European Day of Languages – What a celebration!

I’m very pleased to let you know that our European Day of Languages celebration was a huge success.

We marked the occasion with a Family Fun Day at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay and the event certainly was lots of fun.

We started with a performance Bleu de France by Theatre Company, Whisper & Shout. Many visitors took part in the performance (including Routes Cymru staff!) and we all learned a bit of French.

The next set of performances was by pupils from local schools. Ysgol Gynradd Pencae wowed us with their wonderful singing voices and musical talent; Radyr family of schools amazed us with their brilliant French rap and dance moves; and finally Bishop Childs CW School closed the school performances with a fantastic French song accompanied by guitar.

Meanwhile, many visitors were enjoying back stage tours in Welsh, French and German and others were brushing up on their languages skills in taster classes for German, Japanese and Chinese Mandarin.
Throughout the day face painting was very popular and many people added to our multi-lingual poster. There was also a treasure hunt around the centre and an exhibition providing information about learning languages and making international links.

To finish the event, we had an African drumming session which led into the grand finale: The Big Sing. We all joined in singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight in 7 languages (Welsh, English, French, Italian, German, Portuguese and Chinese Mandarin).

We’d like to thank all of the performers and visitors who came along to help us celebrate the European Day of Languages – we hope you had as much fun as we did!

Congratulations to our Treasure Hunt winners:
• 6 years and under Rufus
• 7-11 years Florence
• 12-14 years Isaac
• Adult Hywel
A very, très, sehr, muy, molto, bahuta, bardzo long poster – the results:
• Total number of A4 posters: 962
• Total length: 288.6m

Photos from the celebration can be seen on our Flickr page.