Sunday, 13 February 2022

Glasgow Language Festival 2022

Welcome to 'Bhasha' Glasgow Language Festival 2022!

The festival taking place over 8 days between 20-27 February, offering a wide range of language-based and cultural activities to suit all tastes.
Some events take place online, others in venues across Glasgow. Sessions are free but signup is required for most of them. Book your place here:

International Mother Language Day Exhibition

Sunday 20 February, 2-4pm

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, G3 8AG

Come along for a guided stroll amongst Glasgow Museums’ language related artefacts

and see the Shahid Minar display from the Bangladesh Association Glasgow.

No signup required. Drop in and enjoy meeting fellow language enthusiasts!

Opening Ceremony

Monday 21 February, 5.30-7pm


Join us as we open the festival with a talk from UNESCO Chair prof. Alison Phipps,

a few words from the festival coordinators, and a speech from Bangladesh Association Glasgow.

Sign up here: 

Govanhill Polyglot Sessions - language meetups and taster classes

Various times (see programme)


Did you know that Govanhill is Scotland’s most linguistically diverse neighbourhood?

Join local people as they share their native languages in these friendly

taster sessions of Persian, Urdu, Romanes, Polish, and Arabic. All levels welcome! 

Sign up:

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Learn Dabke with SAWA

Tuesday 22 February, 6-7:30pm

Garnethill Multicultural Centre, 21 Rose Street

Come along to try your hand (and feet) at Dabke, an Arabic traditional dance, at this workshop

by the Scottish Arab Women’s Association.

Limited capacity, signup required:

Multilingual Zine-Making Workshop Thursday 24 February 1-3pm Bees Knees Cafe, 83 Bowman Street, G42 8LF

Drop in and make a page for a collaborative community zine (a DIY magazine)

at this hands-on workshop. Suitable for all ages and languages.

No signup required, you can join us at any point during the session.

Verse Universe

Friday 25 February, 6.15-8pm

Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, Trongate 103, G1 5HD

Multilingual song & poetry from around the world and a mini show of Eduard Bersudsky's

marvellous mechanical sculptures. Sign up:

VERSE UNIVERSE | Glasgow Language Festival at Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre TicketSource


Poetry Patter

Saturday 26 February, 5-7pm, Private flat in West End 

Poetry Patter is hosting a cozy gathering swapping favourite poems from around the world.

Snatch your place in a private Glasgow West End living room before they're gone!

Sign up here: 

Arabic Mosaic

Saturday 26 February, 3-5pm


Global Arabic Group

Join this group of diverse Arabic fans, who come together from all corners of the world

to practise their conversational skills and play language games.

The group speaks MSA and also welcomes speakers of various Arabic dialects. 

Sign up: 

Language Party in the garden

Sunday 27 February, 11am-2pm

The Bowling Green, 49 McCulloch Street, G41 1SU

We’ll wrap up the festival in style with interactive activities for all the family

including a calligraphy workshop from the Scottish Arab Women’s Association,

an open mic, face painting, postcards activity from Glasgow museums, and more!

No signup required.

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