A NATIONAL charity brought a ‘week of culture’ to Barnsley College to offer students a variety of activities that expand their knowledge of other cultures, lifestyles and international issues.

Integrate UK delivered peer-education workshops at the college to inspire discussions on a range of difficult issues, such as female genital mutilation, honour-based abuse and forced marriage.

National dance workshop hosts Dance Days also attended the college, providing taster sessions for cheerleading and the Haka, a traditional dance in New Zealand.

A drag and cabaret show took place, with a special guest appearance from the drag queen Blyss who opened and closed the event with a dance and song performance designed by students.

The event was organised by Lucy Evans, Barnsley College’s cultural capital co-ordinator, who said: “As a college, we are dedicated to providing students with opportunities that broaden their horizons and increase their social and cultural development, which is why during our Week of Culture, we have providing them with activities and experiences that they may not have previously encountered.

“We know that many of our students will move away from Barnsley at some point in their life, whether for university or work.

“This week is a fantastic way for our students to experience life outside of Barnsley, meet people with diverse backgrounds and help them understand the world around them.”