Languages explored across Scotland for Being Human Festival 2017

Staff from the University of Dundee offered members of the public the chance to get lost in another language recently when they hosted ‘Languages Lost and Found’, part of Being Human 2017, the UK’s annual festival of Humanities.

Individuals and families looking for something different gathered in various locations across Scotland on Saturday 18 November to have the chance to explore new languages. In Dundee fun activities for language enthusiasts of all ages were held at the Boomerang Centre on Kemback Street, while multilingual readings of children’s classics were enjoyed at the Central Library at The Wellgate.

A team of students, staff and community volunteers provided fun, food and festivities in different languages, including Arabic, Scots, Gaelic, Italian, Mandarin, Chinese, Russian, German, French, and Spanish.  Well known singer Sheena Wellington also appeared as a special guest to perform a number of songs in Dundonian Scots.

Marion Sporing, Senior Lecturer in Languages and European Studies at the University, said, “We couldn't wait to set our languages loose across the city and further afield. Families and children were warmly welcomed to explore the exciting world of languages.

“Our fun-filled Saturday formed part of a series of events celebrating the often hidden richness and diversity of languages and cultures in Scottish society through community-led workshops and demonstrations.”

Being Human saw events take place at more than 70 universities and other organisations across the UK from 17 to 25 November, with Dundee serving as one of the main festival hubs.

Pictures from the Languages Lost and Found events 2017