WHERE: The gardens in front of the Art House
TICKETS: $20 ($10 with potluck dish)* - buy yours HERE
The Language Cafe is a gathering with community members to share conversations in various languages. Come to chat about the weather in Spanish or marvel at the food in Sign Language. The Language Cafe lets you practice a language you are learning or dust off your mother tongue. There will be flags and once one is placed on a table, that table’s conversation becomes the language of the country it represents.
At the same time, some tables will have living books. Our interpretation is based on 'Living Libraries' which have been used since 2001 to create dialogue, promote understanding, and reduce prejudice. As part of our Language Cafe it will be an opportunity to hear stories from those who lived them first-hand. A living, breathing book you can ask questions or just simply listen. There will be up to six ‘human books’ made available for visitors to visit with for up to 10 minutes each.
However, rather than having the ‘books’ checked-out (as they would be in a Living Library), the books will host each of their visitors over a cup of tea. Tea and tea culture around the world signifies welcoming, friendship and community. Each book will be responsible for choosing their own tea that speaks to their own culture, history or preference, that can act as an entrypoint for discussion about culture with their guest.
*Potluck: Discount on Ticket price if you bring a plate of food to share. Bring a dish from your home, your childhood, your favourite country or your family's most treasured recipe book.