European Traditional Sports and Games Association

Minutes of the 2nd online meeting of project 7 (Member networks): CULTURAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MUSEUMS

by Biel Pubill Soler in Meetings

With the presence of:

  • Lo Llaüt Cultural Association: Biel Pubill Soler : –
  • Ricardo Pérez y Verdes Foundation/Ethnoludic Museum of Galicia: Melga. Ricardo Pérez y Verdes:
  • Folklore Association of KTIMA: Christiana Leonidou
  • Galician Association of Popular and Traditional Xogo (AGXPT) Paco Veiga
  • Pere Lavega president of the AEJeST
  • Alain Bovo, vice president of project 7
  • Fabrizio Vierin, Vice President of Project 7

Alain BOVO, in his introduction, specifies the objectives of the meetings scheduled for the next ones from February to March 2023. It is recalled that each representative of an Association, Federation, University, Training Center and Individual Members are invited and can register and come and share their experiences.

  • The intention is that each representative exposes critical issues of the operation of their organization, its particularities, and its future projects. It is intended to interact with the attendees and thus see what are the needs of each group of members of the AEJeST. Likewise, we will share reflections on how we, from AEJeST, can be closer to all members and promote their interests.

Pere Lavega provides information on the first meeting and then gives the floor to the attendees so that they can intervene.

Galician Association of Popular and Traditional Xogo (AGXPT), Galicia

Paco Veiga speaks on behalf of AGXPT. He indicates that it is a small association, with about 20-25 members dedicated to promoting and researching recreational heritage. He points out that ludic heritage is the expression they use to refer to traditional games and sports.

It indicates that this year they celebrate the 20th anniversary of its creation. He explains that his priority is research and playful heritage dissemination. At the moment, they are participating in a television program.

It indicates that for AGXPT, it is essential to belong to the AEJeST and to be linked with European associations to favour networking and the visibility of the ludic heritage.

At the moment, due to their limitations, they cannot actively participate in European projects.

Petition to the AEJeST. They would like to know if other AEJeST members have experience or are working on any TV shows. They are also interested in learning the presence of projects that are aimed at adding value to recreational heritage.

Lo Llaüt Cultural Association, Catalonia

Biel Pubill intervenes on behalf of this association. He indicates that it is a small association of a local nature; it has 150 members in the town of Ascó, which has about 1000 inhabitants. The association’s objective is the cultural revitalization of the cultural heritage of its territory.

They are an active association and carry out various activities, such as outings and making videos… Traditional games are the section in which they are most active; they have prepared exhibitions and published books. He explains, as an initiative, the use of seventeenth-century game sheets that have tried to connect them with the activity, stimulating its practice among youth; They have also participated in elaborating toys with reeds.

Ideas for the AEJeST. Her association would like to participate in joint action with other organizations with similar interests. They recognize that they need to gain more knowledge and use English, making it difficult for them to participate in European projects.

A simple initiative could be the development of a joint exhibition between two or more European regions; the content could be the same, explained in different languages.

Ricardo Pérez y Verdes Foundation/Ethnoludic Museum of Galicia: Melga.

Ricardo Pérez y Verdes intervenes, indicating that they are also located in a town with 6,000 inhabitants in the Rías Altas of Galicia area.

It stands out that in 2023, the Ethnoludic Museum of Galicia, Melga celebrates its 10th anniversary. They plan to carry out particular activities, such as spending a week playing traditional games.

He explains that they are a very active museum, which organizes free and guided visits to the contents of this museum. He makes a very positive assessment of the interactive visits that allow people to get to know the games shown in his museum efficiently.

Explain that they have received many students and teachers from other European countries in recent years through the Erasmus mobility program. Often, she has taught teachers and students games from her home country that these people were unaware of. He knows these games have subsequently been shown and taught upon returning to his country.

It highlights the importance of international exchanges. In their museum, they organize festivals of traditional Galician games and games from other parts of the world. Likewise, they organize contests, competitions or challenges with Galician games.

He explains that his museum receives many requests to activate exhibitions of traditional games worldwide and their connection to history. For example, he reports that he will go to Pontevedra next month to participate in the children’s and youth book fair about games. In this activity, you will bring fun from your museum.

It also indicates that a travel agency is interested in introducing an interactive visit to its museum in its local tour packages.

Finally, he indicates two projects that he would like to activate. The first is to find a toy library so that people can go to his museum on weekends; the second is to create a community of friends of museums and encourage them to participate in the activities they organize in their museum actively.

Folklore Association of KTIMA:

Christiana Leonidou intervenes, representing this association. She explains that they are also located close to the town of Paphos, Cyprus, a city with about 12,000 inhabitants. His association has about 100 members. I am very active in actions related to the promotion of tradition, recreational heritage and cultural heritage.

They are linked to UNESCO. At this time, they have participated in the UNESCO registration of traditional games and sports, as well as other cultural manifestations, as cultural heritage.

Recognize that obtaining resources is a priority for them. That’s why they got used to organizing festivals. Two festivals stand out: the Klima folklore festival, which includes folk traditions and traditional games, also the festival they celebrate at Easter, in which they introduce traditional games. It is in their interest that these little-known games are included in the game list of their country. That transmission to future generations can be favoured. Explain that next April 2023 they will celebrate the 3rd edition of this festival of traditional games at Easter.

Explain as a challenge to share, networking with other cultural associations in Europe. They would be very interested in participating in player exchanges, visiting other European localities and associations, on the occasion of local festivals, meetings or activities.

Finally, he thanks AEJeST for being members of this European organization and being able to benefit from networking.

Pere Lavega intervenes, highlighting some common points shared by the members of this group of cultural associations and museums.

  • They intervene in areas with few inhabitants; they are small organizations
  • They are highly motivated by research and dissemination of traditional games and sports, considered as cultural heritage.
  • They would like to participate in exchanges and be in direct contact with other organizations

It also indicates that it would be of great interest for these types of small organizations to know how they can get in touch with UNESCO to carry out joint actions.

It concludes by inviting the organizations to keep in touch and to try to activate some joint action, without the need for the board of directors to take the lead in their networking.

Finally, Alain BOVO and Fabrizio VIERIN intervened to conclude this second meeting. It takes the opportunity to remember that the next meeting of Traditional Sports Federations is scheduled for Monday, March 6 at 3:30 p.m. (CET, Madrid).


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