The Romansh Diaspora

Lia Rumantscha took the initiative to establish local organisations in Switzerland for Romansh-speaking people living outside the Romansh-speaking regions in Graubünden. The “Rumantsch en la diaspora” project aims to ensure a sustainable network of organisations to preserve this language and culture in Switzerland.

About a third of the Romansh-speaking people (the Romansh diaspora) live outside their regions in Graubünden. The Ministry of Culture (Bundesamt für Kultur) has prioritised promoting and preserving the Romansh language and culture outside Graubünden.

Based on this intention and policy, Lia Rumantscha launched the “Rumantsch en la diaspora” project at the end of 2021. In the first phase, Lia Rumantscha took the initiative to set up organisations in German-speaking Switzerland. This step took place between January 2022 and June 2022. The result is the establishment of five local organisations in Basel, Bern, Lucerne, St Gallen/Appenzell and Winterthur.

These organisations will organise events in cooperation with Lia Rumantscha. The first kick-off meeting will take place on 24 September in Lucerne.

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