Madrid, (EFE).- The initiative of the Government of La Rioja ‘Voces de la Lengua’ has presented its cultural program in the Spanish capital, with which it intends to recreate the beauty of the word sung, told, recited and dramatized and, in addition , value the Spanish language, as highlighted by the authorities present at a ceremony held at the Casa de América in Madrid.
At the end of 2022, this project was launched, within ‘Valley of the language’, with which the regional executive pays tribute to the 25th anniversary of the declaration as a World Heritage Site of the monasteries of San Millán de la Cogolla, cradle from Spanish.
The president of La Rioja, Concha Andreu, has stressed that her goal is to follow in the footsteps of those monks to “preserve and care for the beauty of the language”, while using language and culture as tools for “communication and harmony”. .
The event has featured performances by Pepe Viyuela and Sara Águeda on texts by Gonzalo de Berceo; Carmen del Valle reading poems; Sara Águeda performing “Flor Silvestre”, an emblem of Mexican popular music; Manuela Velasco in the skin of Reina Juana, by Ernesto Caballero; Silvia Marsó in Alfonsina and the sea; or Schola Antiqua interpreting the Emilianeses Glosses; among other.
“We have imagined, believed and created a lot during these months. (…) A monk wrote some words in another language, it was the romance that the people used to talk to their neighbors; That monk unknowingly wrote the germ of a project, of a shared dream”, recalled Andreu.
In addition, with the aim of “honoring the past to narrate the present that allows us to build the future”, they will organize a series of training courses in Spanish and creative writing for people from all over the world.
“We must not forget that this is a program that seeks to revitalize the Valley so that it throbs with lives and words”, the president wanted to make clear, adding that it will also help develop the area’s tourist offer with its cultural and cultural attractions. gastronomic.
Theatre, music and literature are some of the disciplines that, in the words of the director of Voces de la Lengua, Ignacio García, aim to be “a meeting place for all of us who speak Spanish in the world” that revolves “around to the beauty of the sound of this language”.