European Rap – Europæisk rapmusik (Denmark)

Copyright: www.colourbox.comOn the occasion of the "European Day of Languages 2009“ the Goethe-Institut, the Institut Français, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Spanish Embassy and the European Commission held a joint event in Copenhagen on 25 September 2009.

One rapper from each of the countries Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Denmark performed their music and prompted the school students to join in. For example, simple rap lyrics could be projected in various languages onto a screen to enable everyone to rap along. The school students had also the chance to act as a DJ.

To achieve a lasting impact and expand the number of people involved, a rap contest for language students was held as part of the event. The school students were asked to write a rap verse in each participating language on a set rap refrain. The winners then had the opportunity to perform their rap at the event with the rappers. Furthermore the winning entries weree recorded on CD.

A website was developed to accompany the event. It went on-line about 2 months prior to the event and remained on-line for about 2 months after the event.

The performance was developed and co-ordinated by a teacher. The press and television were kept informed in the run-up by press release.

  • To promote multilingualism in Denmark
  • To create awareness of European language initiatives (taking as an example the European Day of Languages)
  • To create awareness of the status of 2nd and 3rd foreign languages
  • To improve the image of foreign languages
  • To promote motivation by means of a live event with rappers from various countries
Target group: Secondary school students in Denmark

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