Who to involve?

People are at the heart of ensuring that a language survives and thrives and this is particularly the case when organising
a language celebration.

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Teamwork is essential for a successful language celebration. You will need people to plan, publicise, set up and run events. The number of people in your team will depend on the enthusiasm of your community and the scale of your event.

Depending on what events you want to include, you may want to include some of the following roles:

  • Fundraiser
  • Event manager
  • Promoter
  • Accountant
  • Chairperson.

Draw on experience and expertise from your community. People may have run a community event in the past or may have relevant skills from their job.

A language celebration is a great opportunity for people to have a go and learn new skills. Where you can, find a space for those with enthusiasm and a passion for your language.

Partnering with other organisations

Working with a partner organisation can be a good way to promote a larger language celebration. You may want to contact organisations your team thinks will make a good partner and are likely to be interested in working with you.

Some organisations you might consider approaching include:

  • Schools
  • Libraries
  • Universities
  • Museums/galleries
  • Local businesses
  • Local government/councils.

Avoiding duplication

You may find that there is more than one group wanting to organise a celebration for your language. Working together is a great way to pool skills, resources and enthusiasm. The Office of Ethnic Communities directory can help you find other groups that may be interested in running an event for your language.