Happy International Translation Day 2018!!

CONGRATULATIONS… you’re amazing… celebrate it!!


Hold a lecture, run a networking event, throw a party, have coffee with a colleague, write a poem, call a friend, tweet up a storm, Instagram it all … Wherever you are, whatever you are doing, celebrate International Translation Day. You do amazing work, aren’t intimidated by threats of being replaced by machines and understand that translators are the key to successful global communications and vital to nurturing cultural heritage and prosperity. It’s our day, and it’s a great time to be a linguist, so have a great time. Don’t let it slip by while you’re at your desk, get out and celebrate together!

Promoting Cultural Heritage in Changing Times
30 September 2018

 Our winning poster design this year is by Riccardo D’Urso from Italy.  Thanks to all those who entered a poster, making it difficult to choose between the 13 creative entries, but Riccardo’s design contained many different elements relating to the theme in a fun and thoughtful way. Now, all that is left to do is CELEBRATE!  

ITD Message from FIT President

CUBA 2020. It’s here!  ACTI’s brilliant logo design for XXII FIT WORLD CONGRESS, featuring the Cuban colors and star, to symbolise the natural beauty and history of the host country. There’s lots to look forward to on 3 – 5 December 2020, so remember to SAVE THE DATE!

FIT Council held it’s annual meeting in Astrakhan Russia, at the kind invitation of UTR.  Council was pleased to remember UTR founding member and honorary president, Leonid Gurevich, who passed away last February. Council and guests enjoyed Russian hospitality, including a meeting with Alexander Zhilkin, Governor of the Astrakhan Region, and a tour of the Astrakhan State University with Rector, Konstantin Markelov and FIT Council Member Dr. Olga Egorova.

FIT President, Kevin Quirk, has travelled to meet as many members as possible since the start of the mandate.

He has attended the Translating Europe Forum, met with DGT, Brussels, Belgium; General Meeting of FIT Europe, Barcelona; OTTIAQ’s 25th Celebration, Montreal, Canada; International Symposium on Literary Translation, Havana, Cuba; TAC Annual Conference, Beijing, China; FIT Council meeting in Astrakhan, Russia, Round table discussion on Protecting Linguists in High-Risk Areas, United Nations, New York, USA; Meeting with PEM, Thessaloniki Book Fair, Greece; AGM and signing of Memorandum of Understanding with CEATL, Copenhagen, Denmark; ASETRAD’s 15th Anniversary, Zaragoza, Spain; FIT International Legal Forum, Bonn, Germany.

He will be celebrating ITD with SATI in South Africa for their annual conference.

Literary Translation in the AI Era. In June, KATI, the Korean Association of Translators and Interpreters hosted a forum at HUFS, Seoul Korea. For details of our next event in South Korea, the Ninth Asia Pacific Translation and interpreting Forum (APTIF9), visit the website.

FIT Member Events

Oct 5 & 6 2018
Serbian Translators Association Conference
Belgrade, Serbia
More Info

May 10 & 11 2019
ITI UK Conference 2019
Sheffield, UK
More Info

5, 6 & 7 July 2019
Asia Pacific Translation and Interpreting Forum
Seoul, South Korea
Website & Information here

Oct 24 – 27 2018
ATA 59 Annual Conference
New Orleans, USA

Info and Registration

Dec 5, 6 & 7 2018
XI Cuba-Québec International Symposium
Varadero, Cuba

Info and Registration

FIT Members can have their conferences and meetings listed here. Contact


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  • Published: 4 years ago on 29 September 2018