In Pinerolo, the two languages protected by Law No. 482/99 are Francese and l’Occitano; there is a Language Bureau for both these languages.
There are two kinds of Language Bureaus in Pinerolo:
- Coordination Language Bureaus
managed by the Mountain Community of Pinerolo:
which implements strategies, prepares projects and funding requests, manages contacts with these institutions, as ordered by the Region and Ministry and coordinates the activities of local cultural associations. These Bureaus operate in Torre Pellice and Perosa Argentina.
- DECENTRALIZED LANGUAGE BUREAUS
of local cultural associations:
which perform various activities such as providing advice and translating services to organizations, institutions, individuals, etc. Each cultural association has jurisdiction over a particular geographic area, in particular:
→ “La Valaddo” Cultural Association for Upper Chisone valley
→ “Amici della Scuola Latina” Association for Germanasca valley and Lower Chisone valley
→ “Centro Culturale Valdese” Foundation for the Pellice valley and municipalities of Piedmont.
The main promotional strategies implemented in Pinerolo for the two languages in the last decade are:
- Itinerant Language Bureau present at events, festivals, concerts, conventions, etc.
- “Sportello Linguistico” Facebook account to receive all updates and news on the activities
- “Sportello Linguistico” YouTube Channel
- Present on the “Memoro” website with video interviews in Occitan and French
- Promotion of twinning programs with French-speaking municipalities
- Local entertainment activities and courses in Occitan and French
- Days of minority languages and “Semaine du français“
- Radio programs on Radio Beckwith Evangelica
- Creation of educational material (brochures, videos, recordings, web pages, publications, stickers,posters...)
- Literary contests
There are also itinerant language bureaus: aware of the importance of interacting directly with people, some participations in events, fairs and festivals in Italy and abroad are constantly promoted, during which the Language Bureaus distribute free brochures and materials on the issue of minority languages and provide information to those who request it.