3rd EVENT POMARETTO, PEROSA ARGENTINA, PRALI 24-27 October 2013, Minority languages and active ageing.

The Occitan valleys of Valle Chisone and Germanasca hosted, from 24 to 27 October 2013, the third event of the EuroNetLang project, focused on the topic “Minority languages and active ageing”.

The municipalities and the communities of Pomaretto, Prali and Perosa Argentina together with the local associations welcomed the European delegation and hosted the three-day seminars, workshops and site visits on the territory.

In relation to the objectives of the 2012 European Year for Active Ageing and Intergenerational Solidarity, research projects and joint initiatives between the young and older people were presented, taking into account the important contribution that “old generations” can offer in order to preserve and foster culture and minority languages, as they are often the only influential and most authentic bearers of historical memory. Of particular interest was the presentation of the Toponymic Atlas of mountain Piedmont, project managed by the University of Turin and aimed at the protection of the orally transmitted toponymic heritage of  the mountain.

The important contribution of civil society in the promotion and the protection of the local culture can be seen in the local cultural associations (La Valaddo, Poggio Oddone, La Teto Aut, Amici della Scuola Latina), which have always been committed to the promotion of language and culture knowledge, and of the Provençal culture through conferences, exhibitions and publications.

The event was also a chance to present projects of local development that bring together culture, environment and tourism. The visit to the Ecomuseum of Mines and Germanasca Valley (Scopriminiera and Scopri Alpi financed by European funds for interregional co-operation) and the visit to the exhibition “Antichi Mestieri” (“The old crafts”) are part of a wider project of material culture aimed at the creation of a ecomuseum network, a project focused on the identification of a community with its own territory and the enhancement of local peculiarities. It is a good instance of conversion and of reaction to the economic and employment crisis that has hit at first the sector of talc extraction, then the textile sector and lastly the satellite activities linked to Fiat. Today, the Germanasca and Chisone valleys invest in culture, history and environment, and in their greatest heritage: the beauty of their mountains.

During the morning of 25 October 2013 the convention “Linguistic minorities and active ageing: the contribution of older people on the protection and the promotion of culture and minority languages” was held, with the participation of: Aline Pons, from the Occitan linguistic helpdesk; Professor Federica Cusan, of the University of Turin; Vanda Petrone, Researcher, and the partner delegates of the project. During the convention the “Toponymic atlas of mountain Piedmont: a three-decade experience in our valleys” was presented. This was followed by the workshop “EU strategies in favour of active ageing”.

The session of 26 October started with the Project planning workshop: Projects of joint initiatives between the young and older people for the promotion and the protection of local culture and language, which saw the participation of Manuela Ressent, from the popular traditions group “La Teto Aut”, Ugo Piton, honorary president of the cultural association “La Valaddo”, Claudio Tron, president of the cultural association “La Valaddo”, Guido Ronchail, constructor of ghirondas, Luca Poetto, ghironda player and the partner delegates of the project.

After the presentation of the project EuroNetLang website, in the afternoon schedule there were visits to the exhibition “The old crafts” at the Scuola Latina in Pomaretto and a visit to the Ramie vineyards.


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Programme ENG
Decisione PE Anno europeo invecchiamento attivo 2012
Dècision du PE Année europeénne du vieillissement actif 2012

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Minority languages and active ageing: materials

Invecchiamento attivo: il caso di San Marzano di San Giuseppe
M. Margherita, sportello linguistico comune San Marzano San giuseppe, dal racconto al teatro
A. Bala, comune di Scutari
M.Neri, vicesindaco Comune Aquaviva Collecroce
J.Mattu, Politica linguistica in Sardigna
M.T.Mula, Il comune di Orosei


Termoli Basso Molise 29.10.2013, Minoranze linguistiche al centro dell'integrazione comunitaria
La Nuova Sardegna 31.10.2013, Delegazione del Comune all'Euronetlang