ACTIVITY IN COLLABORATION WITH THE MUNICIPALITY OF ZAMORA. WORKING SESSION "CULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF ZAMORA AND CULTURAL LANDSCAPE OF THE INTERNATIONAL DOURO" VI IBERIAN CONGRESS OF LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY

June 20, 2024

As part of this Congress, which takes place from June 19 to 21, one of its sessions was scheduled in Zamora, at the headquarters of the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation, on the initiative of the City Council. The Congress is organized by the Portuguese and Spanish Associations of Landscape Ecology, both members of IALE (International Association for Landscape Ecology).



ACTIVITY IN COLLABORATION WITH CEOE-CEPYME ZAMORA: V FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT FOR BUSINESS COMPETITIVENESS AND INNOVATION IN CASTILE AND LEON

June 20, 2024

In response to a collaboration request from the Secretary-General of CEOE-CEPYME ZAMORA, FRAH organized a meeting with the participation of businesspeople and institutional representatives. During the meeting, topics related to the framework agreement were addressed, focusing on key aspects of business internationalization.

CONFERENCE: THE EU IN THE WORLD, IES POETA CLAUDIO RODRÍGUEZ

June 14, 2024

As part of the activities in collaboration with the Zamora City Council, particularly the relationship between Educational Centers of Zamora and Bragança, this visit was organized by students from the School of Arts and Crafts of Zamora.

 

The activity began with a visit to the Portuguese headquarters of the Foundation, followed by a guided tour of the city's historic center, a lunch, a visit to the Contemporary Art Center, the George Dussaud Photography Center, and other activities showcasing artistic and cultural resources.



VISIT TO THE FOUNDATION BUILDING, THE FORMER SAN FRANCISCO EXTRAPONTEM CONVENT AS A BIC BUILDING

June 8, 2024

In accordance with the aim of facilitating visits to the building for both Zamora residents and those who may visit the city, the activity was publicized on social media, with more than thirty people signing up.

 

The visit was conducted in collaboration with Zamora architect Alberto Alonso Crespo, who provided an interpretive tour of the site, with references to the uses of the different spaces and rooms of the facility.

 

The activity is free of charge.

VISIT OF STUDENTS FROM THE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS OF ZAMORA TO BRAGANÇA

June 12, 2024

As part of the activities in collaboration with the Zamora City Council, particularly the relationship between Educational Centers of Zamora and Bragança, this visit was organized by students from the School of Arts and Crafts of Zamora.

 

The activity began with a visit to the Portuguese headquarters of the Foundation, followed by a guided tour of the city's historic center, a lunch, a visit to the Contemporary Art Center, the George Dussaud Photography Center, and other activities showcasing artistic and cultural resources.



ASSISTANCE TO THE PRESENTATION EVENTS OF THE GREAT ROUTE OF MILLS AND MEADOWS

June 1, 2024

This is an initiative promoted by the Pedralba de la Pradería Town Council and the Union of Parishes of Aveleda and Rio de Onor of the Bragança City Council. With this Route, it is intended to transform this border area into a 67-kilometer tourist resource that would connect three villages on the Spanish side and four on the Portuguese side.

 

At this presentation event, the objectives of the project were presented, with the attendance of representatives from the Junta de Castilla y León, the Portuguese Embassy in Spain, the Diputación de Zamora, and other stakeholders, including the Foundation itself.

 

After attending the presentation of the initiative and part of the route, participants joined in a lunch featuring local products.

FINAL PRESS CONFERENCE FOR THE ACTIVITY WITH IBERDROLA

June 6, 2024

After the completion of this activity, titled "Without Time," in which ten educational centers from the province of Zamora and more than three hundred students participated, a presentation to the media was organized with the award ceremony for the two finalist centers.

 

This was an activity promoted and sponsored by IBERDROLA, developed in collaboration with the Junta de Castilla y León through its Provincial Directorate of Education.

 

It is an activity framed within the references of the European Green Deal and sustainable development strategies, as well as the promoting company's own environmental awareness.



VISIT TO THE MILAGROSA SCHOOL IN ZAMORA - TALK TO 70 STUDENTS

May 28, 2024

On this occasion, as part of the activities of the Europe Direct Centre in Zamora, the Centre's manager and Secretary-General of the Foundation gave a talk on European topics. The presentation was based on the publication Let's Explore Europe, covering its four EU themes: United in Diversity; In Your Daily Life; A Journey Through Time, and How It Works.

SCHOOL GROUP VISITS WITH EUROPE DIRECT CENTRE ACTIVITY "LET'S EXPLORE EUROPE"

May 23, 2024

Following activities carried out in collaboration with this school located in Zamora, visits from two groups of secondary school students were organized. The Secretary-General of the Foundation, who is also the Head of the Europe Direct Centre in Zamora, visited the Foundation's headquarters in Zamora. He presented the contents of the publication Let's Explore Europe, covering its four EU themes: United in Diversity; In Your Daily Life; A Journey Through Time, and How It Works.



MEETING AT CCDRN - AGES OF MAN 2025

May 18, 2024

Following a request for collaboration from the Diocese of Zamora, the Foundation organized a meeting in Porto with representatives from the Regional Government of Castile and León, through its Directorate-General for Heritage; the Ages of Man Foundation; the Diocese of Zamora; the City Council of Zamora; and the Provincial Council of Zamora. They met with representatives from CCDR-N I.P., including its Vice-President, representatives of Porto and Northern Portugal Tourism; the City Council of Porto, and the City Council of Amarante.

 

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the potential organization of the 2025 edition of the Ages of Man between Zamora and Porto, focusing on the Duero region. Other possible initiatives were also considered, such as creating a Religious Tourism Route in the Duero Valley and potentially submitting it for a POCTEP application.

 

Following the meeting, it was agreed to maintain contacts and take further actions to make these initiatives viable.

COMMEMORATION EVENTS FOR THE 899TH ANNIVERSARY OF KING AFONSO HENRIQUES' INVESTITURE

May 16, 2024

As part of the institutional activities of the Foundation, there are relationships with the Great Alfonsine Order. Last year, 2023, a large group of residents from Guimarães visited, and a statue of King Afonso Henriques, created by sculptor Dinis Ribeiro and architect Abel Cardoso, was donated to the Foundation's gardens.

 

This year, the Great Alfonsine Order, accompanied by over a hundred people, was received at the Foundation's facilities in Zamora on the afternoon of Saturday, the 18th. They were welcomed with a musical and dance performance by the traditional Zamoran cultural group, Doña Urraca. Following this, homage acts to the King took place, including a declamation by a young "picolino," a tradition from Guimarães that aspires to be a World Heritage. Later, a protocol act was held with the attendance of Christoph Strieder, representing the City Council of Zamora. The day concluded with a tasting of quality foods in collaboration with the Exquisiteza association.

 

On Sunday, the Secretary-General attended Mass at the Cathedral, officiated by the Bishop of Zamora, Don Fernando Valera. After the morning's activities organized by the Zamora Center for Tourist Initiatives, the group was received in Bragança by the Vice-President of its City Council, Mrs. Fernanda Silva.



MEETING IN VILAR FORMOSO - CENCYL CITIES NETWORK

May 15, 2024

In the context of collaborative relations with the City Council of Zamora, a meeting was attended to discuss the future incorporation of Zamora into this network, aiming to become a cross-border working group. The meeting was attended by the Secretary-General, accompanying Christoph Strieder, the Councilor of the City Council of Zamora.

MEETING IN BRAGANÇA - INTERREG PROJECT, CASTILE AND LEÓN BORDER UNIONS, PORTUGAL

May 14, 2024

After receiving a request for collaboration from Spanish unions active in Castile and León, and following several preliminary meetings and contacts via videoconference, a meeting was organized at the Bragança headquarters. In the morning, representatives from these entities, both from Castile and León and from the Northern and Central Regions of Portugal, gathered to discuss the possibility of presenting a future POCTEP application. The Foundation is involved as a facilitator for these contacts to establish the groundwork for this potential project.



GROUP VISIT OF THE ABADE BAÇAL SCHOOL CLUSTER FROM BRAGANÇA TO THE CLAUDIO MOYANO INSTITUTE IN ZAMORA AND TO THE FOUNDATION HEADQUARTERS IN ZAMORA

This activity falls within Activity 4.- GENERAL INSTITUTIONAL, particularly under the Collaboration Agreements with the Zamora City Council and the Municipality of Bragança.

 

As part of the objective to establish a collaboration channel between this Secondary Education Institute in Zamora, which offers Portuguese language studies to its students, and the Abade Baçal School Cluster in Bragança, which in turn offers Spanish language studies, a return visit was made following the one that took place in Bragança on May 3rd.

 

After visiting the Institute, the students from both Centers moved to the Foundation's facilities, where they participated in an escape room activity that allowed them to interact with each other.

 

Additionally, a guided tour of the facilities was conducted, with special attention given to the presentation of the activities of the Europe Direct Centre in Zamora. 

 

The attendees had lunch at the Foundation, once again sharing moments of mutual understanding and language practice.

 

In the afternoon, a tourist-cultural visit was organized starting from the Cathedral Square, where the Portuguese guests could learn about the characteristics of Zamora's historic center, ending the visit with free time in its modernist area.

 

Teachers from both centers were able to discuss the possibilities of conducting collaborative activities for the next academic year, particularly the possibility of organizing longer stays of more than one day in both cities.

EUROPE DAY ACTIVITIES FROM MAY 8TH TO MAY 10TH

Within the activities of the Europe Direct Centre in Zamora, activities related to the celebration of Europe Day were developed between May 8th and May 10th.

 

On May 8th, it began with a media call where planned activities were presented, starting with the visit of a group of secondary school students from IES Santísima Trinidad in Zamora. With this group, a Contest with the theme "The European Union and Me" was held for the first time, an activity available on the learning corner of the EU's own website.

 

On May 9th, an Open Day took place, where both individuals and another group of students from the town of Benavente were received, who were able to learn about the activities of the Europe Direct Centre in Zamora.

 

On May 10th, an afternoon activity was scheduled, consisting of a podcast radio program for young people, with the theme of Europe Day, in which, along with contests and other activities, the Secretary-General was interviewed through questions about the European Union.

 

During these three days of activities, there was an intense schedule of interviews with the media to incorporate information about the importance of commemorating Europe Day.



VISIT OF A GROUP FROM IES CLAUDIO MOYANO TO BRAGANÇA

This activity is part of Activity 4, "GENERAL INSTITUTIONAL", within the framework of Collaboration Agreements with the City Council of Zamora and the Municipal Chamber of Bragança.

 

The main objective of this visit is to establish a collaboration channel between the Claudio Moyano Secondary Education Institute in Zamora, which offers Portuguese language studies to its students, and the Agrupamento de Escolas Abade Baçal in Bragança, which in turn offers Spanish language studies.

 

During the activity, participants had the opportunity to visit the Historic Center of Bragança, as well as the Portuguese headquarters of the Foundation, and to get to know the Agrupamento de Escolas up close. The main focus was on fostering interaction among students.

 

At the reception of the group at our headquarters in Bragança, we had the presence of Mrs. Fernanda Silva, Vice President of the Municipal Chamber.

 

This meeting will be followed by another one that will take place in Zamora on May 10th.


MEDIA MEETING AT THE REI AFONSO HENRIQUES FOUNDATION TO PRESENT THE EUROPEAN UNION INSTITUTIONAL CAMPAIGN

During the morning of April 30th, the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation organized a meeting with local and regional media outlets with the purpose of presenting the European Union institutional campaign regarding the upcoming European elections. During the meeting, audiovisual resources were displayed, and tools aimed at promoting awareness of the elections and their importance for European citizens were shared, with particular attention to the citizens of Zamora.

 

The campaign can be accessed on the official website of the European elections: https://elections.europa.eu/es/

 

Its goal is to encourage active citizen participation in the electoral process, highlighting the value of democracy and the importance of individual voting in the future of Europe.


27TH OF APRIL - GUIDED TOUR BIC CONVENT OF SAN FRANCISCO EXTRAPONTEM (CULTURAL)

In order to comply with the legal obligation of facilitating visits to the Cultural Heritage Site housing the headquarters of the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation in Zamora, located in the former Convent of San Francisco Extrapontem, a guided tour was organized on the last Saturday of April. This initiative aims to maintain the regularity of such visits on the last Saturdays of each month, provided there are no other activities preventing it.

On this occasion, a group of twenty-five people participated in the activity, which was supported by architect Alberto Alonso. During the tour, the architect presented both the original architectural features of the building and its historical construction process, as well as the most recent renovations carried out to adapt it as the current headquarters of the Foundation in Zamora.


APRIL 25TH - ATTENDANCE AT MUNICIPAL EVENTS IN BRAGANÇA, COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CARNATION REVOLUTION (INSTITUTIONAL)

Following the courtesy of an invitation extended by the Presidency of the Municipal Chamber of Bragança, we had the privilege of attending an evocative session held at the Forte São João de Deus Memory Center, located in the town square. The occasion not only provided a space for reflection and remembrance but also served as a meeting point for the community, where meaningful experiences were shared and the fundamental values of our society were celebrated.


APRIL 25TH, 2024 JOURNEY: "LOVE AS THE ROAD BEGINS"

The Library of the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation was the setting for a commemorative event in honor of the 50th anniversary of April 25th, an emblematic date that marked the end of fascism and the beginning of democracy in Portugal. The event, organized jointly by FRAH and the Sabaria Association, featured the distinguished presence of Perfecto Cuadrado, a professor of Galician and Portuguese Philology, who delivered the conference entitled "Love as the Road Begins". During the conference, the life and work of Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos, a prominent poet and painter recognized as the main representative of Portuguese surrealism, were explored. The close relationship between surrealism and the Carnation Revolution was analyzed, highlighting Cesariny's role as a fervent defender of creative freedom in times of oppression. The collaboration of Concha Jambrina, President of the Sabaria Cultural Association, further enriched the event. In summary, the journey provided a valuable opportunity to reflect on the importance of art and freedom in society. April 25th reminds us that freedom is the greatest treasure of a people, a legacy that we must protect and celebrate with every step we take towards a fairer and freer future.


PRESS CONFERENCE HALF MARATHON BRAGANÇA

At the request of the Municipality of Bragança, a press conference was called to present the Third "Meia Maratona das Cantarinhas", which will take place in Bragança on May 12, 2024.

 

The event was attended by Miguel Abrunhosa, Councilor of the Municipality, as well as representatives from Ginásio Clube de Bragança. During the press conference, the "Meia Maratona das Cantarinhas" was introduced, scheduled for May 12.

 

This event, organized by the Municipality of Bragança and Ginásio Clube de Bragança, offers routes ranging from 5 km to 21 km, as well as free races for children. The participation of athletes such as Dulce Félix and Ricardo Ribas was highlighted, as well as cash prizes and medals for the top finishers.

 

The Half Marathon is part of the "Feira das Cantarinhas," supported by local institutions, and includes a sports products fair. José Luis González Prada, Secretary-General of the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation, is confident in the positive response from the people of Zamora, while Miguel Abrunhosa, Councilor of the Municipality of Bragança, expects a large influx of visitors to Bragança.


FORGING BONDS OF COOPERATION: MEETING BETWEEN THE ASSOCIATION AND COLLEGE OF GRADUATES AND TECHNICAL INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERS OF ZAMORA AND THE NORTHERN DELEGATION OF THE ORDER

It is a privilege to share with you the exciting experience we had on April 13th during the meeting between the Association and College of Graduates and Technical Industrial Engineers of Zamora and the Northern Delegation of the Order of Engineers. This event, which arose from an initiative of the Zamora College, aimed to strengthen cooperation between professionals on both sides of the border.

 

The journey began with a warm greeting from the Secretary-General of the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation, marking the start of a day filled with exchange and collaboration. During the meeting, we had the opportunity to share ideas, experiences, and perspectives on various topics related to our profession in an atmosphere of camaraderie and mutual respect.

 

We are proud to highlight that this meeting was not only an opportunity to strengthen ties between our colleges and associations but also laid the groundwork for future collaborations and joint projects that will benefit both professional communities.

 

The highlight of the journey was the visit to the headquarters of the entity in Zamora, where we could closely observe the work and projects carried out in this important professional activity center.

 

At the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation, we are committed to fostering collaboration and knowledge exchange among professionals, and we are honored to have been part of this inspiring meeting. We look forward to continuing to contribute to strengthening the bonds between our communities and to the development of joint initiatives that drive progress and innovation in our region.

 

Thank you to all participants for making this meeting a true success!


CONFERENCE ON EUROPEAN YOUTH

As part of the initiatives of the Europe Direct Zamora Center, a Conference focused on European Youth was held. Aimed at individuals under 30 years old, its objective was to provide information on various topics, with an emphasis on promoting digital environments and other priorities. Adopting the format of an Informational Conference, the goal was to promote citizen participation through meetings between students from various European nationalities. The main topics addressed were the Digital Decade and citizen participation.

 

Special attention was given to the content of the European Youth portal in the context of the European Youth Week. Additionally, an English workshop on the green transition in Europe was held.

 

The Conference was attended by over fifty individuals and was organized in collaboration with the Medalla Milagrosa School of Zamora and the Provincial Education Directorate of Zamora.


FOSTERING CROSS-BORDER COLLABORATION: MEETING BETWEEN STUDENTS FROM BRAGA AND IES LABORAL

It is with pleasure that we share the experience lived during the reception of the group of students and teachers from the Portuguese city of Braga, on April 16th and 17th. This meeting, organized in response to the request from the Cross-Border Initiatives Office of the Junta de Castilla y León, aimed to continue the collaboration activities between both schools.

 

During these two days, our students had the opportunity to share moments of learning, cultural exchange, and reflection with their Portuguese counterparts. This meeting not only allowed us to strengthen the bonds between our schools but also laid the groundwork for future collaborative initiatives that will enrich the educational experience of our students and promote intercultural understanding.

 

At the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation, we are committed to fostering cross-border collaboration and cultural exchange among young people from different countries. We are excited to be part of this exciting project and look forward to continuing to contribute to strengthening the bonds between our communities.

 

Thank you to all participants for making this meeting a memorable experience!


AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE WITH THE MACEDO DE CAVALEIROS GROUP AT OUR FACILITIES!

It is an honor to share the encounter we had on April 10th and 11th with a group of students from the municipality of Macedo de Cavaleiros, thanks to the initiative of CIM Terras de Trás-os-Montes. The purpose of this visit was to provide students with the opportunity to get firsthand experience of the functioning of the Spanish democratic system.

 

During these two days, we organized a series of activities in which the students could immerse themselves in the political and administrative life of our region. We began with a warm reception at the City Hall of Salamanca on the morning of the first day, followed by visits to key institutions such as the City Hall of Zamora, the Provincial Council of Zamora, the Territorial Delegation of the Junta of Castilla y León, and the Government Subdelegation, during the second day.

 

In addition to formal activities, we also set aside time to enjoy the charm of the historic center of Zamora, allowing the students to discover the cultural and historical richness of our region.

 

We are pleased to highlight that the visit was not only enriching for the students, but we also identified opportunities for future collaboration with the City Hall and Municipal Assembly of Macedo de Cavaleiros, as well as with their School Grouping. We are excited about the possibilities of working together on projects that benefit both communities and promote cultural and educational exchange.

 

At our accommodation, we strive to offer meaningful experiences that go beyond the stay itself. We are grateful for the trust placed in us by CIM Terras de Trás-os-Montes and look forward to continuing to be a meeting point for valuable initiatives like this in the future.


EUROPEAN DIGITAL CONFERENCE "BOOSTING YOUNG TALENT"

Within the activities of the Centro Europe Direct Zamora, the conference related to the European Year of Skills was held, entitled "Boosting Young Talent." The main objective was to offer a workshop on training and capacity building in the "Digital Europe," addressing areas such as digitalization, artificial intelligence, and governance, aiming to contribute to increased competitiveness, innovation, and the fight against climate change.

 

In collaboration with the Provincial Directorate of Education of Zamora and the IES Universidad Laboral de Zamora, the conference took place over three hours. Interventions related to the mentioned European Year were included, as well as presentations on the services provided by the Centro Europe Direct, lectures on interpersonal and professional skills in Europe, the presentation of digital skills, and the DIGCOMP Framework. Additionally, representatives from the CyL Digital Space of Zamora participated, and the CENCYL certification system was presented.

 

The conference concluded with the presence of representatives from the Territorial Delegation of the Junta de Castilla y León and the Provincial Council of Zamora.


IES ALISTE DE ALCAÑICES - "TIMELESS INITIATIVE": FRAH AND IBERDROLA AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

We continue to move towards a more sustainable future!

 

The Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation remains steadfast in its environmental commitment with the "Timeless Initiative," in collaboration with Iberdrola. We are excited to share that on the 22nd, we also welcomed students from the IES de Aliste de Alcañices, who joined us to participate in this new phase of the project.

 

"Timeless Initiative" aims to involve ten educational centers in our city and province in a playful-educational challenge, where we explore solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change and promote sustainable practices in our community.

 

The presence of the IES de Aliste de Alcañices in this initiative reflects their commitment to environmental care and their interest in contributing to a more sustainable future for all.

 

At FRAH, we greatly appreciate the collaboration with Iberdrola and are enthusiastic about the positive impact we can achieve together in protecting our natural environment. Let's continue working together towards a greener and more prosperous world!


VISIT BY STUDENTS FROM MORTÁGUA

A very special visit at the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation!

 

We are pleased to share that on March 22nd, we had the honor of receiving a group of students and teachers from Mortágua, Portugal, at our facilities.

It was a real pleasure to show them our Foundation, as well as our activities, goals, and mission.

 

The energy and interest demonstrated by our visitors were truly inspiring. We are proud to share our passion for our work and commitment to the community.

 

We sincerely thank the students and teachers from Mortágua for taking the time to visit us and learn more about what we do. We hope they enjoyed their visit as much as we enjoyed their company.

 

We look forward to seeing them again soon and continuing to share experiences towards a better future for all!


EUROPEAN AUTHORS DAY EVENT

📢 Event Report: March 20th

 

🗓️ Date: Wednesday, March 20th

🕒 Time: 9:25-10:15

🏫 Location: Auditorium of IES María de Molina - Groups: E4A and E4B

 

On March 20th, we enthusiastically celebrated the commemorative activities of European Authors Day, organized by the Europe Direct Zamora Center and the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation. This event, preceding the EU-wide celebration on March 27th, aimed to reignite the interest of young generations in reading and immerse them in the literary richness of the continent.

 

The Europe Direct Zamora Center and the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation were present at this culturally significant event. In the Auditorium of IES María de Molina, groups E4A and E4B had the privilege of enjoying the conference "Definition and Characteristics of Contemporary European Literature," delivered by Mr. Julio Eguaras Gutiérrez, professor of Language and Literature at the aforementioned educational center.

 

We deeply appreciate the collaboration and support of IES María de Molina for hosting this event on their premises. We also extend our sincerest gratitude to Mr. Julio Eguaras Gutiérrez for his availability to enrich this activity with his experience and knowledge.

 

Additionally, we want to express our gratitude to the Provincial Education Directorate of Zamora from the Castilla y León Regional Government, whose support has been essential to carry out this event.

 

From the Europe Direct Zamora Center and the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation, we take pride in actively participating in the promotion of European literature and the encouragement of reading among the new generations.

 

This gathering reminds us of the importance of the words of European authors, which transcend borders and invite us to explore new literary horizons. May this celebration inspire more young people to discover the magic of reading and the cultural diversity of Europe!


"TIMELESS INITIATIVE": FRAH AND IBERDROLA AGAINST CLIMATE CHANGE

On Friday, March 15, 2024, the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation embarked on a significant project in collaboration with Iberdrola. Under the name "Timeless Initiative," this initiative aims to promote environmental awareness and address the challenge of climate change.

 

We are pleased to welcome @ies_fuentesauco, who joined us in this initial stage of the project. Together, we are committed to engaging ten educational centers in our city and province in a playful and educational challenge, where we will explore solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change and promote sustainable practices in our community.

 

At FRAH, we deeply value this collaboration with Iberdrola and are excited about the positive impact we can achieve together in protecting our environment.


PRESENTATION OF HOLY WEEK IN MEDINA DE RIOSECO IN BRAGANÇA

On March 2nd, a significant meeting took place during the presentation of Holy Week in Medina de Rioseco in Bragança. This event, aimed at promoting integration between our communities, was graced by the notable presence of the Secretary-General of the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation, who was joined by the Councilwoman of the Municipal Chamber, Mrs. Fernanda Silva, the Mayor of Medina de Rioseco, Mr. David Esteban, the President of the Holy Week Board of this city, as well as representatives from the Casa da Misericordia of Bragança and the Bragança-Miranda Diocese.

 

This gathering, framed within an initiative to strengthen ties between our towns, is a demonstration of our Foundation's commitment to collaboration and intercultural understanding. The presence of the Secretary-General at this event emphasizes the importance we place on fostering cooperation between neighboring communities.

 

We will continue to work to promote initiatives that encourage integration and exchange between our localities.


BOOK PRESENTATION "LA HERMANDAD DE LA CRUZ"

Let's relive together the exciting presentation of the second installment of the Extrapontem Saga: "La Hermandad de la Cruz", a work written by the talented Alberto Alonso Crespo!

 

🗓️ Event Date: Friday, March 1st

📍 Location: Bodega del Convento de San Francisco - Barrio de Cabañales, current headquarters of FRAH

🕢 Time: 7:30 PM

 

Alberto Alonso Crespo, a budding author with an overflowing passion for writing, immersed us in a world of intrigue and mystery with his latest work. Left-handed, from Zamora, a lover of basketball, music, and architecture, this multifaceted writer offers us a unique perspective through his pages, where urban and architectural spaces come to life amidst captivating plots.

 

Book Synopsis:

"Revenge always digs two graves. Destiny decides for whom both are." In this second and final installment of the Extrapontem saga, the story continues and reaches its conclusion. The Chapel of the Dean Don Diego Vázquez de Cepeda remains the epicenter of the plot, while new urban and ecclesiastical spaces of the city emerge. Amid mysterious rituals, the Brotherhood of the Cross, the Clan of the Eleven, the Disciplinarian Brothers, and the Exaltation of the Cross, among others, unfold a plot full of adventure, intrigue, conspiracy, and vengeance. The characters face the consequences of their own decisions unconsciously and boldly.

 

It was a truly memorable event, and we thank all attendees for their enthusiasm. We hope to see you at future events to continue exploring together the fascinating worlds that literature offers us!


PRESENTATION OF THE BOOK "PRETÉRITO IMPERFEITO" - TALES FROM THE NORTHEAST BY ANTÓNIO TIZA

It is an honor to announce that the Fundación Rei Afonso Henriques will host the presentation of the book "Pretérito Imperfeito - Contos do Nordeste" by the distinguished author António André Pinelo Tiza, in collaboration with the Sabaria Association.

 

This literary event, which promotes the appreciation of the traditions of the northeastern Trás-os-Montes region, will take place on Thursday, February 22nd, at 7:30 p.m., at the Library of the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation, located at Avenida Nazareno de San Frontis s/n, Zamora.

 

António Pinelo Tiza, researcher, anthropologist, and philosopher, invites us to delve into his work, which offers a unique perspective on the traditions of this region through 18 fictional stories. "Pretérito Imperfeito" stands out for intertwining fiction with elements of popular culture, traditional activities, and social organization, providing readers with an enriching literary experience.

 

Don't miss this opportunity to explore the cultural richness of the northeastern Trás-os-Montes region. We look forward to welcoming you to enjoy a unique evening with the literature of António André Pinelo Tiza!


FOSTERING TRANSBOUNDARY SUSTAINABILITY: ECO-OBSERVATORY PROJECT OF THE DOURO RIVER

We are pleased to announce the implementation of an innovative project, funded in collaboration with the European Union through the Interreg VI-A Spain-Portugal Program (POCTEP) 2021-2027. This initiative, involving the participation of various Spanish and Portuguese entities, aims to create a Transboundary Ecological Observatory around the Douro River.

 

As a starting point, there will be a seminar on February 15th in Zamora, at the headquarters of the Fundación Rei Afonso Henriques. We will have the distinguished presence of experts, technicians, and researchers, including the renowned environmental communicator and patron of our Foundation, Joaquín Araújo. This event will provide us with the opportunity to better understand the territory we inhabit and its characteristics, addressing crucial aspects of landscape and biodiversity.

 

Important Note:

 

Attendance to the seminar is free, but prior registration is required for organizational purposes. Limited spaces available!

 

We appreciate your interest and participation in this event, which seeks to strengthen the connection between Spain and Portugal for the sustainability of the Douro River environment. We look forward to your presence!


"CAPLE EXAMS 2024 AT FRAH"

"The CAPLE PLE (Portuguese as a Foreign Language) exams can be taken by those who do not have Portuguese as their native language and wish to demonstrate, for educational, professional, or other purposes, their competence in Portuguese, as recognized by each certificate or diploma.

 

In non-school exams, individuals aged 16 or older who consider themselves prepared to take the exam of their choice may apply, regardless of how they acquired PLE and where they did so.

Registrations

Registrations for the three sessions of this year 2024 are already open. You can register through the following link:


Charting Cross-Border Dreams: Welcome to 2024 with the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation!"

It is a pleasure for us to resume our activities at the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation and embark on an exciting year full of new opportunities and projects. We hope you have enjoyed a well-deserved break and are ready to face the challenges and joys that 2024 will bring.

We wish each of you a New Year filled with health, happy moments, and successes that surpass your expectations. May this year be marked by the fulfillment of dreams, the achievement of goals, and the creation of unforgettable memories as we work together in a cross-border effort.

At the Rei Afonso Henriques Foundation, we deeply value teamwork and collaboration beyond borders. We rely on your valuable support to make this year extraordinary, joining forces in our common action.

Let us remember that each day is a new opportunity to learn, grow, and share. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." May this year inspire us to pursue our dreams with passion and determination, strengthening our bonds and transcending borders.

We are excited about everything that lies ahead and sincerely appreciate the opportunity to share this journey with each of you. May 2024 be a year filled with peace, health, prosperity, and achievements, built together and transcending borders!


PORTUGUESE MUSIC IN ZAMORA

We extend to you a warm invitation to two exquisite evenings of Portuguese Music in Zamora that will undoubtedly captivate your senses. 🇵🇹

 

1 - Mísia presents "Animal Sentimental"

 

📅 Date: December 2nd

🕖 Time: 7:00 PM

🏟️ Venue: Teatro Ramos Carrión de Zamora

🎟️ Tickets: Available at the theater box office or through the following link:

https://teatroramoscarrionzamora.com/cartelera/misia-animal-sentimental/

 

In an act of sensitivity and emotion, Mísia, the acclaimed dreamy "fadista," singer, and master of emotions, invites us into her musical world with "Animal Sentimental." A unique opportunity to explore the mysteries of feelings through her art.

 

2 - Miguel Gizzas and Rogerio Charraz: Portuguese Music Night

 

📅 Date: Saturday, December 9th

🕖 Time: 9:00 PM

🏟️ Venue: Seminário Theater

🆓 Admission: Free until seating is full!

 

After a resounding success at FHLIM 2022, Miguel Gizzas and Rogerio Charraz return to Zamora to seduce the audience with their captivating Romance Musical proposal. Get ready for an unforgettable night of Portuguese music.

 

We share these musical gems with you and hope you join us to experience the magic of Portuguese music in Zamora.

 

#PortugueseMusicZamora #MusicalEvents #Zamora


OFFICIAL EXAMINATIONS IN PORTUGUESE AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE

NOVEMBER CALL FOR CAPLE EXAMS

NOVEMBER CALL

 

To register, please access the following link:

 

https://caple.letras.ulisboa.pt/inscricao


ENGLISH COURSE - THAT'S ENGLISH - EOI ZAMORA

 

 

Official "That's English!" Course at the Official School of Languages in Zamora

 

 

We are pleased to inform you about the opportunity to enhance your English language skills through the Official "That's English!" Course with the Official School of Languages in Zamora.

 

 

 

 

 

 

🌐 Course Details: 

📅 Enrollment period: From September 15th to October 31st. 

💰 Annual course cost: Only 200€. 

🎓 Available levels: From basic A2 to advanced C1. 

📜 Official Certification: Upon completing the course, you will receive an official certification from the Official School of Languages. 

💼 Flexibility: Learn at your own pace and from anywhere. 

📚 Complete learning materials: Includes textbooks, an e-learning platform, and a mobile application.

 

This is a unique opportunity to improve your English skills with an official course that you can follow either in person or online. However, please note that spaces are limited, so we encourage you not to miss out on this opportunity.

 

Are you ready to take a significant step in your English language learning journey? Enroll now and get ready to achieve your goals.

 

For more information and to enroll, you can contact us through: 

📞 Phone: +34 980530657 

📧 Email: eoi.zamora@thatsenglish.com

 

Don't miss this opportunity. Join this exciting English language learning experience!

 

Official course linkhttp://eoizamora.centros.educa.jcyl.es/sitio/index.cgi?wid_seccion=6

 

We hope you can reach your goals in English language learning.


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