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Didactic materials related to the brown bear in the Pyrenees

Within the framework of the Competecs research group and under the umbrella of this Chair –both from the University of Lleida- the educational part of the PirosLife project on the brown bear in the Pyrenees is carried out. It is a proposal aimed at Catalonia’ schools so that children develop a critical spirit and sensitivity in relation to nature. This proposal -rooted in the Pyrenean valleys- is structured in four main areas destined to the teaching-learning in order to foster the transition towards a society that is more aware of the richness of the natural and social heritage of the Pyrenees: the brown bear, the Pyrenean habitat, the shared space, the culture and the heritage.

Exhibition of Fire Festivities in the Pyrenees at the Cultures Center of the University of Lleida

From 12/12/2016 to 01/01/2017. Commissioner of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the declaration by UNESCO of the Summer Solstice Festivities in the Pyrenees as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the Chair Educació i Patrimoni Immaterial dels Pirineus from Univeristy of Lleida promoted the exhibition "Fire Festivities at the Pyrenees" within the framework of the university itself.

Safeguard Model for the Festivity of Fallas, Haros & Brandons

The positive resolution by UNESCO regarding the incorporation of the Fire Festivities of the Summer Solstice in the Pyrenees to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity granted an international recognition to the tradition. Now, however, it is necessary to safeguard it, in other words, keep it alive without reducing its function or social value. That is why the chair is working on the development of a model that establishes guidelines for the sustainable conservation of the Fallas, Haros, Halhes and Brandons. 


II International Symposium Focs festius a la Mediterrània, held in Reus on May the 26th, 27th and 28th, 2017.

X International Colloquium on Trans-Pyrenean Studies, held in Queralbs on the 29th and 30th of September 2017.

I INDEST International Congress. Social and Territorial Development, held in Lleida on the 23th and 24th of November 2017.

Calendar 2017 of the fallaire’s towns of the Pyrenees

It is an initiative of the Cultural Association of Fallaire’s Towns and Municipal Entities of the Pyrenees, as well as of the group of towns registered in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, whose main objective is the promotion of the festivity and the cohesion of the community. The Chair of Education and Intangible Heritage of the Pyrenees assumed its development and distribution. Click to access the calendar.

Preface by Sofia Isus in the book Fia-faia. La festa de falles nadalenca, by Xavier Pedrals and Manel Escobet (2017)

Among all the fire festivities of the Pyrenees, the Fia-faia stands out because it is celebrated the day of the winter solstice, that is, Christmas Eve. It is a tradition that has been preserved for centuries in the villages of Bagà and Sant Julià de Cerdanyola (Berguedà) and, apart from being included in the UNESCO’s candidacy, the Generalitat de Catalunya classified it as a Patrimonial Festivity of National Interest.

In July 2017, Xavier Pedrals and Manel Escobet presented the book Fia-faia. La festa de falles nadalenca (Fia-faia. Christmas Falles Festivity), which has a preface written by Sofia Isus, director of the Chair.

GAIAL Project

GAIAL is a technical and training project of rural development, which was created with the aim of activating the territory and, therefore, sustainable and posible. It is about generating entrepreneurs in an area of high mountains where it is difficult to establish a young population. It implies the recovery / implantation of suitable farming to enable the use of abandoned agricultural areas -creation of processed agricultural products. Economic, environmental and social sustainability is the key factor in this project.

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