Come to the Grand Theater on November 1 to experience a unique lecture and performance by singer Marlene Bakker, linguist Goffe Jensma and Olaf Vos!
The event is organised by the Centrum Groninger Taal & Cultuur (CGTC, Centre for Groninger Language and Culture) and SIB-Groningen (Dutch United Nations Student Association) as a follow-up of their successful International Groninger Night last year. For Let’s Gro they once again have come up with a programme: Gronings for Internationals with Marlene Bakker, Goffe Jensma and Olaf Vos.
Marlene Bakker and Goffe Jensma
Goffe Jensma from the Centrum Groninger Taal en Cultuur and professor of Frisian Language and Literature at the University of Groningen will tell us about the dialect of the Province of Groningen, the ‘Gronings’ of today. Giving a short overview about the past sixty years of history surrounding Gronings, he will answer the question how to deal with the dialect in today’s period of digital, multimedia communication and internationalisation. Additionally, he will touch upon his new project WoordWaark, a digital interactive language database for Gronings.
Marlene Bakker, singer and songwriter, will share her story of using Gronings in her music. Giving her own songs as an example, she is going to answer the questions: What are the challenges of writing and singing music in Gronings? Which choices does she have to make regarding language? Are there rules to the Groninger dialect? And do you really have to pay attention to them when you write music or poetry?
Both speakers will take turns talking, with intermezzos of live music by Marlene Bakker.
Language Course: Gronings for beginners!
During this ‘Crash Course Gronings’ you will get an introduction to the dialect of Gronings and the necessary words to survive the Groninger city life. Olaf Vos is known, among other things, for his performances in the Groninger band VanDeStraat and the Dutch TV channel TV Noord. During the event, he will teach you the most important words and phrases to make it through day and night in Groningen, touching upon topics such as asking for directions or doing your groceries, all the way to nightlife and flirting, so you will have all your bases covered.