9th Issue May-October 2012
You are what you eat! Changes in our daily life can change the world little by little And... Sports Zone: Stonehenge Erasmus in Barcelona, Morelia
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Directive group: Codirector and responsible of “sustanibility or social participation” section: Oriol Josa Codirector, magazine’s representative and presenter of “Sports Zone”: Fidel Badia
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Editorial Changing little by little
t is many years already, and lots of us, that we are working day by day to build together a sustainable future, where people and communities will have the capacity to decide and build our own development, our own shared well-being, our own opportunities. We try to change the world, to make the urgent things, to decide really all together; and maybe it seems paradoxical, but we believe that we have to do it from the neighbourhoods, the villages, the cities; that we have to do it slow, little by little; and that we have to do it giving the voice to each and every person, giving each the tools so that they can grow up and participate. The world has to be connected, but should not be governed by a few; we have to work with our neighbours and people from other countries, but keep at the same time our autonomy; and we have to change and build, but we have to do it with respect to the people and to the environment. In ProEurope we also are also changing little by little, in order to keep on building things as we think they have to be, and to build better and more sustainable present and futures. In this issue we talk about big problems and about little solutions; we share opportunities and we give the voice and the floor to young people and to their experiences; and we open the magazine to new contents and to new contributions. We want to propose you to make these little changes together; and we hope that little by little, through the magazine, we will go on developing our links. Enjoy your reading!
We build Europe
Sustainability and social participation
You are what you eat
We build europe Six MONTHS in brief
Erasmus in barcelona
an adventure of magic and forest Stonehenge
A Look At The World Morella, michoacĂĄn, mĂŠxico
A look at the world
Sustainability and social participation
Degree in Humanities, CAP in Philosophy and MBA by BSM Vice-President for Thematic Actions of the CCIVS and Co-Funder of IEPtS! (Iniciatives d’Empoderament per a la Transformació Social).
Let's choose: “Green Revolution” and GMOs; or Sustainability, participation and responsible consumption?
start my contribution as a writer in ProEurope by thanking for the chance to do it, and hoping I can live up to the challenge. During this and the following issues I would like to draw maps and scenarios where each of us can participate, through our acts and daily life, to help building a more sustainable and fairer world everyday, one which is closer to our values. Have you ever heard about GMOs (Genetic Modified Organisms)? And of the peasants' movements around Via Campesina?
the reasons of those who propose big world changes based on chemicals or genetics in order to “erradicate hunger in the world”: In the 1960s, Brazil, as many other countries, was the scenario of the so-called “Green Revolution”. This revolution meant the starting up of a series of methodologies: big extensions of monocultures, chemical fertilisers and pesticides, etc. aimed at a dramatical increase of productivity of crops, with the argument that it would end hunger in the world. Fifty years after, it is worth to underline a couple of issues: • The world is producing much more than the world population would need so that not a single person would starve; and despite this hundreds of millions of people starve or die from hunger.
For sure, if you've heard about GMOs, you must have heard its defenders telling that thanks to them we may be able to erradicate hunger in the world... But this sounds as a very old story, that of the famous “Green Revolution” of the 60s... which may be worth to refresh in order to understand the history of the contemporary peasant movements... and
• Many millions of people were forced to be displaced in that years, in a rural exodus that has helped to build the poor and violent slums of hundreds of cities all over the world, provoking on those people the loss of the own means to subsist and make a life (their land). This way, we have been able to realise that hunger in the world does not depend on the existence of food, but of political and economical decisions that make that existing food does not get to the people who needs it to live and be healthy.
As well as it was because of political and economical reasons that the “Green Revolution” was started, while no-one afterwards has reminded those enterprises and institutions benefitted from it that they had the commitment to end hunger. On the contrary, it brought new hunger, and a lot of violence.
food and skipping the vicious circle of violence. After decades of struggle, of suffering the violence from landlords and armies, the MST has achieved that more of one million families have now a land, where they can produce their own food and through which they can get organised in cooperatives that comercialise under a “fair trade” framework. The MST is one more of the multiple peasant movements that, on a global scope, are integrated into Vía Campesina, an international network of peasant movements that stand for a sustainable agriculture, food sovereignty, fair and ecological trade.
In Brazil, this “Green Revolution” took place during the military dictatorship; at that time, governing militars cooperated with big landlords to falsify the papers of property of lots of pieces of land, and this way forced the expulsion of milions of people from the lands that where of their own. Peasants expulsed in order to erradicate hunger...? That is how hundreds of thousands of people ended up populating the famous “favelas” of the cities of Brasil: slums without opportunities, with very extreme infrastructural and social problems, and where perspectives of life development go through drugs, prostitution or arms businesses. As a response to all these processes, and for the protection, dignity and rights of peasant people, started in Brasil peasants' movements, as the Movimento dos Sem Terra (MST, Movement of the Landless), that has been working for decades with people who lost their lands, and other people in situations of marginalisation, so that they can fight to recuperate the land and the achievement of a life with dignity, producing their own
This means that around the world there are people, collectives, movements, that commit to defend a food system that prioritises as well the well being of the people who produce this food, as much as those who consume it. When we consume fair trade coffee, we ensure that people who produced this coffee have good life conditions, and we support them. When we consume ecological product, proximity products, we ensure that, as well as avoiding to pollute our environment, we are giving support to people and collectives that, despite all difficulties around them, do not cultivate with OGMs, for example, and this way they ensure themselves that in the future we will have seeds to grow our food. Therefore, when we consume we are making a choice. We are deciding not to believe those who say that OGMs will end hunger in the world (what they can end are the bancs of seeds all over the world), because we know that this depends on economic and political decisions they are not intererested to take. And we are, at the same time, supporting peasants, collectives and local and international movements who try to ensure human rights, the rights for a life with dignity and health both to whom are consuming and to whom are producing our food.
Therefore, it is worth to choose, isn't it?
Having grown up in Germany and studied and worked in Munich, London and Barcelona, Eva is now a full time literary scout in New York.
You are what you eat
Belgian Fries with Sauce Andalouse
ait, this is the culture section, right? Yes, it is. And where usually you’ll find articles on theatre, books, films and other high-minded things, today I’m going to write about food. Because what we eat relates just as much (if not more) to our cultural identity as more traditional forms of art and entertainment. “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are,” [“Dis moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es”] wrote the French politician, lawyer and gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin in 1825. And indeed, every aspect of food - how it is grown/raised, harvested, prepared and consumed - is a cultural act. Like language, cuisine is shaped by the conditions in which a culture exists and is handed down from generation to generation. Think of the wonderful tradition of the Calçotada! Or typical foods associated with religious holidays. And just like culture itself that cannot be ascribed to a single person (through stereotypes) because there are individual variations and preferences, there is a statistical probability to cultural generalisations. I’m sure you’ll
find more Poles than Italians eating Carp on Christmas, even if one Polish girl you meet dislikes fish. Food is and always has been a practical necessity, “fuel”, but it is also an indicator of social standing and religious and political identity. Up until the principles of industrialization were applied to food production, being fat was a sign of wealth, and ever since sugar and processed foods have swamped the supermarket shelves and artificially flavoured products of little nutritional value are cheaper and easier to procure than “real” food, this relationship is increasingly reversed. Furthermore, like other manifestations of culture, such as books or music, food follows timely trends. During the Renaissance dishes tended to synthesi-
ze different tastes, while the Enlightenment was a time when flavours were separated – mirroring larger cultural developments of the times.
tude of the 1950s and 60s, when many preferred eating canned food and over-boiled vegetables. The times are changing, as are their flavours.
My parents’ first taste of hamburger was at a fast food restaurant on a US military base in Germany. (Even though the hamburger originated in—where else?—Hamburg.) Similarly, they got to know Italian food during trips to Italy, and also thanks to the so-called Italian “guest-workers” that helped with the post-war reconstruction effort (and also opened a lot of restaurants). They know the food of our European neighbours and a few exotic cuisines. But unlike our generation, they’ve had less exposure to the diversity of flavours that has resulted from the ever rising mobility. And like much of the world, Germany has gradually shifted away from the atti-
I believe that we’re living in a renaissance of homecooking (it is, after all, much cheaper than eating out, which is a benefit in these tough financial times), but we are also increasingly aware of the benefits of local, seasonal and organic production. Fortunately some areas have preserved much of this tradition and are therefore less in need of a renaissance [see 1], while others had to re-learn and rediscover food basics. In the end, I simply cannot let you go without a few recommendations (I bet you’re thinking, “There she is with her books and movies again!” – yep!]
Marinated sardines with yoghurt, raspberries and balsamic at Nu Restaurant
 Check out the fantastic Austrian documentary WE FEED THE WORLD by Erwin Wagenhofer. In the film, the small camera crew traces the origins of the food we eat, travelling to France, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Brazil and back to Austria.
 You’re more into the theoretical aspect of Food as Culture? Then look for books by Massimo Montanari – he is a professor of medieval history and history of food at the University of Bologna.  Food blogs also play a role in the rise in home-cooking. And here is my favourite one: http://www.thewednesdaychef.com  The proof is in the pudding, right? So, go ahead and cook, eat, feast and celebrate culture! Your local one, and the global one (Sushi, anyone?). One of my very favourite ways to embrace modernity and traditionalism is by eating in this fantastic restaurant in Girona: Nu. http://www.nurestaurant.cat
Cactus Festival 6 to 8 July 2012 (annual)
Vienna Festival 11 may to 17 june 2012 (annual) Soak up the Austrian capital’s thriving cultural scene at Vienna Festival. Like every year, the festival will open with a free outdoor concert in front of the town hall and i twill present a multi-faceted and varied programme consisting of 36 productions from 24 countries. International arts groups perform everything from theatre to world music at the city’s cultural venues. More related information clicking on Vienna Festival website:
The alternative Cactus Festival has been serving up eclectic outdoor concerts for more than 20 years in Bruges’ Minnewater park. The award-winning event (it has been awarded Best European Small Festival) has gone from strength to strength and now draws big names like Tori Amos, Macy Gray and Chris Cornell. Looking for a fun and low cost accommodation? You can even bring your tent along for Glastonbury-type camping. You can find more detailed information on the following website:
Jazz à Liège 11 and 12 May 2012 (annual) “Jazz for all” has been the motto of the Jazz à Liège festival since its inception. Affordable concerts at the Palais des Congrès, featuring a range of artists, represent the many facets of the blue note. More related information visiting the festival website on
International Fitness Festival September 2012 (annual) Set in the landscaped grounds of the Sea Garden park, Varna's International Fitness Festival aims to promote physical culture and healthy living in Bulgaria for all the people committed to active life and also for managers, directors, instructors, personal trainers and partners in sports companies and fitness clubs. Full details of this yearâ€™s programme are still not available but if you are interested in, have a look at the festival website:
Bulgaria Salsa Festival 10 to 13 May 2012 The Bulgaria Salsa Festival at the National Palace of Culture brings top international DJs, instructors and performers to Sofia for a weekend of salsa, bachata, rumba and reggaeton. Dancing workshops rev up visitors for the wild after-parties. If you feel confident enough, enter the festival's salsa contest for a chance to attend the World Salsa Championship in Las Vegas later in the year. A festival pass gives you access to all workshops, parties and galas, but it is also possible to buy individual tickets. Related Information: Bulgaria Salsa Festival Website:
Street life festival April-may 212 Graffiti artists, skateboarders and beat boys take over the historical centre of Limassol for the Street Life Festival. Walls are transformed into a huge canvas and everyone is encouraged to celebrate the taboo and usually undercover art of graffiti. There are activities for young and old alike, including body painting, face painting, and chalk drawing on the road. Street Life Festival Website.
The black sun Mar - Apr 2012 (various dates) As the sun sets over the Danish marshlands, a million migrating starlings begin to think about bedtime. Watch the flock in its synchronised aerial dance and occluding the sky like a "black sun" as they search for the perfect place to nap.The dancing starlings are en route from Norway, Sweden and Finland to their breeding grounds in France, Britain, Belgium and the Netherlands.
CZECH REPUBLIC Prague
Prague Exhibition Grounds May 2012 - Bookworld BookWorld is a literary festival founded in 1995 and It gives the movers and shakers of the Czech literary scene a chance to meet foreign writers and discuss current trends in poetry and fiction. Every year there are specific themes and a different guest of honour, so you could bump into Milan Kundera or Vaclav Havel, as well as dozens of friendly, aspiring writers only too keen to tell you about their latest work. Bookworld Prague Website.
The precise whereabouts of the twilight ritual is impossible to predict. Tønder tourist board recommends visiting with a nature guide or on a group tour to increase your chances of seeing the spectacle. Related Information: Tønder Tourist Board.
Ink festival 4 - 6 May 2012 (annual) Copenhagen's Ink Festival at Tap1 provides the best of the tattoo world. With 150 of the world's finest tattoo artists showcasing their talent, get entertained by flame-painted hot rod cars and motorbikes or try your luck in different competitions. Copenhagen's Ink Festival at Tap1 provides the best of the tattoo world. With 150 of the world's finest tattoo artists showcasing their talent, get entertained by flame-painted hot rod cars and motorbikes or try your luck in different competitions.
The grand National 12 - 14 Apr 2012 (annual) The Grand National at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, the highlight of a three-day meeting, first took place in 1839. It is widely regarded as the greatest steeplechase in the world. On The Grand National race day more than 100,000 spectators make their way to the course and millions more watch the race on television. For many it is the only event of the year that they place a bet on. The race itself is incredibly exciting, the four-and-a-half mile, 30-fence course presenting simply the toughest test in world racing. Just to complete the course is considered a victory by many. Aintree Website
Jazz festival 1 - 7 Apr 2012 (annual) Some of Oxford's most historic venues, including the Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian Library, host concerts at the annual Oxford Jazz Festival. A star-studded line-up performs over four days in beautiful surroundings.The festival was first held in 2009. The quality of the acts and the beauty of the setting have made it one of the most promising events in the country, with this year's programme again drawing top talent as well as enthusiastic spectators. Related Information Oxford Jazz Festival Website
Tallin od town days May-jun 2012(annual) Merchants and performers from Estonia's neighbouring countries and beyond bring their treats to the Tallinn Old Town Days, a street market and party lasting a week. An information centre provides programme listings, free booklets and help for visitors. Related Information: Tallinn Old Town Days Website.
Hanseatic Days Festival Jul 2012(annual) Each summer the Hansa Days Festival sees Tartu's city centre celebrate Estonia's past under the Hanseatic League trading alliance. Folk crafts, medieval markets, period costumes, jousting tournaments, rowing races, and song and dance troupes all make up the family fun. Related Information: Tartu Hanseatic Days.
Bordeaux bookfair April 2012 New national and regional titles are presented amid lively debate to a culture-hungry, 30,000-strong crowd at Bordeaux's annual book fair, held on the streets of the Sainte Croix quarter. Search for anything by local authors Michel de Montaigne or Franรงois Mauriac. Related Information: Bordeaux Book Fair Website.
Jazz festival Mar-apr 2012-04-03 The Amiens Jazz Festival has enjoyed great popularity over the years and has expanded to include other towns in the region (including Montonvillers, Abbeville and Gamaches). Around 30 concerts are held all over Picardy and in Amiens itself. Related Information: Soul Jazz Records Website.
April jazz Espoo 25 - 29 Apr 2012 (annual)
Art Paris Mar-apr 2012
Artists visiting this year include Afro-Cuban All Stars and the Jan Garbarek Group featuring Trilok Gurtu.Related Information: April Jazz Festival Website.
Art Paris, held at the Grand Palais, has injected new life into the French art market attracting around 48,000 visitors rach year. Established names as well as new talent from Europe and beyond offer paintings, sculptures, photographs and videos. The Art Paris fair was founded in 1999, to offer art lovers and professionals a "rebellious but constructive" selection of contemporary art. It gathers more than 120 international galleries focusing on design, modern and contemporary art. Related Information: Art Paris Website.
The April Jazz Espoo at the Espoo Cultural Centre has, since first held in 1987, consistently attracted top-class international performers as well as the best Finnish and Scandinavian artists. One of Espoo's most popular festivals, thousands descend on the city for its duration.
Flamenco festival 30mar-9apr 2012 The Tanzhaus NRW in D체sseldorf hosts its annual Flamenco Festival. Devoted to modern rather than traditional takes on this passionate Andalusian dance, the festival features professional performances by European dance ensembles and workshops in which visitors can participate.
Night of the musem 21 apr 2012 (annual) Frankfurt's museums stay open late to give visitors a taste of all the city's collections with one combined ticket in one night. Shuttles bus visitors between venues. Call into Goethe's house or see European masters at the St채del Museum. Related Information: Night of the Museums Website.
Internationl documentry film festival May 2012 (annual)
Screenings take place at museums, cultural centres and other Munich venues.
The aim of the International Documentary Film Festival is to highlight documentary films made for cinema by taking them out of the shadow of competing dramatic films. In line with the goal of maximising the exposure of documentary films from around the world, there are no pre-festival embargoes on the entries. Related Information: International Documentary Film Festival Website.
Attracting thousands of visitors, the international press and celebrities, the Athens Fashion Week has earned its place in the fashion world. Greek and international designers unite for this extravaganza at Technopolis. Find out which collections are next to hit Paris' boutiques. Related Information: Athens Fashion Week Website.
Athens fashion week 17-21 apr 2012(annual)
ICELAND First day of summer 19 apr 2012(annual) The magnificence of summer's midnight sun in Iceland is countered by the bleakness of midwinter, when there's almost no sun at all. To mark its reappearance early in the season, the First Day of Summer is celebrated throughout the country. There are lively and colourful parades and plenty of organised entertainment in all the cities and towns on this public holiday, which dates back to the times when everyone's livelihood depended on the elements.
Harley Davidson festival Jun 2012(annual) A real draw for Harley Davidson lovers, the highlight of the event is the mass parade. If you're feeling competitive, there are beerdrinking, drumming and tug-of-war contests. Tribute bands appear on the stages and other highlights include goulash parties, fireworks and Harley Davidson fashion shows.
Most entertainments are organised locally so it is best to check your area for details closer to the time.
Festival of the sea June 012(annual) The Festival of the Sea (Hátíð hafsins) reminds Icelanders of the pivotal role that the sea plays in Icelandic society. Sailors throughout the country take the day off for the programme of family entertainment at Reykjavík harbour.
Related Information: Harley Owners Group Website.
Sailors mark this special occasion by engaging in friendly strongman and rowing competitions, while a carnival atmosphere entertains visitors and families. Related Information: Festival of the Sea Website.
Pan celtic festival 10-15 Apr 2012(annual) The Pan Celtic Festival began in Killarney in 1971 to foster better relations between the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, the Isle of Man, Cornwall and Wales. It's still going today, and in 2012 takes place in Carlow. Events during the six-day festival include plenty of pageantry and dressing up there's the Pan Celtic International Song Contest, special dance performances, fiddle and piping competitions and a Pan Celtic parade. Related Information: Pan Celtic Festival Website.
Internationl orchestral series 29 aug 2011-24 may 2012(annual) Each season, Dublin's National Concert Hall presents an International Orchestral Series. As it features some world-class performances led by distinguished conductors, you'll need to book tickets early to avoid disappointment. The 2011/2012 series opens with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Charles Dutoit and featuring Janine Jansen on violin. During the rest of the season there are recitals by violinist Nicola Benedetti, pianist Andras Schiff, soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanewa, violinist Stephen Hough and cellist Han Na Chang.
Torino Comics & Games 13 to 15 April 2012 (annual) Offering more than a few stands selling comic books, Torino Comics & Games takes up an entire pavilion of the Lingotto Fiere with exhibitions, meetings with authors and competitions. Don't miss the dedicated Star Wars Fest and the Japanese Quarter. More details at:
Somma Vesuviana Tamorra Festival June 2012 (annual)
A series of music performances, the Tammorra Festival in Somma Vesuviana celebrates the powerful beat of the Tammorra, a tambourine-like instrument capable of producing the range of sound of a whole percussion set! Local wine and handicrafts top off the event. Related Information about 2012 edition visiting the website:
Milano Milano Food Week 19 to 27 May 2012 (annual) Milano Food Week celebrates the pleasures of the table at selected shops, art galleries, showrooms, bars and restaurants in the heart of the city. Art, music and debates on the theme of food accompany a huge variety of tastings. Not to be missed are FeedMI Art, feeding the mind through exhibitions and debates, and TasteMI Tram, a wine tasting itinerary on board of a tram that takes visitors past the city's best-known attractions. What are you waiting for? For more information go now to:
Riga marathon May 2012(annual) Runners in their thousands hit the streets of the Latvian capital in the annual Noreda Riga Marathon, starting next to Arena Riga on Grostonas Street. The event, which started up in 1991, comprises the marathon, a half-marathon and a mini-marathon. Related Information: Riga Marathon Website
LUXEMBOURG Luxembourg city
Printemps festival 4 Mar - 21 May 2012 (annual) Luxembourg's Printemps Festival is held at various concert venues throughout the city each year. Festivalgoers are wowed by an eclectic mix of internationally acclaimed jazz, soul and world music artists. Printemps Festival Website.
Cinema spring Mar-apr 2012(annual) Cinema Spring is an international film festival in Vilnius that shows the best in noncommercial new films from major festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, Toronto and Venice. It also aims to promote debuts from directors across Eastern and Central Europe. Related Information: Cinema Spring Vilnius Website.
MALTA Grand harbour
Malta fireworks festival Apr 2012(annual) Held in Valletta's Grand Harbour, the Malta Fireworks Festival features spectacular pyrotechnic displays from competing national and international fireworks manufacturers. A "History of Malta" laser show portrays the country's history with fireworks and music. For more informations: Email:
May jazz festival May 2012(annual)
Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival 25 Mar - 6 Apr 2012 (annual)
Related Information: Mai Jazz Festival Website.
Numerous concerts, conferences and exhibitions take place in venues across the Polish capital for a fortnight. First held in 1997, the festival began in Krakow with the continued involvement of the notable Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki and his wife Elzbieta. It was moved to Warsaw, though associated events take place across Poland. Related Information: Ludwig van Beethoven Foundation Website.
Oslo's central Munch Museum houses The Scream and Madonna among other paintings by Norwegian Expressionist painter Edvard Munch (1863-1944). Films, lectures and guided tours give deeper insight into the tormented painter's motivations and style. Email:
First held in 1956, the fair has grown from modest beginnings to include representatives from around 30 countries and nearly 600 exhibitors.There are discussions on various genres in publishing as well as readings, meet-the-authors and special celebrations. Related Information: Warsaw International Book Fair Website.
Stavanger's oldest music festival began in 1988 and has grown to be one of the city's most popular events. Mai Jazz presents concerts by local, national and international jazz artists at venues throughout the city.
Munch Museum 1 Sep 2011 - 30 May 2012; not Mon (various dates)
Palace of Culture & Science May 2012 (annual)
Festivalof the flower April 2012(annual) Every April, the smell of fresh flowers fills the streets of Funchal for the Festival of the Flower (Festival da Flor). A parade of cars carries flowers arranged into amazing creations ranging from parrots to elaborate patterns. Thousands of children gather to place a flower at the Municipal Square to make up the floral "Wall of Hope" (Muro da Esperanรงa), and there are classical concerts and live folk music too.
Rockin rio May 2012(annual) International bands play on three stages in the specially constructed Rock City in Bela Vista Park. In 2011 the festival returned to its original city of Rio de Janeiro but is set to party in Lisbon once again in 2012. Bands on the line-up so far include Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Kravitz and Metallica. More bands are announced as the festival approaches. Related Information: Rock in Rio (Lisbon) Website:
Europa fest 4-19 may 2012 (annual) Europa Fest is Romania's international music festival, presenting a series of concerts by world-famous classical musicians, jazz, blues and pop bands from around the world. Concerts are held at Bucharest's top concert and cultural venues. Related Information: Jm Events Website.
Golden mask festival Mar-apr 2012(annual) Only the finest Russian theatre productions are presented at the prestigious Golden Mask Festival. Held at venues throughout Moscow, the event is a yearly opportunity to catch the country's best drama, opera, ballet, musical theatre and puppetry in one city. Related Information: Golden Mask Festival Website.
Festival of festival 23-29 jun 2012(annual) The International Film Festival St Petersburg, known as the "Festival of Festivals," is Russia's largest non-competitive film festival. Catch up on new Russian cinema from the past year, shorts by new directors, retrospectives and special screenings. It regularly brings together cinema from all over Europe, Australia, Norway, Mexico, the USA, China, Singapore and South Korea. While not holding official competitions, numerous special awards are made, including the Grand Prix - Golden Gryphon (hence the festival's logo) decided on by participants and guests, the Silver Gryphon, which represents the audiences' choice, the Bronze Gryphon, representing experimental and new technology, and prizes for both best debut and contribution to world cinema. Related Information: Festival of Festivals - International Film Festival St Petersburg Website.
Edinburgh harp festival 30mar-4apr 2012(annual) The clarsach (small harp) was widespread among the peoples of Scotland, Ireland and Wales long before the bagpipes. Since 1982, the Clarsach Society has celebrated its heritage with the residential Edinburgh International Harp Festival at Merchiston Castle School. Related Information: Edinburgh International Harp Festival Website.
Beer and Flowers Festival 12 to 15 July 2012 (annual) The combination might sound strange, but the Festival of Beer & Flowers has become the most visited and entertaining tourist event in Slovenia. Laskoâ€™s population increases dramatically overnight as visitors come to drink local brews in beer tents and listen to traditional music. The highlight of the Festival is the craziest Saturday night with magnificent fireworks lasting for a whole thirty minutes, and attracting over 60,000 spectators. This is definitely a night you should not miss! So click now on this link and and enjoy!
SERBIA Novi sad
Kamfest August 2012 (annual)
Set up in 2007, Cinema City has already done for film what EXIT festival has done for Novi Sad's music scene. With past guests including Palme d'Or winner Guillermo Arriaga and Serbian film director Emir Kusturica, this festival's youthful energy is a draw for film lovers and international luminaries alike. Purchase tickets at the city centre box office in Trg Slobode ('Liberty Square'). Related Information: Cinema City Website.
Kamnik Cultural House organises Kamfest, an open-air event of arts and culture held in the medieval town centre with the aim of revitalising it. Rock gigs, chamber music recitals, dance shows, video documentaries and exhibitions all feature on the packed programme. For two weeks in August the picturesque ambience of the festival allures an increasing number of visitors each year and offers them an idyllic experience under the starry sky of Kamnik. Full details of this yearâ€™s programme are still not available but if you are interested in, give the festival website a look!
Cinema city Jun 2012(annual)
Territorios Sevilla 18 and 19 May 2012 (annual) Big national and international names are continued to add, to a spectacular lineup, bringing together more than 40 artists in the Monasterio de la Cartuja, spread across 4 scenaries and it secures the festival as one of the most professional in the southern half of the peninsula. Territorios Sevilla celebrates world music and culture with an eclectic programme of concerts, exhibitions and films. Related information at:
Barcelona San Miguel Primavera Sound 30 May to 1 June 2012 (annual)
Midnight Race Stockholm 25 August 2012 (annual) Stockholm’s trendy Södermalm district is the place to be any night of the year, but especially this one. What makes Midnattsloppet so exciting and unique is the late start time, the arrangements for the participants and the audience around the course. The idea is based on combining sport and culture and to allow different generations meet. For more information click now on:
Dragonfly Festival 17 to 19 August 2012 (annual)
San Miguel Primavera Sound, which has been taking place in Barcelona since 2001, has consolidated itself as a model reference for urban festivals and is internationally considered an unmissable event. It stands out from the rest of macro musical events and is characterised by an artistic line marked by pop, rock and the most underground tendencies of dance music. More information are available at:
This unique ambient arts festival is celebrating its 5th anniversary. Held in stunning rural Sweden, the event is set to captivate arty types with musical and theatrical performances, art and photography exhibitions, readings and much more. Once you’ve seen the lush rolling hills and emerald green landscapes of Ekehagens Forntidsby, you might feel tempted to move as well. Full details of this year’s programme are still not available but if you are interested in, give the festival website a check!
THE NETHERLANDS Landgraaf
Pinkpop 26 to 28 May 2012 (annual) Europeâ€™s oldest pop festival is still one of the best. Pinkpop annually attracts around 60,000 people to Megaland in Landgraaf. Pinkpop has three stages, where 38 Dutch and international acts will be performed for three days, and a fully equipped campsite is available to holders of weekend tickets. So dig out your tent, your sunhat (and an umbrella just in case) and make the most of this pop music feast. If you are interested in and you want to keep you posted, go to
World Press Photo 20 April to 17 June 2012 (annual)
Openair St Gallen, held every summer, is one of the biggest music festivals in Switzerland. The camping site is included in the festival area and this is something that makes the OpenAir St.Gallen very special, besides the unique setting in the valley of the river Sitter surrounded by trees. Keep an eye on the festival website for full lineup details, clicking on
The best professional news photographers enter the World Press Photo competition each year. Photographs taken by the winners and runners-up form a large exhibition that tours internationally after opening here, at Amsterdamâ€™s Oude Kerk. The images on display are also published in the World Press Photo Yearbook, which marks out the leading international photographers as well as providing a fascinating and often poignant record of world events over the past 12 months. If you want to keep you up on this special event, visit its website at
Openair St Gallen 28 June to 1 July 2012 (annual)
International Poetry Festival 11 to 15 September 2012 (annual) International Istanbul Poetry Festival is a leading literature event collecting poets in Turkey where the poetry is the most rooted literary genre and prominent poets of the world under the same roof in Istanbul numerous poems attributed to. Held in annually in Istanbul, the event invites some 40 authors from Europe, Africa and beyond, giving visitors a broad overview of poetry in present times. If you want to be part of it or just toh ave more related information, click on
WE BUILD EUROPE
Degree in International and Diplomatic Science
Six months in brief November 2011
orway’s National Armaments Director, Mr. Morten Tiller, signed the European Air Transport Fleet Category A Programme Arrangement (PA) at EDA. At this occasion, Ms. Claude-France Arnould, European Defence Agency’s Chief Executive, said that this signature reinforces the European Air Transport Fleet programme and deepens Norway’s relationship with EDA”.
he European Parliament gave on 1 December its consent for Croatia's Treaty of Accession to the European Union at its plenary session in Brussels. The Croatia-EU Treaty of Accession was signed by Croatia and all Member States on 9 December and it will come into force on the 1 July 2013.
enmark assumed the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, leading thousands of meetings in Brussels, Luxembourg and Denmark. The Danish government presented the priorities for the Presidency in mid-December 2011 and the Presidency Programme in Copenhagen on 6 January 2012.
he General Affairs Council on 28 February 2012 agreed to recommend that candidate country status be granted to Serbia. The decision was taken following an examination and confirmation by the Council that the Republic of Serbia fulfilled the criteria set out by the European Council in December 2011.
n 22 and 23 March, the Fifth Summit of Europeâ€™s Cities and Regions discussed issues related to urban dynamics, European governance and the key role of local and regional government in the transition to a green economy. For two days, mayors and presidents of regions from the 27 EU Member States, together with leading architects and urban planners, shared their experiences and thoughts with a view to ensuring that urban issues feature more prominently on the European agenda.
n 2 April it took place the Euro-Mediterranean Conference on Research and Innovation, in Barcelona, with the aim of promoting sustainable and inclusive economic growth and job creation. The development of a Common Knowledge and Innovation Space linked to smart growth and the EUâ€™s Innovation Agenda is one of the purpose of the new strategy of the EU.
Report realized by Valeria Perilli
Erasmus in Barcelona
I’m an italian student of medicine and i’ve just concluded my Erasmus experience in Spain.
’m attended the last year of course, so I took the advantage of the last opportunity to do the request of spending a small period of studies in a foreign country. I chose Spain just because of the instruction planning, that it’s very similar to the Italian one and I come totally unaware of what the life in this city could be. I’ve been studying in Barcelona from the beginning of September 2011 until February 2012,attending courses in the beautiful university adjacent to the “Hospital Clinic”,where i’ve been doing my medical practices. To be honest, I was really frightened and doubtful about living in such a big city(as i come from a very small one) but in a few days i got adjusted to it without any difficulties.
One of the amazing aspect of Barcelona is its organization in respect of everything, that make life very simple and pleasant.In fact i didn’t find any problem when i arrived at the university: the “erasmus office “was ready to receive the students very graciously, giving all sort of information and even offering a refreshment with the most popular spanish dishes! Finding the sistemation was equally easy, because I found a web site(loquo.com) with a lot of announcements of any sort, from the flats for rent to the job offers, and in just two days i got a flat in a nice area near the famous ”Parc Guell”. An important mention deserves the university system that, in my case, it’s been simply great! Differently from how it’s organized the Italian university, here it is given a lot of importance to the practical issue, that it’s very important for this kind of formation. Because of that I learned a lot of things in a few time and actually I’m taking in consideration the possibility to complete my studies here.
Most of people commonly thinks that the Erasmus experience it’s just an occasion to have fun and not to study, and that’s also why usually parents are not favourable to it, but I can assure that it’s not true…I really had a lot to work, and it was pleasant too. And even for all that are just looking for fun, here you can find all the kind of amusement you can possible imagine…it’s just up to you! The situation for a medicine student it’s a bit particular, because we’ve got a lot of exams and most of the students take more time than scheduled to get the degree. That’s why very few guys thinks about doing the Erasmus experience, but I assure that it’s worth doing it, even if it means taking more time to degree. Finally this experience gives you back all the time you think to loose!
Report realized by Amaia Gutierrez
An adventure of magic and forest
It all started in a classroom at the School of Psychology in my city, Bilbao.
t started as a dream, a fantasy, something without really knowing why, he saw far elusive. Knew a classmate who could guide me, who had the opportunity, I went to him to ask. Later this fellow would be friends forever. In that table in that room all began to take shape, to become real. He told me to turn. Despite the endless bureaucracy, it is worth, he said. That day, I still dreaming, not knowing what would living that summer. Indeed, after touching at several doors of several offices and a lot of patience, I got ready to have the ne-
cessary paperwork to request the scholarship. It proved a grant more demanded than I thought, despite the secrecy that often suffer these types of programs for students. A month later I was informed that summer one of my dreams fulfilled. Cross the pond, finally, to reach another world full of magic and colors, full of music and the smell of revolution frustrated. That summer it would happen in Nicaragua.
There I expected some nice â€œchavalosâ€? as there called little children who lived in a house full of love and women delivered at
home and work. Iâ€™ve rarely seen him work with such dignity, with so much heart. Looked after me like a little sister, and I like them very close aunts, with whom he learned every day life, justice, innocence. Never forget them, they were part of my experience in the second poorest country in Latin America. While I was there to work, it was still a â€œchelaâ€?, as they call us the techniques to tourists, especially the Americans and Europeans. My traveling companion and I were of the few chelas in city buses, with each day that we were going downtown to work, we were surprised they said, would normally cheles private taxis. I never understood, but everything in life is a matter of elections, and of course how to move around the country was also a way to position and being in the world. As I said, though working, never stopped being a beer traveler more, and as such,
every weekend advantage to know a different part of the country. Chinandega and Matagalpa were villages full of sun, mountain, country inns and warm authentic cuisine. Black Forest was more careful and jungle tour with, but nevertheless retains some authenticity and high humidity. EstelĂ, beautiful city of murals and color, hints of revolution. Leon and Granada, who kept the names of colonization and slaughter, and wealth losses mixed in its streets. Ometepe, the only island in the world in a freshwater lake, Lake Cocibolca, the largest in
Latin America. Improvisation weekend perfect. Van and routes, villages on the edge of the sand, rum and ice went alone, laughter and cozy rooms makeshift hammocks. A magical village called The castle was waiting at the border with Costa Rica, on the river San Juan, full color, beautiful children from his childhood in a boat. The village is reduced to two streets and the great river, a small treasure in every corner of the world, which is accessed after fourteen hours of travel by bus from Managua. Managua, capital dirty and messy, victim
is still the memory of the Somoza dictatorship, the dream of a frustrated revolution and later stolen by the usual. Long distances, directions impossible, millions of possible ways of earning a daily meal, tasty food at every corner, keep the mouth open watching dance bachata, beautiful and tempting fruit, peanut cobs to bring in bus seats, music taverns revolutionary revolutionary associations of women fighting for our rights worldwide, American capital of culture, a Hilton hotel in the middle horrible injustice, live music concerts always start right now, and in the end never begin. All that is Managua, and many other things that do not fit on a line. All that I lived and suffered, and I was fortunate to live and suffer in the company of fascinating people I met along the way and that made me even more magical way. Moreover, I would say
it was magical because they and they were there with me, and Iâ€™ll always be grateful.
Trekking for discover Stonehenge(England)
• THE GOAL OF “SPORTS ZONE” IS PROPOSE TO ALL OF YOU DIFFERENT SPORT ACTIVITIES TO DISCOVER EUROPE. IF YOU TRAVEL TO THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND, DON’T MISS THE POSSIBILITY TO DISCOVER THIS AMAZING PLACE: STONEHENGE, WHERE THE HISTORY AND NATURE SURROUND YOU ALL THE TIME. • THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO VISIT STONEHENGE BUT… TAKE YOUR TREKKING SHOES, YOUR BACKPACK AND LET’S VIEW THIS PLACE ACROSS THE HISTORY FIELDS AND RIVERS. ENJOY IT! Activity: Trekking Difficulty: x easy o medium o difficult Time Required: one morning (from 3 to 4 hours) Cartography: Ordnance Survey. Landranger Map (Salisbury & The Plain) 1:50.000 num.184 www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/leisure
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tonehenge is a prehistoric monument located in the English county of Wiltshire, about 2.0 miles (3.2 km) west of Amesbury and 8 miles (13 km) north of Salisbury. One of the most famous sites in the world, Stonehenge is composed of a circular setting of large standing stones set within earthworks. It is at the centre of the most dense complex of Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments in England, including several hundred burial mounds.
Archaeologists believe the iconic stone monument was constructed anywhere from 3000 BC to 2000 BC, as described in the chronology below. Radiocarbon dating in 2008 suggested that the first stones were erected in 2400â€“2200 BC, whilst another theory suggests that bluestones may have been erected at the site as early as 3000 BC (see phase 1 below). The surrounding circular earth bank and ditch, which constitute the earliest phase of the monument, have been dated to about 3100 BC. The site and its surroundings were added to the UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1986 in a co-listing with Avebury Henge monument. It is a national legally protected Scheduled Ancient Monument. Stonehenge is owned by the Crown and managed by English Heritage, while the surrounding land is owned by the National Trust.
Archaeological evidence found by the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008 indicates that Stonehenge could possibly have served as a burial ground from its earliest beginnings.[The dating of cremated remains found on the site indicate that deposits contain human bone material from as early as 3000 BC, when the initial ditch and bank were first dug. Such deposits continued at Stonehenge for at least another 500 years.
Amesbury Abbey Group
A good place to stay and visit, AMESBURY
• Amesbury, known variously in history as Ambrosbury, Ambresbury and Amblesberie is at the centre of a population of approximately 28,000, located 14 miles west of Andover and 9 miles north of Salisbury in the county of Wiltshire. Amesbury is one of Wiltshire's most attractive little towns, the refuge of Guinevere, the centre for Shrewton, Durrington, Bulford, Figheldean, Boscombe Down and much of Salisbury Plain including Stonehenge and Old Sarum. • To stand and gaze upon the downland of Salisbury Plain and the hills that stretch away into the distance, is to experience a peaceful pleasure and an awareness that man has been living in this place continuously for over 4000 years. The importance of the area can be assessed by the evidence that remains today; the numerous earthworks; over 200 burial mounds; Stonehenge, built between about 2000BC to 1000BC and its nearby predecessor, Woodhenge.
• Amesbury has in recent years grown in size and modern housing estates have been built. These however do not detract from the charm of Amesbury, a place that goes back to the earliest days of history.
• 1979 was Amesbury's millennium year, a thousand years since the Abbey was established. Vespasian's camp and Stonehenge are reminders of prehistory whilst Amesbury's handsome cruciform church is of Norman origin and is the surviving part of a once great Abbey. The classical mansion now called Amesbury Abbey is on the original site. Amesbury Abbey is now a private nursing home. Its gardens and grounds are private. The estate is only opened to the public twice a year so that they may view the 'Chinese Summerhouse' designed by Sir William Chambers, who also designed the 'Pagoda' at Kew. The summerhouse was restored in conjunction with English Heritage in 1986 and has received a Europa Nostra award for excellence. For dates of opening see local press.
St Mary and St Melor Abbey Church • Industries in Amesbury included a clay pipe factory, run by the local Gauntlet family. The exact site of the factory is not known, the pipes were so highly thought of as to become famous throughout the land and copied by other manufacturers.
• Probably the oldest building in the town is the parish church. A precise connection of this building with the former Abbey is difficult to deduce, as the only evidence of the Benedictine religious house was found in 1853 around 300 metres north of the Parish Church. • A walk around the central part of the town will still reveal the inherent traditional character. In the High Street, Salisbury Street and Smithfield Street are 18th century, 19th century and earlier buildings which, although in many cases superficially modified for present day domestic and commercial requirement, still exhibit their original architectural style, with small close-set windows and halfhipped roofs. One can still see the chalk
block and cob construction typical of the region in several of the walls of the houses and gardens. Alas, the once numerous thatched roofs have now dwindled to three: two near the library and one beyond the church.
• High Street and Church Street, with their coaching and travellers inns would have dealt with the east-west traffic. Salisbury Street, which used to be twice as wide as it is today, contained the weekly markets, with the market house and stocks situated on the corner of Salisbury Street and Church Street, where Lloyds Bank stands today. •
A little to the west, straddling the A303 Amesbury by-pass can be seen a spread of beech clumps arranged and planted almost 200 years ago to represent the English and French ships of the line at the Battle of the Nile on the 1st August 1798. Though somewhat shrouded in history, it is believed that Emma Hamilton, Nelson’s paramour, caused them to be planted so-
Stonehenge, near Amesbury, Wiltshire metime after his death at Trafalgar. Indeed, they are sometimes called the Trafalgar Clumps.
• At the time the land belonged to the estate of the Baron of Amesbury, Duke of Queensbury, who also held an honorary rank of Admiral. He befriended Lady Hamilton after Nelson’s death and the trees were probably planted at her behest. • The Battle of the Nile eclipsed all previous naval victories and was a masterpiece of naval strategy with lessons that have lasted into the present century. It is very fitting that such a memorial should have been commisioned. Unfortunately, it has not always been recognised as such.
• West Amesbury formerly Known as ‘Little Amesbury’. This little hamlet has loosened its ties with its parent town over the years, due not least to the intervening Iron Age fort and the river meandering providing a natural barrier. Today it displays charming period dwellings, with good thatched and timbered cottages.
There is also West Amesbury House 17th century with mullion windows, containing within remains of a medieval house. Thought to be associated with the Priory at Amesbury.
• Today’s visitors are following a tradition which goes back into ancient times. As well as serving the needs of the people of Salisbury Plain, the town has traditionally served as a resting place for travellers, at one time on foot, horseback and mail coach, but now by car, bus and bicycle. Amesbury today offers visitors a range of useful services, a variety of places to eat and good quality accommodation.
• For more information on Amesbury and the surrounding area please contact The Amesbury Tourist Information Point, The Library, Smithfield Street, Amesbury, Wiltshire, SP4 7AL. Opening hours Monday-Friday 0930 - 1700 hours. Telephone 01980 623255 or 01980 622833.
Description of the trekking route of Stonehenge, England. 00,00 Departure from Upper Woodford. Located in the parking of The Bridge Inn Hotel. Leaving the main road north of town
02.00 Take the unpaved road that is on the right (east) leaving the main road. The trail is marked with the march of â€œpublic footpathâ€? 06.30 Crossing. Leaving the path to our right towards a house and take the path on the left (towards northeast) 07.00 We leave the main road up to the left towards the north and take the small path that we have in front of us (direction east) 15.00 We leave that up a small trail to the left (west) and continue which we have in front of us and that leads to the river and then cross the bridge (east)
15.50 We cross another bridge and continue along the path leaving a house on our right (east) 17.10 We arrive at a tarmacked road. We go on the left (north-east). Now we are in Great Durnford 19.10 We ignore a crossing on the right and follow the main road 22.35 We ignore a path on the right just after a house and a traditional English telephone booth 22.40 We ignore again a footpath on the right (east) next to the house Wooddrow Cottage and continue on the main road until the end of the village
26.50 We ignore a crossing on the right towards house Ogbury 26.55 We ignore a private road on our left. Continue on the main 27.00 We leave the main trail and we take footpath on the left next to the Fairwood house (northwest) 30.00 We ignore a crossing on the right 30.30! We ignore a crossing on the left 33.30 Crossing. We take on the right (north). We ignore on the left that goes down on the west 36.30 Crossing. Go straight on (north direction)
39.00 We cross cattle fences. We are in some fields, be careful, we take small footpath climb down towards a stream on the left (North direction)
42.30 Warning! We take and cross a small bridge that remains hidden to our left and we will cross the stream (northwest) 44.00 Cross a second bridge bigger over a large part of the river where is easy to see swans (west) 44.05 Go towards west cross a new bridge, this time very little 45.00 Leave on the left a typical home in the area and take a path with signs of "public footpath" that leads us to houses we see in our front (west) 46.30 We reach the tarmacked road of Normenton. We go on the left towards Wilsford (south)
51.00 Take the road that climbs on the right, following the signs to Normanton Down Barrows and Stonehenge (south-east) 56.50 We ignore a crossing on our right and go straight on through the side of a farm which we leave on the left
56.55 If we look carefully on the right in north direction, we can see, for the first time, the unmistakeable structure of Stonehenge 1,05 We arrive at Springbottom farms and go straight on the main path (west) ignore the footpath on the left to Lake (south). This is the way to take return of Stonehenge 1,08,30 Obvious footpath that goes left and continue along the right (west) 1,15,00 We are on Normanton Barrows where is important highlight some mounds or hills covered with grass called “Barrows” that were old
forms of burial very typical of this area. We never leaved the main path and now we have in front of us Stonehenge and previously the road to Amesbury. Continue along the footpath towards the road (north) 1,16,00 Footpath’s mark. Continue along the footpath on the left towards Stonehenge. Cross a door (west) 1,19,00 We find another door that will cross on the right direction Stonehenge (north). Leave on the right path towards Druids Lodge 1,23,00 Road. Cross it and continue along the footpath in front of us
1,30,00 Cross a second road and weâ€™re at the parking and entrance of Stonehenge
1,58,00 Returning from Stonehenge we go back the way until Springbottom farm. We are again in Springbottom farm; we take the footpath that previously we obviated on the right to Lake 2,14,00 Ends the footpath and where starts the tarmacked road we find a sign direction towards Uppen Woodford (south), we take it and we go into a small forest 2,16,00 We cross a cattle fence
2,18,00 We find a new fence, we cross and we find a tarmacked road. We are in Wilford cun Lake. We go by tarmacked road towards on the right (south) 2,25,00 Warning! Take a footpath that is not so visible on the left indicated by local footpath of green colour. The road plans and goes into a forest (east) 2,27,00 Crossing. Take the footpath on the right (south) 2,35,00 Leave the footpath and on the crossing on the left (south-west) 2,39,00 We find the tarmacked road and go on the left (south) again and we are again in Upper Woodford 2,41,00 The Bridge Inn hotelâ€™s parking. End of route
A LOOK AT THE WORLD
Report realized by Jessica Lino and Paola Guzmán
Morella, Michoacán, México
orelia is the capital of the state of Michoacán. It’s one of the most beautiful colonial cities. Named on the past Valladolid, change her name in honor of one of the heroes of t he Mexican Independence. Even that one of their principal attractive is the Historic Center, that counts with very interesting civic and ecclesiastic buildings made by pink quarry, Morelia is a city that has so much more to offer. Like markets with sell of crafts, malls, discotheques, bars, cafeterias, parks. As also international shows like the Film Festival of Morelia and the International Music Festival: ‘Miguel Bernal Jimenez’. Moreover all these attractive Morelia is surrounded of marvelous small towns like: Pátzcuaro, Quiroga, Zinzunzan, Janitzio, and more. That offer for the tourist, streets full of regional architecture, crafts and the delicious gastronomy of the region.
How to reach there:
The biggest closest international airport is in Mexico City. The city of Morelia also has an international airport, but is more recommended to arrive to Mexico city, the capital, 4 hours away from Morelia. When you arrive to Mexico City, you can take a bus in the bus station. The cost of a single ticket its around 22 EUR.
To move within the city, you can use a cab, or the several buses that connect the important points of the city. Morelia doesn’t count with subway or metro because is not a very big city and downtown can be toured on foot. Also there is the bus station that offers transportation to nearby towns.
Where to sleep: You can find two types, hostels and hotels, the cheapest is the hostels, and ideal for young people, where they give you breakfast in the morning and you can meet a lot of new friends. Here are some options. The estimate per night is starting from $10.14 EUR. • La Casa Azul Hostal (Calle del Trabajo No. 64 Col. Centro, Morelia, Michoacán) • Tequila Sunset Hostal (www.tequilasunsethostal.com.mx)
Events and Festivals:
• Hostal Mintzi (Corregidora No.503 Col. Centro, Morelia, Michoacán)
• Día de muertos; November 1th and 2nd, In the hole state you can live the biggest party to death, it’s a celebration full of tradition, magic and a lot of people together in one place. You must visits town like Pátzcuaro and Janitzio, that aren’t so far, it’s like half an hour away from the main town. Admire the colorful offerings, exudes a particular touch of mysticism of incense and wanders through the halls and streets of these towns to remember one of the most respected and celebrated traditions in our country.
• Hostal Morelia (Aquiles Serdán No.654 Col. Centro, Morelia, Michoacán) All are in the center of the city, and are great options. Maybe we prefer the Tequila sunset hostel. We recommend you this link where you can find this three, and other options: http://www.hostelsclub.com
Where to eat: In Morelia there are a lot of places to taste the typical food. Like restaurants or local markets. Some of the most famous dishes in Michoacán is: The white fish of Pátzcuaro, ‘uchepos’, ‘corundas’, ‘tamales’ and ‘pozole’ all these made with corn. Also a lot of deserts and candies that can be find on local markets.
A LOOK AT THE WORLD • Morelia International Film Festival (FICM): In October, emerged as a need to create a unique meeting point in Mexico for the cinematographic community, the people of Michoacán, and international filmmakers, FICM started in 2003 with the goal of establishing a forum to promote up-and-coming Mexican cinematographic talents, to create incentives and cultural opportunities for the Mexican and international public, For the film lovers, its a great time to visit the town, and maybe meet your favorite actor or director, also its a great weather in this time of the year. Among the distinguished directors who have attended FICM since its first edition are: Serge Bromberg, Alfonso Cuarón, Doris Dörrie, Gael García Bernal, Terry Gilliam, Tommy Lee Jones, Carlos Reygadas, Steven Soderbergh, Quentin Tarantino, Guillermo del Toro, Michel Gondry, between others. • Cultural Festival 'La Yoshokura': It’s the most important festival of music in the city, counts with the participation of local bands and also new proposals of national and international bands. It’s around January in a big green area, like Woodstock style .More info here: http://www.layoshokura.com
• International Music Festival ‘Miguel Bernal Jimenez’: With over two decades of tradition, the Festival struggle to become one of the cultural highlights of Latin America, having already recognized the music industry worldwide. Miguel Bernal Jimenez Morelia dreamed of making the Salzburg of America, the place where artists, music lovers and majestic spaces to become. Have been heard in Morelia universal works and the capital of Michoacan became the forum of the best performers from countries as diverse as Denmark, Spain, Italy, Argentina, Cuba, Korea, Austria, Venezuela, Chile, Japan, Brazil, Germany Russia, U.S., France, giving a significant Mexican talent.e a constant. More info: http://festivalmorelia.com.mx • Jazztival: Mexican jazz groups have demonstrated high quality of execution, but there are forums for their work to be presented are very few. To support and promote the Mexican jazz in order to keep it alive and let it develop, created the Festival de Jazz de Michoacan, whose first edition was in 2003. Visit the official website: http://www.jazztival.org
Shopping: For shopping, Morelia has local markets where you can find crafts, like ‘The Market of the Candies’ or ‘The House of Crafts’. Also there is several stores located at the downtown. To o ther kind of shops there are some malls in Morelia like: ‘Plaza las Américas’, ‘Plaza Fiesta Camelinas’ and ‘Altozano’. And some small bazaars where you c an find ‘a little bit of everything’, like: ‘Servicentro’. Things to know: 1. Always carry money in effective, most of the places has terminal for credit and debit cards but in some informal places where you can buy precious things, local art etc. You will need money and preferably small bills. 2. Don't doubt in ask for help if you need something, Mexican people also can talk in English, not everybody but some of them, the young people for sure will understand you better, more if you speak lowly. 3. Weather! Most of the year is a tempered weather, its more warm in summer but not so hot, you can use shorts, but also jeans, just carry enough weather to keep going, In winter every year is less colder, December its very nice, January maybe it’s the coldest month of all. 4. You must visit: The Cathedral, ‘Palacio Clavijero’, The Aqueduct, all the historical downtown, and the smalls towns around the city: Pátzcuaro, Quiroga, Tzintzuntzán, etc. 5. Enjoy the city, make friends and come back soon!
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