29th Sep, 2021

City of Culture family-friendly event celebrates multicultural languages and life stories in Coventry

MULTICULTURAL Coventry and its history will be at the heart of City of Culture celebrations this month when an event showcasing the city’s range of languages and life stories comes to town.

This is the second instalment of the Words and Voices Roadshow, running as part of the University of Warwick’s Resonate Festival.

The free-to-attend event takes place at the Assembly Festival Gardens on Sunday, September 19, between 11am and 7pm.

One of the event organisers is Michael Scott, a TV broadcaster and professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Warwick, who presented BBC 2’s Ancient Invisible Cities.

“We are hugely looking forward to celebrating the many languages spoken in Coventry with a wide range of interactive games and talks for all the family, with everything from making up your own language T-shirt to hearing about how the Coventry accent has changed over time.”

Visitors of all ages are invited to the Treehouse from 11am for a range of interactive activities celebrating multi-lingual Coventry.

The Piccolo Theatre will then stage a series of talks from 12pm, covering topics such as Coventry’s twin cities, how the Coventry accent has shifted through the ages, and a deeper dive into the many languages spoken in the city.

Adult guests and teenagers can also convene in the Treehouse from midday for a series of workshops and performances that cover pressing societal issues.

Co-organiser Kate Astbury, head of the school of modern languages and cultures at the University of Warwick and professor of French studies, said: “We’ve created lots of activities to celebrate Coventry’s languages, from a taster session in Chinese to finding out which English words originally came from.

“We want to celebrate multilingualism in the city and highlight the fun of learning foreign languages at all ages.”

Visit warwick.ac.uk/about/cityofculture/get-involved/programme/current-events/words_and_voices for more information.

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