An initiative of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the European Day of Languages has been celebrated every year since 2001.
The event in İstanbul, which will take place on Sept. 29 at the Sismanoglio Megaro of the Consulate General of Greece in İstanbul's Beyoğlu district, will include various activities such as traditional and contemporary dance, short films and fun language games.
This year's participants include the Austrian Cultural Forum, the British Council, the Consulate General of Greece, the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic, the Consulate General of Sweden, the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Dimitrie Cantemir Romanian Cultural Institute, the Goethe-Institut, the Institut Français, the Cervantes Institute, the Italian Institute of Culture, the Turkish Teaching Application and Research Center (TÖMER) and the Wildenberg Dutch Cultural Center.
Across Europe, 800 million Europeans represented by the Council of Europe's 47 member states are encouraged to learn more languages, at any age, in and out of school, on the European Day of Languages. A range of events, including activities for and with children, television and radio programs, language classes and conferences are organized across Europe on the occasion.
In İstanbul, events to mark the European Day of Languages will be hosted by the Sismanoglio Megaro of the Consulate General of Greece in İstanbul for the third consecutive year.