Virtual Language Café – 22 April

Our beloved Language Café is now hosted online

This virtual event presents a great opportunity to improve your language skills, learn about other cultures, have fun conversations with others and make new friends from around the world, without leaving your room!


How to join us online

Please click your chosen language group below to join us at 13:00 (GMT).

We recommend no more than 6 people per group, including the volunteer. If your chosen group is full, please visit another one.

We will update the links to the virtual chat rooms a week before the event. 

Arabic (all levels) 


Italian (all levels)


Japanese (all levels)


Russian (all levels)


Korean (beginners)
Korean (intermediate +)


Mandarin (beginners) 

Mandarin (intermediate +)


German (beginners)

German (intermediate +)


Spanish (beginners) (room 1)

Spanish (beginners) (room 2)

Spanish (intermediate +) (room 1)

Spanish (intermediate +) (room 2)


French (beginners) (room 1)

French (beginners) (room 2)

French (intermediate +) (room 1)

French (intermediate +) (room 2)


English (all levels) (room 1)

English (all levels) (room 2)



We encourage you to run a quick test 5 minutes in advance. Although any device can be used, we recommend that you choose your computer instead of your phone for a better experience.

If you experience any technical issues, please visit this technical support group during the event or email us at


Step-by-step guide

  1. Please click on of the language groups above
  2. A new tab should open with two options- select ‘Install and join with Skype Meetings App (web)’
  3. Save the installer titled SkypeMeetingsApp.msi
  4. Once the installer is downloaded, open it to run the program
  5. The plug-in Skype Meetings App should open. Please enter your first name and click ‘Join’
  6. Turn on your microphone and video using the icons at the bottom of the window
  7. Open the chat using the icon in the bottom left
  8. If you accidentally close the window during the call, reopen the link in the email to re-join


Helpful tips

  • If you experience technical difficulties please join the tech support group or email us at
  • At no point will the conference call require you to have a personal Skype account – you will be joining as a Guest
  • You will need to be able to access a browser
  • In the unlikely case you have a ‘Skype For Business’ account, you will have the choice to join us using the desktop app
  • Don’t forget to introduce yourself when you join in
  • We encourage everyone to use video-calling if that is possible
  • Keep an eye on the instant messenger which might be used during the conference call
  • If Skype glitches, please close the window and start again


Global Carnival 2020

An evening of entertainment and activities from across the globe for students and staff!

On Wednesday 11 March, over two hundred students and staff gathered to enjoy an annual showcase of dance and music performances, organised by the Global Lounge in collaboration with Bristol Students’ Union and International Students’ Network.

Trying something new

There was something for everyone to enjoy with a range of craft and activity stalls followed by a diverse programme of performances from across the globe.

Visitors could try their hand at origami making, solve Palestinian folklore riddles and see beautiful examples of traditional outfits from the Friends of Palestine society. There were also Lebanese food samples to taste and food samples and games from the Mexican Culture Society. The delicious vegan Thai curry was a hit – served to all guests as part of the festivities!

Fantastic performances

Lion dance

The show started off with the Lion Dance Troop who made a spectacular entrance into the Anson Rooms, getting up close to the seated audience.

The all-male group, Academy A Capella, impressed everyone with their rendition of Toxic by Britney Spears. They reached the UK finals last year and are focusing their efforts on releasing a debut album.

Siddarth Sreekanth performing Indian drumming

First-year Economics and Politics student Siddarth Sreekanth kept things upbeat with some fantastic Indian drumming. Originally from Bangalore, he performed on an instrument called the Mridangam (muh-ruh-dang-um), which is a percussion instrument used in Carnatic Music, which is a form of Indian classical music.

Gospel choir

Changing things up, the next act on stage was a collaboration between PakSoc and BanglaSoc – a fashion show which gave the audience a taste of their culture’s traditional clothing combined with popular music straight from Pakistan and Bangladesh. The lively performance featured beautiful outfits such as shalwar kamiz, longi and shervani with the models showing off the outfits whilst making fun poses and dancing along to their favourite songs!

The Gospel Choir were up next – a group of individuals who enjoy singing and praising God together. Their beautiful vocals and harmonies impressed all who were in the room.

Hosts, Roy and Lara broke things up with an interactive quiz, asking members of the audience to tell everyone what things they like about their own culture and also what they enjoy about others. There was great participation with many raising their hands to give their answers – most of which revolved around food!

The evening was rounded off with a Qawwali performance, which uses semi-classical Asian singing techniques and rhythmic clapping. This group is the UK’s first university-born qawwali group, called Virsa Qawwali.