Britain's Got Talent duo come to Petroc in Barnstaple

DANCE duo Signature from Britain s Got Talent will be among a host of guests helping to celebrate a night of culture from around the world at Petroc, formerly North Devon College. On Wednesday (October 21) the college is holding an International Evening o

DANCE duo Signature from Britain's Got Talent will be among a host of guests helping to celebrate a night of culture from around the world at Petroc, formerly North Devon College.

On Wednesday (October 21) the college is holding an International Evening of different cultures from 6-9.30pm, with workshops, performances and demonstrations from dancers, musicians, chefs, language experts, artists and even a Polar explorer.

One of the highlights will be dance duo Signature (who caught the judges' eyes last year with their unique mix of bhangra, hip hop and Michael Jackson style moves.

Guests will require a ticket to see them perform and to join their interactive workshop. Tickets are free and will be available from the reception at Petroc's Barnstaple Campus from 9am on Friday. There is limited availability and they will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.


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The evening will see the launch of the International Baccalaureate Diploma which will be offered at Petroc from 2010.

The course gives students a broad spectrum of skills and is recognised all over the world as an excellent, challenging alternative to A Levels. There will be talks throughout the evening where students who may be interested in the programme can find out more.

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So much will be going on, with an opportunity for guests to try out African, Indian and flamenco dancing and participate in interactive workshops from a Caribbean steel band.

There will be a performance from English National Opera singer, Alison Kettlewell, recognised across Europe and has performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Mozart Players and in distinguished productions such as Madama Butterfly and Carmen.

Students from the college's National Diploma and Musical Theatre Award Production Programme will be performing a World of Musical Theatre show, which will include classics from Broadway and the West End.

The college will be commemorating the day by serving Italian and Indian cuisine and local French chefs from Bideford will be running a cr�pe bar.

The college spa will be open for treatments such as Thai and Indian head massage as part fop art therapy workshops organised under the Art for Health scheme.

The college will be hosting live demonstrations and workshops by the nationally recognised graffiti artist, Mau Mau. He will be demonstrating the art of 3D illusion using spray paint and will be using a bus as a mobile canvas. Local schools will then have the opportunity to enter a graffiti art competition which will encourage them to use different materials to create contemporary artwork.

There will also be talks from Polar explorer Anthony Jinson, about his experience and the impact of climate change. There will be a key note speech from the Biosphere UK Chairman and a member of UNESCO.

The evening will be supported by local and regional voluntary organisations and charities, including Amigos, VSO and the Olympic Forum.

To find out more about the International Evening, email Cerian Ayres on cayres@ndevon.ac.uk or visit www.petroc.ac.uk.

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