The Tourist Office opens to the public

The Tourist Office of Catoira opened on May 14th. It is located at the entrance to the fort’s enclosure, at the Centro de Activación Cultural Torres de Oeste (CACTO).

Almost 170 people from various regions and nationalities (England, Belgium, France, Holland, Argentina …) have already visited the office since its opening, which is a very positive assessment.

The office is part of the network Turismo Rías Baixas.

Contact details:

T: 986 686 817

Email: turismocatoira@gmail.com

Opening hours:

Morning: 10:00 to 13:00 h (from Tuesday to Sunday)

Evening: 17:00 to 19:00 h (from Tuesday to Thursday), from 17:00 to 20:00 h (Fridays and Sundays)

Olympic medalists Saul Craviotto and Maialen Chourraut confirm their presence at the Canoeing Congress of Catoira

The Seventh International Congress of coaches in calm waters of Catoira managed to surpass 200 registrations, calculating the organization that the total number will be around 250 participants.

The event, which takes place between October 25 and 28, will be attended by the Olympic medalists Maialen Chourraut and Saúl Craviotto. It also highlights the participation of Jean-Michel Prono, president of the ICF Canoe Slalom Committee, which will focus its intervention on the technical evolution and video arbitration system.

Those interested in attending can obtain more information, consult the full program of reports and make their registration on the web www.congresocatoira.es. This was done by more than 200 athletes from 15 countries, including Sweden, Finland, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Palestine, India and Mexico.

Jean Michel Prono

Jean Michel Prono: “Everybody could take something from another canoeing discipline”

Jean Michel Prono

Jean Michel Prono

The International Congress of Canoeing Coaches is getting closer. It will be held in Catoira, Spain, between 26th and 28th October 2018. This will be the seventh edition of the congress, which primarily focuses on sprint canoeing but this year’s congress brings a novelty – a congress for canoe slalom coaches as well. One of the speakers at the congress will be Jean Michel Prono, chairman of ICF’s Canoe Slalom Committee.

Q: How do you as a chairman of the ICF’s Canoe Slalom Committee welcome inclusion of canoe slalom in the International Congress of Canoeing Coaches?

JMP: This was organiser’s initiative and it is a great initiative joining two Olympic disciplines in a congress. This is not only good to promote slalom better which has never been well presented at international congress. And secondly everybody could take something from another canoeing discipline. Some of the presentations may inspire the other discipline´s participants as long as they could attend. Probably we will have them simultaneously, but anyway – even the informal conversation between participants will be good. For me it is a very, very good initiative and it is in the Olympic spirit.

Q: You already organised seminars for canoe slalom coaches in the past. How important it is for the growth of sport to exchange the opinions?

JMP: The previous seminars we have been organising regularly after every season had two goals. First it was time to meet, exchange and work on the future evolution and every time we tried to have presentations, something that could enrich knowledge of coaches and team leaders. I think this was quite successful, but this one is new and will give another focus on the discipline. Personally I am very proud to have the opportunity to present the evolution of judging and the technology support. This might even inspire the other discipline.

Q: You have now mentioned you will be presenting in Catoira. What will be the main points of your presentation?

JMP: My presentation will be explaining why the discipline has been searching in direction of dealing quicker and better with the results management. And for doing this what was the factor which was the judging and transmission of judging. This has led us to video judging and different ways of inputting the penalties. The idea is to show from what observation we have been starting thinking in making evolution and that has probably also changed the discipline in some way.

Q: So, would you say this video judging system was a game changer for canoe slalom?

JMP: Yes, absolutely. You could see now. We are not using the paperwork anymore. We have freed the judges, we have now judges with different attitude, they are focused on observation, and they have time for a break from a very long concentration. And we could already see the affect of somebody only dedicated to the observation on the course and not to do some writing, alternating with the observation. We feel already the change. The other aspect of that is that we deliver the results, and you may have appreciated this as a media officer, faster. And I would say, we do sometimes still have some small issues, in a more fair way. So that was the main change.

Jean Michel Prono

Jean Michel Prono

Q: Do you have some plans to even improve the system you use right now?

JMP: We could already see an advantage of the system of the simultaneity of the penalty call, is how we could transmit this to the public. Now on TV you have the graphic giving you the penalty with the gate number, so it is quite comfortable, but on the bank for those people who come to see the sport, we have to provide them the information.

Q: You and your committee members are those who are, let’s say, shaping the future of canoe slalom. Could you give a little insight what are the plans for the future, where canoe slalom is heading?

At the moment no, because we are just initiating a forum of athletes and coaches, together for the first time. The idea was to start brainstorming, we plan to open the platform where all the community, all people could contribute. We still need to define the different items we want to put on this platform, but the idea is to organise a wide consultation and at the end make some statistics and give the line for the Olympic cycle. We want to include athletes, media, officials, organisers, equipment providers… If they all participate on the same brainstorming network we may have a chance to find a global direction where people look. It is very difficult, when you gather 30 people, you have 30 different opinions, but the idea of this platform is to define, design the tendency.

 

Congress will start on October 26th 2018. Special registration fees are available until 28th September 2018. 

 

More information | Register here | Event bulletin (PDF)

 

ROMARÍA VIKINGA 2018 NEWS

(03/08/2018) For your information: the tickets for tonight’s Roadshow “Follow the Vikings” that were available at the ticket office are already sold out. The organization does not guarantee the availability of seats for every assistant.

ROMARÍA VIKINGA 2018 PROGRAMME

________________SATURDAY, 28 JULY ___________

 

II VIKING EXHIBITION FAIR – MUNICIPAL SCHOOL OF THEATRE ÚRSULA TEATRO

  • 10:00 to 21:00 h –Viking market stalls with Viking and Celtic crafts at the Council boulevard walk.
  • 13:00 h –Theatrical performance A Creación, Avenida Eloy Domínguez
  • 23:30 h –II hike of mystery and legend (leaving from Fonte Gaiteira)

VARIED ACTIVITIES AND GAMES WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE COUNCIL BOULEVARD WALK ALL DAY LONG

 

________________SUNDAY, 29 JULY  ________________________

II VIKING EXHIBITION FAIR – MUNICIPAL SCHOOL OF THEATRE ÚRSULA TEATRO

  • 10:00 to 21:00 h – Viking Market stalls with Viking and Celtic crafts at the Council boulevard walk
  • 13:00 h – Theatrical performance A Creación, Praza Doutor Vázquez (train station)
  • 19:00 h – Magic performance by Dani García with the show “Código”. Council boulevard walk.

VARIED ACTIVITIES AND GAMES WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE COUNCIL BOULEVARD WALK ALL DAY LONG

20:30 h / Municipal Auditorium / CONCERT OF THE MUSIC BANDS FROM CATOIRA, BOIRO AND LOUSAME

(Free entry until filled to capacity)

 

 _______________THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, 2 -3 AUGUST  ___________

22:30 h / Torres de Oeste venue / ROADSHOW “FOLLOW THE VIKINGS”

International roadshow. Only performances in Spain

Ticket price: 2 euros (advanced sales at the Municipal Public Library until 1 August, and ticket office at the entrance of the Torres de Oeste venue during the days of the show)

The life of the warrior and poet Egill Skallagrímsson inspires this powerful audiovisual show, which combines theatre, music and dance.

Recommended age: older than 12 years.

 

 ___________________FRIDAY, 3 AUGUST  ________________________

17:30 h – IV VIKING CANOEING TELLEIRAS – CATOIRA

Registration: tel. +34 686 929 930

20:00 h / Celso Emilio Ferreiro room / VIKINGS FROM THE NORTH / Andreas Forsgren, archaeologist.

Lecture on the Vikings as warriors, traders, sailors and explorers of long ago.

 

 __________________SATURDAY, 4 AUGUST ___________________________

11:30 h / River beach of Catoira / III REGATTA MEMORANDUM FELIPE ARAGUNDE FOR CANOEING PROMOTION

18:30 h / Avenida Eloy Domínguez / PERFORMANCE OF LOS GASCONES (Medieval music)

19:00 h / Avenida Eloy Domínguez / VIKING GAMES – Andreas Forsgren, archaeologist

20:00 h / Avenida Eloy Domínguez / PABLO TRASNO – Juggling show

 

21:30 h / Torres de Oeste venue / VIKING DINNER

Ticket selling at the Municipal Public Library until 27 July

 

00:00 h / Torres de Oeste venue / NIGHT OF LIGHT – TROULA ANIMACIÓN

Free entry

 

 

00:30 h / River beach / VIKINSONS music festival:

VERSIÓN B 

FALPERRYS (bandcamp / facebook / youtube)

LISKA! (bandcamp / facebook / youtube)

BAIUCA (bandcamp / facebook youtube)

Free entry

 

 

 _________________SUNDAY, 5 AUGUST  ________________________

  • TORRES DE OESTE VENUE

10,00 h –Folk music groups parade from Praza do Concello to the Torres de Oeste venue. Tasting of mussels and red wine from the Ulla, medieval market.

11:00 h – LOS GASCONES PERFORMANCE (Medieval music)

11:30 h – AMONTONADOS POR AZAR PERFORMANCE (Clown)

12,15 h – TROULA ANIMACIÓN (Vikings)

 

13, 00 h – REENACTMENT OF THE VIKING LANDING AND DEFENSE OF THE TORRES DE OESTE FORTRESS

13,30 h – TROULA ANIMACIÓN

14:15 h – AMONTONADOS POR AZAR PERFORMANCE (Clown)

16:00 h – LOS GASCONES PERFORMANCE (Medieval music)

 

 

 

  • COUNCIL BOULEVARD WALK

15,00 h – 22:00 h – POPULAR GAMES

 

22,30 h – ROI CASAL: SON GALEGO, SON CUBANO (Free entry)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Organised by:

  • Council of Catoira

Partners:

  • Council of Europe
  • Destination Viking Association
  • Follow the Vikings
  • Xunta de Galicia / Axencia Turismo de Galicia
  • Marca Galicia
  • Abanca
  • Deputación de Pontevedra/Ano da Lingua/Pontegal

 


Application deadline for participating in the Viking Landing is now open

 

The application deadline for participating as crew on the Viking ships was opened on Monday, July 2, regarding the 58th edition of the Romaría Vikinga.

– REQUIREMENTS: Being of legal age (+18) and accepting the rules established by the General direction of merchant marine of the Ministry of Development (Dirección  General de la  Marina Mercante del Ministerio de Fomento)

– APPLICATION FORM: At the Culture department of the town Council (Tel. +34 986546014) or through the virtual office (the application form can be downloaded at the site (www.catoira.gal>virtual office).

– REQUIRED DOCUMENTS: A copy of the ID card and the duly filled application form.

– DEADLINE: From July 2 to July 24, 2018.

The places will be filled by order of registration. Legal residents of Catoira –prior to July 2 2018- and participants of previous editions will take precedence over other applicants.

 

The deadline for purchasing the tickets to the Viking Dinner is now open

The deadline for purchasing the tickets to the Viking Dinner which takes place on Saturday, August 4 in the area of Torres de Oeste at 21:30 hours, was opened on Monday, July 2.

Costs per ticket are 20Euros for adults and above the age of 14, being 12Euros for people under the age of 14. Tickets can be purchased at the Municipal Public Library (Tel. +34 986546901/ bpm.catoira@gmail.com) until July 27 2018. The menu consists of mussels, octopus, steak, dessert and drink. Attendants must be dressed in Viking/medieval costumes.

Participants cannot have access to the venue of the dinner with weapons and drinks and they must respect the facilities, staff and the other diners.

ROADSHOW “FOLLOW THE VIKINGS”

The “Follow the Vikings” roadshow is a modern representation of the poet and warrior Egill Skallagrímsson, taking into account his life and epoch. It combines his narrative with the Viking myth in order to highlight the main aspects of this culture. This is a powerful audiovisual show, which combines theater, music and dance.

This roadshow falls within a project of the Creative Europe Programme, funded by the European Union, in order to make the international Viking heritage more accessible and visible for the general audience. Catoira is a partner of this before mentioned project.

This project will enhance the local economy and it will also contribute to the establishment of a wide and enduring network between the cultural partners involved in the conservation, presentation and the marketing of the Viking legacy. The project has a duration of 4 years, from 2015 to 2019.

The artistic director, Craig Morrison, counts on the collaboration of the Municipal Theatre School “Úrsula” of Catoira, as well as on artist from different parts of Europe.

TICKETS: 2 euros (advanced sales at the Municipal Public Library until 1 August, and ticket office at the entrance of the Torres de Oeste venue during the days of the show) until filled to capacity.

Recommended age: older than 12 years.

The celebration of this event does not depend on the climate conditions. For this reason it is recommended to wear appropriate clothes. The Council of Catoira therefore reserves the right to cancel the event in case of extreme weather conditions, for security reasons.

Smoking is not allowed during the show.

This event is cofunded by the Council of Catoira, Follow the Vikings, the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, Turismo de Galicia (Galician Tourism Agency) and the Provincial Deputation of Pontevedra.

For further information: culturaconcellocatoira@gmail.com

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