An artist and a singer with links to Falmouth University are to be part of an international project celebrating minority languages and their maritime connections.

Zenna Tagney and Bec Applebee have been selected to take part in TOSTA, a project being run as part of the 2016 European Capital of Culture San Sebastian /Donostia in Spain.

Zenna, an artist who has a foundation degree in art and design and a BA in contemporary craft from University College Falmouth, will be living and working on the Isle of Skye for five weeks, hosted by Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic language college of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Over the same period a Frysk-speaking artist from the north of the Netherlands will be based in Falmouth and will meet with Cornish speakers, schools, artists and communities across Cornwall. Artwork from all seven international residencies will be curated into the Pop-Up Festival Village constructed from shipping containers. This will "pop-up" on the Prince of Wales Pier over the three days of the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival in June.

Musician and singer, Bec Applebee, a physical theatre actor who is an associate theatre lecturer at Falmouth University, has been selected to represent Kernow. She will join the travelling "diversity orchestra" which will travel to seven different festivals in each of the small-language nations, between May and September.

Two young Cornish Cultural Ambassadors, Taran Spalding-Jenkin and Ash Taylor, have already visited the Basque Country for four days' training, with counterparts from six other cultures. They will be the cultural hosts at the pop-up village.

For TOSTA: Kernow, Cornish cultural production company Golden Tree Productions will work with schools, community organisations and the Falmouth International Sea Shanty Festival. Will Coleman, artistic director, said: “With Kernewek now recognised as a living language under the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, we are proud to be representing Cornwall in this collaboration. TOSTA encompasses a whole range of activities that will run over spring and summer; all aimed at celebrating linguistic diversity in Europe, advocating minority languages and strengthening connections between their communities.”