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European day of languages marks 10th year - 23/09/2011

A crossword puzzle partially filled in with the names of some languages © EU

A music festival, poetry readings and a conference on foreign language ability and job prospects will mark the 10th edition of the European Day of Languages on 26 September.

Every year, on 26 September, Europe celebrates the many different languages spoken across the continent. Since 2001, the annual European day of languages has highlighted our rich linguistic heritage and encouraged people to learn new languages.

The theme of this year's event is how languages can open up new horizons and help you find a job.

Special events, organised by the local offices of the EU Commission’s translation department, will be held in every EU country:

  • European Language Label awards ceremony for innovative projects in language teaching and learning (Warsaw, 28 September).
  • Language Music Festival, part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad (London, 26 September)
  • round-table on how language skills can help immigrants integrate (Berlin, 26 September)
  • poetry readings by translators and artists in various languages (Makašāni, Valmiera, Kuldīga and Mežotne, Latvia, 19–22 September)
  • recruitment campaign for Dutch-speaking interpreters at the EU institutions (Brussels, The Hague, starting 26 September).

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