Manchester’s first Language Day in ‘superdiverse’ Levenshulme
21 Oct 2015
Levenshulme Language Day will take place on Saturday, 24 October, and will offer local residents, visitors, market traders and businesses an opportunity to engage with the area’s rich linguistic and cultural diversity
Family-friendly activities to celebrate the array of languages spoken in and around the neighbourhood will take place across three venues: Levenshulme Market, Levenshulme Inspire and The Klondyke Club.
The event will feature information stalls, language taster sessions, games for children, live music, performances, international films, and more.
Levenshulme Language Day is a joint initiative organised by Multilingual Manchester (The University of Manchester), Manchester City Council, Levenshulme Inspire, Levenshulme Market and local schools. It will showcase the work of supplementary schools and community organisations, and bring together residents and visitors of all ages to share and discuss around the theme of language.
Councillor Dzidra Noor, member for Levenshulme Ward, said ‘Levenshulme is one of the city’s most vibrant areas and is attracting new residents of all backgrounds. The Language Day will help us flag our linguistic and cultural diversity’.
Councillor Basat Sheikh added: ‘This is an exciting opportunity for the residents of Levenshulme to learn about one another’s backgrounds and languages’.
Professor Yaron Matras said on behalf of the University's Multilingual Manchester activity, which is organising the event: “Multilingual Manchester is all about celebrating the richness of language diversity. Manchester has fantastic opportunities, being able to harness the language skills of its young generation of residents. We're delighted to be working together with the City Council and local initiative to raise awareness of these opportunities”.
Dr Julian Skyrme, Director of Social Responsibility at The University of Manchester, said: “Multilingual Manchester is one of a range of important flagship initiatives we have to inspire, and be inspired by, our diverse communities in Manchester”.