Leeds celebrates foreign languages ahead of culture bid

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Leeds will swap its Yorkshire accent for a more European twang next week as the city celebrates foreign languages and international cultures.

The European Day of Languages takes place on September 26 every year and on Monday there will be a host of events happening across the city.

They kick off at Leeds Trinity University at 10am with a foreign film screening and continue with a Spanish story time at Garforth Library.

In the afternoon at the Leeds Central Library on Calverley Street there are language taster sessions and European poetry and craft workshops.

Among other events, a language showcase and networking event is at Leeds Town Hall from 5pm and the day’s event conclude with a French quiz, wine and cheese evening at Leeds Trinity at 6.30pm.

Leeds City Council’s programme of events to mark and promote other languages and international relations is also in preparation for the bid to become the European Capital of Culture in 2023.

So the programme has also been extended to include a business breakfast on the Tuesday from 8.30am at Leeds Club, Albion Place.

The final event is an International Quiz and Food night on Thursday at 7.30pm at Woodhouse Community Centre.