European Traditional Sports and Games Association

Ethnosport Summit in Khiva, Uzbekistan – 7 to 9 September 2023

by Biel Pubill Soler in Festivales

This Summit was organized by the Ministry of Youth Policy and Sport of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the help of the World Ethnosport Confederation (WEC) and the Uzbekistan Ethnosport Association.

The program of the Summit had planned several round tables and debates around the promotion and organization of TSG, and in parallel there was an International Festival of Traditional Sports, as well as competitions of traditional wrestling Kurash. All representatives of the 24 members of the Confederation, as well as several ministries, state officials, representatives of federations, academics and researchers from dozens countries were presents.

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Xalera! First festival of popular and traditional games, music and dance

by Biel Pubill Soler in Festivales

Three fundamental elements of popular and traditional culture that we consider part of the festive recreational heritage of our villages come together in XALERA!
XALERA is an initiative of the Secretaria General de l’Esport des Terres de l’Ebre which aims to share, know and enjoy this common heritage of the municipalities of Terres de l’Ebre, Matarraña and Baix Maestrat.
It is therefore presented as a day which will be organized year after year in a different place, traveling the territory with a shared playful festive imagination. To succeed in this challenge, the complicity of institutions is sought, but, more importantly, of cultural, recreational, sporting and festive associationism which is the real dynamiser and safeguard of this culture, of this heritage.

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Rio Maior & Santarém will host AEJeST’s 2023 Assembly

by José Ángel Hoyos Perote in Meetings, Información

The Federaçao Portuguesa do Jogos Tradicionais is organising the 22nd General Assembly of the European Association of Traditional Games and Sports from 12 to 15 October. For this purpose, it has the support of the municipalities of Santarém and Rio Maior, two beautiful towns very close to each other, in the Ribatejo region, north of Lisbon. A Traditional Games Seminar and Festival will be held in Rio Maior on Friday 13th, while the Assembly will take place in the convent of San Francisco, in Santarém, on Saturday 14th.

Here you can watch some promotional videos of both locations.

English version

Portuguese version


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Skittles in Cantabria

by José Ángel Hoyos Perote in Uncategorised

The Federación Cántabra de Bolos once again organised the Semana Bolística, the highest expression of the modality of Bolo Palma, which during 11 days developed the following competitions: Spanish 1st category Championship, Spanish Women’s Championship, Spanish Children’s Championship, Spanish Federation Cup by teams and the Torneo del Millón, an individual competition by the k.o. system.

All the competitions took place in the Santiago Galas indoor bowling alley, in Ontoria, Cabezón de la Sal, and were attended by a large number of people, especially on the day of the final of the Spanish Championship, which had to put up the “no tickets” sign. They were broadcasted on YouTube on three platforms. The AEJeST was always visible thanks to the placement of our logo on the alternative advertising scoreboard, as well as on all the posters.

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by Biel Pubill Soler in Meetings, Festivales

The 7th PLJOČKE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL was held in Croatia, in Svetvinčenat, in the Istrian region, on September 8 and 9, 2023. The meeting, which was held as part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention, was opened by the mayor of the Municipality of Svetvinčenat, Dean Perković, after which the attendees were greeted by Jesica Acquavita, vice-president of the Istrian Region, Davor Trupković, Chief Conservator of the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, and Rut Carek, Secretary General of the Croatian Commission for UNESCO.

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5th International Conference on Traditional Games and Sports

by Biel Pubill Soler in Meetings

The 5th International Conference on Traditional Games and Sports will be held on September 8 and 9, 2023 in Svetvinčent, Croatia. This year’s theme of the conference is: Safeguarding traditional games and sports for social inclusion, held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The organizer of the conference is the Istarski Pljočarski Savez – IPS. The holding of the conference is made possible by the Ministry of Culture and Media of the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian Commission for UNESCO, the Istrian Region Assesory for Culture and the Municipality of Svetvinčenat.

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49th Ancient Sports Olympiad

by Biel Pubill Soler in Festivales

We are pleased to present the 49th Ancient Sports Olympiad, which will be held on August 26 and 27, 2023 in Brođanci, Slavonija, Croatia. The event was first organized on August 26, 1972, and on that occasion brought together participants from 7 disciplines of ancient sports. Today, competitions are held in more than 20 disciplines of traditional sports. About 50,000 competitors and other participants in side events from all parts of the Republic of Croatia and about 20 other countries have taken part in the 48th Olympic Games held so far. During his visite at the event, Juan Antonio Samaranch, as president of the IOC, granted the certificate for use of the name Olympics at the event.

Ancient Sports Olympiad as sport association, is founding member of CTGaSA, Croatian Traditional Games and Sports Association, and member of AEJeST.

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by Biel Pubill Soler in UNESCO

Pere Lavega participated in the Observer category, invited by UNESCO, representing INEFC and AEJeST, in the Seventh International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials in Charge of Physical Education and Sport (MINEPS VII) organized by UNESCO, in Baku , Republic of Azerbaijan, June 26-29, 2023.
The conference was coordinated by Mr. Farid Gayibov, Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan and Gabriela Ramos, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences.

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by Biel Pubill Soler in Publicaciones

A new book on traditional games and sports has just appeared. This is the expansion of the initial dossier of traditional games included in the “TRADIJOC festival” which now includes 35 popular games in 130 pages, with more than 50 variants, from the Ribera d’Ebre and Terra Alta regions.
The book, published by the cultural association Lo Llaüt de Ascó -Spain-, is in Catalan, Spanish and English.

It can be viewed at this link.

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Intangible heritage and tangible representations

by Biel Pubill Soler in Uncategorised

By the so-called tangible or material cultural heritage, we mainly consider monuments, architecture, works of art and furniture, and even certain built landscapes. It is the tangible, what we can touch. Intangible cultural heritage is the intangible, that is to say what one cannot touch, but only guess, imagine. These are all the social practices, traditions, representations, expressions, knowledge and know-how transmitted by the population.

Yet the intangible is not the opposite of the tangible, but often the inspiration, the source of art and of all the representations that can be seen on the monuments that are the pride of civilizations. Without the intangible, one could almost say that there would be no monuments.

When we visit some of our monuments, it is not always obvious, because we have to question the representations of the works and we therefore need to have cultural bases. Here is a concrete example during a visit to an old town called Sangüesa in Spanish, or Zangoza in Basque, in Spanish Navarra. This city is a very old Hospitallers Commandery of the Saint John of Jerusalem Order (crusades). The church was built around 1130 but the South facade is more recent (early 13th century).

Photo Zangoza Church

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