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Monday, June 25, 2007

Val Gardena: Art & culture

Val Gardena used to be part of a territory called "Ladinia", and the traces of its two thousand year old history are still visible. "Ladin" is a Rhaeto-roman language that is still spoken in the four Ladinian valleys of the Dolomites. Ladin originated from a mix of Latin, spoken by the Roman conquerors, and Celtic (Rhaetian), the language of the territory's first inhabitants. This particular historical circumstance makes of Val Gardena the emblematic meeting point of many European cultures.
The preservation of traditions and cultural patrimony and especially of the Ladin language are a bulwark of this people. "Bën unì" = "Welcome": by listening to this arcane language or watching a day of celebration with the Gardenesi dressed in their traditional costumes, it is possible, as if by magic, to rediscover all the shine and glamour of the past.

Val Gardena is quickly becoming an important centre thanks to the many cultural projects that take place here. For example, in the last few years, it has hosted the Music FestiVal Gardena (in July and August), a series of classical music concerts by some of the most prestigious world orchestras. Thus, Val Gardena is becoming one of the major points of reference on the international music scene. In the same period, young musicians from all over the world come here to attend the International Music Masterclasses.


Monday, June 18, 2007

Ladin Cultural Institute

ICL “majon di fascegn” (Ladin Cultural Institute) is one of the cultural organisations whose aim is to support the Ladin community, a linguistic minority group living in the heart of the Dolomites (Italy). It is an independent branch of the Autonomous Province of Trento. It was established in 1975 and is based in San Giovanni (Vigo di Fassa), in the ancient building “Tobià de la Pieif” (a monumental hayloft next to the vicarage of the Fassa parish church).Its statutory objectives include collecting, cataloguing and studying materials referring to the history, economy, language, folklore, mythology, and customs of the Ladin people.

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday 9.00-12.00 a.m./ 2.00-5.00 p.m.
Friday 9.00-12.00 a.m.

how to reach us
A 22 / E 45 Brenner Motorway
Egna / Ora exit – SS 48 of the Dolomites direction Cavalese – Val di Fassa, Vigo di Fassa – hamlet San Giovanni
Bolzano north exit – SS 241 direction Karersee – Val di Fassa, Vigo di Fassa – hamlet San Giovanni


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The culture in the Dolomites

The Dolomites possess a history and culture that go back thousands of years. This history, along with factors such as the beauty of the landscape and the difficult climate, reflects directly on the territory and its inhabitants.

This antique pride, loyalty and hospitality, sense of belonging and love for the mountains inherited from the first inhabitants of the Monti Pallidi can still be found today in the people of these valleys and their traditions, strengthened as a result of the sufferings and great discomforts endured throughout the centuries.

Tradition and culture that live within the Splendide Comunità di Fiemme, the 11 Regole d'Ampezzo and those of the Comelico and Cadore, within Tyrol's 'legge del maso chiuso' and the Regole di Spinale and Manez. A culture that perpetuates in legend, festivities, woodwork and handicraft. And this culture is also reflected in what is on offer for the tourist: increasingly cutting edge and constantly more oriented towards the protection of the environment.

The Ladin Language

Ladin has its origins in neo Latin and came about as a result of the contact of Latin with the local language. This occurred after the conquest of the Dolomite valleys by Roman troops in 15 BC.

Nowadays Ladin is the fulcrum by which the local population of Badia, Val Gardena, Livinallongo, Val di Fassa, Val d'Ampezzo, Cadore, Agordino, Val di Zoldo and Comelico identifies itself. This identity enhances the awareness of common origins, and at present the study of Ladin is compulsory in schools in Val Badia and Val Gardena.


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