The Folio – International Literary Festival of Óbidos marks on Saturday the European Day of Languages with a day of activities in languages to choose from the participants, film cycles, music and book launch.
Participating in five-minute mini-talks in a language of choice or testing language skills in several European languages are some of the activities that visitors from Óbidos will be able to do on Saturday as part of the European Day.
The date will be celebrated this year in Portugal, integrated in the program of Folio – International Literary Festival of Óbidos, which takes place in the medieval village until October 7.
Promoted by EUNIC (European Union National Institutes For Culture), with the support of the European Commission Representation in Portugal and the Obidos Town Hall, the free entry event will allow you to contact 14 European languages: Czech, Croatian, German, Spanish (Castilian, Catalan and Galician), Finnish, French, Gaelic, Georgian, Greek, Italian, English, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian.
In a press release, the organization announced that the “diversified cultural program and activities for the whole family” also includes games, dances for adults and children, and the projection of short films of European origin, as well as the silent film “Cenere “(” Grays “), by Febo Mari (1916), accompanied by live jazz music by Giovanni Ceccarelli (piano) and Marcello Allulli (sax).
You will also be able to participate in a Gaelic football game and watch the concert of the young Austrian cellist Lukas Lauermann.
Visiting the exhibition “Word of Honor” by Juan Viva, and the Croatian and Polish shows about the presence of the Portuguese Language in the World, are other proposals for the day when “drums and bagpipes of Galician folk echo in the streets of Óbidos” , can be read in the same presentation.
In the context of the European Day of Languages, there will also be a special commemorative edition of the European Year of Cultural Heritage of the Anthology “Comparative World Literature II: The Lido World: Europe”, from the Center for Comparative Studies of the Faculty of Letters of the University of Lisbon, and the Portuguese version of the book “Cinzas” (1904), by Grazia Deledda (an Italian writer with the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926), published by Sibila Publications, and presented by the writer Inês Pedrosa.
The activities of the European Day of Languages are concentrated in Praça de Santa Maria, José Saramago House, Santiago Bookstore, Casa da Música, Mercado Bookstore and Terreiro in the town of Óbidos.
The European Day of Languages was established in the European Year of Languages in 2001 on the joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Commission with the aim of celebrating and preserving linguistic diversity as a wealth of Europe’s common heritage. This year the event is also held as part of the celebrations of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.
Divided into five chapters (Authors, Folia, Educa, Ilustra and Bohemia), the Folio – International Literary Festival of Óbidos takes place in the village until October 7.
The event provides 831 hours of programming that will involve 554 direct participants, including authors, thinkers, artists and creatives, distributed by 26 writers’ tables, 25 concerts and 13 exhibitions, in a program with more than 185 activities.