Social programme

Taking time out during the conference to relax and meet new people is important, that’s why we plan a range of social events for our delegates to enjoy. Below you will see details of what we have planned for 2021.  All times are UK (GMT+1).

Saturday 19 June

18.30 Welcome Reception and 19.30 International Cookalong (sponsored by the British Council)

Round off the first day of conference and join us for a few words of welcome from our outgoing President, our Patron and our Reception sponsor, the British Council.  
We’ll also be having some ice-breaker fun with a chance to get to meet other attendees followed by our International Cookalong where you can join Harry Kuchah Kuchah, and Roy Cross from the British Council as they cook up a storm in the kitchen for our conference cook-along!
Why not join in the fun yourself, by following our easy recipe guide, click the image and join in with our two budding chefs’ instructions, and top tips by joining our truly international feast.

Sunday 20 June

18.30 International Quiz

The popular quiz is back again! A multimedia extravaganza under the management of Colin Mackenzie and Shaun Wilden. You’ll meet a global team you can join up with on the night with diverse interests and knowledge, a sense of humour and a desire to meet new people. Please do come have some fun, network and work together to score more points than any other team. Lots of different rounds, fun and the chance to be crowned quiz champions of 2021!

18.30 Sharing Stories

Sharing Stories allows time to relax and listen to stories being told live from around the globe. Join storyteller David Heathfield from Exeter UK and storytelling teachers from all around the world sharing folk tales, myths and legends from oral cultures as well as personal stories and anecdotes. Sharing stories in these tough times is sure to bring joy, closeness and healing to our truly global community. ‘Why not volunteer to join David on the night and tell a short (2 - 8 minutes) story live at the event? You would tell (but not read) a short folk tale you've learned from an oral culture you come from or share a brief personal story. We would love to hear from a range of IATEFL Virtual Conference attendees from diverse language backgrounds and heritages to represent our global IATEFL family. 
If you are interested in this, please email David directly at the following address, [email protected], answering the following five questions:
1. Where in the world are you?
2. Which place(s) are you from?
3. What's the title of your story?
4. How did the story come to you?
5. How many minutes does it take to tell your story? 
Sharing our stories in these tough times will bring joy, closeness and healing to our truly global community.

Monday 21 June

20.00 Music Night

Now is a time to join together – come and join in IATEFL’s annual celebration of song and music. If you sing, play or listen – or any combination of the above – we’d love you to be with us on Monday 21 June from 8-9.30pm GMT at the IATEFL virtual conference.  Bring music or a song close to your heart. Sing or play in any language you want from the comfort of your own home – we can’t wait to listen to you! Hosted by IATEFL regulars and musician Jeremy Harmer and Judy Wong, this is one of the conference’s most popular and heartfelt events – needed now more so than ever. To register your interest, please contact Sarah Mount, IATEFL Conference Committee [email protected]