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ordiap"A culture can exist without language? ... That was the theme of the discussion held as part of the 21th edition of the annual festive and cultural days" Müsikaren Eguna "to Ordiarp. Of course, the participants in this debate was held Saturday, May 15, unanimously said that, certainly not, there can be no living culture if the language is the main vector to disappear. Can you one imagine a different response?
Certainly in a country that has lost - or losing it - its language, there may - or survive - expressions such as drama, dancing or singing, but in this case one must speak not of folklore and culture.
To mention a few among the individuals participating in the debate or public input, retain the views and positions include: "what some described as bilingualism in the Basque Country is absolutely not one, because a true Bilingualism implies that both languages have equal legal status and the same means - we are far away! ... , "Euskara is becoming a language whose scope of use - for younger, anyway - is limited to the school context (that of ikastola, to be precise), while in society in general practice continues to decrease as shagreen; "in the Basque-language entertainment - the pastoral, for example - does he not have to come one day to say that they are Basque speakers and they alone must be actors and therefore to establish this criterion limiting? " (...).
A rich debate and exchanges, which we can hope that they have been and will be useful to provoke thought and stimulate action for action today and tomorrow for the Basque language alive, a sine qua non for the existence of a Basque culure alive.

The panellists (from left to right): Julen Arrexolaleiba (sociolinguist) Mikel Erramouspe (President of the Basque Cultural Institute), Jojo Bidart (host-moderator); Paulu Nasica Felice (member of vocal group I Chjami Aghjalesi - Corsica) ; Queheille Patrick (author of pastoral - cultural actor) Allande Socarros (Communauté de communes Soule-Xiberoa).