We promote interest and spread awareness for the endangered language spoken by the *Newars of Nepal. Organised for the first time at SOAS and nowhere else in the UK, we introduce the Newar language (Nepal Bhasa) with a series of cultural workshops with food, music, dancing, costumes, festivals, films, etc., in cooperation with native Nepal Bhasa speakers living in London.
*The Newar language (pronounced [newa:], aka Newah Bhaye (????? ????), aka Nepal Bhasa (????? ????) ('Newari' is not a self-determined name.), is the language of the Newar/Newah people, the indigenous inhabitants of the Kathmandu Valley region in Nepal. The Newar language is not the same as Nepali (??????), Nepal's current official language. The two languages belong to different language families (Sino-Tibetan and Indo-European, respectively). Written today mostly in Devanagari script like Nepali, Newar has its own script, the Ranjana script, aka Kutila or Lantsa. The Newar language is listed as being 'definitely endangered' by UNESCO.