‘The Guimarães Conversations 2013’ avalia Capital Europeia da Cultura

Guimarães (Portugal)(3)

Guimarães (Portugal)(3) (Photo credit: Serge LAROCHE)

A rede europeia “A Soul for Europe”, representada em Portugal pela Sete Pés, organiza esta sexta-feira, 17 de maio, com o apoio da Fundação Cidade de Guimarães, a conferência internacional “The Guimarães Conversations — participação e a cidadania europeia em Guimarães 2012”. O objetivo é o de estimular a reflexão sobre questões como a natureza e qualidade da participação dos cidadãos em Guimarães 2012 no que diz respeito ao reforço dos valores e consciência de cidadania europeia. “The Guimarães Conversations — participação e a cidadania europeia em Guimarães 2012” surge no seguimento da autorização favorável, pela União Europeia, do financiamento do projeto “Aliança Cultural para uma Europa dos cidadãos”. Esta iniciativa contemplou a realização de dois focus groups em abril para a recolha de opiniões de cidadãos e responsáveis sobre a Capital Europeia da Cultura acerca dos temas de participação cívica e democrática em Guimarães e na União Europeia. A reunião desta 6ª feira, dia 17 – que reúne participantes dos focus groups de abril, representantes das capitais europeias da cultura e membros da “A Soul for Europe” e da Sete Pés – integra-se nas atividades de avaliação e reflexão relativas à Capital Europeia da Cultura.

Source: radiofundacao.net

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TONETA meeting in Guimaraes

Tamara Guirao, CAAC Coordinator

Tamara Guirao, CAAC Coordinator

Coinciding with the General Assembly of the Atlantic Regions, TONETA partnership met in Guimaraes on 17th and 18th May 2013. This event was labelled under the “European City of Sport”, an award received by Guimaraes (Vale do Ave) in 2013 and by Cardiff for 2014.

The first day the debates focused on the importance of sports in territorial cohesion and urban development. The meeting was opened by Mr. Gabriel Pontes, responsible for the project TONETA in Vale do Ave and Secretary-General of AMAVE. Paula Nogueira, from the Sports’ Commission of Guimaraes presented the application and the implementation of the European City of Sport, while João Zamith (Intercéltica) discussed about the role “The role of culture, sport and heritage in boosting tourism and regeneration in coastal areas”. These inputs were followed by the intervention of CAAC Coordinator, Ms. Tamara Guirao, who in behalf of the TONETA partnership presented the diverse initiatives of the cities involved concerning sport and urban development. The day was closed by François Arbellot, Leader of the Atlantic project NEA 2, who explained the procedures and challenges around nautism in the Atlantic Area; and Vitor Lemos, who presented the XIX Edition of the Atlantic Watersport Games and the initiatives around the Sea City in Viana do Castelo.

The second day took the shape of a workshop. In the first session the participants analysed the TONETA project so as to draft a swot analysis to be presented in the final report and draw lessons for the future. In the second session, the focus was dedicated to the European Call on Sports, discussing the adequacy of this call as a future evolution of TONETA. Participants also stated that more simplification was needed in EU projects’ presentation and justification, following the example of more friendly calls like Europe for Citizens. As a significant guideline of TONETA, networking possibilities were examined by discussion on the examples of the – “World surf cities network” (of which Viana do Castelo is a member) and the Volvo Ocean Race.

In the conclusions, Mr. Gabriel Pontes, Secretary-General of AMAVE invited partners to keep working together, and to see the final report not as an end of the project but as a start of new ways of cooperation.

Guimarães, named as European City of Sport 2013

Guimarães - European City of Sport 2013

Guimarães – European City of Sport 2013 (Photo credit: Porto Convention and Visitors Bureau)

The European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation (ACES Europe) has named Guimarães , Portugal as the European City of Sport for 2013.

Following the resounding success of Guimarães ‘ European Capital of Culture 2012, the city has now received an equally important title, this time for its sporting facilities. Guimarães will play host to major sporting events on a national, European and worldwide scale in 2013.

It will host the National Festival of Gymnastics from the 8th-10th June and the European Championships of Boccia from the 15th-23rd June. The 10th Games of the “Eixo Atlântico”, a popular tournament in which cities from Spain and Northern Portugal compete in a number of different sporting events, will take place from 30th June to 4th July.

Other competitions are also scheduled to take place including swimming, synchronised swimming, athletics, figure skating, horse riding, hockey, handball, football, cycling, karate and judo.

With over 50 different sporting events planned over the course of the year, more than 20 thousand athletes will pass through the city of Guimarães in 2013. Nine federations, 17 regional associations, 40 clubs and six universities will be taking part.

The executive committee of Guimarães 2013 European City of Sport aims to promote the city as a sporting destination in 2013 whilst raising the profile of the cultural and social elements of the city at the same time.

Source: golftoday

Festival européen de la chanson en langues minoritaires

 Festival européen de la chanson en langues minoritaires (Liet International Asturies 2012)

Breton, gaélique, basque, corse, frison… Voici quelques-unes des langues minoritaires que nous pourrons entendre samedi soir, au Théâtre de La Laboral, à Gijón, lors de la 9ème édition du festival musical Liet International, le « concours de l’Eurovision » réservé aux chansons interprétées en langues européennes minoritaires.

Créé en 2002 afin de permettre aux artistes chantant en langues minoritaires de monter sur scène, le festival Liet International se déroulera pour la première fois en Espagne après avoir précédemment visité la province hollandaise de la Frise, le territoire suédois du peuple Sami, la région italienne du Frioul et la Bretagne.

Le comité de sélection de la Fondation Liet International, composé d’experts en musique frisonne, asturienne, corse ou autres langues régionales, a retenu, parmi trente-cinq candidats venus de tous les recoins d’Europe et représentant dix-huit minorités linguistiques différentes, les cinq chansons suivantes : Fathainn de Brian Ó Headhra (gaélique écossais, Royaume Uni); Muxurik muxu d’Enkore (basque, Espagne); Tao Tynyd d’Ivan Belosludtsev & 4 Cheber Pios (oudmourte, Russie); Slickermuul de The Voodoolectric (bas saxon, Allemagne) et enfin Ar Gouloù Bev de Lleuwen (breton, France).

Ce plateau d’artistes multiculturels sera complété par six autres groupes ayant remporté leur concours national respectif et qui se sont donc qualifiés pour cette grande finale : Asturiana Mining Company (asturien, Espagne), Inger Karoline Gaup (same, Norvège), Yldau (frison, Pays Bas), Dopu Cena (corse, France), Claudia Crabuzza et Claudio Gabriel Sanna (frioulan, Italie) et Jonokognos (frioulan, Italie).

Entrée gratuite dans la limite des places disponibles. Invitations à retirer au préalable à l’accueil de La Laboral – Cité de la Culture ou au Centre Niemeyer (Avilés). Le concours débutera à 21h30 mais afin de ne pas perturber le bon déroulement du spectacle, l’accès au théâtre devra se faire avant 21h15. Un Prix Spécial sera décerné par le public présent dans la salle et par les votes des internautes (ouverture des votes le samedi 1er à 21h30, fermeture 15 minutes après le dernier passage).

Venez nombreux !

Source: gijontourisme