Primorje-Gorski Kotar County is a region of exceptional linguistic dialects and idioms. One of them is Kastav Chakavian which is spoken by fewer and fewer people today. The linguistic micro-location of the Kastav area is the starting point in the building of a European platform that connects themes linked to endangered languages.
The neighbourhood of Kastav deals with the issues of endangered languages and the linguistic rights of minorities. Therefore, they are determined to form a European platform which will focus on the protection and preservation of minority languages in order to share and support the idea of regional and minority languages, through educational programmes and the research and development of teaching materials and tools.
The Kastav programme consists of several basic elements: a competitive Chakavian reading room for children and adults, educational programmes and an international scientific conference about the preservation of linguistic heritage which will include themes about the legal provisions, the importance of the preservation of identity and the cultural and linguistic heritage of Europe. The curriculum of the native heritage and local speech is also presented. The entertainment part of the programme is the traditional celebration Bela Nedeja (White Sunday). In the European context the town of Kastav and the Hungarian city of Pécs, which was a European Capital of Culture in 2010, are connected.