HIGA – Meeting of young speakers of minority languages

From July 17 to 21, 2023, the 4th edition of HIGA, the Summit of young speakers of minority languages, will take place. Registration is closed.

What is HIGA?

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HIGA is a meeting of young speakers of minority languages whose aim is the revitalisation of minority languages and the development of a fruitful network between different linguistic communities from all over the world. The 4th edition of this project will be held in July 2023 in Gasteiz (Basque Country) and organised in a 5-day programme.

The participants, all of them coming from different language communities, will have the opportunity to train in the field of language revitalisation and language activism, as well as to share their reality and get to know the reality of the other participants' communities.

HIGA is organized by the Youth and Basque Language Services of the Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, in collaboration with other institutions from the Basque Country and the rest of the world. HIGA is an official University of the Basque Country summer course and it is also included as an official activity within UNESCO’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages.

Throughout the 5 days of the meeting, the aim is to offer the young participants a programme with different activities.

    • Ice-breaking activities.
    • Talks.
    • Workshops.
    • Project creation.
    • Leisure and group activities.
    • Content creation for the digital media.

We would like to highlight that HIGA is not merely a Summit. These five days in July will be very important, but the biggest goal is to create a lasting network of activists and we will provide opportunities and resources to achieve that.

Web and social networks

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  • Beñat Garaio, event coordinator: higagasteiz@gmail.com (in Basque, Catalan, Spanish and English).
  • 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: Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council (Services of Euskara and Youth).

Sponsors: Viceministry of Language Policy of the Basque Government, Araba Provincial Council, Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, Bizkaia Provincial Council, Badalab, Euskaltzaindia, Vital Foundation.

Academic Committee: UPV-EHU, ELEBILAB Research Group, UNESCO Chair on World Linguistic Heritage, Summer courses, Soziolinguistika Klusterra, Rise Up, GELA.

Collaborating: Garabide, YEN/JEV, NPLD, Global Voices / Rising Voices, Basque Institute Etxepare, Endangered Languages Project, Euskarabidea.

Official event: UNESCO’s International Decade of Indigenous Languages, Summer Courses at the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU).

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