On the 25th and the 26th of September, The Language Archive (TLA) participated in the second edition of the DRONGO Festival. For the first time located in Utrecht, DRONGO is a young and captivating language festival.
TLA participated as one of the biggest collections of world languages, many of which are endangered languages. DRONGO has been an occasion to give our collection its deserved public attention. A lot of participants at the festival, which was free of charge, discovered their interest in the meticulous work of the archive and showed their interest in the importance of archiving and guaranteeing access to data concerning language research now and in the future. The major interest of the public was in the large and diverse amount of languages in the archive and in particular in the collections of endangered languages.
In addition to showing the work of the archive, we also highlighted the Europeana Sounds project that we are part of. The goal of this project is to make the sound and music collections in Europe discoverable and accessible via the Europeana portal of digitized cultural heritage. TLA was present at the festival together with UNESCO Netherlands due to the nomination of 64 of its collections to be inscribed on the UNESCO Memory of the World register. Shortly after the festival it was announced that these collections were indeed inscribed on that register. UNESCO Netherlands showed the UNESCO atlas of the world’s languages in danger, which is a project aimed at documenting the state of endangered languages around the world.
The DRONGO Festival was a great experience to get feedback from the general public about the work of the archive and the valuable collections it contains.