The World in our City: Languages Live!

As part of University of Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind, The World in our City: Languages Live!, a week long series of events aimed at celebrating and promoting linguistic diversity, which will take place 22-27 September.


There will be a range of exciting public activities to celebrate Sheffield’s multilingualism and to raise awareness of how the linguistic and cultural skills and awareness, which many children and their families have to offer, can be a valuable resource for all.


You may be interested in giving your pupils the chance to perform songs, poetry, story telling with drama etc in their home languages. You could also involve them, or yourselves, in short language tasters for the general public. Your children could also produce some display materials, or we could send you materials that you could ask your pupils to complete and decorate.


Sheffield says hello – in 120 languages.

Exhibitions, talks and taster sessions celebrating the city’s multilingual character. Over 120 languages are spoken in Sheffield. Stop by and try one.

Events in Castle House

Why Languages Matter exhibition, 18-28 September 10.30-5 pm every day apart from Wednesday when it will be open until 7.30 pm.


Home Languages and Early Years Workshop, Wednesday 24 September 4 -5 pm
Three talks organised by Terry Lamb, Wednesday 24 September 5.30 - 7 pm
Languages & Business Talk, Thursday 25 September, 10.30 - 11.30 am
Storytelling, Friday 26 September, 4-5 pm

School performances in the Spiegeltent

Tuesday 23 September, 1-2 pm
Thursday 25 September, 11-12 noon and 5-6 pm
Friday 26 September, 11-12 noon

School performance in the Winter Garden

School performance and Why Languages Matter exhibition, Saturday, 27 September (time to be confirmed)

This project is led by Terry Lamb, Professor of Languages and Teaching in the School of Education and Dr Mike Reynolds, trustee of the charity Languages Sheffield.