Breaking barriers with language

LANGUAGE is a powerful tool and can be communicated in more ways than one.

Held on Sunday 22 April, Hobart Language Day will celebrate language diversity through celebrations of traditional music, dancing, and much more.

It offers the opportunity to converse and read in languages other than English.

This year’s theme of ‘All the languages and alphabets belong’ acknowledges non-verbal forms of communication such as Auslan, Braille and mudras.

Event coordinator Sonia Parra said it was important to celebrate a variety of languages.

“It’s really important to encourage and show the languages that are present in Hobart,” she said.

“Especially for the people who come from overseas so they can practice their English, but also to maintain their culture.”

There will be various activities on the day such as handwriting sessions and workshops in calligraphy.

Everyone is encouraged to bring along a favourite book or poem to read in their favourite language.

Special guests include a representative from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Corporation who will teach palawa kani, a form of the original Tasmanian Aboriginal language.

The event coincides with worldwide celebrations for World Book Day, English Language Day and Spanish Language Day.

Celebrations will take place on 22 April between 10am and 1pm at Mather’s House, Bathurst Street.

It is a free family event.

Caption: The Karen Choir, from the Karen community in Hobart, performing at the 2017 Hobart Language Day. Photo credit: Marta Piech.