We were hugely honoured to have a visit from Sophie Stephenson to the Forvo offices this week. Scottish dancer Sophie is Gaelic artist in residence in the Basque Country as part of the Tosta 2016 project.
Tosta is a pan-European initiative uniting partner organisations from minority cultures around the Atlantic seaboard. The artist exchange programme aims to promote the creativity and diversity of smaller-language cultures across Europe whilst stimulating intercultural dialogue. The languages included in the project are Welsh, Basque, Frisian, Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Cornish and Galician. Tosta is also part of Donostia/San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture and will culminate in the Atlantikaldia festival in Errenteria. The Basque town - also home to Forvo - has been chosen as the venue to bring the different Atlantic cultures together.
At Forvo we're really keen to help promote minority languages and Sophie did a brilliant job recording words and phrases on Forvo to help Gaelic learners with their pronunciation. We hope you enjoy her videos!
As part of Sophie's residency she will create a piece of dance film which brings together Gaelic and Basque language and culture under the mentorship of the dance company Kukai Dantza Konpainia. She is also collaborating with Gaelic singers Eilidh Munro and Màiri Britton, from Huradal, along with Euskal Bertsolari and rapper Odei Barroso and sound artist Xabier Erkizia. You can find out more about Sophie on her website. We look forward to seeing the film and wish Sophie all the best!