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Join in with the Queen Mary International Festival 2018

From Monday 26 to Wednesday 28 November, staff and students from across the University will be coming together to celebrate the diversity and richness of our cultures at the inaugural Queen Mary International Festival.


The Festival features a vibrant programme of themed events taking place across the Mile End campus. Everyone is welcome, and all events are free. A full schedule of events can be found at

What's on?

Come along to the Octagon in the Queens’ Building on Monday 26 November, noon-5pm for the opening launch event of the festival, featuring a showcase of Queen Mary Students’ Union cultural societies, live performances and a special live music and dance celebration of the Queen Mary Confucius Institute’s 3rd anniversary from 3-5pm.

There will also be a student speed meet on Tuesday 26 November, 5-6pm where all students are welcome to attend to meet students from different departments and countries all over the world.

Don’t miss the institutional launch and reception of Queen Mary’s new Global Engagement Strategy on Wednesday 28 November, noon-2pm led by Vice Principal (International) Colin Grant and the Office of the Principal.

Talks and presentations

Student spotlight: Hear students talk about their time abroad and what they have learned from it, as well as a Q&A session chaired by International Exchange Programme Manager Harry Gibney on Monday 26 October, 3-4pm | More

Presentation: Find out ‘30 reasons why it’s important to speak foreign languages’ and how this can help develop your cultural, intellectual and professional skills on Tuesday 27 October, 11am-noon | More

Presentation: ‘Exploring the work of the Centre of Anglo German Cultural Activities’ on Tuesday 27 November, 2-3pm | More

Careers talk: ‘So, you think you want my job? – Careers in study abroad/mobility’ hosted by the Global Opportunities team on Tuesday 27 November, 4-5pm will explore what the team do in their work with study abroad and overseas student and staff mobility programmes | More

Talk and film screening: ‘The Kuikuro indigenous people of Brazil’ on Wednesday 28 November, 4-5pm looks closely at the work the People's Palace Project team have been doing with the indigenous people since 2005. The short film 'London as a Village' was created and produced by a member of the Kuikuro people themselves | More

Talk: ‘Spanish language through film – surrealism, humour, social denounce and thriller’ on Wednesday 28 November, 5-6pm will show examples of the linguistic varieties of peninsular and Latin American Spanish through an overview of a selection of Spanish language films | More 

Project spotlights

‘A behind the scenes look at Transnational Education International Partnerships at Queen Mary’ on Tuesday 27 November, 11am-noon is a joint presentation by staff across a number of departments discussing the work they do through international partnerships for Queen Mary | More

‘DrosAfrica: Building an African biomedical research community using drosophila’ hosted by Dr Isabel Palacios from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences on Tuesday 27 November, noon-1pm | More

‘Working overseas in Paris’ on Tuesday 27 November, 1-2pm | More

‘Queen Mary’s involvement with the Cara Syria programme’ on Tuesday 27 November, 2-3pm looks at our involvement with the CARA programme which provides urgent support to academics overseas in danger or those who are forced into exile | More

'Science-based conservation: The success story of sea turtles’ hosted by Dr Christophe Eizaguirre from the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences on Tuesday 27 November, 3-4pm | More

Cultural events and activities

Quiz: Join as a team or come along as an individual to compete in a fun ‘World cultural quiz’ on Tuesday 27 November, noon-1pm. You could win two free places on International Students’ House Travel Club’s trip to Blenheim Palace on Saturday 9 December | More

Workshop: Learn more and try out your skills at the traditional art of ‘Chinese calligraphy’, organised by the Queen Mary Confucius Institute on Tuesday 27 November, 6-8pm | More

Workshop: Come and learn more about the history of Salsa and try your hand at a few basic steps at the ‘Brief History of Salsa music and Salsa dance taster class’ on Tuesday 27 November, 6-8pm | More

Workshop: Try your hand at the traditional art of ‘Chinese painting’, organised by the Queen Mary Confucius Institute on Wednesday 28 November, 4-5.30pm | More

Language tasters

  • Russian language taster session – Monday 26 November, 2-3pm| More
  • Portuguese language taster session – Wednesday 28 November, 11am-noon | More
  • French language taster session – Wednesday 28 November, 2-3pm | More
  • Chinese language taster session – Wednesday 28 November, 3-4pm | More 

Film screenings

  • German: The Edukators directed by Hans Weingartner – Monday 26 November, 6-8pm | More
  • Brazilian: City of God directed by Fernando Meirelles – Tuesday 27 November, 4-6pm | More
  • French: L’auberge Espagnole directed by Cedric Klapisch – Wednesday 28 November, 2-4pm | More
  • Chinese: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon directed by Ang Lee – Wednesday 28 November, 5.30-7.30pm | More
  • Russian: Stalker Dreams directed by Evgeniy Tsymbal, followed by a Q&A with the director of the film – Wednesday 28 November, 7-9pm | More

Other events

There are also some events taking place on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 November:

  • Film screening: 'Slave Island' – Thursday 29 November, 4-6pm – Hitchcock Cinema, Arts One
  • Special event: 'Global Islamophobia and the war on terror' – Thursday 29 November, 5-7pm G.O. Jones Lecture Theatre, G.O. Jones Building
  • Film screening: 'Incerta Gloria' – Thursday 29 November, 6-8pm – Hitchcock Cinema, Arts One
  • Film screening: 'The Crime of Padra Amaro' – Friday 30 November, 4-6pm – Hitchcock Cinema, Arts One



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