A real mixed bag of cultural flair was on offer at North Devon College as students and staff learned about food, dance, music, lifestyle and beliefs from across the world as part of Culture Shock week. The event featured more than 90 activities, from drum

A real mixed bag of cultural flair was on offer at North Devon College as students and staff learned about food, dance, music, lifestyle and beliefs from across the world as part of Culture Shock week.The event featured more than 90 activities, from drumming and flamenco workshops to seminars, speakers and discussion groups on a huge range of cultural pursuits.The aim was to promote awareness, stimulate discussion and allow students to gain a greater appreciation of the wider world and its many cultures. Speakers included Tom Hedley, chairman of Amnesty International who spoke about human rights as well as Major Arthur Walker, who spoke about his part in the international relief efforts following the Kashmir earthquake in 2005."It was a fantastic week," said Mohamed Patel at the college, who worked to co-ordinate the event."Some presentations really hit home about what is happening in parts of the world. It was great to see staff and students come away with a broader perspective of why recognition of cultural diversity is so important.