Cannes Film Festival- Translation around the globe

  • 11/05/2016
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Lights, camera, action!

A highlight of the movie calendar, the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival will take place in Cannes, France, at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, scheduled to be held from 11th to the 22nd May.

Premiering agenda-setting films that we’ll all be watching and talking about over the next year, it previews new films of all genres, including documentaries.

Bringing language enthusiasts and film lovers together from around the world, the festival ultimately promotes cultural diversity and language through film.

The Cannes Film Festival has its origins in 1932 when Jean Zay, the French Minister of National Education, on the proposal of Philippe Erlanger and with the support of the British and Americans, set up an international cinematographic festival.

In 1947, the festival was held as the "Festival du film de Cannes", where films from sixteen countries were presented. At that time the principle of equality was introduced, with a jury made up of only one representative per country.

Now through the power of voice overs and subtitling, people from all over the world will be able to understand these films, not only in French and English, but also in Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic and Russian.

Generally, the messages of these films are conveyed through subtitles to accommodate a diverse and multi-cultural audience.  When filmmakers are attempting to sell their works to the distributors who come from all over the globe, trusting an amateur with their translation needs doesn’t ensure a professional, efficient or reliable service.

Whether you are a filmmaker or simply preparing a multimedia project for professional purposes and you’re looking for an exceptional quality service with full support throughout the process; Vandu are there to cater to your every need.

Call us on 01273 473986 or email for your free no obligation quote.




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Revealing the mystery of Kings Day

  • 27/04/2016
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What is Kings Day? Every year on April the 27th everyone in the Netherlands has the day off work to celebrate King Willem-Alexander’s birthday.

We spoke to one of our Dutch interpreters to find out what goes on during the biggest celebration of the year…

Day to night festivities- King’s Day festivities start around midnight and last throughout the early morning with an early rise for some …

At 6am the Vrijmarkt, ‘free market’ begins. This nationwide flea market is where half the population sells their used clothes and crafts for next to nothing. This is possible as Koningsdag is the one day of the year that the Dutch government permits sales on the street without a permit and without the payment of value added tax.

Previously known as Queens Day- held on 30th April in honour of the former monarch Queen Beatrix. Beatrix decided to keep Queen’s Day as 30th April in honour of her mother – no doubt much to the delight of the Dutch people, since Beatrix’s real birthday falls on a wintry 31st January.

Canals There is nothing like the sea of orange that fills the world famous canals on King’s Day in Amsterdam! People dance on boats and on the shore, if you know someone with a boat this is a great way to experience King’s Day.  

Street performers- Throughout the city, professional street performers vie for attention. There are pick-up bands, aspiring opera singers, teenage rappers and street discos. Rio-style drum bands have been very popular the past few years. In the past, huge concerts were organised at various locations in the city, such as Dam square where as many as 800,000 people may gather.

Everyone wears orange- Orange is the colour of the Dutch Royal Family, which hails from the House of Orange. The vibrant

orange is unmissable amongst the excited crowds.

Finally, you even get to feast like a king!











At Vandu we have over 1500 interpreters and translators in over 100 different languages, including Dutch. For your free quote please call 01273 473986 or email



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Brazil hosts the Summer Olympics 2016, but what does this mean for our industry?

  • 20/04/2016
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With the last Summer Olympic Games hosted in London 2012, the whole world was immersed in the event that began in 1896, Athens, Greece.

It’s nearly time for this year’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from August 5th to the 21st shortly followed by the Paralympics from September 7th to the 18th. These captivating events are a cultural step forward in celebrating international diversity and exceptional talent in one place.

Rio 2016's motto is “Live your passion”, translated to Portuguese is ‘Viva Sua Paixao’.

Athletes get their chance to perform at the highest level, because all nations participating in the Games are allowed to enter one or two competitors in athletics and swimming, regardless of standard. This is to ensure universality; the principle that all countries should be represented in at least one sport. Providing the opportunity for smaller countries to be recognised and their chances of equal success.

An event of this type involves considerable linguistic challenges given the attendance from over 200 countries and the fact that it is broadcast around the world.

The amount of interpreting and translation that will go into the event will take meticulous care, accuracy and efficiency to provide the right support and correct information.

The Rio Olympic Games started looking for 8,000 volunteers in 2014 , whose mission is to be “the voice of the Olympic Games”, and who will be assigned to the section of “protocol and languages.” These volunteers will provide several language services, one of which is the translation of everything that happens during the games into over 30 languages.

Besides the rich cultural exchange and an opportunity to improve language and professional skills, volunteers will accompany athletes and representatives for much of their time in Rio, such as on their arrival, during transportation between venues and at their accommodation. Volunteers in this area will also help run activities such as press conferences, cultural programmes and competitions.




At Vandu Language Services we understand the needs of each and every one of our clients. Get in contact with one of our representatives today on 01273 473986 for your free quote.

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Thai New Year 2016

  • 13/04/2016
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Thai New Year or ‘Songkran’ marks the end of the dry season and the beginning of the rain, holding a lot of importance for the country’s agriculture industry.

In fact, there are also other countries practicing the festival like Vietnam and Laos. The word Songkran derives from the word “Sankranti”, which translated means “to move or to change”.

Songkran 2016 falls on April 13 to April 15th and is regarded as the longest and grandest holiday in Thailand, since it is traditionally celebrated for three consecutive days.

A day before the celebration of Songkran, housewives must clean their house and remove all the rubbish, if not it is believed it may bring bad luck for the remaining months of the year.

Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is also commonly practiced however, as part of the belief, Buddha images should be washed carefully so as to bring good fortune to house owners.

The Songkran celebration is rich with symbolic traditions. The ritual of tying white strings to one another’s wrists is an expression of good wishes. While tying the string, the person will recite a short prayer of blessing directly for the individual. These are often left on until they fall off on their own. If someone offers to tie a string on you, be sure to offer your arm with the underside of your wrist facing upwards.

The festival would not be complete without the so called water fight. Armed with water guns and water containers, travellers and natives including children throw water upon others, which symbolises the cleansing and rejuvenating of their bodies.

There are also places in Bangkok where side events take place. While some are busy cleansing and throwing water to the passers-by, there is a pageant contest, or “Miss Songkran” where contestants are clothed in traditional Thai dress.

If you happen to be in Thailand during Songkran, be prepared to get drenched!













Vandu Language Services is based in Lewes, Sussex and has been helping organisations overcome the language barrier since 1999. We provide interpreting, translation, bilingual advocacy and cross cultural training for when you need to communicate clearly across cultures.


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How did we celebrate International Women’s Day 2016?

  • 22/03/2016
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Celebrated on March 8th every year, International Women’s Day focuses on the general celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women for their economic, political and social achievements. Some people celebrate the day by wearing purple ribbons.

To celebrate International Women’s Day, DRI (Vandu’s sister company) co-hosted the ‘celebrating being a woman’ event at the William and Patricia Venton Centre in Eastbourne. Everyone was welcome with only one requirement, to bring a childhood photo and share your world with those also attending.

Speakers from Lithuania, UK and Eritrea formed the basis for discussion and conversation regarding each individual’s upbringing. This exercise highlighted differences and also similarities to do with culture, background and language. Once the discussion was over the resounding conclusion was unanimous, being a woman from anywhere in the world should not be seen as a mystery but to be embraced, as we can all learn from each other.

An example of this was shown when three women of completely different ages, background and beliefs had all been brought together because their husbands had dementia. It was clear that the strong support network that they had built from their unfortunate circumstance was crucial to ensuring they all had better quality of lives. Once again proving that language and culture should not be seen as a barrier.

The day was a success with a wide range of women coming together in one place to discuss and compare past and present memories and thoughts on changes to women’s roles, jobs and lives throughout different periods of time.

The celebration depicts why and how it is so crucial to not base or judge women by race, colour or ethnicity.        



Vandu Language Services is based in Lewes, Sussex and has been helping organisations overcome the language barrier since 1999. We provide interpreting, translation, bilingual advocacy and cross cultural training for when you need to communicate clearly across cultures.



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