4th Event Chateauneuf 15-18 March, Best practices, methods and instruments to promote and protect minority languages in Europe


Brittany hosted, in the Municipality of Châteauneuf du Faou, the fourth and last step of the project, focused on the topic “Best practices, methods and instruments to promote and protect minority languages in Europe”, from 15 to 18 March 2014.

The best practices of regional and European active citizenship were the focal points of the Breton event, with the expression of all those practices of a language policy that brings back regional languages to a normal language status, just like French, Italian, English and all the official languages. A minority that has become “dominant”, because even since the first postwar period, its people decided to exercise their influence through groups, associations, schools, institutions, on the only key pawn that could restore the Breton language and culture’s dignity and re-launch it, and that was the political class which understood and welcomed this idea and its practice. Investing in local resources and in the material and intangible heritage, Brittany could achieve its goals of language, cultural, economic, social and political affirmation, by enhancing, re-launching, strengthening and exchanging its resources.

The major of Châteauneuf du Fau presented the traditional costumes and musical instruments to the delegates, and talked about the investments of the regional and municipal administration in the fields of agriculture, fishing and culture.

In the testimony of the Breton writer Yann Moulin and that of Christian Rivoalen, director of Kreiz Breihz radio, one could find the history of the Breton language, from its censorship to its recovery and dissemination thanks to the interventions of schools, medias, radio and television at first, and also of publishing, toponymy, cultural and mainly commercial activities.

The meeting saw the participation of the Honourable Maryvonne Blondin, Senator of the Finistère and vice president of Cultural Affairs at the General Council, and member of the European Commission, delegate for Cultural Affairs, who came from Paris in order to meet the delegations and explain the methods, the instruments, the practices and the funding.