e-GA – Project contest and virtual meeting of young speakers of minority languages

From HIGA to e-GA

Kaixo! During 2020 we did not give up in the effort to find a favorable occasion to organize HIGA, Summit of Young Speakers of Minority Languages, but it was not possible in the end. As the months passed, we realized that in 2021 it was also going to be difficult; so we thought that there had to be another way to promote a meeting, even if it was somewhat different from the format of the two editions of HIGA, and that is how e-GA emerged.

What is e-GA?

On the one hand, it is a project contest to promote linguistic cooperation and, on the other hand, a virtual meeting that will be held via streaming on June 11, 2021.


There are many languages ​​in the world, but not all of them are assured of their survival. Apart from institutional policies, it is also essential to promote activism from civil society. In this sense, the youth will be the social group that will promote linguistic revitalization. In this globalized context and to respond to this challenge, solidarity and collaboration between the different young people of the linguistic communities will be fundamental for the future of languages.

Learn a little more about e-GA!

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What is the project competition?

The work consists of creating a project on linguistic cooperation between different communities or on another linguistic community.

Young people up to 35 years old can participate; if possible, in collaboration with another young person from another language community (the organization will try to facilitate contacts, if necessary).

The format of the work is completely free – linguistic biography (maximum 5 pages), song, work of art (maximum explanation of 2 pages), interview, audiovisual (maximum 5 minutes) -. It must be written, designed, sung ... in a minority language and, in addition, in one of the official languages ​​of e-GA (Basque, English or Spanish). On the other hand, they must be original works, not published any where else.

A committee will assess the projects and will use the following criteria:

  1. Originality.
  2. Technical quality.
  3. Focused on revitalization.
  4. Linguistic cooperation.
  5. Gender equality.

Submit your project(Opens in new window) (you need a Google account).

Deadline: from March 31 to May 23, 2021.

And what about the online meeting?

The meeting will be held at Oihaneder Euskararen Etxea on June 11, 2021 and will be broadcasted via streaming at a convenient time to various locations around the world.

During this meeting we will enjoy an interesting talk by Kike Amonarriz, the prizes of the projects will be distributed and it will end with a concert by the Ibil Bedi band.

The language used will be primarily Basque, but it will be translated into Spanish and English through the simultaneous interpretation service, as well as Spanish Sign Language.

Fancy a chat?

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  • Beñat Garaio, event coordinator: higagasteiz@gmail.com (in English, Spanish, Catalan and Basque).
  • Susana Martinez de Lagran, Youth Plan officer: gazteria@vitoria-gasteiz.org / [[telephone: 945 161616]] (ext 3211) (in Basque and Spanish).
  • Elena Urcelay, Basque Service officer: eurcelay@vitoria-gasteiz.org / [[telephone: 945 161616]] (in Basque, Spanish).

Organizing board

Organizers: Gasteizko Udala, Hizkuntza Politika Sailburuordetza, Arabako Foru Aldundia

Academic Committee: Soziolinguistika Klusterra, Kontseilua, Garabide, Munduko Hizkuntza Ondarearen Unesco Katedra, GELA (University of Barcelona)

Sponsors: Vital Fundazioa, Munduko Hizkuntza Ondarearen Unesco Katedra

Collaborator: Oihaneder Euskararen Etxea


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