The Cornish Language Partnership Launches "Speak Cornish Week"

The Cornish Language Partnership (MAGA) have announced “Speak Cornish Week – 2014”.  The website “this is the west county” is reporting under the headline “Speak Cornish Week Celebrates Unique Heritage Following Minority Status” that the Cornish Language Partnership Chair, Councillor Julian German, will launch the event on July 21.

This follows up on the April 2014 UK government announcement that the Cornish have joined the Irish, Scottish and Welsh as a Celtic national minority group within the UK. The recognition, under the terms of the Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, goes some way to protect and promote the rights of the Celtic peoples and has been long campaigned for in respect of the Cornish since the Framework came into effect in 1998.

MAGA has been in the forefront of efforts to restore the Cornish language and these efforts continue with this latest announcement. The MAGA Partnership includes language organisations, local authorities and a number of other organisations who have come together with the aim of promoting Cornish and developing it further in Cornish life.

Below is the text of the announcement from the MAGA website:

We want to build on this with an annual week’s campaign focused on encouraging as many people as possible to speak a few words of Cornish. Speak Cornish week 2014 will take place between 21st and 28th July, bringing together a range of events and activities in which we hope all of you will get involved.

Councillor Julian German will launch the week online so watch out for his film which will be shared on the 21st, followed by a week of activities including a fish and chip supper with Heudh yn Hav, a Yeth an Werin, pub sessions and church services. One highlight will be a performance of GogMagog, which includes some Cornish, in Perranporth on Friday 25th July following an afternoon of Cornish ‘gems’ in Perranporth. Saturday 26th sees a language fair on Falmouth Moor – a chance to join in with some Cornish language activities, music and dance!

Speak Cornish Week poster

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