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29/09/2011 00:00:00

Students from Lagan College celebrated European Day of Languages by helping to launch the annual Opportunity Europe and Beyond Exhibition, which takes place in St. George's Market, Belfast on 18 and 19 October.  During a special multilingual assembly at Lagan College, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, the programme of events for Opportunity Europe and Beyond was unveiled. 

Schools and colleges across Northern Ireland will be invited to attend Opportunity Europe to learn more about the importance of Northern Ireland's European links. 

Organised by the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council, Opportunity Europe attracts thousands of students to St. George's Market each year.  The event encourages understanding and enjoyment of different cultures in Northern Ireland, Europe and beyond and brings together a vibrant programme of events including music, dance, quizzes, visual arts, food, workshops, exhibition stands and discussions.  It also promotes linguistic and cultural diversity and highlights Northern Ireland's European and international links.  This year there will be special activities to mark the European Year of Volunteering.


    Press releases - Belfast set for a taste of Europe

    Speaking at Lagan College on European Day of Languages, Maurice Maxwell, Head of the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland said: "European Day of Languages provides us with a key opportunity to promote linguistic diversity and to highlight the importance of language skills in business, employment, travel and building links with our European neighbours.  It is also perfect timing to launch Opportunity Europe and Beyond, an event which aims to celebrate our European links and to achieve greater intercultural understanding."

     Councillor Guy Spence, Member of Belfast City Council's Development Committee, said: “As we celebrate European Day of Languages this week, we as a council also recognise the importance of competing on a European stage and equipping our young people with the right skills to avail of the opportunities that exist in Europe and further afield."

     “We are honoured to bring ‘Opportunity Europe and Beyond’ to St George’s Market this October along with the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland. In its eighth year now, the two-day programme promises to be as vibrant and interactive as ever, exploring opportunities of living, travelling, studying and working in Europe with special activities this year to also mark the European Year of Volunteering.”

     Wendy Phipps, NICILT Executive Officer, said: "As the European Day of Languages (EDL) celebrates its 10th birthday this year, we at NICILT are proud to be the local coordinators of EDL in Northern Ireland. This special day, which celebrates languages and lifelong language learning, is also being marked in 45 other countries across Europe over the next few days. We are delighted that Lagan College along with many schools and other organisations across Northern Ireland are joining in the European Day of Languages celebrations."



    Notes to Editors:


    • European Day of Languages is officially celebrated on 26 September in 47 countries across Europe to raise awareness of the value of languages and to promote language learning.  It is a Council of Europe initiative.


    • The Northern Ireland Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Research (NICILT) is the local co-ordinator of European Day of Languages. 


    • Opportunity Europe and Beyond takes place on 18-19 October 2011 in St. George's Market, Belfast.  It is organised by the European Commission Office in Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council and supported by Northern Ireland CiLT, the British Council, Volunteer Now, the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, the NI Council of the European Movement and Belfast Metropolitan College.


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