EUROPEAN DAY OF LANGUAGES 2012
Acting as promoters of plurilinguism in the GTA, Alliance Française de Toronto, Camões Toronto, Goethe-Institut Toronto, Istituto Italiano di Cultura Toronto and Spanish Centre Toronto, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Cyprus, Prologue to the Performing Arts and the Royal Danish Consulate General, will be hosting their 3rd European Day of Languages in Toronto. This year the former part of the day will be dedicated to a younger audience, the latter to an adult crowd. September 28, 2012
1:00pm – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 7:00 pm
Istituto Italiano di Cultura – 496, Huron St., Toronto
The European Day of Languages has been celebrated in Europe on September 26th since 2001 as an initiative of the Council of Europe. Promoting lifelong language learning and stressing the importance of intercultural understanding are the main objectives of the events associated with the European Day of Languages.
Students from grades 8, 9 and 10 will have the opportunity to see a live performance by Faustwork Mask Theatre The Mask Messenger, a series of vignettes ranging from comic to bizarre to poignant. The show, in French and English, illuminates and expands the concept of the mask, by using an impressive collection created by Mr. Faust. The students will also have the opportunity of learning the basics of French, Portuguese, German, Italian and Spanish. These activities will run between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Registration is a must.
Leonhard Thoma will entertain the audience in the later afternoon, starting at 5:00 pm. A German language teacher and author who specializes in writing demanding stories, his books contain short stories which offer a fluid reading experience and contain current topics such as travel and cultural differences. When reading from his works in public, Leonhard Thoma turns listening into an engaging and fun event.
Free sample language lessons for beginners in Portuguese, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Greek and Danish for adults will run between 5:00 and 7:00 pm. Registration is a must. More details about the event along with the option of registering for free sample language classes will be found on the European Day of Languages website: www.europeandayoflanguages.ca starting from August 6.
Faustwork Mask Theatre is represented by Prologue to the Performing Arts, a charitable organization dedicated to bringing the performing arts to young people. www.prologue.org