International TSG Meeting in Portugal

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International TSG Meeting in Portugal

06 June 2017
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From the 20th to 21st of May 2017, an International Traditional Sports and Games (TSG) Meeting took place in Évora/Arraiolos, in the center of Portugal. It was also the occasion to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the traditional “Malha” game through a competition involving several hundreds of players.

Playing the traditional Malha game
Playing the traditional Malha game

 

The big event was well organized by the Intermunicipal Community of Alentejo Central (CIMAC) along with the support of Traditional Games Association of Guarda (AJTG). Thirteen Portuguese organizations and six international organizations from Spain, Italy and France showed their traditional games to the public in Arraiolos.

Beside the play, the Culture Centre hosted stands built by participating organizations for people to see and learn more about the games and activities. Work results of TSG dissemination were shown in these stands, including publications, game material and poster exhibitions, among others.

The stands of the Spanish Association AccETTD and the Portuguese Association of Traditional Games from Guarda (AJTG).
The stands of the Spanish Association AccETTD and the Portuguese Association of Traditional Games from Guarda (AJTG).

 

The outdoors play area featured dozens of traditional games, inviting people to experience them and have fun.

Portuguese women playing a kind of billiard game
Portuguese women playing a kind of billiard game
	Portuguese men throwing a clay pot around until someone does a mistake…
Portuguese men throwing a clay pot around until someone makes a mistake…
	The “Asociación de Xogadores de Chave” from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, brought their famous “La Chave” game to Arraiolos
The “Asociación de Xogadores de Chave” from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, brought their famous “La Chave” game to Arraiolos
	The “Club des Rouleurs de Barriques” from Lussac Saint-Emilion, France, showed their original wine barrel rolling on the market place
The “Club des Rouleurs de Barriques” from Lussac Saint-Emilion, France, showed their original wine barrel rolling on the market place
	The “Asociación Cultural la Tanguilla” from Aranda de Duero, Spain, presented “La Tanguilla”. It’s a precision game where the players throw a metal disk with the objective to hit a little wooden pole.
The “Asociación Cultural la Tanguilla” from Aranda de Duero, Spain, presented “La Tanguilla”, a precision game where the players throw a metal disk with the objective to hit a little wooden pole.

 

TAFISA Member Association AccETTD from Cáceres, Spain, offered six traditional Spanish games: the frog, the key from Asturias, the Canarian Handball game, the “Billarda” game, “La Calva” and the guided wheel (see for more details: http://recallgames.com/games/map  -> Spain).

The Canarian Handball game
The Canarian Handball game

 

The famous Portuguese hospitality accompanied all participants and was appreciated. It was an inspiring event where people could experience the variety and richness of TSG, able to gather all generations with the same purpose: to play outdoor and having fun together.

 

Text from Dirk Nasser, Director Association AccETTD, TAFISA Member, Spain.

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