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Partnership for Diversity (PfD)

"The challenging relationship between transmission of cultures and transmission of languages"
30-31 October 2009

Venue: Ljouwert/Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Provisional programme

Download the programme (pdf) here.


Thursday 29 October

Venue: It Aljemint, Fryske Akademy, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden

10.00        Meeting of the Board of Directors of EBLUL, including lunch

18.00         Early registration and informal get-together with buffet

Friday 30 October

Venue: Theatre De Harmonie, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden

08.40 – 09.00    Registration & coffee.

09.00 – 09.20    Welcome & addresses:

  • Fryske Akademy, Reinier Salverda, director
  • EBLUL, Neasa Ní Chinnéide, president
  • Dutch MSC EBLT, Jelle Bangma, president
  • Council of Europe, Alexey Kozhemyakov, head of the secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

09.20 – 09.40    Opening speech of Siem Akkerman, head of the department for culture, Frisian language and education at the Province of Fryslân.

(a) The role and responsibility of regional and local authorities towards the protection and promotion of RMLs and cultures.

09.40 – 10.20    Karl-Heinz Lambertz, Prime Minister of the Government of the German speaking community in Belgium, and Minister for Local Authorities
Regional and Minority Languages: an Asset for Regional Development

10.20 – 10.50    Photo session & coffee/tea

(b) The function of legislation: cultural and linguistic rights for the preservation and promotion of RMLs and cultures.

10.50 – 11.20    Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez, Doctor in Law and lecturer in Constitutional Law. He has taught courses in diverse European universities and is a collaborator of the Council of Europe in the area of linguistic minorities.
Linguistic rights within a human rights framework: current challenges and opportunities for the protection of minority languages

11.20 – 12.00    Siv Sandberg, senior researcher at the department of Political Science and Public Administration of Åbo Akademi University in Finland.
From Act to Action

12.00 – 13.30    Workshop 1 (several parallel groups) related to themes (a) and (b), e.g.:

From Act to Action
In this workshop the From Act to Action report presented by Siv Sandberg will be discussed and compared with the situation in other regions, e.g. Navarra/Basque Country, Wales and Fryslân. After an introduction and some short reflections the participants can ask questions and they can discuss different topics with the experts present.
Confirmed presence
Pádraig O Ceithearnaigh, board member of EBLUL (chair of the workshop).
Xabier Azanza Arbizu, managing director of Euskarabidea/Gobierno de Navarra, the Basque language institute in Navarra.  
Meirion Prys Jones, Chief Executive of the Welsh Language Board and Chair of the Network to Promote Linguistic Diversity (NPLD).
Siv Sandberg.

10 years Charter for Regional or Minority Languages: what will the future bring?
What has been done the last 10 years, but more important, what will the future bring is the essence of this workshop. After an introduction and some short reflections the ideas of the participants on this topic can be shared and discussed with the experts present.
Confirmed presence
Alexey Kozhemyakov, head of the secretariat of the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages (chair of the workshop).
Marieke Sanders-ten Holte, member of the advisory committee of the Framework Convention.
Veronica Hertzberg, Folkhälsans språkbadsombud (Public health immersion agent), working for immersion education in Finland and the Swedish-language education in monolingual Finnish municipalities.
Jeroen Darquennes, associate professor at the University of Namur, Belgium.
Eduardo J. Ruiz Vieytez.

Trilingual School model, which is developed in Fryslân in the years 1997-2005.
What is the trilingual school model in Fryslân and what were the results of the pilot project? And how will the model continue? And what kind of models are present in other countries? These will be presented and afterwards room is available for questions and discussion.
Confirmed presence
Jelle Bangma, co-ordinator of the Frisian trilingual school model and Dutch MSC-president (chair of the workshop).
Alex Riemersma, researcher at the Mercator Research Centre.
Cinzia Petris, researcher at ARLeF - Agjenzie regjonâl pe lenghe furlane, Friulian language Board.

Individual and collective linguistic rights.
During this special workshop a text for a resolution will be drawn up (in advance a draft will be made), which the General Assembly of the EBLUL will vote on the next day. This workshop will consist of max. 10 participants.
Confirmed presence   
Tangi Louarn, co-founder of the Diwan schools, president of the Cultural Council of Brittany and president of the French MSC.
Athanassios Parisis, president of the Greek MSC.
László Öllös, president of Forum Minority Research Institute in Slovakia.

13.30 – 14.30     Lunch.

(c) New trends in formal and informal transmission of cultures and languages
(including presentation of the new pavilion for new language experiences such as in Fryslân (“Lân fan taal”) as well as in Barcelona (“Linguamón”) and others.

14.30 – 15.10     Bert Looper, director of Tresoar
General principles and possibilities of the visualisation of languages.

15.10 – 16.40     Workshop 2 (several parallel groups) related to theme (c).

Lân fan Taal (country full of languages)
In this workshop several examples on how languages have been visualised in several regions will be presented. Differences will appear and how can be learned from best practises? This can be discussed with the experts present.
Confirmed presence   
Bert Looper (chair of the workshop).

Language promotion
In this workshop several examples of language promotion in the province of Fryslân will be presented. Special attention will be given to the Afûk foundation, who’s goal is to promote the knowledge and use of the Frisian language as well as promoting the interest in Fryslân and its culture. Examples of their projects are Praat mar Frysk, Edufrysk and Volangteers.
Confirmed presence   
Sytske de Jong, province of Fryslân (chair of the workshop).
Willy van der Meer, Afûk, on Edufrysk, Volangteers, and Praat mar Frysk.
Coby Hoogkamp, province of Fryslân, on the MATCH project

Media: TV and internet-TV
Many examples of the presence of minority languages on TV and internet-TV can be found. In this workshop only a few of them can be shown. But hopefully the participants will give input for more ideas? After an introduction to the theme and some examples, there will be room for questions and discussion with the experts present.
Confirmed presence
Brian Ó hEadhra, musician in Scotland and organiser of Nòs Ùr, the Celtic and Scots languages song competition (chair of the workshop).
Birger Winsa, researcher at the Department of Finnish, Stockholm University and organiser of two editions of Liet International/Liet Lavlut.
Jacco de Boer, tv-producer and working on video and internet concepts, e.g. Froeks.tv
Bart Kingma, Omrop Fryslân, school-tv

Culture and education
During this special workshop a text for a resolution will be drawn up (in advance a draft will be made), which the General Assembly of the EBLUL will vote on the next day. This workshop will consist of max. 10 participants.

18.00         Reception at the Town Hall of Ljouwert/Leeuwarden

20.00    Dinner buffet in the restaurant “Koperen Tuin”.
Afterwards jam session with the contestants of Liet International and some special guests.

Both the reception and the dinner buffet will be combined with the participants, jury members and co-workers of the European songcontest for minoritylanguages Liet International. More information on Liet International, and the regions represented at the contest, can be found at: www.liet.nl.

Saturday 31 October

Venue: It Aljemint, Fryske Akademy, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden.

9.30 – 10.00    Coffee

10.00 – 12.00     General Assembly EBLUL
10.00 – 12.00    Workshop 3 (TBC).

12.00 – 13.00    Lunch

13.00 – 16.00    Visit to several museums in Ljouwert/Leeuwarden

17.30        Buffet at It Aljemint

20.00 – 23.00    Liet International, Theatre De Harmonie, Ljouwert/Leeuwarden.