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Celtic Day 2022 — Programme of Events

Celtic Day is a celebration of the Celtic languages — Cornish, Irish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic, Welsh. This one day event hosted by City Lit, will feature 12 short lectures and taster courses for a full day of immersion in Covent garden, London. View the full progromme below.

Welcome

Registration

Time: 10:00 - 10:30 Room: Cultureplex

Upon arrival please register for place on the lectures and tasters you would like to attend throughout the day. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

Celtic Day Day 2022

Date: 25 June 2022
Time: 09:30 - 16:30
Location: City Lit, Keeley Street

Lecture

Introductory presentation on the Celtic languages

Time: 10:30 - 11:00 Room: TBC

An introductory presentation on the Celtic languages outlining the current ideas on the development of this branch of the Indo-European language family. We will discuss characteristic features where they differ from the Romance languages and Teutonic languages for example. We will also compare and contrast the two branches (Brythonic and Goidelic) of the surviving Celtic languages.

Lecture

Native learners of Welsh

Time: 10:30 - 11:00 Room: TBC

We will be talking about how Welsh and English accents affect learner’s pronunciation in Welsh in this lively and interactive presentation.

Lecture

"Ní bheidh a leithéid arís ann" (there will not be the likes again).

Time: 11:10 - 12:00 Room: TBC

In the first half of the twentieth century, Gaeltacht autobiographies (the life stories of individuals living in Irish language speaking regions) achieved international fame and in some cases notoriety. These memoirs describe the harshness and difficulty of island life but also are written with rich humour and above all a commitment by the authors to commemorate a way of life that is quickly vanishing. This talk will look at the key features of Irish Language autobiographies, analysing their linguistic features and considering their ongoing legacy as a rich storehouse of language, philosophy, idioms, song and memory.

Lecture

General presentation on mutations in the Celtic languages

Time: 11:10 - 12:00 Room: TBC

Celtic languages have been changing over time as they have been affected by different influences.

Taster session

Irish Gaelic taster

Time: 12:10 - 12:40 Room: TBC

By the end of the taster you will able to greet someone, tell your name and order 3 drink in a cafe.

Taster Session

Welsh taster

Time: 12:10 - 12:40 Room: TBC

By the end of the taster you will able to greet someone, tell your name and order 3 drink in a cafe.

Lunch

12:40 - 13:30

Taster session

Scottish Gaelic taster

Time: 13:30 - 14:00 Room: TBC

By the end of the taster you will able to greet someone, tell your name and order 3 drink in a cafe.

Taster Session

Cornish taster

Time: 13:30 - 14:00 Room: TBC

By the end of the taster you will able to greet someone, tell your name and order 3 drink in a cafe.

Lecture

Influence of the sea – sea themed Welsh song (CW)

Time: 14:10 - 15:00 Location: TBC

Wales has nearly 900 miles of coastline, so its connection with the sea is undoubted, with infamous pirates, and shipwrecks aplenty, We'll have a look at some sea-themed songs, so expect to do some listening and some singing!

Lecture

Cornish Poetry

Time: 14:10 - 15:00 Location: TBC

Every language has its own unique voice, its own unique combination of sounds and intonation, each of which sings to the poet’s ear. In recent years, a number of poets have emerged writing in Kernewek, the Cornish language, drawing upon a rich heritage of Medieval Cornish texts, at the same time forging distinctive new modes of expression, exploring, stretching and reshaping the boundaries of the language.

Lecture

"'Beidh a leithéid arís ann': Irish in Music and Film Today".

Time: 14:10 - 15:00 Room: TBC

This talk will look at how Irish has been brought into the modern world through music and film. It will focus on the slew of recent Irish language films being released in Ireland, showing clips from some, and illustrating how effective funding schemes are transforming the language from one that has been traditionally associated with old times to one that is vibrant and rooted in contemporary lives. It will also look at how the language is being used in music, particularly—and most radically—in the music of Kneecap, a hip-hop trio from Belfast. We will look at some examples of lyrics together and follow along as we listen to songs.

Lecture

“Six things I wish I’d known when I started learning Scottish Gaelic”.

Time: 14:10 - 15:00 Room: TBC

Some key principles about Scottish Gaelic grammar and pronunciation, which help you understand what’s going on. Some of it is very different from English, and other Indo-European languages.

Advice Drop-in

16:00- 16:30