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Improvised verse singing, support for minorized languages

The academic conferences within Europa bat-batean are over. Marta Souto, Eurig Salisbury, Miren Artetxe and Alber Casals have talked about languages in a minorized situation -Galician, Welsh, Basque and Catalan- and they have pointed out the importance of oral improvisation as a tool for the normalization of these languages.

Minority languages have taken centre stage in Miramar Palace today. Jon Ruiz de Pinedo has driven the attendants throughout the lectures which have come to an end today after five sessions. 

Marta Souto has made reference to the case of Vigo, as she is technician for the linguistic normalization in that city. After outlining the difficult situation of Galician language in the big cities, she has supported the idea of increasing entertainment spaces developed in that language such as regueifa – improvised verse singing art in Galicia - workshops. The Centro de Interpretación de Oralidade de Vigo, created in 2013, is developing many of these activities and thanks to it, the means of handing down of regueifa has increased enormously. 

Welsh Eurig Salisbury is lecturer at Aberystwyth University and has shown us the basis knowledge of his discipline, the cynghanedd. It is an art which gives a great importance to the harmony and it’s based on the balance between content and sound. He has also explained that championships are celebrated.

Departing from the linguistic customs in the social relationships, Miren Artetxe has looked into the youngsters that attend the bertso-eskolas (bertsolaritza schools) in the North of The Basque Country. With the interviews she carried out, she reached the conclusion that the bertso-eskola is a natural space where the Basque language is used and that it has key consequences personally as well as collectively.

Albert Casals explained Corrandescola project which integrates glosa at schools. Teachers are trained and they get some assistance during the first years. Students find it so motivating that they talk Catalan more often.

At the end of the day, the four lecturers have been discussing together about the topic of the day; the round-table discussion has been driven by the sociologist Pablo Suberbiola. Among other issues, Marta Souto has reminded the exchange that some students from Galicia and Biscay did regarding bertsolaritza and regueifa and how this kind of activities can help in the reinforcement of minorized languages.

Big festival in Kursaal

The academic conferences have finished but not the shows. Improvisers will be in Oñati today and tomorrow there will a closing festival in Kursaal where all the delegations attending the meeting will participate: Austria, Wales, Cuba, Majorca, Mexico and Cyprus, along with the bertsolaris Miren AmurizaAmets ArzallusAlaia MartinAne Labaka and Julio Soto. The tickets will be available for 15 euros in or at the ticket office.