The IX Congress of the Spanish Language, held this week in the Spanish city of Cádiz, closed this Thursday with an eye on the Peruvian city of Arequipa as a possible next venue.
This was stated by the director of the Cervantes Institute, Luis García Montero at the closing ceremony, an act in which the Spanish Minister of Territorial Policy and Government spokesperson, Isabel Rodríguez, the director of the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE), Santiago Muñoz Machado, also participated. , and the mayor of the city, José María González.
More than 300 international experts met this week in Cádiz under the motto “Spanish language, miscegenation and interculturality” to analyze the challenges of a language shared by almost 500 million native speakers.
Isabel Rodríguez highlighted the work carried out in record time by all the institutions to develop this congress, after the change of venue from Arequipa, due to the political and social situation in Peru.
The minister assured the intention to strengthen the defense of the language within the framework of the Spanish presidency of the European Union (second semester of this year) and relations with Latin America with the celebration of the Latin America-European Union summit.
“Neither history, nor the present nor the future can be fully understood without contemplating that immensity of the Spanish-speaking community: what would have happened to Buñuel without Mexico? How would García Márquez have turned out without Barcelona?”Rodriguez said.
After the closure, the director of the RAE, Santiago Muñoz Machado, met with the heads of the Spanish Language Academies grouped in the Aslae (Association of Language Academies), of which he is president.
They will study whether the next language congress will actually be held in Arequipa in 2025 after this edition had to be moved to Cádiz.
Muñoz Machado highlighted the effectiveness of the teams to develop the congress and the international cohesion of the Spanish language academies around the world, a language that is growing and that demands educational resources due to the demand for teaching Spanish that exists, he said.
The director of the RAE also said that with this forum important cultural and scientific information has been obtained in relation to the native languages of America, as well as the new movements of Spanish, such as the “freestylers” (improvising rappers).
The director of the RAE pointed out that it is a challenge for Spanish not to lose quality in social networks, but stressed that the star of the congress was artificial intelligence, which is dealt with in the Leia project (Spanish Language and Artificial Intelligence).
The director of the Cervantes Institute emphasized the unity and diversity of the language, as well as coexistence with the native languages.
A congress that was a success, indicated García Montero, who hoped that the next one would be held in Arequipa: “It would be wonderful if we could take Cádiz to Peru”.
1,300 people participated in the congress and had more than 54 million impacts in the media, which allowed it to be discussed in 70 countries, explained García Montero, who highlighted how Cádiz hosted 78 cultural events in 18 spaces in the city.
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