Belfast is now home to over 30 languages other than English, including Irish, Ulster Scots, Polish and Arabic.
In support of language and cultural diversity in the city, a special event to mark International Mother Tongue Day was celebrated at City Hall last Friday.
Lord Mayor Daniel Baker welcomed invited guests to the event and spoke about the importance of multilingualism in Belfast.
He said “International Mother Tongue Day is an opportunity to recognise the cultural significance of language to communities living in the city.
“Language diversity in Belfast is bigger than ever and it is important that we fully embrace and integrate the various languages into daily life, allowing them to be nurtured for present and future generations.”
He added: “As part of council’s language strategy, we are fully committed to promoting the diversity and ensuring it continues to make Belfast a more inclusive and welcoming city.”