Celebrating the languages of Sligo – European Day of Languages 2018

Europe Direct
Event Information

Date: 26 Sep 2018
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Europe Direct Centre: Sligo Library
Location: Event Centre

Event Description

Sharing international poetry can give us a wonderful insight into the richness of the literature of other cultures, both from across the European continent and brought to us by others coming from even further afield. The event taking place in the beautiful setting of the Yeats Building, Sligo, is a unique event in the Sligo calendar, giving us the opportunity to hear the variety of international poetry enjoyed, and languages spoken, across the county of Sligo by many of who have made their home here.

Following the success of the Year of Languages in 2001, 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:

  1. Alerting the public to the importance of language learning and diversifying the range of languages learnt in order to increase plurilingualism and intercultural understanding;
  2. Promoting the rich linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe, which must be preserved and fostered;
  3. 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.

There have never been more opportunities to work or study in a different European country – but lack of language competence prevents many people from taking advantage of them.

Globalisation and patterns of business ownership mean that citizens increasingly need foreign language skills to work effectively within their own countries. English alone is no longer enough.

Europe is rich in languages – there are over 200 European languages and many more spoken by citizens whose family origin is from other continents. This is an important resource to be recognised, used and cherished.

Language learning brings benefits to young and old – you are never too old to learn a language and to enjoy the opportunities it opens up. Even if you only know a few words of the language of the country that you visit (for example on holiday), this enables you to make new friends and contacts.