Making a Day of it with Manchester’s IMLD 2023 celebrations

17 January 2023 - News
We’re in awe of the events our partners have produced for International Mother Language Day this year and so thankful for the quality and diversity of the celebrations. We want as many people in our city to be able to get involved as possible, so are trying to find small ways to help make it easier. 

With the current cost of living crisis and the new world of juggling in-person and digital lives, many people are no longer popping out for the sake of one thing and are rather saving up their time for big days out. Our full digital brochure with all the events is available to download below, but we thought we’d help show how this year’s IMLD can be big days out with family, by creating itineraries to easily get to as many events as possible and enjoy your days together celebrating mother tongues and language in general. To try and help with organisation, we also have a page with public transport options to each in person venue. 

Manchester City of Literature’s exhibitions will be available any time Manchester Central Library is publicly open, it’s free and based in the Manchester Histories Hub on the Lower Ground Floor. Popping in for a bit can be placed within a lot of these days or any day in February when you’re in town with some spare time.  

There are two days with only one event on;  

  • Friday 17th is MACFest’s free Celebrating Poetry event. It’s online in the evening and is a celebration of mother languages with Greater Manchester Schools and their pupils (free – requires booking). 
  • Saturday 18th is Instituto Cervantes’s ‘Tell me a Story’ where families can go along for a reading of Spanish classic El Quijote para niños (Don Quixote for Kids) (free – requires booking). Instituto Cervantes is on Deansgate, so close to other City Centre attractions, but also a few minutes walk away from Manchester Central Library where our free IMLD exhibitions are available (free – no booking required).  

 

Monday 20th  

This is when Comma Press start their Manchester in Translation programme for IMLD, these are all online, the mornings (11am) are when they hold their talks, and the workshops for translators are in the afternoons (2 – 4.30pm). (Requires booking) 

There’s only one in-person event on Monday and it’s a free interactive Mulitilingual Singing Workshop with Community Arts Northwest (no booking required). This event will see all the family learning songs in new languages together, including Lingala, French, Farsi, Urdu and Arabic. CAN’s workshop is from 2-4pm, but registration starts at 1.30pm and is on a first come, first served basis. Being in Manchester Central Library also makes it the perfect time to pop down to the IMLD exhibitions Manchester City of Literature have put together to showcase work around celebrating languages in Manchester and from our sister UNESCO Cities of Literature (free – no booking required). 

 

Tuesday 21st 

This is a busy day, due to being International Mother Language Day.

 

Family Itinerary 1 – Hulme to Longsight 

Z-Arts in Hulme have family activities from morning to early afternoon, still leaving time to pop to the free Multilingual Museum drop in at Manchester Museum, which is less than a 20 minute walk or a short bus journey. 

10.30am – 12pm – Z-Arts ‘Duplo Poem Build’ (£1 per person – requires booking) 

12 – 2pm Time for some lunch together in Hulme 

2 – 2.45pm Z-Arts ‘Live Roma Music’ (£1 per person – no booking required) 

3 – 4pm Manchester Museum’s ‘The Multilingual Museum’ drop in (free – no booking required) 

If you’re still ready for more, there’s then the option of heading to Longsight (around 1.5 miles from the Museum) for Manchester Muslim Writers’ free Mushaira at the Pakistani Community Centre (6.30-9pm) or head home and the adults can enjoy Manchester City of Languages ‘Protecting Multilingualism Panel’ online for free at 6.30pm. (both free and require booking) 

 

Family Itinerary 2 – Moss Side to Longsight via Hulme 

Moss Side Powerhouse Library have a family fun day event from 11am – 12pm celebrating stories in different mother languages. There is still time between to have a snack on your way to Z-Arts for the Live Roma Music before heading to The Multilingual Museum. 

11am – 12pm Moss Side Powerhouse Library Family Fun Day (free – no booking required) 

12 – 2pm lunch and journey to Hulme 

2 – 2.45pm Z-Arts ‘Live Roma Music’ (£1 per person – no booking required) 

3 – 4pm Manchester Museum’s ‘The Multilingual Museum’ drop in (free – no booking required) 

If you’re still ready for more, there’s then the option of heading to Longsight (around 1.5 miles from the Museum) for Manchester Muslim Writers’ free Mushaira at the Pakistani Community Centre (6.30-9pm) or head home and the adults can enjoy Manchester City of Languages ‘Protecting Multilingualism Panel’ online for free at 6.30pm. (both free and require booking) 

 

Family Itinerary 3 – Manchester Museum to Longsight 

Longsight Library are hosting an interactive creative family fun day to celebrate IMLD, it’s in the afternoon leaving time in the morning to head to The Multilingual Museum and even space to attend the Mushaira in the evening. 

10am – 12pm Manchester Museum’s ‘The Multilingual Museum’ drop in (free – no booking required) 

12 – 2pm lunch and travel to Longsight  

2 – 4pm Longsight Library Family Fun Day (free – no booking required) 

4 – 6.30pm grab some snacks together 

6.30 – 9pm Manchester Muslim Writer’s Mushaira (free – booking required) 

 

Family Itinerary 4 – Manchester 

Manchester Central Library have a Family Fun Day with music, crafting and food from different global cultures. There’s time before to attend either Z-Arts Duplo Poem Build or The Multilingual Museum, then wander or take a short bus up to enjoy that, then Manchester City of Literature’s exhibition downstairs afterwards. 

10am – 12pm either Z-Arts ‘Duplo Poem Build (£1 – booking required) or Manchester Museum’s ‘The Multilingual Museum’ drop in (free – no booking required) 

12 – 2pm lunch and journey to Manchester Central Library 

2 – 4pm Manchester Central Library Fun Day (free – no booking required) 

4 – 5pm Manchester City of Literature IMLD exhibition (free – no booking required) 

If you’re still ready for more, there’s then the option of heading to Longsight (around 1.5 miles from the Museum) for Manchester Muslim Writers’ free Mushaira at the Pakistani Community Centre (6.30-9pm) or head home and the adults can enjoy Manchester City of Languages ‘Protecting Multilingualism Panel’ online for free at 6.30pm. (both free and require booking) 

 

Adult Itinerary – Manchester Museum to Longsight 

Creative Manchester and University of Manchester have an all-day conference event called ‘Comics Up Close’ from 10am – 5pm. This conference is £25 and includes lunch. Participants who aren’t ready to end their day can then head to Manchester Muslim Writers’ free Mushaira at the Pakistani Community Centre around 1.5 miles away (6.30-9pm) or head home to enjoy Manchester City of Languages ‘Protecting Multilingualism Panel’ online for free at 6.30pm. 

10am – 5pm Comics Up Close (£25 – booking required) 

6.30pm either Mushaira (free – booking required) or Protecting Multilingualism (free – booking required) 

 

If the events this day are too far for you, there is an event in South Manchester and one in North Manchester in the form of North City Library Fun Day (free – no booking required) 1-4pm and Wythenshawe’s Forum Library Fun Day (free – no booking required) 2-4pm.  

 

Wednesday 22nd 
 

On Wednesday Creative Manchester and University of Manchester have got you covered for all your half term day out needs. They have two events almost back-to-back, in the same location (Manchester Museum which will only have reopened after its £13milloion refurbishment closure) and one even includes lunch. 

10.30 – 11.30am Manchester City of Literature IMLD Exhibition (free – no booking required) 

11.30am – 12.30pm Leisurely travel to Manchester Museum 

12.30 – 2pm Tales Without BooksL: the nature of oral storytelling with children (free – requires booking) 

From 2.30pm Looking for Languages: Half-term family trail at Manchester Museum (free – requires booking)  

 

Thursday 23rd  

A few events on today and only two clashes!


Itinerary 1
 

Manchester City of Literature have a workshop at our IMLD exhibition in the Manchester Histories Hub on the lower ground of Manchester Central Library. The workshop is with Ali Al-Jamri, one of Manchester’s Multilingual City Poets and creator of the ‘Al-Usra wal-Sufra’ exhibit and there are events at Manchester Poetry Library throughout the day and evening and online with Instituto Cervantes in the evening. 

10 – 11am Manchester City of Literature IMLD Exhibition (free – no booking required) 

11am – 12.30pm ‘Al-Usra wal-Sufra’ workshop (free – no booking required) 

12.30 – 1pm travel to Manchester Poetry Library 

1 – 3pm ‘Love to Read’ at Manchester Poetry Library (free – no booking required – bring a poetry or picture book) 

3 – 5pm Enjoy the Manchester Poetry Library’s special IMLD displays (free – no booking required). 

5 – 6pm eat (and potentially travel home) 

6 – 7pm if the adults in the group are still wanting more, then either Manchester Poetry Museum’s first ever Multilingual Open Mic Poetry Evening (free – no booking required) or Instituto Cervantes’s online talk ‘Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts’ (free – requires booking).

Itinerary 2

11am – 12pm Story time in Mother Tongues at Pendleton Gateway Library (free, requires booking)

12 – 1pm travel to Manchester Poetry Library (Salford Crescent train station is a ten minute stroll away, or you can let our How to get to Each IMLD Venue page help you)

1 – 3pm ‘Love to Read’ at Manchester Poetry Library (free – no booking required – bring a poetry or picture book) 

3 – 5pm Enjoy the Manchester Poetry Library’s special IMLD displays (free – no booking required). 

5 – 6pm eat (and potentially travel home) 

6 – 7pm if the adults in the group are still wanting more, then either Manchester Poetry Museum’s first ever Multilingual Open Mic Poetry Evening (free – no booking required) or Instituto Cervantes’s online talk ‘Language Acquisition in Multilingual Contexts’ (free – requires booking).

 

We would love to hear all about your days via #MCRIMLD23 (you can tag us on @MCRCityofLit on all social platforms) and you can join the global conversation on #MotherLanguageDay. 

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