The Marco Polo Marathon will take you on a guided journey through language and culture.

This is a free event – booking is compulsory. Please book here.

10h00 – 10h30 – Language in your hand - How would you sculpt a word like ‘home’, ‘friend’ or ‘animal’?

10h30 – 10h45 – The art of interpreting - Opening address by Charles Qin, Founder of Chin Communications

10h45 – 11h45 – China food tour – hunt and gather food from the four corners of China at nearby shops, and share your bilingual stories of China’s diversity through food memories

11h45 – 12h45 – Twitterpretation - take part in a bilingual-live-tweet-fest of iconic Chinese and Australian videos

12h45 – 13h30 – 一起吃饭 - informal language exchange around lunch.

13h30 – 15h00 – Translators in context - join leading translators and interpreters in a panel discussion, exploring the complex interaction between language experts and the diverse institutions and systems they work with.

15h00 – 17h15 – All you can translate - join a bilingual team and translate new writing from Australia and China – the fastest translators will receive a small gift.

17h15 – 17h30 – Closing address - how to live happy bilingual lives in Australia and China.

The event will take place at the Multicultural Hub, 509 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. You can join for the whole day – or just part of the day.

This is a free event – booking is compulsory. Please book here.

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