Seven minority language communities along the Atlantic coast, Scotland, Wales, The Basque Country, Friesland, Ireland, Galicia and Cornwall have come together to create a creative partnership around Europe’s minority languages. Overcoming the usual language barriers, Tosta, a travelling program of cultural activities, will celebrate linguistic diversity and make you fall in love with Europe’s minority languages. Tosta serves at the same time as one of the embassies of Donostia / San Sebastian 2016 European Capital of Culture.
The word ‘tosta’ means the bench in a boat, and is a word that is present, with small variations, in many minority languages along the European Atlantic coast.
A festival lasting 2-3 days will be organized in each participating community, using as infrastructure a set of sea containers that will be shipped to each port.
TOSTA at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
TOSTA will visit Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye between the 5th and 6th of July as part of Fèis an Eilean, that runs in Sleat during July and August. This year will mark 25 years of Fèis an Eilean with TOSTA being the first event of the Fèis.
There will be a programme full of music and events for everyone who comes along to take part in and the sea containers will convert into a stage and Exhibition where many of the events will be held. As well as exhibitions from the artists in residence from each of the seven participating communities, there will be several work-shops, Gaelic classes for beginners, graffiti art, short Gaelic films, a radio booth, music and food. On the Tuesday evening,’Oreka Tx’, a band from The Basque Country will be performing followed by Fèis an Eilean’s Midnight Festival Club. Wednesday evening offers music and song from the TOSTA band, which is made up of 7 musicians, one from each of the participating countries. Representing Scotland on the night will be the Scottish singer Rona Wilkie.
For a full list of events during the TOSTA Fèis on the 5th and 6th of July, view the programme below.
Full information on the TOSTA 2016 project can be found on their website http://tosta2016.eu/