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Speak Cornish Week / Seythen Kewsel Kernewek

Encouraging everyone to celebrate our county’s linguistic heritage, Speak Cornish Week is back – here’s how you can get involved.

1. Phrases to try

The theme for this year is Prag Na? (Why not?) Organisers are inviting people to say what they would like to do by telling them in Cornish, via a video, on a poster or in a photo. Here’s some to get your started.

  • Prag na wrewgh mordardha? / Why not go surfing?
  • Prag na wrewgh restra kevewi? / Why not have a party?
  • Prag na wrewgh dybri dehen Kernewek? / Why not eat Cornish cream?
  • Prag na wrewgh kewsel Kernewek? / Why not speak Cornish?

Come up with your own phrases using Maga Kernow’s Cornish dictionary.

2. In Cornwall? Visit these events 

  • June 23 – Redruth OCS Midsummer Bonfire, Pencoose Farm
  • June 23 – Madron Midsummer Bonfire, Bull’s View
  • June 24 – OCS Summer Festival, St Petroc’s Church
  • June 24 – Songs and games for children in Cornish, Heartlands
  • June 24 – Vyaj Kyttrin / Bus trip, various locations
  • June 25 – Stall at Quay Fair, Penzance
  • June 26 – Yeth an Werin Sen Ostell (Cornish for the curious), St Austell
  • June 27 – Helston Yeth an Werin, The Three Tuns Hotel
  • June 27 – Flamank Day, Bodmin
  • June 27 – An Gov Evening, St Keverne Parish Church
  • June 27 – Bridge Yeth an Werin (conversation group), The Bridge Inn, Illogan
  • June 28 – Art Exhibition Guided Tour, Chacewater Garden Centre
  • July 1 – Al fresco Yeth an Werin, The Front, Falmouth
  • July 1 – Wreckers By The River, Richmond Bridge Boat Club
  • July 2 – A trip along Helston Railway

To find out more about the events, click here.

3. See the Changing Room in Concert

Music more your thing? Looe based folk band The Changing Room are teaming up with The Oggymen to perform a full show together for the first time at Penlee Park Open Air Theatre, Penzance as part of the Golowan Festival programme of events.

Beautiful music in a beautiful setting, these tickets will go fast! Get yours here.

4. The Big Cornish Sing

Can’t get involved this week, sign up to The Big Cornish Sing in Looe, Cornwall this September (part of the Looe Music Festival programme of events).

What’s it all about? It’s a mass participation event where we’re aiming to have thousands of people singing one song together in Cornish. The song is called ‘Roev Sos Roev’ (Row Boys Row) and you can listen to it here. We supply free lyric sheets (including a phonetic version), sheet music and a backing track to rehearse to.

Find out more here.

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