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Opportunity Europe Fair returns to Belfast for 10th year
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06/11/2013 00:00:00

Schoolchildren from across Northern Ireland will travel to Belfast next week for the prestigious ‘Opportunity Europe and Beyond’ exhibition and fair - now in its 10th year.

One of the highlights of the school calendar year, ‘Opportunity Europe’ is organised by Belfast City Council and the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland with the support of Northern Ireland CILT, Volunteer Now and the Office of the First Minister and the Deputy First Minister.

It brings thousands of students to the city to find out more about working, studying, travelling and volunteering abroad. It also encourages an understanding and enjoyment of the variety of different cultures in Northern Ireland, Europe and beyond.

The unique event takes place in St George’s Market on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 October (10am-2pm) where students will take part in a vibrant programme featuring music, dance, visual arts, quizzes, workshops, exhibition stands and discussions as well as the chance to sample the different cuisines from Europe and beyond.

    Opportunity Europe Fair returns to Belfast for 10th year

    Highlights include language tasters in Croatian, Russian, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, Irish, Polish, Ulster Scots; performances by the Onatti Theatre Company of a play in French; a dance with the Chinese Dragon; the ever popular salsa dance sessions and a World of Music Arts and Dance performance.

    Students will have the chance to work in teams and find out about the importance of languages in the business world. They can take part in art workshops and film-making sessions as well as a workshop on sailing with the Ocean Youth Trust Ireland.

    Cool FM’s Sonya Mac will also be hosting a Euro Quiz to test students' knowledge of all things European.

    2013 has been designated the ‘European Year of Citizens’ and there will be special workshops and exhibition stands at the event exploring this theme.

    Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of Belfast City Council`s Development Committee, said: “The council is delighted to be once again bringing `Opportunity Europe and Beyond` to St George`s Market. Now in its 10th year, it promises to be as vibrant and interactive as ever, exploring opportunities for young people in Belfast and across the north of studying, working, travelling and volunteering in Europe.

    “The Council indeed recognises the importance of competing on a European stage and equipping our young people with the right skills to avail of the opportunities that exist in Europe and beyond.”

    Colette FitzGerald, Head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland, said: "Opportunity Europe and Beyond is an enjoyable and interactive way for people to learn more about the European Union and what it means for people in Northern Ireland.

    " It allows young people the opportunity to explore and take advantage of the wide range of choices available to them to study, travel, work and volunteer throughout Europe. Importantly, it also raises awareness of Europe's remarkable linguistic and cultural diversity and the opportunities that language learning offers. We look forward to welcoming people to St. George's Market next week."

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