Express Yourself North East is the only festival of its kind in the UK and is a public celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity in a forward thinking, internationally connected region.
There are range of FREE live events in during Festival Week for North East schools (from early years to university) and communities.
From cooking and crafts in different languages, to language tasters, puppet shows, languages for young children and those thinking about future careers – some are are tailored to different age-ranges, some are open to all.
What is in it for schools?
Access to specially commissioned FREE resources and activities for learners of all ages in week 22 – 26 March.
Live sessions are delivered via a secure platform and pre-recorded activities allow greater flexibility in classroom delivery.
Download the What’s on Guide here
Choose from language taster sessions in many languages including Turkish and Welsh, watch a puppet show in French, ask business ambassadors where languages have taken them, take part in world culture and language dance and music workshops, make a crêpe, do your morning exercises in Spanish, take part in an escape room challenge, learn some Geordie.
Visit the website for booking and joining information
Running alongside the festival programme will be a very special event to encourage participation from learners in the region who speak English as a second language or who are learning a new language. Mother tongue, other tongue ..
Mother Tongue is for those who have a language other than English at home or that is their first language. Young people write in their Mother Tongue either an original poem, or their memory of a poetic text (a song, nursery rhyme, lullaby, poem) from their early life. They also write up to 100 words in English to explain why they have written/chosen the text and its personal importance.
Other Tongue is for everyone who is learning a language at school or in their community. Young people write an original poem in a language that is not their first language. This can be any language, including English (if that is not their first language). They also write up to 100 words in English to explain why they have written/chosen the text and its personal importance.