HIGA! - Summit of Young Speakers of Minority Languages

NOTICE: Coronavirus has changed our lives dramatically, as well as the conditions for traveling and organizing events. Therefore, and as the aim of HIGA2020! is to hold a meeting of young speakers, we have decided to postpone the initiative one year. Although the dates are provisional, we would like to celebrate HIGA2020 + 1!, from September 5th to 8th , with young people from all over the world and with the activities we will organize to make it an unforgettable experience.

Thank you for your patience and we hope you are well, you will hear from us again soon!


Third Summit of Young Speakers of Minority Languages, from September 6th to 9th in Gasteiz (Basque Country)

What is HIGA!?

This will be a diverse summit when it comes to the content (sociolinguistics, leisure activities and culture) and the nature of the participants (researchers, activists and artists) and we are hoping to gather 80 youngsters from all over the world, hoping that this summit will encourage a future relationship. There will be lectures in the morning, whereas the afternoons will be more cultural.

The summit is free. It is held in Vitoria-Gasteiz, specifically, in the Faculty of Arts(Opens in new window) of the Universidad del País Vasco and in Oihaneder Euskararen Etxea(Opens in new window).


There are a great deal of languages all around the world, but not all of them have their survival secured. Apart from governmental policies, activism from citizens and social actors is crucial for language revitalisation. Moreover, young activists will be the social group that will enable such a task. In order to answer such a demanding challenge in times of globalization, solidarity and collaboration amongst different minoritized language communities are a must for the future of this languages.

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Despite being an Official Summer Course of the UPV, it will not be a mere academic initiative, or at least not in its entirety. During these four days, all kinds of activities will be organized to train participants in sociolinguistics, create networks for the future and activate youth on this very important issue.

The language used will be especially Basque, but a simultaneous interpretation service will translate into Spanish and English, as well as the Spanish Sign Language. In addition, measures will be taken to facilitate the intercomprehension of all participants.

To make it a rewarding experience and for foreign activists to come, the organization will pay the tuition, accommodation (with breakfast) and lunch of the chosen people. In order to have the greatest possible diversity in the meeting, the organization will select the participants based on two criteria: representation of as many as possible linguistic communities and the presence of young people with different profiles.

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