Premio Ostana

The Ostana Prize – Writings in the Mother Tongue [in Italian: Ostana Premio Scritture in Lingua Madre], is an annual prize and cultural initiative organized by the Municipality of Ostana and by the Cultural Association Chambra d'Oc. It is dedicated to languages and to literary authors who use a "mother tongue", a present-day minority language of territorial belonging, in their works. The event began in 2008 and is held in Ostana, a municipality in the Valle Po (Italy), every year at the beginning of June. It is open to the public with free admission.[1][2][3][4]

Categories of Ostana PrizeEdit

Every year, the Ostana Prize assigns prizes to authors selected all over the world according to different categories, some of which were added only in the recent editions: International Award, National Award, Award for the Occitan language, Young Writers Award, Special Award, Translation Award, Award for Musical Composition, Film Award.

For the International Award and the National Award the organizers select authors who have used in their works, in whole or in part, one of the minority languages recognized at national and international level.

Because of the geographical location of Ostana Prize in the Occitan Area (the municipality of Ostana is in fact part of the Occitan minority area in Italy) an author writing in the language is given a specific recognition.

The Special Award is conferred to an author who is particularly distinguished in the defense, promotion and dissemination of a minority language in danger of extinction.

The Translation Award is awarded to an author who has achieved distinction in the translation of writings to, or from, a minority language.

The Young Writers Award is given to an under-40 author who has achieved distinction in the field of literature and who is engaged in the promotion of his or her mother tongue.

In 2016 edition two awards to artistic career were added: The Award for Musical Composition which is awarded to an author who has been noteworthy in the field of composition in his or her native language, and The Film Award which is given to a filmmaker who made a cinematographic work in a minority language.

Duration of award ceremonyEdit

The Ostana Prize – Writings in Mother Tongue has a duration of three days during which the winning authors are invited by the organizers to reside in Ostana, in one of the existing facilities, and to take part in: meetings, debates, video projections, readings in minority languages, musical and artistic performances, photographic exhibitions, etc... The last day of the event the prizes to the individual authors are delivered.

The symbols of Ostana PrizeEdit

The Ostana Prize, a glass sculpture representing the nightingale, symbol of Occitania, and a gold medal with the Occitan cross, created by Silvio Vigliaturo, contemporary Italian artist and glass sculptor.

The prize consists of: a glass sculpture, specially created by the Italian artist Silvio Vigliaturo with the illustration of a nightingale, symbol of Occitan culture (in reference to the song "Se chanta"), accompanied by a gold medal created by Marco Gioielli which represents the Occitan cross.


The objectives of Ostana Prize are:

  • celebrating and bringing together authors (writers, poets, musicians, filmmakers, translators) who contribute to the promotion of enduring and emerging languages with their work,
  • listening and make the public aware of the sound of endangered, yet eager to live, languages, in order to discover through these languages the histories and cultures of the people who speak them,
  • highlighting the value of multilingualism through the live testimony of authors and artists from around the world.

The WritersEdit

In the eight years of activity of the Award 48 writers have been invited; among those 8 were Occitan. The remaining 40 represented different languages.

The languagesEdit

The Ostana Prize has been awarded to representatives of minority languages such as: Friulian language, Slovene language, Cimbrian language, Ladin language, Armenian language, Sardinian language, Standard Tibetan, Basque language, Romani language, Totonacan languages, Catalan language, Huave language, Breton language, Sami languages, Hebrew language, Maltese language, Corsican language, Cheyenne language, Kurdish languages, Māori language, Galician language, Shuar language, Yoruba language, Frisian languages, Griko dialect e Occitan language.

Award winnersEdit

edition 1, year 2008Edit

22–23 November

edition 2, year 2010Edit

19–20 June

edition 3, year 2011Edit

3–5 June

edition 4, year 2012Edit

2–3 June

edition 5, year 2013Edit

1–2 June

edition 6, year 2014Edit

31 May – 2 June

edition 7, year 2015Edit

30 May – 2 June[5]

edition 8, year 2016Edit

2–5 June

Awards to artistic careerEdit

edition 9, year 2017Edit

  • Salem Zenia language: Amazigh-Kabyle, Special Award
  • Joséphine Bacon language :Innu, International Award
  • Francesco Severini language: linguistic minorities of Italy, National Award
  • Roland Pecout language: Occitan, Award for the Occitan language
  • Erlend O. Nodtvedt language: Nynorsk, Giovani Award
  • [[Gwyn Griffiths language: Welsh, Translation Award

Awards to artistic careerEdit

  • Mans De Breish language: Award for Musical Composition in the Occitan language
  • Samir Aït Belkacem language: Kabyle, Film award

edition 10, year 2018Edit

  • Bob Holman, a celebratory prize of the decennial
  • Juan Gregorio Regino, Special Award
  • Adil Olluri, International Award
  • Tatjana Rojc, Minority award for historical language of Italy.
  • Matthieu Poitavin, Occitan Language Award
  • Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Giovani Award
  • Aleksej Leontiev, Translation Award
  • Joan Isaac, Prize for Musical Composition
  • Asier Altuna, Cinema Award

edition 11, year 2019Edit

edition 12 (2020) and edition 13 (2021)Edit

Both editions held without awardees because of the Covid19 pandemic.

edition 14, 2022Edit

  • Diego Marani (Europanto language-game) - Special Prize
  • Francho Nagore Laín (Aragonese language – Spain) - Interanational Prize
  • Rosalba Perini (Friulan language) - Historic Linguistic Minorities Award in Italy
  • Bhuchung D. Sonamm (Tibetan language – Nepal) - Youth Award
  • Stefania Maria Ciminelli (Catalan language – Spain) - Translation Award
  • Paulina Kamakine (Occitan language – France) - Occitan language award
  • Marine Lavigne (Breton language – France) - Music Composition Award
  • Fredo Valla (Occitan language – Italy) - Cinema award.


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