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Terra Ibèrica (Iberian Land) 2014
Over 1000 people visited the Iberian Citadel of Calafell during the celebration of this AOAM mainof the year, the "Terra Ibèrica" Festival, an event which aims since 2011 in a festival format to spread the knowledge about the ethnic group of the area, the Iberians. This year's core theme was the use of in the ancient world.
In this year's festival the organisation, with even more support from local organisations, moved the dates to late July, after 3 years scheduling the dates in August.
The opening of the festival had OpenArch project as relevant factor because the kick off act was the presentation, by the Mayor and the Culture Councilor, of the ironworkingthat was carried out in April 2014 at the Citadel and presented in two international conferences (International Conference, Burgos, Spain, May 2014 and the VII OpenArch Conference, Kierikkikeskus, Finland, June 2014) but not yet in Calafell. We took advantage of the festival to present the results and also for the first time, the short film for dissemination purposes.
In this Terra Ibèrica, the organisation considered that being Calafell a touristic area, some of the main acts of the festival were also in English language and this year we increased the number of visitors outside Spain as a result.
In the programme of activities, visitors could find a wide range of activities including the classic dramatized guided tour or the children workshops, where children learnt to make some ceramics,or learnig how to build a furnace.
One of the most successful activities was the special night tour with wine andtasting inspired in the documented food. Related to the food issue, many restaurants of Calafell collaborated to disseminate the festival offering to their costumers also some Iberian inspired food in their menus during the festival dates.
The main act of the festival were the Fire Nights (25 & 26 July) where the Citadel at night came to life with many volunteers around the village and visitors learning about some skills demonstrations like, iron making, cooking, bread baking, cordage, glass paste...and finally, the closing act, a re-enactment activity by Ibercalafell and the Roman Evocati group showcase scenes of a funeral pyre and the recreation of a battle scene.
On the 26th, we were visited by the working group Iberian village of El Cabo (Andorra, Teruel, Spain), EXARC members.
A total of 5000 flyers and 4000 activity programmes were distributed in the area with special support from theof Archaeology of Catalonia.
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