26th September is the European Day of Languages. NPLD together with the Autonomous Region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia office in Brussels and the Autonomous Province of Trento celebrate the linguistic and cultural richness of these two territories, which symbolically represents all minority communities in Europe offering a poetry reading session in Brussels the evening before.
Language communities represented in Brussels invite all the audiences to participate in different events, while the celebrations on linguistic and cultural diversity expand all over Europe:
- Some of the events in Brussels are summarized here.
- The European Commission’s list of actions organised throughout Europe on the occasion can be found here.
- Find facts and games, activities and events involving European languages on the Council of Europe’s site here (in 38 languages!).
About the European Day of Languages
The European Year of Languages 2001, jointly organised by the Council of Europe and the European Union, was successful in involving millions of people across 45 participating countries. Its activities celebrated linguistic diversity in Europe and promoted language learning.
Following the success of the Year of Languages, the Council of Europe declared a European Day of Languages to be celebrated on 26th of September each year. The general objectives of the European Day of Languages are:
- Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;
- Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
- Encouraging lifelong language learning in and out of school, whether for study purposes, for professional needs, for purposes of mobility or for pleasure and exchanges.