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Manchester’s Mother Language Day

This is an event to get a Linguist like myself frothing around the flaps… Manchester City of Literature will be hosting ‘Mother Language Day’ from 16-28th Feb. Just to be clear, International Mother Language Day is celebrated globally on 21st Feb but why not keep the party going and celebrate it for over a week!!! What a chuffin’ treat.

The event is a celebration of the nearly 200 languages that are spoken in Manchester, with events set to cover everything from friendship to food. Plus, they’ll be celebrating the opening of the brand new Manchester Poetry Library, and of course every event will have some kind of multilingual twist. I just wish Rona wasn’t happening and I could attend these events in person. Perfect hunting ground for me to find a new multilingual squeeze too. Such a shame but there’s always next year’s, and for now I’ll just tune in virtually and soak up the culture.

If you’ve got some kiddies who need entertaining, great news – the Mother Tongue Other Tongue competition is back. Open to those aged between 8 and 18, Mother Tongue asks pupils to write about a creative poem or song in their native language (not English), while Other Tongue asks pupils to create an original poem in a second language (French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Urdu and Mandarin).

The competition is an idea originally developed by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Manchester Met, and Routes into Languages North West. Plus, it’s officially endorsed by Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Education Activist, Malala Yousafzai.
Go on, get those kiddies writing and entering!

You can find a full list of events happening for International Mother Language Day over on the Manchester City of Literature site here. If you spot an event that you think I’d like, please share away with me in the comments, cock.





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Queen of the Manci Mouths! Freelance Writer with a background in the arts and travel. Tries to speak other languages. Addicted to Eurovision.