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About the Mother Language Festival


When: Thursday, March 9 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.


  • Business and Information Technology Building, Atrium
  • Gordon Willey Building, The Pit
  • Science Building, Founding Deans Atrium

What is the Mother Language Festival?

The Mother Language Festival is a joint event run annually by UOIT Student Life and Durham College International. The Festival is a celebration of linguistic and cultural diversity on our shared campus and features student-led exhibitions and presentations of language and culture.

The Mother Language Festival is inspired by International Mother Language Day, which is observed each year on February 21. International Mother Language Day was proclaimed by the General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in November 1999. Since 2000, UNESCO International Mother Language Day has been observed every year on February 21 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date was chosen in remembrance of February 21, 1952 when Bangla-speaking students were shot and killed by police in Dhaka (now the capital of Bangladesh) for hosting a demonstration in recognition of their language.