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Islanders celebrate Manx language
Isle of Man people have a chance to celebrate the island's national language, culture and identity.

Manx Language Week 2005 is being held from Friday until 12 November.

The festival is organised by the Manx Language Society in partnership with the Manx Heritage Foundation and the Isle of Man Arts Council.

A Manx Heritage Foundation spokesman said the Manx language had become a more established part of the secondary school curriculum in the past year.

Music workshops

There has also been a big upsurge of interest in adults wishing to learn Manx.

The growth of interest and support for the language has been reflected by the success of the Bunscoill Ghaelgagh, the Manx Gaelic Primary School, based in St John's.

During Manx Language Week, there will be lectures focusing on the Gaelic languages and will include activities for learners.

There will also be language and music workshops in primary schools in Douglas and the south of the island.

Anyone wanting to know more about the week's activities, or the language generally, can visit a pre-festival information stand at the Strand Shopping Centre on Saturday.

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