International Day of Words

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An intercultural forum opens in a village in La Mancha, Spain.

Promoting coexistence between different cultures is the challenge of the now opened Museo de la Palabra, an Alliance of civilizations whose headquarters are located in a Palace of the 18th century in Quero, a village in La Mancha Toledo, although it will be a 'Museum' in which will not be shown nothing. 'Recognize with me is a beautiful utopia', said the promoter of the initiative, Caesar Egido Serrano, during the ceremony, which was attended by the President of Castilla - La Mancha, José María Barreda, and former Ministers César Antonio Molina and Cristina Alberdi, as well as writers, journalists and diplomats. The Palace of the Fundación César Egido Serrano, with conference rooms and libraries, will be a Centre for meetings and dialogue, while the main stronghold of the Museo de la Palabra will be on the internet, with the aim of fostering the intercultural encounter. And as 'every word aspires to mean a work of art', as explained by the director of the Foundation, Alfonso Fernández Burgos, the inauguration of the Museum has coincided with a microfiction contest awards. It is the contest of the world more money you give by word used, because the maximum text is 600 characters (each letter or space) and first prize is $ 7,000. Eighteen words took you to argentina Maria Soledad Uranga to win the prize. 'Days ago it rains to pitchers and the cat ate the last cricket that kept us awake', has recited EfE the award-winning after confessing that he was surprised and even believed that another woman of the same name was the winner, therefore it it seemed impossible. From 44 States in the world (all Latin America, but also other disparate as Australia, Sri Lanka or Japan) came the 3.672 microfiction that competed. Caesar Egido Serrano has made it clear that his project - the Foundation, the virtual museum and microfiction contest - does not have any type of public or private grant and is something completely personal, utopian and quixotic. And reminded us of a people in the vicinity, or perhaps the same Quero, made Cervantes which left Don Quixote to 'live crazy and die sane'. 'I assure you that this is the soul of La Mancha,' said Caesar Egido Serrano excited, breathy voice and the applause from the hundreds of guests, many of them residents of Quero. The founder of the Museo de la Palabra has exposed that 'understanding is apologize' and that is the basis of tolerance, for which the word is the most useful tool, reason why decided to make a tribute. To the 'transformative capacity of the word' been mentioned below Barreda, who has been seen as Don Quixote a 'spiritual guide'. Barreda has pointed out that 'in the beginning was the word, the word' and things and animals began to make sense to be named, as he described the Genesis 'and then sang Bob Dylan'. That 'the word is irreplaceable' it has been reflected by Barreda to indicate that in the internet search engines there are to choose wisely what Word use to get the expected results. Carmen Posadas, Shlomo Ben Ami, Teresa Alvarez, Juan Cruz, Ignacio Ferrando, Paloma Mayordomo, Miguel Ángel Mellado and Javier Sagarna have formed part of the jury along with former Ministers Alberdi and Molina and Fernández Burgos. 'Beware the utopias, because sometimes they comply with', has recommended Caesar Egido Serrano after ensuring that he never thought his project became reality. (Published in News Telecinco)

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