The School of Language and Communication studies ran the first 'Norwich-City of Interculture' interactive event at the Forum in Norwich in February 2012.
More than 50 free events took place in the Forum over two days, including a comedy show by celebrity guest Arthur Smith, language taster sessions, public lectures, workshops, origami and a display of school artwork. Over 400 people attended the free event, with language taster sessions attracting over 250 people alone.
The aim of the event was to bring together and celebrate the diverse range of people living in Norwich now- a diversity the city has enjoyed for many centuries.
Public talks brought together researchers and leaders of organisations, over two days, with a rich programme:
'Norwich, Virtual Norwich and Kyoto' by Dr Simon Kaner
'Norwich, the Superlative City' by Norwich Heritage, Economic & Regeneration Trust CEO Michael Loveday
'Gypsies and their contributions to the folk revival of the 1960's' by Dr Hazel Marsh
'The Norfolk dialect and Norwich as a multicultural city' by Pr Peter Trudgill
'Intercultural identity and inter-religious dialogue' by Dr Alain Wolf
'No interculturalism please, we're British' by Phil Wood, Advisor to the Council of Europe
'Speaking, thinking and translating' by Dr Luna Filipovic
'Metaphors across cultures' by Pr Andreas Musolff
Workshops allowed the public and specialists to talk about varied topics including 'Subtitling cultures' by Dr Carlos de Pablos-Ortega, 'Intercultural business encounters' by Cristina Alonso Punter, 'Advertising across cultures' by Dr Gabrina Pounds and 'Soap opera in Europe, the Eldorado story' by novelist and scriptwriter Lilie Ferrari.
Interactive panels and creative workshops featured a giant word game 'Crosswords across borders' designed by Claudine Tourniaire.
Students helped in running language taster sessions in Chinese, French, Japanese, Polish, Russian and Spanish, for all ages, which took place in the children's library.