The Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, through the General Directorate of Popular Culture and Cultural Associations, is a partner in the PROMETHEUS project and leads the action to promote the holding of an international symposium that highlights the research, dissemination and transmission of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Fallas, Haros and Brandons beyond territorial borders.
Specifically, the Department of Culture is promoting the International Symposium on Solstice Fire Festivals of the Pyrenees, which will be held on 27, 28 and 29 October in Bagà, and with the collaboration of Cerdanyola, both towns which celebrate the Fallas.
The Symposium aims to bring local and international knowledge to the fore through research and studies on the solstice fire festivals of the Pyrenees. Cross-border research and dissemination to join forces, arguments and make the submission to the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity all the stronger.
The main task since the beginning of the project has been the coordination between partners and with the different actors of the territory of the 3 member states of the PROMETHEUS project, in order to create a territorially representative Scientific Committee which is equal and reflects the cultural and social diversity that encompasses the world of the Fallas.
This Committee is made up of institutional representatives and experts from France, Andorra, Aragon and Catalonia. They have been responsible for developing the orientation and content of the Symposium.
There will be a first inaugural conference that will take stock of the 5 years of the candidacy by the UNESCO declaration. As can be seen in detail in the corresponding section of the website and in the programme, there will be 4 areas that address the organisation and territorial management of the Falles, Haros and Brandons, their transmission and safeguarding strategies, the challenges of management cultural in the Pyrenean territory and/or the transfer and dissemination of this heritage with the presentation of entities, museums, books and related publications. Through presentations, communications and round tables, various topics will be covered, such as the new actors, protocols, models and organisational resources, as well as new tools to deal with COVID-related issues, the impact on the media, the sustainability and future of the festivities, etc. It will be structured with cross-sectional perspectives, with experiences from other sectors and cultural fields and territories around the world.
In parallel, an organisational committee was created between 2019-2020, consisting of representatives of the territory, the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya and Bagà City Council, with the collaboration of Cerdanyola and the rest of project partners.
Due to the pandemic, all the instructions by the health authorities have been adopted and all the necessary preventive measures will be taken. Accordingly, the format of the Symposium will be dual, both in-person and online. The structure, organisation and logistics of the Symposium have been coordinated so that it can be developed in a completely normal way in the territory of Berguedà.
Attendance at the Symposium is free, but prior registration is required for the conference, meaning that you can also obtain a certificate of participation.
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PhD in Art History from the University of Lleida. Postdoctoral researcher in the Chair of Education and Intangible Heritage of the Pyrenees. Interuniversity professor and collaborator of the Open University of Catalonia. Has participated in several competitive research and transfer programmes related to cultural heritage.
Department of Social Anthropology, University of Barcelona (UB). Predoctoral researcher at the University of Barcelona carrying out a doctoral thesis on Museums and Intangible Cultural Heritage based on the case of Catalan festivals being turned into museums. Graduate in Social and Cultural Anthropology (UAB, 2018) and Master in Cultural Heritage Management and Museology (UB, 2020). Currently a researcher contracted by the Prometheus Interreg POCTEFA EU project for the creation of the Prometheus Virtual Museum of the Fire Festivals of the Pyrenees. His research interests are in the areas of the Museums of Intangible Cultural Heritage (PCI), the Safeguarding and Management of the PCI, the heritage development of traditional festivals, participating museums, the Museums of Society and cultural policies.
He has developed his professional career as a cultural manager in the public administration since the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, in which he works as Head of Internal Communication (2005). Since 2011 he has been working in the field of popular culture and cultural associations. Sits on the editorial board of the magazine Tornaveu – Associacionisme i Cultura (since 2014), has been on the Commission for Monitoring the Protocol of Popular Festival Dances of Barcelona (2018-2021) and collaborates with different media outlets as a columnist in the dissemination of content on popular and community culture.
Degree in Geography and Graduate in Social Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Master in Territorial and Population Studies from the UAB and Postgraduate in landscape intervention and management for the revitalisation of cultural heritage by the UAB. He currently works as a technician in the Department of Culture of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Directorate General of Popular Culture and Cultural Associations, where he carried out tasks related to the revitalisation of activities, institutional relations and protocol, promotion and study of popular and traditional culture, territorial policies of support to the associative world, management of projects and coordination of cultural actions between entities.
With a geo-eclectic background, at the same time he dedicates his free time to exploring the territory, the sociocultural landscape that moves us, environmental education and leisure, and whenever he can he dedicates time to folk/roots music and volunteering in several different parts of the world!
PhD. Degree in Geography (1999) and PhD from the University of Lleida (2014); DEA in Territorial Planning and Regional Development, University of Barcelona (2001-2002); mountain farmer by birth and training and fruit grower of apples and pears since 2009, specialist in autochthonous varieties and cultivated biodiversity. Current research is on the ecological and permacultural transition of orchards, the decline of agriculture, and food sovereignty. Author of the following books:
Foc al Faro! la Festa de les Falles al Pirineu (Fire to the Beacon: the Fallas Festival of the Pyrenees) (2012), with Sergi Ricart (photographer and editor), on research carried out between 2006 and 2011, and Foc a les mans. Un conte de falles (Holding Fire: Tales of the Fallas) (2015), with Sebastià Jordà “Patxanet” (illustrator) and of several articles and communications on the Fallas, besides the doctoral thesis “Metodologia experimental en la construcció social de les muntanyes: la mesologia aplicada a l’ordenació de la unitat geogràfica del Pirineu” (Experimental methodology in the social construction of mountains: mesology applied to the arrangement of the geographical unit of the Pyrenees), which also deals with the Fallas.
Degree in Romance Philology (2012, UB), degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology (2018, UAB) and a Master’s degree in Medieval Cultures (2015, UB). Pre-doctoral fellow (University Teacher Training, FPU) at the University of Barcelona. Currently working on her doctoral dissertation on the heritage development of the “summer solstice fire festivals” included in the UNESCO Representative List of PCI since 2015. Lines of research include heritage development processes on both sides of the Pyrenees, especially in the Gascon, Pallars and Andorran areas; and as a matter of priority those that are connected to a nomination by UNESCO. In addition to doing her doctoral thesis, she also collaborates in various research and/or dissemination projects related to popular culture and/or PCI.
PhD in Geological Sciences from the University of Barcelona. Director of the Chair of Education and Intangible Heritage of the Pyrenees. Tenured Professor and Coordinator of the Master’s Degree Course in Psychopaedagogy at the University of Lleida. She has led several international research and transfer projects and participated in academic networks. She is the researcher in charge of the POCTEFA Prometheus project.
Degree in History and Master’s degree in Archival Studies. Caixa de Barcelona Social Sciences Award. Editor of the magazines Estudis de Berguedà (1982 to 1989) i Quaderns de l’Àmbit de Recerques del Berguedà (1991 to 1997). Has published books and articles on local history, popular culture and archiving, participated in conferences and given courses and lectures on the same topics. Has sat on the editorial boards of Plecs, a supplement to Avenç; of Erol, a cultural magazine in Beguedà; of Arxius, and of Lligall. Director of the Vila de Bagà Archive, the Historical Archive of the City of Berga and the Berguedà Regional Archive (1987-2020). The research project “La Fia-faia: ancestral, màgica, única” (“The Fia-faia: ancestral, magical, unique”) won the Serra Boldú popular culture award. Prepared the reform proposal for the 2001 Festival. Author of the reports and took part in the efforts to have the Fia-faia recognised as a Heritage Festival of National Interest and for its inclusion in the register as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
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