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International Mother Language Day at Manchester Central Library

International Mother Language Day
Manchester Central Library
16th February 2022 – 8th March 2022

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Celebrate the rich diversity of your words for International Mother Language Day in Manchester this February with free events taking place across the city.

2022 will be the fifth consecutive year that Manchester has celebrated the event. In 2019 and 2020 over 5,000 people engaged with activity across the city centre and neighbourhoods. In 2021 Manchester City of Literature held 18 events digitally to ensure we still honoured the significance of languages to Manchester, even while we had to stay at home.

The special day is a treasured celebration of the nearly 200 languages spoken in Manchester and of the cultural diversity that is one of the city’s strengths.

The events involve libraries, cultural venues, community groups, universities, schools, poets and writers. For 2022 Manchester City of Literature are increasing the cultural content of the programme and making international links with other UNESCO Creative Cities, particularly through online platforms.

Events happening between 17th February and 8th March will be celebrating International Mother Language Day in Manchester. Help give the warmest welcome to the brand new Manchester City Poets to their roles, learn to sing in multiple languages with Z-arts, Cook with Words at Oxford Road Corridor favourite Zouk and celebrate words and language in many forms with Manchester Libraries, Manchester Poetry Library at Manchester Metropolitan University and Creative Manchester.

There’s a series of events from a range of partners across the city and beyond, head to Manchester City of Literature’s website to find out everything that’s happening. If you’d like to print a copy of the full programme, head to a ‘what’s on’ PDF file click here.

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