Aranese-Occitan Night with musicians Alidé Sans and Paulin Courtial, and poets Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte.
A celebration of Occitan language. Catalonia, a country of 8 million inhabitants, includes a valley region, the Val d’Aran, with its own language, Aranese, the name given to Occitan in the Val d’Aran. Aranese is co-official with Catalan and Spanish in Catalonia.
Alidé Sans is one of the most celebrated young pop singers in the Aranese language. Alidé will be accompanied by guitarist Paulin Courtial and be welcomed to New York this evening by poet Pierre Joris and performer Nicole Peyrafitte, who will perform and recite poems in Occitan and explore with her the contrasts between Aranese and the other varieties of Occitan language.