The history of the Language Festival in Bashkortostan dates back to the October, 2010 when its future organizers, representatives of the Bashkir State University, happened to visit the enthralling and amiable XV International Language Festival in Cheboksary. A two-day event brought so much useful information and positive experience that on return to Ufa a desire was expressed to try and give it birth here. This desire had reasonable grounds since ethnic diversity in the republic, where more than 100 nationalitieslive, is remarkable. By authority of the university administration, in the beginning of May, 2011the preparation to hold the I International Language Festival at the Bashkir State Universitybegan.The Governing Body of the university welcomed the initiative with agreeable understanding and genuine interest which was a reason for joy and an additional source of enthusiasm required during the preparation period. Right about this time the holding of the Language Festival was conformed to the officials of the Committee for UNESCO and the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Bashkortostan who have kindly agreed to give every support to organize the event. Determining the date of the event we had considered it rightful to time the first festival so that it coincided with the International Day of Peace and Conciliation. Our first Language Festival took place on September 23-24, 2011 in a conventional manner with the presentation of 43 languages. On the whole, the festival interested 88 participants from Ufa, Salavat, Sterlitamak, Neftekamsk, Moscow; Kazakhstan, Bulgaria, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Armenia, Vietnam and several African countries. Students, school children, postgraduate students, professors and other members of cultural and educational or language institutions were also invited. During the 25-minute introductory lessons one could listen to the sound of a particular language, get acquainted with interesting facts of its structure, find out the history of its development, learn some phrases in the language and of course communicate with native speakers. As usual the presentations were held in different lecture halls simultaneously so that participants and guests could develop their own festival route. Because of the small number of assigned lecture halls the reports were combined into six workshops:“Languages of nations of Bashkortostan”, “Slavic chamber”, “East caravan of languages”, “English drawing room”, “European Language Union”, “Rainbow of the world’s languages”.This exciting marathon of language presentations ended with the closing ceremony where certificates of participation and small souvenirs were given to allthe speakers and organizers. Thanks to the passion of the organizers and participants of the festival and under the official patronage of the Committee of Bashkortostan Republic for UNESCO the Language Festival acquired an international profile. The festival united people who shared a common interest in languages of the world. Regarding the results of the festivalthe Committee of Bashkortostan Republic for UNESCO decided that the event should be carried out annually in the universities and schools of Ufa. The idea of the Language Festival for school children came to life on February, 21, 2012 when Gymnasium № 39 held the Festival of native languages dedicated to the International Mother Language Day, which 20 schools took part in.The same year the main festival was held at the Bashkir State Pedagogical University named after M. Akmulla. The II International Language Festival in Bashkortostan took place on September, 29-30 and coincided with the International Translation Day. The festival brought together about 400 people who acknowledgedthe unique language diversity and the value of the human language in general. The main events of the festival took place on the first day. Participants from the capital of republic as well as from Salavat, Sibay, Blagoveshchensk, Mishkino, Davlekanovo,Belebey, Dyurtyuli, Sterlitamak, Neftekamsk; Moscow, Irkutsk, Ulyanovsk, Chelyabinsk, Nizhny Tagil; Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Germany, Armenia, Vietnam and a number of other countries presented 35 languages of the world. Presentations were carried out in seven lecture halls simultaneously and combined according to several topics: “Languages of international communication”, “Languages of nations of Bashkortostan”, “European Language Union”, “Slavic chamber”, “Language as a mirror of history and culture”, “Rainbow of the world’s languages”, “Dialog of languages and cultures”. The most common as well as less familiar languages of the world were presented before the audience. Conventional presentations of the festival were successfully intermixed with educational lectures on linguistics and country studies which allowed to expand the scope of the event and resulted in the genuine interest of the guests that was undoubtedly pleasing. The second day of the event proceeded with the cultural programme. After the closing ceremony, where participants and organizers received commemorative certificates, a tour of the capital of Bashkortostan was provided for all comers. The next III International Language Festival in Bashkortostan will be hosted by the Ufa State Petroleum Technological University.
International Language Festival in Bashkortostan Regulations(download)