The Ladin Culture Institute Micurà de Rü: a closer look at the Ladin world
The Ladin Culture Institute Micurà de Rü is located in San Martino in Badia and was founded by the autonomous Province of Bolzano on 31 July 1976. Some of its main objectives worth noting are:
- the scientific study of the Ladin language, history and culture in the Dolomites;
- promotion of the language through courses and publications;
- building of the library specialized in Ladin studies;
- the strengthening of relationships among the Ladin people from the Dolomites, Friuli and the Canton of Graubünden.
The name of the Ladin Institute comes from the priest and linguist Micurà de Rü, whose real name was Nikolaus Bacher. Born in Rü in San Cassiano, he had a profoundly cultural, as well as religious vocation. In fact, he was particularly attached to the Ladin language. His first publication dates back to 1833 and is completely dedicated to the grammar of the Ladin language.
Today, the majority of Ladin publications are preserved at the Institute's library, which is open to the public from Monday to Thursday from 10 am to 12 pm and then from 3 pm to 5 pm; and on Friday from 10 am to 12 pm.
Exhibits and cultural events are organized mainly during the summer months.