SOAS University of London

SOAS World Languages Institute

European Day of Languages - Languages of Europe

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Date: 26 September 2017Time: 4:00 PM

Finishes: 26 September 2017Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: Cloisters

Type of Event: Festival

Celebrate European Day of Languages with SOAS World Language Institute on September 26th.  Following the success of the European Year of Languages in 2001, the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year. This occasion aims to celebrate the linguistic diversity of Europe, to raise awareness of European minority languages, and to promote language learning and teaching. So far the focus of this day has been on the languages in Europe which are regarded as indigenous to the area.

However, centuries of migration and displacement have brought people from all over the world to Europe and with them their languages and their world views. Celebrating this day with us means celebrating languages of Europe like Punjabi, Igbo or Sylheti and Hausa and Bengali and many other so-called diasporic languages. We invite all students, alumni, staff, and friends of SOAS who want to share their experiences of language and identity to join us from 4pm at Senate House.

Want to contribute?

We will have workshops, talks, and exhibitions running throughout the afternoon and part of the evening. Please, get in touch with us ( ) if you have an idea for a short talk, if you want to help at the event, or want to contribute in any other way.