MIP: Language Market, Educational Festival, Held in Odesa
On 31 August 2019, Language Market, a large-scale educational festival organised by the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine to promote the study of foreign languages, was held in Odesa.
As part of the festival, lectures, workshops, speaking clubs, presentations of language schools, open air cinema screenings, free English tests, an English-language championship, and an open English lesson took place on Greek Square.
“We pay close attention to humanitarian policy in frontline regions, making a point of both the support of the Ukrainian language and the need to learn foreign languages,” says Maryna Sobotiuk, the Adviser to the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine.
In order to promote the Ukrainian language, special videoclips were displayed, and Serhii Fomenko (Foma), frontman of the band “Mandry”, presented his special programme titled “Lifehacks: How to Encourage Foreigners to Speak Ukrainian.”
Open air film screenings were organised at the festival. Volodymyr Zhemchuhov, Adviser to the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, presented a documentary film titled “Prisoners of the Kremlin”, created on the Ministry’s order, and spoke of Russian aggression in the Donbas.
Two films in English about Ukraine as a hospitable and picturesque country—“Djakuyu” and “Bon Appetit”—were presented as well.
In addition, visitors to the festival were treated to a concert and many other activities. Children could enjoy themselves in a special kids’ art zone.
The festival was organised by the Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine together with in cooperation with Lingva Skills, a social initiative for learning foreign languages, at the initiative of the Students’ Council under the Ministry.
Earlier, Language Market was held in Chernivtsi (20 July) and Uzhhorod (27 July).