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Students design interior of BBC studios to mark Diwali

Students from De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) put their interior design skills to the test by decorating the BBC radio headquarters for Diwali.

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Students from DMU’s Interior Design courses took on the challenge of decorating the studios, in Jubilee Square, Leicester, during a week of activities to mark the launch of #DMUlocal.

#DMUlocal is a partnership between DMU and Leicester City Council which aims to address some of the city’s most critical challenges in the areas of education, health and regeneration.

Brightly coloured materials and flowers, as well as window paintings, helped transform the area at BBC Radio Leicester to mark the Festival of Light.

Diwali is celebrated on a huge scale in Leicester each November. The Diwali light switch-on and Diwali Day events attract tens of thousands of people to the Belgrave area of the city and are considered to be the biggest celebrations of their kind outside of India.

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Second year Rishan Gudka said: “It is great for us to have the opportunity in  a prominent building to let people know that Diwali is a big celebration in the Hindu and Sikh cultures. In terms of interior design, it is important to use the space well, rather than just fill it.

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“I am really enjoying the course. It is challenging and we learn a lot about how interior design affects industry. It is not just fabrics and pillow cases!”

Rovan El-Daya added: “Something like this helps bring the community together and makes the area look really attractice.”

Zinat Ibrahim said: “I find it really interesting as a Muslim.  Diwali in Leicester is a way of bringing communities together and the celebrations are not just aimed at one specific religion and we learn a lot about different cultures.”

Posted on Friday 13th November 2015

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