Langues en Fête : A celebration of languages

An artistic and fun festival to celebrate European languages

PNG For the first time in Paris, the public discovered the linguistic diversity of Europe through artistic performances and surprising, fun and poetic events

Several events designed specifically to celebrate the European Day of Languages took place in squares, gardens and on the bridges of Paris in order to inspire the public to become actively involved in languages.

From the morning of September 26th, thousands of words and phrases in every language appeared around the city in the form of banners and balloons.

In the Place de la Sorbonne, sound systems played European songs and hits which, by crossing borders, become popular reference points shared by everyone.

Finally, as night felt, illuminated words in every language chosen by the general public were written and projected directly onto the façades of symbolic buildings all along the Seine by an artists’ collective.

On the fringes of the Languages Festival, on the same day at the Sorbonne, "les États généraux du multilinguisme" took place, bringing together nearly 1000 European debaters to give a new boost to the policy of multilinguism in Europe.

The European Day of Languages has been organized this year in France as part of the French Presidency of the European Union by the French ministries for foreign and European affairs, national education, higher education and culture and communications, in collaboration with the Secretariat-General for the French Presidency of the European Union and with the support of the European Commission.

For more information :

- Which languages for which Europe?
- Langues en Fête (official web site)
- Programme

Last modified on 16/01/2009

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