Martes, 11 Agosto 2020



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                                         Cultural Tourism and COVID-19


COVID-19 has caused, and continues to cause, many and serious problems all over the world. In one of our previous posts in this section, we talked about the negative effects of this virus in the tourism sector. Since there is a strong link between tourism and culture, this post will be dedicated to the negative impact this pandemic is having on festivals and cultural celebrations in Spain, because the cultural sector is being severely affected as well.


The Coronavirus crisis is forcing authorities to suspend all festivals and festivities throughout Spain.  The list of them is huge, so it will be impossible for us to talk about all of them.


Thus, the pandemic has caused the cancellation of La Feria de Abril, Moros y Cristianos, Las Fallas de Valencia, whose economic impact is of around €500 million, Los patios de Córdoba, San Fermín, Fiestas de Mayo, Ascensión del 21 de mayo, Las Hogueras de San Juan, which won't be lit on June 23rd, La Tomatina de Buñol and many others; unfortunately, the list is endless.




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Of course, as expected as the suspension was, all these places, as well as others, were reluctant to cancel their festivities and were waiting to see the pandemic evolution. However, cancellation was the only solution.


I wouldn’t like to finish without mentioning Galicia, where lots of people usually come together at the typical Verbenas. This year, the orchestras which perform in those Verbenas think that the summer season is lost. In addition, Galicia has some of the best festivals in Spain in its genre, such as Resurrection Fest, O Son do Camiño, Portamérica, Atlantic Fest, etc. , and it is a 100% sure that they are going to be cancelled or postponed.


In conclusion, all these festivals and cultural festivities are being suspended to try to stop this pandemic as soon as possible. So, let’s remember that these cancellations are the best way to deal with such an unprecedented situation.






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                                                                                                                                                                           International Dance Day


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International Dance Day was created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute ITI, the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO in 1982. This day is a celebration day for those who can see the value and importance of the art form “dance”, and acts as a wake-up-call for governments, politicians and institutions which have not yet recognised its value to the people and to the individual and have not yet realised its potential for economic growth.


Gregory Vuyani MAQOMA (South Africa) has written the message for International Dance Day 2020

Gregory Vuyani Maqoma became interested in dance in the late 1980s as a means to escape the political tensions growing in his place of birth. He started his formal dance training in 1990 and has established himself as an internationally renowned dancer, choreographer, actor, teacher and director. He founded Vuyani Dance Theatre (VDT) in 1999 and is respected for his collaborations with artists of his generation; in addition, several works in his repertoire have won him awards and international acclaim.




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"It was during an interview I had recently that I had to think deeply about dance, what does it mean to me? In my response, I had to look into my journey, and I realized that it was all about purpose and each day presents a new challenge that needs to be confronted, and it is through dance that I try to make sense of the world.


We are leaving through unimaginable tragedies... More than ever, we need to dance with purpose, to remind the world that humanity still exists... Our dance must, more than ever, give a strong signal to the world leaders ... that we are an army of furious thinkers, and our purpose is one that strives to change the world one step at a time. Dance is freedom, and through our found freedom, we must free others from the entrapments they face in different corners of the world...


As we dance with our bodies, tumbling in space and tangling together, we become a force of movement weaving hearts, touching souls and providing healing that is so desperately needed. And purpose becomes a single hydra-headed, invincible and indivisible dance. All we need now is to dance some more!!!!"



                                                             Happy Birthday, Elena!!!

 Since you had to leave all of a sudden and we didn’t have the opportunity to say our goodbyes, you sent a written message and also recorded a video singing a song and playing ukulele for all of us! So, when we found out that it was your birthday, we agreed to record, draw and write happy-birthday-farewell messages for you.


Elena, you helped us improve our English, you told us about US customs and traditions, about your family and your travel experiences; you talked to us about art, about the environment... By the way, do you remember when you told us to answer the questionnaire in the Footprint Calculator? Wow! Some of us were dumbfounded when we saw our results!!!


You also listened to our presentations and our group conversations, and you prepared great Power Points to give your own presentations about different topics related to the different subjects in which you accompanied us.


What a pity we didn't have more time together... we could have learned so much in the three more months that you still had to spend with us! Anyway, we've heard that you promised to come back, so we hope to see you again, preferably soon!  


Thanks and Happy Birthday, Elena!





                     April 23 - 2020  at CIFP A Farixa

Can you read this quote?




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                                                                       April 23: World Book Day - English Language Day - Spanish Language Day

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April 23 is a symbolic date for world literature. It is on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, Haldor K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel Mejía Vallejo.



It was a natural choice for UNESCO's General Conference, held in Paris in 1995, to pay a world-wide tribute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those, who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. With this in mind, UNESCO created the World Book and Copyright Day.



English Language Day at the UN is celebrated on 23 April, the date traditionally observed as both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. The Day is the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information, establishing language days for each of the Organization's six official languages. The purpose of the UN's language days is to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six official languages throughout the Organization.


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La ONU también habla con Ñ



El 23 de abril se celebra el "Día de la lengua española" en las Naciones Unidas para concienciar al personal de la Organización, y al mundo en general, acerca de la historia, la cultura y el uso del español como idioma oficial.



La elección del día atiende al aniversario de la muerte del gran genio de las letras españolas, Miguel de Cervantes. Casualmente, la fecha de su fallecimiento coincide con la del más prestigioso dramaturgo inglés, William Shakespeare. De ahí que ambas lenguas compartan el día.



Las Naciones Unidas siempre han buscado maneras creativas de promover los idiomas oficiales en todas las esferas de su labor, entre las que por supuesto no podría faltar el español. Nelson Mandela afirmaba que "si hablas a un hombre en una lengua que entiende, el mensaje llega a su cabeza. Si le hablas en su lengua, le llega a su corazón".



Books: A Window into the World During COVID-19


With so many of us now prisoners in our own homes, trapped inside the same four walls and sick of the same old view from the same old windows, we realize how much we’re missing not only family and friends but also colleagues, acquaintances and even strangers! How about places? Those long country walks and hillside hikes, the sea, meadows, restaurants, cinemas, shops... the list is endless!


The thrill of adventure, the excitement of discovery, the pleasures of the exotic; the roar of the crowd, the buzz of the city, the silence of the mountaintop . . . never did we know how much we valued them, until they were taken away.


There is good news, though. You can experience all these things from the comfort of your living room. How? You can do it, of course, through a book! 




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       Now more than ever, at a time when globally most schools are closed and people are under lockdown, or having to limit time spent out of their homes, the power of books can help us to combat isolation, to reinforce ties between people, and to expand our horizons, while stimulating our minds and creativity.



During the month of April and all year round, it is critical to take the time to read on your own or with your children. It is a time to celebrate the importance of reading, foster children's growth as readers, and promote a lifelong love of literature and integration into the world of work.




Let's Read!                                                         



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  United in HOPE    


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Suddenly, we woke up one morning and everything had changed! Now, there’s no magic in Disney; there are no lovers in Paris; New York, the city that never sleeps is practically in hibernation; no paths want to lead to Rome these days; we don’t shake hands anymore, and kisses and hugs are now dangerous weapons. However, as the proverbs say “Every cloud has a silver lining” and “The darkest hour is just before the dawn” so, we’ve learned that now, more than ever, is the time for us to be proactive about creating small moments of happiness in our days.


We’re learning to savor the small moments: The smell of coffee, the feel of the warm shower on your back and so on. Stop to take in these moments, rather than let them rush by on automatic pilot, as we usually do, give your brain a chance to process those small pleasures.


The world is experiencing a massive drop in air pollution - some climate scientists hope that this crisis will help shed a light on the massive environmental impact of our everyday habits and economic activities, potentially leading to some positive change after the crisis subsides. 


We’re strengthening our connections: for those of us in family lockdown, now is the opportunity to spend quality time with our loved ones.



  Solidarity: Neighborhoods are putting together care packages for people who are in need. Young people are offering to help the elderly cope with this difficult situation by doing the shopping or picking up medicine from the pharmacy. Some singers stream their talent via social media, in an effort to make staying at home a little more enjoyable. Messages of support and solidarity are flooding in to hospitals, aiming to raise spirits among patients. Healthcare workers are, once again, showing their enormous dedication to helping others; as a consequence, thousands and thousands of citizens come out to their balconies and windows to offer a round of applause dedicated to them.   

These are just a few of the ways in which all citizens are showing their solidarity in such a difficult time. There are most definitely dozens of other solidarity initiatives which deserve the highest of recognition. These gestures, big and small show that together, we can overcome even the most difficult situations.




The coronavirus pandemic is causing immense pain and suffering. But it will force us to reconsider who we are and what we value, and, in the long run, it could help us rediscover the better version of ourselves. We are united in hope!






              Impact of Coronavirus on Tourism Sector


The tourism sector is experiencing a global crisis due to the coronavirus, and what is most worrying is that we do not know when all this will end; besides, the forecast is not very encouraging.



All companies related to the tourism sector, such as hotels, airlines, cruise operators and travel agencies, have experienced cancellations of trips and public events. These are just some of the most immediate short-term effects but, unfortunately, all this is having a longer-term impact.




Before the state of emergency was declared in Italy and Spain due to the coronavirus, their tourism sectors had already started to suffer its impact. Thus, the famous Venice Carnival, as well as Fallas and Holy Week celebrations in Spain, together with other events all around Europe have been canceled. In addition, museums, theatres, hotels, restaurants, etc are also closed. As a result, the European tourism industry financial loss is estimated to be of roughly €1 billion per month.




This is a worrying figure because the tourism sector is 12% of GDP in Italy and 15% in Spain; in addition, Italy is the fifth most visited country in the world and Spain is the second. Moreover, the COVID-19 affects the luxury tourism in Barcelona, where Chinese tourists increase the sales volume, 38%, in the famous Paseo de Gracia. As a consequence of this unfortunate situation, there are a lot of jobs related to this sector that are in danger; that means many people who do not know what is going to happen with their jobs.



In conclusion, we are living an unprecedented difficult situation and we are eager to return to our normal lives as soon as possible. But now, it is time to follow the government’s advice to fight against this virus so that we can go out, spend time with our family and friends, enjoy nature, and of course, travel to discover new places and learn about other cultures. So, remember, stay home to help yourself and help others.



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