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12th - 27th Feb 2024
#MCRIMLD24
12th Feb – 23rd Mar 2024
manchestercityofliterature.com
Councillor Luthfur
Rahman OBE,
Deputy Leader,
Manchester
City Council
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Welcome to International
Mother Language Day 2024!
“
Multilingual and multicultural
societies exist through their
languages, which transmit and
preserve traditional knowledge
and cultures in a sustainable way.”
– UNESCO
This year the events taking place in
Manchester showcase a huge variety
of languages in libraries, museums,
language centres, galleries and a
variety of community spaces too,
allowing people in Manchester to
engage with languages all over the
world. We have a number of new
organisations to the IMLD programme
for 2024, which shows Manchester’s
ongoing commitment to language
diversity and multiculturalism.
Manchester is a city full of languages – we have
the densest multilingual population for a city of
our size in the UK. Every year on 21st February, we
recognise and celebrate all these languages for
UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day.
List of featured languages:
Arabic
Bengali
Estonian
French
Frisian
German
Greek
Icelandic
Mandarin
Polish
Russian
Shona
Spanish
Swedish
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
With thanks to the international
UNESCO Cities of Literature
network for their participation in our
celebrations, too. As a UNESCO City
of Literature we are able to bring
hundreds of languages to the fore
of our celebrations from around
the world and share a vital part of
Manchester in return.
Enjoy the celebrations!
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Exhibitions
The Whitworth
24th November 2023 – 7th April
Subject to gallery opening times
Whitworth Art Gallery
Free
Embroidery is the most important
cultural material of Palestine. This
ancient practice, called tatreez in
Arabic, is characterised by remarkable
beauty and complexity. Historically,
each area of Palestine was known
for different motifs, techniques and
textiles. Embroidery constituted a
visual language among rural women,
and their clothing reflected their
origins and identity.
Material Power charts the evolution
of embroidery in Palestine over
the past century: from rich village
tradition, transformed by modernity,
to its politicisation in the 1970s and
commodification in the present.
Threads: A multilingual
exhibition by UNESCO
Cities of Literature
Manchester City of Literature
12th February – 23rd March
Subject to Library opening times
Manchester Central Library
Histories Hub
Free
Threads is a new physical and digital
exhibition of multilingual writing
and material from UNESCO Cities
of Literature. Local Manchester
writers Keisha Thompson and Hafsah
Aneela Bashir have contributed
work to the exhibition.
Cotton-spinning is part of
Manchester’s heritage as the world’s
first industrial city and as a result is
inextricably linked through history
to slavery, social reform and protest.
Manchester City of Literature are
exploring these threads and more
through literature, as well as opening
the discussion around the world,
inviting UNESCO Cities of Literature
to look at their own links to textiles
and follow these threads as they are
interwoven into cultural identities.
The exhibition features creative
materials, textiles and writing
from Odessa in Ukraine including
camouflage nets of the Ukrainian
defender created using a technique
called “Kikimora”. Kikimora is also
a character in Slavic fairy tales and
can be good or evil depending on
whom she is dealing with. To these
nets creators tie in symbolic lines of
poetry, woven hearts and ribbons
before they are sent to be used to
protect people and equipment.
Over the last 75 years, embroidery
has become a powerful symbol of
resistance, and the embodiment
of resilience on personal and
national scales.
On display in the UK for the first time
in over 30 years, historical dresses
sit alongside the voices of women
who continue to embroider today,
and the work of contemporary artists
critically reinterpreting the practice.
Material Power seeks to unfold an
intimate, human history of Palestine
through clothing.
Material Power: Palestinian
Embroidery was organised by
The Whitworth, The University of
Manchester in collaboration with
Kettle’s Yard where it travelled from
8 July – 29 October 2023.
Materials also featured in the
exhibition include embroidered
artwork from Sísí Ingólfsdóttir, a
feminist artist in Reykjavik, Iceland;
traditional dress from Granada in
Spain; handkerchiefs with Frisian
poetry woven through them which
were used to wave to ships at a major
cultural event in Leeuwarden, the
Netherlands. Exciting new writing
and artwork by Angelika Kukioła on
the theme has been commissioned
by Wrocław in Poland.
Melbourne in Australia and Exeter,
Nottingham and Manchester (where
the exhibition is physically hosted)
in the UK have also contributed
poetry and artwork to the exhibition.
This exhibition is a partnership with
Manchester’s DNA at University
of Manchester. With thanks to
Manchester Histories for hosting
the exhibition.
Material Power:
Palestinian Embroidery
Catching Breath, 2014, Brook Andrew
(Wirudjuri), woven by Pamela Joyce, Chris
Cochius and Milena Paplinska, at the
Australian Tapestry Workshop, 1.9 x 1.5m,
wool, cotton. Collection: The Embassy
Collection, currently on loan to the
Australian High Commission in Singapore.
Photograph: Jeremy Weihrauch
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Events
An Evening with Kostya
Tsolakis: Greekling
Friday 16th February
From 5:30pm – 7:30pm
House of Books and Friends
£5
Greekling, the much-anticipated
debut poetry collection by
Kostya Tsolakis, celebrates and
commemorates damaged and
rejected Greek bodies, be they of
flesh and blood, made of marble,
or natural bodies. In intertwining
Greek culture, history and poetic
influences with the contemporary
queer experience, this collection
is perceptive, lyrical, and deeply
evocative of time and place. From
an Athenian childhood to a closeted
adolescence in the shadow of the
AIDS epidemic, towards sexual self-
discovery, maturity and freedom
– Tsolakis charts the pursuit of
unconditional happiness.
This event will feature a QA and
poetry reading, plus a local poet will
perform before a discussion between
Kostya and Greg Thorpe, as well as an
audience QA.
Manchester
In Translation
Comma Press
Monday 19th –
Wednesday 21st February
Online
Free
Hosted by Comma Press, Manchester
in Translation will be a series of free
online workshops and panels offering
advice and insight into the world
of translation.
Taking place over three days, the
event will be an opportunity for
budding translators – or those with
a passion for languages – to develop
practical skills for literary translation,
learn about the life of the translator
and discover paths to publication.
The online conference will begin
with a keynote from an award-winning
translator, followed by two panel
events and three workshops focusing
on literary translation from Arabic,
German and Bangla/Bengali into
Family Session:
Building a Language
Manifesto and Open Mic
Saturday 17th February
1pm – 4:30pm
Manchester Poetry Library at
Manchester Metropolitan University
Free
Language is more than just
communication. Language connects
individuals and communities, builds
relationships across time and space,
contributes to who we are and how
we understand the world around
us. It is for this reason that we want
to develop a manifesto display that
reflects language as a right. And we
are keen to hear your thoughts as
we celebrate International Mother
Language Day.
Join us in the Manchester Poetry
Library for a family fun session that
aims to build a language manifesto
with children and families. This is an
engaging and creative activity for the
whole family. This session will be lead
by Dr Khawla Badwan.
After the session, stay for our drop
in Family Open Mic. We can help
you find poems to read from our
collection or you read poems you
have written yourselves! We welcome
poems in any language and readers
of all ages.
Online
Language Tours of
Manchester Museum
Wednesday 21st February
10:30pm – 2:30pm
Manchester Museum
and Creative Manchester
Free
Join members of the Visitor
Team for our 5-minute Lightning
Talks to celebrate International
Language Day. Our multilingual
Visitor Team Assistants will share
some of the incredible stories behind
the objects and specimens on display
in different languages including:
• Urdu 11:05am
• Spanish 11:30am
• Chinese 12:05am
• French 12:30am
• Shona, 13:05pm
• Turkish 13:30pm
You do not need to prebook a ticket
to attend the talks. Please ask at the
welcome desk for the talk meeting
point on the day.
Museum language tours
Family Fun Days
The Language of Life
Multilingual
museum
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Forum Library International
Mother Language Day
Fun Day
2pm – 4pm
Free
We will be celebrating International
Mother Language Day at Forum
Library, all ages will be able to enjoy
an afternoon of workshops, crafts
and performance. This will be a fun
packed afternoon with Afro-Tots,
Library staff and local artist Lydia
all offering craft workshops, you
can also enjoy a hand massage
and conversation with the Forum
Women’s group.
Longsight Library
International Mother
Language Day Fun Day
2pm – 4pm
Free
Artist Aysha Yilmaz will be creating
patterns from around the world
collages with participants. Yuen
Megson from Dragons Voices will be
teaching Mandarin phrases, Rethink
Rebuild will be hosting our favourite
refreshments of Arabic coffee and
sweets. Other activities from Anamika
Cultural Group, Wei Yin and Abdulah.
Various Manchester Libraries
Wednesday 21st February
North City Library
International Mother
Language Day Fun Day
1pm – 4pm
Free
Join our Free Family Fun Day to
celebrate International Mother
Language Day where there will be
activities suitable for all ages. We will
have crafts for making bookmarks
and wooden heart decorations,
name writing stations in Arabic,
Chinese and Urdu, lots of puzzles and
imagination game sessions plus a
very special dual language storytime.
Booking required - 0161 219 6442.
Manchester Central Library
International Mother
Language Day Fun Day
1pm – 3pm
Performance Space
Free
In half term join us for a multicultural
celebration of language with our local
community groups and specialist
schools. There will be dance, music,
language games, traditional costumes
and traditional crafts. Plus, we invite
you to sample food and music from
around the world! Free family friendly,
drop-in, all welcome.
The Language of Life –
Biochemical Etymology
Wednesday 21st February
1pm – 2pm
Manchester Museum,
Creative Manchester and
Linguistic Diversity Collective
Free
Come and learn about the origins of
scientific vocabulary and where the
terms we use for chemicals in the
body come from. You will hear a short
talk filled with examples from ongoing
research at the Manchester Institute
of Biotechnology before collaborating
on an activity to explore some more
well-known names with the help of
biochemists and linguists from The
University of Manchester.
This session is suitable for the general
public (approximately from secondary
school age and above), particularly
those interested in molecules,
life sciences or the meanings and
histories of words.
Looking for
Languages Trail
Wednesday 21st February
1pm – 4pm
Manchester Museum,
Creative Manchester and
Linguistic Diversity Collective
Free
The Linguistic Diversity
Collective invites you to join
us for some half-term fun to
celebrate International Mother
Language Day at Manchester
Museum. Grab your activity sheet
and follow the language-themed
trail around the museum’s enchanting
collections, thinking about your own
language(s) along the way.
Meet the Multilingual Museum
Wednesday 21st February
3pm – 5pm drop-in
Manchester Museum and
Creative Manchester
Free
This International Mother Language
Day come and find out more about
the Multilingual Museum website
celebrating the language diversity
of Manchester. Whether you speak a
language fluently, are learning one,
or just want to know more about
languages, come along!
You could try to translate with us,
speak in your own language about
the objects, learn more about the
languages found around Manchester,
or hear from their Multilingual
Museum volunteers about the work
they’ve done to make this project
possible. Your contribution could
go on the website too.
Le Petit Prince Reading and Performance
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‘
Towards a Multilingual
Utopia: How can
knowledge lead
to action?’
Wednesday 21st February
4pm – 6:30pm
Manchester City of Languages
Online
Free
The conference will feature discussion
panels on language teaching,
indigenous language rights and the
role of language in UNESCO Cities
of Culture. Panellists will include
language teachers, language activists
and UNESCO City of Literature
representatives from Gothenburg,
Leeuwarden and Manchester.
Participants will have the opportunity
to rotate between discussion panels.
The conference aims to compare
experiences and reflect on how to
interrogate language hierarchies in
teaching, activism for policy and
social change, and cultural events.
We will explore how knowledge
can lead to action, what we want
for languages in cities, and what we
envisage as a ‘multilingual utopia’.
The conference is organised by
Manchester City of Languages in
collaboration with the Aston Centre
for Applied Linguistics and Macfest.
The Last Pomegranate Tree
Wednesday 21st February
5:30pm – 7pm
Manchester Academy 3
University of Manchester
This mystical retelling of Kurdish
stories in Sorani (with translation)
will be a journey through Kurdish
music and memory with harpist
Tara Jaff. Featuring award winning
author Bachytar Ali and translator
Le Petit Prince Reading
and Performance
Wednesday 21st and
Saturday 24th February
4:15pm – 5:30pm
Alliance Française Manchester
Free
A reading performance around the
book “Le Petit Prince” by Saint-
Exupéry. As it’s his 80th anniversary,
this popular tale translated in more
than 500 languages is a great way
of celebrating International Mother
Language Day. The story promotes
essential values such as peace,
tolerance, friendships, love and
even ecology.
It will be read in French (in our French
library) and families, young people as
well as adult audiences are welcome.
Manchester Poetry Library’s
Multilingual Open Mic
Thursday 22nd February
6pm – 7:45pm
Manchester Poetry Library at
Manchester Metropolitan University
Free
Manchester Poetry Library is
delighted to be hosting its second
Multilingual Open Mic night to
celebrate International Mother
Language Day! We welcome readings
in any language. You can choose to
read your own poems or a poem by
a well-known poet (or not so well-
known). If you’re still unsure, please
just turn up and you can decide
whether you want to read on the
night. You might want to choose
something spontaneously from our
collection, or just stay and listen.
Places to read will be allocated on a
first-come, first-served basis.
Online
Kareem Abdulrahman in conversation
with Ruth Abou Rached from the
Department of Arabic and Middle
Eastern Studies at University of
Manchester.
This event is a partnership between
Landscapes of future memory:
creatives, literatures, and cultures
of Middle East and North Africa
(AMES) and Defiance: Artists at Risk.
Adquirir una Segunda Lengua:
¿Por qué nos parece tan difícil? /
Acquiring a Second Language:
Why do we find it so difficult?
Wednesday 21st February
6pm
Instituto Cervantes
Online
Free
A forum aimed at teachers,
language students, parents and
the public which will consider how
we learn a second, or a heritage
language. Presenters will discuss
various elements and difficulties
that come with second-language
acquisition including: myths and
realities surrounding language
acquisition and age, the effect of
explicit knowledge and how it can
affect learning, the use of language
according to the context in which
it is spoken, and the effect of
education on our ability to learn
a second language.
Online
Mother Tongue Other Tongue
Reading For Odesa
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Reading For Odesa
Manchester City of Literature
Saturday 24th February
1pm – 1:35pm
Histories Hub, downstairs in City
Library, Manchester Central Library
Free
On the second anniversary of the
invasion of Ukraine, UNESCO Cities
of Literature are taking part in a global
and simultaneous show of solidarity.
Inspired by and in cooperation with
the Odesa Literature Museum.
In Manchester we will be holding a
reading in the midst of the Threads
exhibition in the Histories Hub of
Manchester Central Library which
continues unique items sent specially
to Manchester from Odesa for this
exhibition. Readings will be in English
and Ukrainian from historic and
contemporary authors.
We strongly believe that books can
help to connect people, and that
the network of the UNESCO Cities
of Literature are a symbol of both
connection as well as support.
The readings will happen in advance
of the rally in Piccadilly Gardens
in support of Ukraine that starts
at 2pm.
Cuéntame un cuento /
Tell me a Story
Saturday 24th February
12pm
Instituto Cervantes Manchester
Free
In 2024, Instituto Cervantes in
Manchester continued its series
to promote children’s literacy skills
Tell me a Story. We start it with the
celebration of International Mother
Language Day, where teacher
Magaly Flores will read one of the
classics authors of children’s Spanish
literature, Gloria Fuertes and her story
“Cangura para todo”.
“
The doorbell rang. The man opened
the door. The staircase was dark.
Someone, with a scarf tied around
their head, handed him a card that
read: ‘EXPERIENCED KANGAROO-
BABYSITTER AVAILABLE FOR
HOUSEHOLD DUTIES.’”
Want to know how the story
continues?
Mother Tongue Other Tongue
2024 Competition Launch
Tuesday 27th February
6pm – 7:45pm
Manchester Poetry Library
Online
Free
This online event is being held to
explain more about ‘Mother Tongue
Other Tongue’, an annual free
competition for young people aged
from 8-18. The competition invites
pupils to share poems or songs
from their mother tongue or from
a language they are learning.
This event is aimed at anyone wishing
to run the project in their school
or community setting. It will provide
resources and ideas that can be
used directly in classrooms, online
or in groups.
Online
MACFEST poetry event
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MACFEST
Tuesday 27th February
6pm – 7:30pm
Online
Free
Join us for an exciting event with
young people from the UK on a
literary and poetic journey as we
celebrate International Mother
Language Day! Young poets will
recite or perform their poetry in
English or their mother tongue.
Featured young writers:
• 
Amal Mohammad Yousaf and
Donia Fellag from Whalley
Range 11–18 High School
• 
Hopwood Hall College
• 
Kunza Khan is from the
University of Salford
• 
Sameeha Mahmad is from
Woodford County High
School in London
• 
Kaya AskanderDaaniya Faisal
from Withington Girls School
• 
Ayesha Nadeem, Hasna Raza,
and Huneza Ali from Levenshulme
High School
• 
Mukhtar Omar Mukhlis, King
Edward’s School, Birmingham
• 
Kamal Sddiq from KD grammar
school for boys
Hosted by: Miss Donna Johnson
and Mr. Neil A. Johnson,
co-headteachers of Levenshulme
High School, Manchester.
Professor Yaron Matras will introduce
the main language communities,
with a focus on the language of
the city’s Muslim populations.
He will discuss how information
on languages is compiled, what
functions languages have, and
what multilingual spaces exist in the
city. Yaron is a linguist specialising
in multilingualism and minority
languages. He founded and led the
Multilingual Manchester program.
Celebrating Poetry and International
Mother Language Day
Online
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Celebrations of the International Mother Language Day 2024.

  • 1. #MCRIMLD24 12th - 27th Feb 2024 #MCRIMLD24 12th Feb – 23rd Mar 2024 manchestercityofliterature.com
  • 2. Councillor Luthfur Rahman OBE, Deputy Leader, Manchester City Council 2 3 Welcome to International Mother Language Day 2024! “ Multilingual and multicultural societies exist through their languages, which transmit and preserve traditional knowledge and cultures in a sustainable way.” – UNESCO This year the events taking place in Manchester showcase a huge variety of languages in libraries, museums, language centres, galleries and a variety of community spaces too, allowing people in Manchester to engage with languages all over the world. We have a number of new organisations to the IMLD programme for 2024, which shows Manchester’s ongoing commitment to language diversity and multiculturalism. Manchester is a city full of languages – we have the densest multilingual population for a city of our size in the UK. Every year on 21st February, we recognise and celebrate all these languages for UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day. List of featured languages: Arabic Bengali Estonian French Frisian German Greek Icelandic Mandarin Polish Russian Shona Spanish Swedish Turkish Ukrainian Urdu With thanks to the international UNESCO Cities of Literature network for their participation in our celebrations, too. As a UNESCO City of Literature we are able to bring hundreds of languages to the fore of our celebrations from around the world and share a vital part of Manchester in return. Enjoy the celebrations!
  • 3. 4 5 Exhibitions The Whitworth 24th November 2023 – 7th April Subject to gallery opening times Whitworth Art Gallery Free Embroidery is the most important cultural material of Palestine. This ancient practice, called tatreez in Arabic, is characterised by remarkable beauty and complexity. Historically, each area of Palestine was known for different motifs, techniques and textiles. Embroidery constituted a visual language among rural women, and their clothing reflected their origins and identity. Material Power charts the evolution of embroidery in Palestine over the past century: from rich village tradition, transformed by modernity, to its politicisation in the 1970s and commodification in the present. Threads: A multilingual exhibition by UNESCO Cities of Literature Manchester City of Literature 12th February – 23rd March Subject to Library opening times Manchester Central Library Histories Hub Free Threads is a new physical and digital exhibition of multilingual writing and material from UNESCO Cities of Literature. Local Manchester writers Keisha Thompson and Hafsah Aneela Bashir have contributed work to the exhibition. Cotton-spinning is part of Manchester’s heritage as the world’s first industrial city and as a result is inextricably linked through history to slavery, social reform and protest. Manchester City of Literature are exploring these threads and more through literature, as well as opening the discussion around the world, inviting UNESCO Cities of Literature to look at their own links to textiles and follow these threads as they are interwoven into cultural identities. The exhibition features creative materials, textiles and writing from Odessa in Ukraine including camouflage nets of the Ukrainian defender created using a technique called “Kikimora”. Kikimora is also a character in Slavic fairy tales and can be good or evil depending on whom she is dealing with. To these nets creators tie in symbolic lines of poetry, woven hearts and ribbons before they are sent to be used to protect people and equipment. Over the last 75 years, embroidery has become a powerful symbol of resistance, and the embodiment of resilience on personal and national scales. On display in the UK for the first time in over 30 years, historical dresses sit alongside the voices of women who continue to embroider today, and the work of contemporary artists critically reinterpreting the practice. Material Power seeks to unfold an intimate, human history of Palestine through clothing. Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery was organised by The Whitworth, The University of Manchester in collaboration with Kettle’s Yard where it travelled from 8 July – 29 October 2023. Materials also featured in the exhibition include embroidered artwork from Sísí Ingólfsdóttir, a feminist artist in Reykjavik, Iceland; traditional dress from Granada in Spain; handkerchiefs with Frisian poetry woven through them which were used to wave to ships at a major cultural event in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands. Exciting new writing and artwork by Angelika Kukioła on the theme has been commissioned by Wrocław in Poland. Melbourne in Australia and Exeter, Nottingham and Manchester (where the exhibition is physically hosted) in the UK have also contributed poetry and artwork to the exhibition. This exhibition is a partnership with Manchester’s DNA at University of Manchester. With thanks to Manchester Histories for hosting the exhibition. Material Power: Palestinian Embroidery Catching Breath, 2014, Brook Andrew (Wirudjuri), woven by Pamela Joyce, Chris Cochius and Milena Paplinska, at the Australian Tapestry Workshop, 1.9 x 1.5m, wool, cotton. Collection: The Embassy Collection, currently on loan to the Australian High Commission in Singapore. Photograph: Jeremy Weihrauch
  • 4. 6 7 Events An Evening with Kostya Tsolakis: Greekling Friday 16th February From 5:30pm – 7:30pm House of Books and Friends £5 Greekling, the much-anticipated debut poetry collection by Kostya Tsolakis, celebrates and commemorates damaged and rejected Greek bodies, be they of flesh and blood, made of marble, or natural bodies. In intertwining Greek culture, history and poetic influences with the contemporary queer experience, this collection is perceptive, lyrical, and deeply evocative of time and place. From an Athenian childhood to a closeted adolescence in the shadow of the AIDS epidemic, towards sexual self- discovery, maturity and freedom – Tsolakis charts the pursuit of unconditional happiness. This event will feature a QA and poetry reading, plus a local poet will perform before a discussion between Kostya and Greg Thorpe, as well as an audience QA. Manchester In Translation Comma Press Monday 19th – Wednesday 21st February Online Free Hosted by Comma Press, Manchester in Translation will be a series of free online workshops and panels offering advice and insight into the world of translation. Taking place over three days, the event will be an opportunity for budding translators – or those with a passion for languages – to develop practical skills for literary translation, learn about the life of the translator and discover paths to publication. The online conference will begin with a keynote from an award-winning translator, followed by two panel events and three workshops focusing on literary translation from Arabic, German and Bangla/Bengali into Family Session: Building a Language Manifesto and Open Mic Saturday 17th February 1pm – 4:30pm Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University Free Language is more than just communication. Language connects individuals and communities, builds relationships across time and space, contributes to who we are and how we understand the world around us. It is for this reason that we want to develop a manifesto display that reflects language as a right. And we are keen to hear your thoughts as we celebrate International Mother Language Day. Join us in the Manchester Poetry Library for a family fun session that aims to build a language manifesto with children and families. This is an engaging and creative activity for the whole family. This session will be lead by Dr Khawla Badwan. After the session, stay for our drop in Family Open Mic. We can help you find poems to read from our collection or you read poems you have written yourselves! We welcome poems in any language and readers of all ages. Online Language Tours of Manchester Museum Wednesday 21st February 10:30pm – 2:30pm Manchester Museum and Creative Manchester Free Join members of the Visitor Team for our 5-minute Lightning Talks to celebrate International Language Day. Our multilingual Visitor Team Assistants will share some of the incredible stories behind the objects and specimens on display in different languages including: • Urdu 11:05am • Spanish 11:30am • Chinese 12:05am • French 12:30am • Shona, 13:05pm • Turkish 13:30pm You do not need to prebook a ticket to attend the talks. Please ask at the welcome desk for the talk meeting point on the day. Museum language tours
  • 5. Family Fun Days The Language of Life Multilingual museum 9 8 Forum Library International Mother Language Day Fun Day 2pm – 4pm Free We will be celebrating International Mother Language Day at Forum Library, all ages will be able to enjoy an afternoon of workshops, crafts and performance. This will be a fun packed afternoon with Afro-Tots, Library staff and local artist Lydia all offering craft workshops, you can also enjoy a hand massage and conversation with the Forum Women’s group. Longsight Library International Mother Language Day Fun Day 2pm – 4pm Free Artist Aysha Yilmaz will be creating patterns from around the world collages with participants. Yuen Megson from Dragons Voices will be teaching Mandarin phrases, Rethink Rebuild will be hosting our favourite refreshments of Arabic coffee and sweets. Other activities from Anamika Cultural Group, Wei Yin and Abdulah. Various Manchester Libraries Wednesday 21st February North City Library International Mother Language Day Fun Day 1pm – 4pm Free Join our Free Family Fun Day to celebrate International Mother Language Day where there will be activities suitable for all ages. We will have crafts for making bookmarks and wooden heart decorations, name writing stations in Arabic, Chinese and Urdu, lots of puzzles and imagination game sessions plus a very special dual language storytime. Booking required - 0161 219 6442. Manchester Central Library International Mother Language Day Fun Day 1pm – 3pm Performance Space Free In half term join us for a multicultural celebration of language with our local community groups and specialist schools. There will be dance, music, language games, traditional costumes and traditional crafts. Plus, we invite you to sample food and music from around the world! Free family friendly, drop-in, all welcome. The Language of Life – Biochemical Etymology Wednesday 21st February 1pm – 2pm Manchester Museum, Creative Manchester and Linguistic Diversity Collective Free Come and learn about the origins of scientific vocabulary and where the terms we use for chemicals in the body come from. You will hear a short talk filled with examples from ongoing research at the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology before collaborating on an activity to explore some more well-known names with the help of biochemists and linguists from The University of Manchester. This session is suitable for the general public (approximately from secondary school age and above), particularly those interested in molecules, life sciences or the meanings and histories of words. Looking for Languages Trail Wednesday 21st February 1pm – 4pm Manchester Museum, Creative Manchester and Linguistic Diversity Collective Free The Linguistic Diversity Collective invites you to join us for some half-term fun to celebrate International Mother Language Day at Manchester Museum. Grab your activity sheet and follow the language-themed trail around the museum’s enchanting collections, thinking about your own language(s) along the way. Meet the Multilingual Museum Wednesday 21st February 3pm – 5pm drop-in Manchester Museum and Creative Manchester Free This International Mother Language Day come and find out more about the Multilingual Museum website celebrating the language diversity of Manchester. Whether you speak a language fluently, are learning one, or just want to know more about languages, come along! You could try to translate with us, speak in your own language about the objects, learn more about the languages found around Manchester, or hear from their Multilingual Museum volunteers about the work they’ve done to make this project possible. Your contribution could go on the website too.
  • 6. Le Petit Prince Reading and Performance 10 11 ‘ Towards a Multilingual Utopia: How can knowledge lead to action?’ Wednesday 21st February 4pm – 6:30pm Manchester City of Languages Online Free The conference will feature discussion panels on language teaching, indigenous language rights and the role of language in UNESCO Cities of Culture. Panellists will include language teachers, language activists and UNESCO City of Literature representatives from Gothenburg, Leeuwarden and Manchester. Participants will have the opportunity to rotate between discussion panels. The conference aims to compare experiences and reflect on how to interrogate language hierarchies in teaching, activism for policy and social change, and cultural events. We will explore how knowledge can lead to action, what we want for languages in cities, and what we envisage as a ‘multilingual utopia’. The conference is organised by Manchester City of Languages in collaboration with the Aston Centre for Applied Linguistics and Macfest. The Last Pomegranate Tree Wednesday 21st February 5:30pm – 7pm Manchester Academy 3 University of Manchester This mystical retelling of Kurdish stories in Sorani (with translation) will be a journey through Kurdish music and memory with harpist Tara Jaff. Featuring award winning author Bachytar Ali and translator Le Petit Prince Reading and Performance Wednesday 21st and Saturday 24th February 4:15pm – 5:30pm Alliance Française Manchester Free A reading performance around the book “Le Petit Prince” by Saint- Exupéry. As it’s his 80th anniversary, this popular tale translated in more than 500 languages is a great way of celebrating International Mother Language Day. The story promotes essential values such as peace, tolerance, friendships, love and even ecology. It will be read in French (in our French library) and families, young people as well as adult audiences are welcome. Manchester Poetry Library’s Multilingual Open Mic Thursday 22nd February 6pm – 7:45pm Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University Free Manchester Poetry Library is delighted to be hosting its second Multilingual Open Mic night to celebrate International Mother Language Day! We welcome readings in any language. You can choose to read your own poems or a poem by a well-known poet (or not so well- known). If you’re still unsure, please just turn up and you can decide whether you want to read on the night. You might want to choose something spontaneously from our collection, or just stay and listen. Places to read will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Online Kareem Abdulrahman in conversation with Ruth Abou Rached from the Department of Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies at University of Manchester. This event is a partnership between Landscapes of future memory: creatives, literatures, and cultures of Middle East and North Africa (AMES) and Defiance: Artists at Risk. Adquirir una Segunda Lengua: ¿Por qué nos parece tan difícil? / Acquiring a Second Language: Why do we find it so difficult? Wednesday 21st February 6pm Instituto Cervantes Online Free A forum aimed at teachers, language students, parents and the public which will consider how we learn a second, or a heritage language. Presenters will discuss various elements and difficulties that come with second-language acquisition including: myths and realities surrounding language acquisition and age, the effect of explicit knowledge and how it can affect learning, the use of language according to the context in which it is spoken, and the effect of education on our ability to learn a second language. Online
  • 7. Mother Tongue Other Tongue Reading For Odesa 12 13 Reading For Odesa Manchester City of Literature Saturday 24th February 1pm – 1:35pm Histories Hub, downstairs in City Library, Manchester Central Library Free On the second anniversary of the invasion of Ukraine, UNESCO Cities of Literature are taking part in a global and simultaneous show of solidarity. Inspired by and in cooperation with the Odesa Literature Museum. In Manchester we will be holding a reading in the midst of the Threads exhibition in the Histories Hub of Manchester Central Library which continues unique items sent specially to Manchester from Odesa for this exhibition. Readings will be in English and Ukrainian from historic and contemporary authors. We strongly believe that books can help to connect people, and that the network of the UNESCO Cities of Literature are a symbol of both connection as well as support. The readings will happen in advance of the rally in Piccadilly Gardens in support of Ukraine that starts at 2pm. Cuéntame un cuento / Tell me a Story Saturday 24th February 12pm Instituto Cervantes Manchester Free In 2024, Instituto Cervantes in Manchester continued its series to promote children’s literacy skills Tell me a Story. We start it with the celebration of International Mother Language Day, where teacher Magaly Flores will read one of the classics authors of children’s Spanish literature, Gloria Fuertes and her story “Cangura para todo”. “ The doorbell rang. The man opened the door. The staircase was dark. Someone, with a scarf tied around their head, handed him a card that read: ‘EXPERIENCED KANGAROO- BABYSITTER AVAILABLE FOR HOUSEHOLD DUTIES.’” Want to know how the story continues? Mother Tongue Other Tongue 2024 Competition Launch Tuesday 27th February 6pm – 7:45pm Manchester Poetry Library Online Free This online event is being held to explain more about ‘Mother Tongue Other Tongue’, an annual free competition for young people aged from 8-18. The competition invites pupils to share poems or songs from their mother tongue or from a language they are learning. This event is aimed at anyone wishing to run the project in their school or community setting. It will provide resources and ideas that can be used directly in classrooms, online or in groups. Online
  • 8. MACFEST poetry event 15 14 MACFEST Tuesday 27th February 6pm – 7:30pm Online Free Join us for an exciting event with young people from the UK on a literary and poetic journey as we celebrate International Mother Language Day! Young poets will recite or perform their poetry in English or their mother tongue. Featured young writers: • Amal Mohammad Yousaf and Donia Fellag from Whalley Range 11–18 High School • Hopwood Hall College • Kunza Khan is from the University of Salford • Sameeha Mahmad is from Woodford County High School in London • Kaya AskanderDaaniya Faisal from Withington Girls School • Ayesha Nadeem, Hasna Raza, and Huneza Ali from Levenshulme High School • Mukhtar Omar Mukhlis, King Edward’s School, Birmingham • Kamal Sddiq from KD grammar school for boys Hosted by: Miss Donna Johnson and Mr. Neil A. Johnson, co-headteachers of Levenshulme High School, Manchester. Professor Yaron Matras will introduce the main language communities, with a focus on the language of the city’s Muslim populations. He will discuss how information on languages is compiled, what functions languages have, and what multilingual spaces exist in the city. Yaron is a linguist specialising in multilingualism and minority languages. He founded and led the Multilingual Manchester program. Celebrating Poetry and International Mother Language Day Online
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