pm Politiki Koyzina (A Touch of Spice),Greece Meeting Room 5 7.30pm to 9.30pm The Adventists, USA Meeting Room 1 7.30pm to 8.30pm The Kite Runner, Afghanistan Meeting Room 2 7.30pm to 9.45pm
I-Fiesta LUU F 11.00am to 4.0
Adowa Meeting Room 2.00pm to 6.00
Once Upon a T Hidden Café 2.00pm to 4.00
Multicultural multifaith ses Baines Wing 2.3 5.00pm to 7.00
Around the world in Henna Bollywood Sh days Meeting Room 6 Riley Smith Ha 7.30pm to 9.30pm Doors open at
I N T E R NAT I O NA L F I L Oh My God, USA Meeting Room 5 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Death at a Dist Palestine Mee 5.30pm to 7.30
The Kingdom of Solomon, Iran Meeting Room 1 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Seksmisja, Po Meeting Room 5.30pm to 7.30
The Tree of Life, USA The Common Room 5.30pm to 7.15pm
Homerun, Sin Meeting Room 5.30pm to 7.30
Merong Mahawangsa Chronicle, Malaysia Meeting Room 2 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Trollhunter, N Clothworkers L 6.00pm to 7.45
History Boys, Britain The Common Room 7.30pm to 10.00pm Kama Sutra, India Meeting Room 5 7.30pm to 10.30pm Okuribito (Departures), Japan Meeting Room 1 7.30pm to 9.30pm
I Am, USA Meeting Room 7.30pm to 9.30
Rang-e Khoda of Paradise), I Meeting Room 7.30pm to 9.00
Slumdog Milli The Common R 7.30pm to 9.30
Little White Li France Meeting Room 7.30pm to 10.15
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Global Citizens: Safe Spaces Trip to the Lake District for Change Meet at Parkinson Steps The Treehouse. From 8.15am 4.00pm to 7.30pm
World 5-a-side Football Weetwood football pitches. 10.00am to 2.00pm
The Golden Thread of Gamelan Meeting Room 4 5.30pm to 6.30pm
Poco-poco night The Common Room 7.00pm to 10.00pm
International Cultural Festival is giving you an opportunity to witness a variety of weddings from all over the world. Friday 10th February, From 7.30pm, Riley Smith Hall.
Cultural showcase; Wedding Extravagansa Riley Smith Hall From 7.30pm
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Nujum Pak Belalang, Malaysia Meeting Room 5 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Munna Bhai, India Meeting Room 1 1.30pm to 3.45pm Beginners, UK Meeting Room 1 4.00pm to 5.45pm
In a Better World (Hævnen), Denmark Meeting Room 2 5.30pm to 7.30pm Amores Perros, Mexico Meeting Room 6 5.30pm to 8.15pm Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Life, France Meeting Room 5 7.30pm to 9.30pm
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Goodbye Lenin, Germany Meeting Room 5 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Echoes of the Rainbow, China Meeting Room 5 4.00pm to 6.00pm Fanboys, USA The Common Room 5.00pm to 6.30pm
The Counterfeiters, Germany Meeting Room 2 7.30pm to 9.15pm Incendies, Lebanon The Treehouse 8.00pm to 10.15pm
Midnight in Paris, America Meeting Room 5 6.00pm to 7.45pm King’s Speech, UK Meeting Room 5 8.00pm to 10.00pm
Potiche, France The Common Room 6.00pm to 7.45pm Osuofia in London, Nigeria Meeting Room 1 6.30pm to 8.15pm Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, UK The Common Room 8.00pm to 10.15pm
Wednesday 8th February Libyan Cultural Day Hosted by the Libyan Society Experience the rich culture of Libya first hand. With traditional costumes, artefacts and food. 11.00am to 4.00pm, Riley Smith Hall. Green Room Open Day Hosted the by Islamic Society Take a tour around the Green Room, the Islamic prayer room on campus. Members of the Islamic Society will be there to answer any questions and guide you around. Free snacks and refreshments. You will also get the chance to see how Muslims pray. 12.00pm to 5.00pm, The Green Room, behind the Edge sports centre. The Tree of Life, USA Hosted by Spoken Word Society This beautiful critically acclaimed film follows the journey of eldest son Jack (Sean Penn) through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile his relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). 5.30pm to 7.15pm, The Common Room. The Kingdom of Solomon, Iran Hosted by the Ahlul Bayt Society The film tells the life story of
Prophet Solomon, the King of Israelites. It is mostly based on the Islamic accounts of Solomon’s prophetic life extracted from the Holy Qur’an but it also draws upon parallels found in some Jewish texts. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 1. Oh My God, USA Hosted by the Unity in Diversity Society Hugh Jackman, Ringo Starr, Seal, and others offer their views on God in this documentary. It features opinions from a variety of religious persuasions. Director Peter Rodger travelled to two dozen countries in his quest to discover what people around the world think about God. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 5. Black Natural Hair Workshop Hosted by the Seventh-Day Adventist Society Come and join us as we explore the beauty of Black natural hair. This is a forum to share ideas on how to care for and maintain natural hair including suggestions of creative hairstyles, sources of information and reviewed products. 6.00pm to 7.00pm, Meeting Room 6, £2.
Poetry Slam Hosted by Spoken Word Society Artists from Bengali, Sudanese and British backgrounds will represent their culture through a series of short, thoughtprovoking and witty spoken word performances. Come along to find out what it really means to belong to a different culture, by addressing key issues through the power of word. 7.00pm to 8.30pm, Riley Smith Hall, £3.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, India Hosted by the Indian Students’ Association. As children Tara and Maya are inseparable. But as adults the fact that one is a princess and the other a servant drives them apart. Maya enacts the ultimate revenge, seducing Tara’s husband on their wedding night and in doing so sparks a power struggle between love and sex. 7.30pm to 10.30pm, Meeting Room 5.
Merong Mahawangsa, Malaysia Hosted by the Malaysian Society This action-packed story tells of a warrior named Merong Mahawangsa who was asked to escort the Prince of Rome to Langkasuka to marry the beautiful Princess of China. They encounter various difficulties as the Princess is kidnapped and Merong is attacked. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Meeting Room 2.
Okuribito (Departures), Japan Hosted by the Japanese Society Finding himself redundant, Diago answers a mystery job advert and accepts a job as an undertaker preparing bodies for burial and entry into the next life. Follow his profound and sometimes comical journey with death as he uncovers the wonder, joy and meaning of life and living. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Meeting Room 1.
History Boys, Britain Hosted by the LGBT Society in partnership with LGBT Month This film follows a group of schoolboys who have hopes of being accepted into Cambridge and Oxford. Come with the boys as they explore Shakespeare, the Kings and victors of ages past, and their own hopes, sexualities and disappointments. 7.30pm to 10.00pm, The Common Room.
Around the World in Henna days Hosted by the Henna Society A session in which we will have different stations where 25 participants can learn the different henna styles and also try them out. We aim to provide glitter henna cones and other small accessories for further decoration. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Meeting Room 6, £1.50 nonmembers, £1 members.
Thursday 9th February I-fiesta Hosted by the Vegetarian Food, Food and Mexican Societies. Experience the full flavour of this Global Village. With performances, food and culture from around the world and the chance to win food related prizes. 11.00am to 4.00pm, LUU Foyer. Adowa: The Ghanaian Royal Dance Hosted by the Ghana Society “Adowa” is a traditional dance of the Ashanti in Ghana which mimics the deft movements of the antelope. The dance is an integral part of Ghanaian culture and is performed at different ceremonies. Come and try a few steps and learn about the origin of the dance. Wear flat shoes and comfortable clothing, 2.00pm to 6.00pm, Meeting Room 3. Once Upon a Time Storytelling workshop telling new stories based on our own diverse cultural backgrounds. Just come down to the Hidden Café and take part in the storytelling and group writing activities. Bring any stories or tales from your culture to share. 2.00pm to 4.00pm, Hidden Café.
Multicultural and Multifaith Session Hosted by the Unity in Diversity Society Come along, make friends and learn about different cultures and faith groups. Enjoy a cultural presentation, share the unity with a variety of faith groups and participate in interactive activities. 5.00pm to 7.00pm, Baines Wing 2.37. Homerun, Singapore Hosted by the Singaporean Society A remake of the award-winning Iranian film “Children of Heaven”, Homerun is about two poor siblings and their adventures over a lost pair of shoes. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 5. Death at a Distance of Zero, Palestine Hosted by the Palestine Solidarity Group In a culture of killings, a father of three young children stands in the ruins of his home and tells his tragic story. This film explores some of the real life tragedies experienced by Palestinians today and the message of peace that is finding its way to the World. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 2.
Seksmisja, Poland Hosted by the Polish Society This highly recommended comedy follows two men who volunteer for a cryogenics experiment expecting to be revived in a couple of years. Instead they are revived several years into the future, in a world with only women. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 1. The Bollywood Show Hosted by LTS Society Come and join LTS for their sell out show of culture, dance and drama. 7.15pm Doors, 8.00pm Start, Riley Smith Hall. Tickets available from LUU Helpdesk. Trollhunter, Norway Hosted by the film Society Trollhunter is the story of a group of Norwegian film students who set out to capture real-life trolls on camera after learning their existence has been covered up by a government conspiracy. 6.00pm to 7.45pm, Cinema LT2.31, Clothworkers North, Leeds University. I Am, USA Hosted by the Unity in Diversity Society This documentary follows Hollywood director Tom Shadyac after a life-threatening head injury as he endeavours to
answer two questions: ‘What’s wrong with our world?’ and ‘What can we do about it?’ 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Meeting Room 4. Rang-e Khoda (The Colour of Paradise), Iran Hosted by the Iranian Society Mohammad’s father is embarrassed to have a blind son, much to the dissapointment of his Grandmother and sisters. Mohammad loves nature, and longs for village life, but gets sent to work for a blind carpenter in a nearby town. Will Mohammad ever be accepted by his father? 7.30pm to 9.00pm, Meeting Room 5. Slumdog Millionaire, UK Brit Director Danny Boyle tells the remarkable story of orphan Jamal, as he draws on the sometime unbelievable experiences of his life on the streets to win big on the game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, The Common Room. Little White Lies, France Every year an affluent group of friends holiday together at a beach house. A serious accident involving a friend sets off a dramatic change of events and hidden resentments come to the surface. 7.30pm to 10.15pm, Meeting Room 1.
Friday 10th February Global Citizens: Safe Spaces for Change Come to an interactive workshop to voice and share opinions on issues like culture, media and youth. Hear unique perspectives from Leeds Global Community and share the value of your own voice. Free Global dessert buffet. 4.00pm to 7.30pm, The Treehouse. Nujum Pak Belalang, Malaysia Hosted by the Malysian Society Pak Belalang was the laziest person in Pohon Beringin village and he has a son named Belalang. A series of confusing adventures leads to Pak Belang being given the task of solving four riddles to save the kingdom of King Shahrul Nizam. Will his luck run out? 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 5. In a Better World (Hævnen), Denmark Hosted by the Scandinavian Society Anton is a doctor who commutes between his home in an idyllic town in Denmark and his work at an African refugee camp. In these two very different worlds he and his family are faced with conflicts that lead them to difficult choices between revenge and
forgiveness. Winner of both the Oscar and the Golden Globe 2011. 5.30pm to 7.30pm, Meeting Room 2. Amores Perros, Mexico Hosted by the Mexican Society A horrific car accident connects three stories, each involving characters dealing with loss, regret, and life’s harsh realities all in the name of love. 5.30pm to 8.15pm, Meeting Room 6. The Golden Thread of Gamelan Hosted by the Indonesian Society Skip the rush and try new things you’ve never found before. The Indonesian Society presents the favourite learning activities of Javanese Gamelan, the instrument which came to Leeds four years ago from Java. The instruments - bronze gongs and metallophones, drums and a wooden xylophone - hand-forged and hand-carved, were very rare and exotic. Must book through Helpdesk. £2 entry. Children Welcome. 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Meeting Room 4. Poco-Poco Night Hosted by the Malaysian and Singaporean Society There’s Hip-hop, Jazz and tap dance, but we bet you’ve never
heard of Poco-poco dance. Come join us and we will show and teach you one of the easiest and most popular social dances that our culture has to offer. Traditional Malaysian finger food will also be served. £1 entry, 7.00pm to 10.00pm, The Common Room. The Counterfeiters, Germany The true story of the largest counterfeiting operation in history, set up by the Nazis in 1936. Salomon Sorowitsch, an expert counterfeiter, ends up in a concentration camp. There he must decide how to use his expertis: cripple the opposition’s economy or to take a stand against the Nazis. 7.30pm to 9.15pm, Meeting Room 2. Cultural showcase; Wedding Extravaganza Hosted by the Culture Rep and Culture Assembly. No matter where in the world you are from, weddings are universal. International Cultural Festival is giving you an opportunity to witness a variety of weddings from all over the world. From a white dress and tuxedo, to the West African Dashiki, to the Indian langha and sherwani to the Mexican mantilla veil and matadorian outfit, and many more! Expect an evening of
colourful fashion, vibrant dances and diverse music from all around the world. 7.30pm, Riley Smith Hall. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Life, France This brilliantly quirky film meets Uncle Boonmee on the eve of his death. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him and his long lost son in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through his past to the birthplace of his first life. 7.30pm to 9.30pm, Meeting Room 5. Incendies, Lebanon This award winning film tells the tale of a mother’s last wishes to send her twins on a journey to the Middle East in search of their roots. Incendies tells the powerful and moving tale of young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred, neverending wars and enduring love. 8.00pm to 10.15pm, The Treehouse.
Saturday 11th February Trip to the Lake District Enjoy a relaxing day out to one of the most beautiful natural parks in the country. See a different side to Britain and explore the main village of Windermere or enjoy an adventure on the lake by taking a boat tour. 8.15am, Meet at Parkinson Steps, £16, must book through LUU Helpdesk (children welcome, please enquire for price) Goodbye Lenin, Germany In 1990, to protect his fragile mother from a fatal shock after a long coma, a young man tries to prevent her from learning that her beloved nation of East Germany has disappeared. 2.00pm to 4.00pm, Meeting Room 5. Fanboys, USA Hosted by the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Society Star Wars fanatics take a crosscountry trip to George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace before its release. 5.00pm to 6.30pm, The Common Room.
Echoes of the Rainbow, China Set in Hong Kong in the late 1960s, Echoes of the Rainbow is about a working class family of four struggling with hardship in their everyday lives. 4.00pm to 6.00pm, Meeting Room 5. Midnight in Paris, USA This romantic comedy focuses on a young couple engaged to be married. Both experience a profound transformation during their visit to Paris. An idealistic man with a romanticised view of the city finds that there’s plenty of truth to that old adage about the grass being greener on the other side. From 6.00pm to 7.45pm, Meeting Room 5. King’s Speech, UK Follows how George VI became the unlikely King of England. Plagued with a stammer he reluctantly takes up the throne after his brother abdicates, leaving George to find his voice. Employing the unconventional techniques of an unusual speech therapist, George is able to address the country and lead them into war. 8.00pm to 10.00pm, Meeting Room 5.
Sunday 12th February World 5-a-Side Football tournament Grab five friends, choose your country, and come and compete in this friendly unisex competition. All welcome. 10.00am to 2.00pm, Weetwood football pitches, Otley Road, ÂŁ15 per team, sign up at LUU Helpdesk. Munna Bhai, India In this is must see Indian comedy, Munna poses as a Professor specialising in the life of Gandhi to win over the affections of a beautiful radio host who happens to run an elderly people home. Munna must prove his worth when a corrupt builder tries to close the home down. 1.30pm to 3.45pm, Meeting Room 1. Beginners, UK After Oliverâ€™s mother dies, he discovers that his Father is a closet homosexual. With his duty to his family now completed, his father is able to take up a young lover. They both start out on new relationships helping to bring this father and son closer together. 4.00pm to 5.45pm, Meeting Room 1.
Potiche, France Trophy wife Suzanne is forced to take charge of the family business when her husband has a heart attack. Surprising herself and those around her by turning the factory around, she is not so willing to relinquish power when her husband makes a full recovery. 6.00pm to 7.45pm, The Common Room. Osuofia in London, Nigeria Hosted by the Nigerian Society Osuofia (Nkem Owoh), a bamboozled villager from Nigeria, travels to London to receive his share of an inheritance left for him by a deceased relative. 6.30pm to 8.15pm, Meeting Room 1. Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy, UK In the early 1970s, during the Cold War, an operation goes wrong. Smile, a former MI6 agent, is brought out of his recent retirement to lead the investigation and find the suspected mole. 8.00pm to 10.15pm, The Common Room.
International Cultural Festival 2012 presents:
5-a-side World Football Tournament Grab five friends, choose a country and compete in this friendly unisex competition on Sunday 12th February. 10.00am to 2.00pm, Weetwood Playing Pitches, Otley Road. ÂŁ15 entry fee per team. Sign up at the LUU Helpdesk in the Union Building. Country choices are on a first come, first served basis, so sign up soon. Hosted by the Intercultural Ambassadors and Santander:
Published on Jan 19, 2012
The International Cultural Festival is an action packed week of activities and events to celebrate and showcase our different cultural group...