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European Day of Languages 2014 in Turkey

ICR Istanbul coordinating EUNIC event

Under the slogan “Ten foreign languages in a single day,” the wide audience in Istanbul, interested in Europe’s cultural and linguistic diversity, is invited on Saturday, September 27, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., to celebrate alongside the 12 cultural institutes and European diplomatic missions the European Day of Languages, Rador informs. The “Dimitrie Cantemir” Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in Istanbul is coordinating the 5th edition of the European Day of Languages in Turkey, the most important and complex event organized by the EUNIC (European network of national cultural institutes) Turkey cluster, whose presidency is held by ICR Istanbul director Silvana Rachieru since June 2013. Because of the excellent relations between ICR Istanbul and the Mayoralty of the Beyoglu District, the area in which most of the foreign institutes are located, this year’s host of the European Day of Languages will be the Beyoglu Mayoralty’s Center for Youth.
The program of this edition includes: the cultural institutes’ and diplomatic missions’ presentation stands, interactive percussion shows, introductory foreign language courses (Czech, French, German, Greek, Italian, Hungarian, Spanish, Swedish, Romanian, Turkish for foreigners), traditional dance courses, language quizzes (“European Language Jeopardy/Q&A”), common linguistic activities (“Common Words”), interactive competitions (“Treasure Hunt” and “Scoor for Europe”) and many other surprises. The finalists will win free foreign language courses.
At the event, ICR Istanbul will organize two percussion moments in which Romanian artists will mesmerize and animate the visitors through an ingenious interactive show that combines the words of European languages with percussion and music, a presentation stand, two courses in traditional Romanian dances and two introductory Romanian language courses for foreigners. Apart from this, active participation in common linguistic games, language quizzes and free courses of Romanian language offered to the winners of interactive competitions. ICR Istanbul’s guests are percussionists Florin Romascu and Robert Magheti, members of the Sistem band and initiators of the Cobzality musical project, as well as choreographer Lelia Marcu from the Bucharest National Theater. The Romanian language course will be taught by Madalina Cengizhan, philologist and teacher of the courses that ICR Istanbul organizes on a quarterly basis.

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