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Languages of London Festival at Museum of Docklands

Saturday 3 November, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - Sunday 4 November, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

Museum of London Docklands Language Festival

Languages of London celebrates the 300 languages of our capital city with a series of workshops that will offer the opportunity to learn new a few phrases from some of London most common present day languages, discover secret languages of the past and try your hand at British Sign Language.

Over the two days, you will be able to watch Tamil Academy of Language and Arts community performances, celebrating the language Tamil and participate in a series of bite size 15 minute talks exploring language themed topics suitable for anyone with a curious mind.

One of the most exciting parts for local residents will be the workshops exploring the history of the East End through languages of the communities who have made the area home. This will include:

  • Bengali chana chur snack making – you will be able to learn some Bengali words and phrases while dishing up a popular street food snack from India and Bangladesh. This snack is now sold on the streets of Tower Hamlets by chana chur men, especially in Whitechapel and Shadwell market areas
  • Traditional Chinese calligraphy- at this workshop you can learn Chinese words while trying out caligraphy, the traditional Chinese way of writing using a brush and ink.
  • Learning phrases brought over by the weavers of Spitalfields, French Protestant Huguenots who left France due to religious persecution. Many were skilled weavers and settled in the East End giving Spitalfields its nickname ‘Weaver Town’
  • Discovering secret languages of the past including ‘Thieves Cant’, a secret language which was formerly used by thieves, beggars and hustlers of various kinds. Join storyteller Emily and venture down the streets of old Wapping to find out about this secret language of London’s past
  • Spanish music classes
  • Sign language workshops
  • An exploration of grafitti and how we use emojis to communicate

If all of this is too much, put your feet up at the chill-out zone decked with games and comfy seats.

All workshops and talks are free of charge, however some require a booking on the day.

See the full programme on Museum of London Docklands website.


Saturday 3 November, 2018 @ 12:00 pm
Sunday 4 November, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
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