International Mother Language Day

The city and its institutions are committed to International Mother Language Day, and we seek to establish celebrations and initiatives related to this event. We will work with other Creative Cities within the Network to celebrate language diversity and multilingual education.

IMLD celebrations will include work with communities around Manchester. We will work with the Mother Tongue, Other Tongue project to encourage children’s involvement in poetry writing in their home language.

We will work with translators and publishers like Carcanet, Comma and Tilted Axis on events celebrating creativity in multiple languages around the world. A theatre event will showcase new performances in a variety of languages (including sign languages) on the theme of cohesion. We will partner with schools, the police, health and library services, to discuss the challenges to the future city of language diversity. We will commission an exhibition on language diversity and at-risk languages. 3 young ‘city’ laureates (writing in any language) will be mentored by the UK Poet Laureate.