The European Day of Languages is celebrated on September 29th in Óbidos and features a free entrance event running from 2 pm to 7.30 pm with a diverse cultural program and activities for the whole family.
This special day, organized by EUNIC Portugal and with the support of the European Commission Representation in Portugal and the Municipality of Óbidos, will bring 5 minute mini-talks in several languages, will test the knowledge participants and will allow participation in games, dances and the projection of short films.
We will have the silent movie "Cenere" (Feathers) by Febo Mari (1916) accompanied by live jazz music by Giovanni Ceccarelli (piano) and Marcello Allulli (sax). And also with the concert of the famous and young Austrian cellist Lukas Lauermann.
On this same day, in which Galician drum and bagpipes will echo through the streets of Óbidos, the special commemorative edition of the European Year of Cultural Heritage of Anthology will also be launched «Literature-Comparative World II: The World Read: Europe» , of the Comparative Studies Center of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, and of the Portuguese version of the book "Grays" (1904) by Grazia Deledda (Italian writer awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926), published by Sibila Publications and presented by writer Inês Pedrosa.
The activities of the European Day of Languages are concentrated in Praça de Santa Maria, José Saramago House, Santiago Bookstore, Casa da Música, Mercado Bookstore and Terreiro in Óbidos village and participants will have the opportunity to interact with 14 European languages: German, Czech, Croatian, Spanish (Castilian, Catalan and Galician), Finnish, French, Gaelic, Georgian, Greek, Italian, English, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.
About the European Day of Languages
The European Day of Languages was established in the European Year of Languages in 2001 on the initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission, with the aim of celebrating and preserving linguistic diversity as a wealth of Europe's common heritage. This year the event is also held as part of the celebrations of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.