Romanian cultural institutions abroad mark the European Day of Languages, set on September 26, to celebrate linguistic diversity, with a string of events organized in Berlin, Brussels, Budapest, Istanbul, Lisbon, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Warsaw, Venice and Vienna, a release to Agerpres informs.
ICR Berlin organized under the auspices of EUNIC Berlin at the Markisches Viertel Library – Berlin, Reinickendorf, interactive courses aimed at getting the participating children acquainted with Romanian language and culture.
At the third edition of the “Transpoesie” project, ICR Brussels made a public display of Romanian poetry in the Belgian capital’s public transport means. On this day, public transport passengers will be able to read the poem ‘Hope’ by Ioan Muresan in Romanian, French and Dutch.
ICR Budapest celebrated European Day of Languages alongside the EUNIC Hungary cluster. The cultural event titled “European Languages Cocktail Bar” marked the day with a series of activities intended to promote European linguistic diversity. ICR “Dimitrie Cantemir” – Istanbul sponsors the Romanian participation in the European Day of Languages with an event held on September 28 between 12.00 and 18.00 hours at the ‘Sismanoglio Megaro’ – residence of the Consulate General of Greece. ICR Lisbon supported the Romanian participation in the European Day of Languages on September 26, with the seat of the Portuguese bank “Caixa Geral de Depositos” serving as venue of the happening. The European Day of Languages is organized every year by the eight members of the EUNIC Portugal cluster, that will be joined this year by the representation of the European Commission in Portugal and the Embassy of the Czech Republic.
ICR Madrid participated in the project titled “Open Doors to European Cultures. European Day of Languages/Puertas abiertas a las culturas europeas. Día Europea de las Lenguas”, second edition, organized by EUNIC Spain on September 26 in Madrid. The aim of the project is to promote interest in language learning, showcase lesser well known cultures, and allow the public to discover artists and gastronomy from other parts of Europe. ICR Paris organized during the “Semaine des Cultures Etrangeres 2013”, at the Maison d’ Europe et d’Orient, a gastronomy workshop dedicated to the European Day of Languages.
“Semaine des Cultures Etrangeres” is a program organized by the Forum of Foreign Cultural Institutes in Paris, bringing together the actions of over 40 foreign cultural centers.
ICR Prague joined the event organized by EUNIC Prague – ‘European Day of Languages’ which took place in the Czech capital (the ICR Prague premises and Lucerna Arcade) and Teplice (the Teplice Gymnasium).
ICR Warsaw participated for the fourth consecutive year in the celebration of the European Day of Languages, an event organized by EUNIC Warsaw in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in Poland, the Education Department of the Warsaw City Hall, the University of Warsaw and the Foundation for the Development of the Education System. ICR Venice participates on September 28 in the Open Doors Day held in Milan to mark the European Day of Languages, alongside the British Council, the Cervantes Institute, the French Institute and the Goethe Institute. On this day, the aforementioned institutions open their doors to the public under the slogan ‘Vieni a conoscerci ! / Come to meet us!’.
ICR Vienna organized on September 26 at its headquarters an event dedicated to the celebration of the European Day of Languages. In Romania, the local bureau of the European Commission and the National Agency for Communitarian Programs in Education and Professional Training area organized a series of manifestations dedicated to the Day of European Languages as part of the “LinguaFEST 2013” event and launched the European Language Label publication, the 2013 edition. The European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001 on 26 September, as an initiative of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg. For the day, a range of events is organized across Europe: activities for and with children, television and radio programmes, language classes and conferences.