Awarded-winning languages: Tamajaght (Nigeria); Basque and Asturian (Spain); Francoprouvensal (Aosta Valley); Corsican (France); and as usual Occitan.
“Qui ten la lenga, ten la clau”
“He that guards the language, keeps the key”
(Frédéric Mistral, Nobel Prize Winner for Literature in 1904)
The “Ostana Prize: writings in Mother Tongue” is an appointment with mother tongue around the world: every year it brings together in Ostana (CN), an Occitan village right in front the Monviso mountain, mother tongue writers all over the word for a Linguistic Biodiversity Festival.
The Prize returns from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June, as usual in the Multifunctional Centre in Miribrart hamlet.
From the Nigerian desert to the Asturian Mountains, from the Aosta Valleys to the Basque Country, from langue d’óc land to the Corsican island, also this year the Ostana Prize offers its audience and its winning authors an immersive experience with languages that are real worlds, little told cultures, treasures to safeguard and to connected each other. This year’s motto pays tribute to Frédéric Mistral, Nobel Prize Winner for Literature in 1904: “Qui ten la lenga, ten la clau”, that is “He that guards the language, keeps the key”.
The language as a key for doors opening.
In our modernity, where the word “crisis” becomes the norm rather than the exception. The language –or better the languages- are keys able to open our time doors, a compass able to guide us in all the chaos, equipment that contain themselves the problems and, in the meantime, their solutions, because they are products of a human and aesthetic experience, millenary and unique.
Our time conflicts- from wars to the climate change challenge, from gender inequalities to the increasingly polarized conflicts between the social partners- are very topical issues, but at the same time these are themes as old as the world, where languages –minority languages, endangered, lesser used languages, the mother tongue or rising languages- have expressed their considerations yet, with a completely original and functional view, sometimes according sometimes at odds with today’s sensibility.
The Ostana Prize goal is to provide a place and an opportunity for meeting people, stories and cultures, to foster debate for reflecting about linguistic rights, according to the initiatives promoted by the United Nations in the framework of the Indigenous Languages International Decade 2022-2023.
Participating in the Ostana Prize means enjoying a weekend of “Cònvivenvencia” word of troubadour origin that means “the art of living together in harmony”, accompanied by the winning artists and in defence of mother tongue.
In its history the Prize has so far given voice to 45 languages from all five continents, consolidating a real international networking of authors, fan and supporters of language diversity that make of Ostana a reference event in the international panorama. The web site www.premioostana.it narrates the previous 14th editions, collecting and celebrating (thanks to the hall of fame, the anthologies and the multimedia material) the linguistic richness present on planet Earth today.
Giacomo Lombardo / President
Ines Cavalcanti / Art Director
With Maria Teresa Atorino, Beatrice Chiesa, Andrea Fantino, Flavio Giacchero, Amina Marini, Mariona Miret, Rosella Pellerino, Valentina Musmeci, Marzia Rey
Ass. Chambra d'Oc, Espaci Occitan, Viso a Viso - Cooperativa di Comunità
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Hall of fame of awarded languages in:
From Europe: Occitano (France - Italy), Friulano (Italy), Cimbro (Italy), Ladino (South tyrol), Sardo (Italy), Romani (Romania), Sloveno (Slovenia, Italy), Aragonese (Spain), Galiziano (Spain), Basc (Spain), Catalan (Spain) and the Alghero variant (Italy), Maltese (Malta), Frisone (Netherland), Griko (Italy), Bretone (France), Romancio (Switzerland), Nynorsk (Norway), Sami (Lapland: Norway, Sweden), Welsh (United Kingdom), Cornic (United Kingdom), Irish (Irland), Albanian (Kosovo – former Yugoslavia), Ciuvascio ed Even (Russia), Walser (Switzerland, Germany, Italy), Urali (Eastern and Northern Europe), Arbëreshe (Italy, Albanian); from Africa: Yoruba (Nigeria), Amazigh-Kabilo (Algeria - Marocco), Capeverdean (Cape Verde); from Asia: Armenian (Armenia), Tibetan (China), Curd (Turkey), Jewish (Israel), Karen (Thailand - Myanmar); from Americas: Huave (Mexico), Mazateco (Mexico), Tutunaku (Mexico), Cheyenne (USA), Navajo (USA), Shuar (Ecuador), Innu (Canada), Guaraní (Paraguay) and finally from Oceania: Maori language (New Zeeland).