Long Island City, NY—To celebrate its community’s rich cultural diversity and multilingualism, LaGuardia Community College on April 10 is hosting the Third International Mother Language Day Celebration featuring music from Bangladesh, North Africa/the Middle East and China.
The keynote speaker will be Fabrice Jaumont, education attaché at the French Embassy’s New York headquarters. He oversees bilateral cooperation and secondary education partnerships. Additionally, he administers the French American Cultural Exchange Council’s French Heritage Language and Dual Language initiatives.
The musical line up will include a professional group of Arab musicians and dancers (Zikrayat) who will present the classical music and the dance traditions of Egypt, Lebanon, and the greater Arab world, as well as international student groups that will perform Chinese song and Bengali song, dedicated to commemorate the Bengali Language Movement and the International Mother Language Day.
The festival will be held in the E-building Atrium at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The College’s event is based on UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day, a worldwide holiday celebrated to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. While the official holiday is February 21, LaGuardia holds its celebration in April when classes are in session.
LaGuardia Community College has one of the widest selections of modern language offerings in the City University of New York. The languages include American Sign Language, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin), French, Italian, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, Tibetan, Polish, and Portuguese.
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