Geoparque Unesco

2nd Activity Week - 2008

From 28th May to 8th June, the European Geoparks Week was held in Sobrarbe, promoted and coordinated together with every territory in the European Geoparks Network, aiming to encourage geo-preservation awareness and to promote geological heritage.

Several activities were planned with this purpose (lectures on Biomass and forest-related topics, on archaeology, mining and geology, guided tours, photography exhibitions, music and cinema activities, etc), all of them aiming to show our natural, geological and cultural values.

Every planned activity proved very popular with a large public.

Besides, the Sobrarbe Geopark sent a representative to the Geopark Activity Week held in Naturtejo (Portugal), taking part in conferences planned by the Naturtejo Geopark, with a specific lecture on the Sobrarbe Geopark.

SCHEDULE:

Wednesday, 28th May:

-Talk on "Biomass and Forest Issues in Sobrarbe", by Rafael Gonzalez Lartitegui and Eduardo Notivol Paino, from the Agro-alimentary Research and Technology Centre of the Aragon Government (CITA) - 8pm, at the "Pedro Santorromán" Assembly Hall, Sobrarbe County Hall in Boltaña.

-"Prehistory and Archaeology in Sobrarbe" by Javier Rey, archaeologist, at 7.30pm, at the "Pedro Santorromán" Assembly Hall, Sobrarbe County Hall in Boltaña. . -"Data for the Knowledge of the Mining Heritage in Aragón", by J. M. Mata Perelló, honorary President of the Spanish Society for the Defence of the Geological and Mining Heritage - (SEDPGYM). Professor at Technical University of Catalonia. 8.30pm. Saturday, 31st May:

-Guided tour to the Megalithic dolmen, to the Bear Cave and to the Bear Museum in Tella.

-1º Meeting "Old Sobrarbe": Photographic Exhibition: "40 year of Old Sobrarbe": Congress Centre in Boltaña. Documentary Film Projection on the Old Sobrarbe. 4pm, Congress Centre in Boltaña. Book Launching and discussion. Traditional dinner and dance in the Ainsa Main Square. 9pm.

Sunday, 1st June:

-Guided tour to the Susía River basin, "The Sobrarbe Delta and its Archaeology", by Jesús Cardiel, Member of the Sobrarbe Geopark Advisory Board.

Wednesday, 4th June: -"The karsts in Sobrarbe", by Ángel Belmonte. Geologist, Secondary School teacher, Member of the Sobrarbe Geopark Advisory Board and of the Scientific Potholing Society of Cotiella. 8pm at the Assembly Hall in Plan.

Friday, 6th June: Opening of the Conferences on La Bolsa de Bielsa Battle: "Resistance, Exodus and Destruction"

-6.15pm: Opening speech -6.30pm: La Bolsa de Bielsa Battle. From a Military Point of View, by Fernando Martínez Baños. -7.15pm: Beltrán, el Esquinazau. From the Jaca Uprising to La Bolsa Battle, by Antonio Gascón. -8pm: Presentation of the documentary "La Bolsa de Bielsa Battle. The Ice Pass".

Saturday, 7th June:

-12am: Floral tribute and unveiling of a memorial to honour the soldiers and victims of the Spanish Civil War -5.30pm: Opening of the Exhibition "From Huesca to France. War, Exodus and Destruction" -6pm: The Altoaragón Withdrawal and the Civilians: from Evacuation to Exile. 1938-1945, by Alicia Alted Vigil. -6.45pm: The Aragon Front: a Sensitive Issue in Republican War Press, by Mirta Núñez Díaz- Balart. -7.30pm: From Aragon to France: Franco's War of Extermination, by Julián Casanova Ruiz. -10pm: Performance by La Ronda de Boltaña musical group (Bielsa Multi-purpose Hall).

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Sunday, 8th June:

-8am: Second trip: "Route of the Aragon-France Exile". Departure by bus from the Bielsa car park. Free of charge. Trip up to the Puerto Viejo (Old Pass) and back down alon

g the French side of the tunnel. Duration: 4 hours approximately.

Avda. Ordesa 79. 22340 Boltaña. Huesca. 974 518 025.