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He Cerdanya Research Group is certainly one of the more prolific cultural entities of the High Pyrenees and Aran. If throughout the year the volume of organized activities is one of the most important in the area, the number of proposals that the entity concentrates in the summer is even more remarkable. This year, despite the pandemic situation and the many limitations and complications that this has entailed, the association has not wanted to miss the appointment and has once again filled the Cerdanya agenda with activities.

Its president, Enric Quílez, he explained to ‘ Now Pyrenees who have had to make several changes to adapt activities to the pandemic situation. “Especially in the film Festival, where we had to make legal inquiries, create some health action protocols -which has been validated by the Puigcerdà City Council-, restructure the activities and, for example, give up the Awards Gala and the subsequent snack with musical performance “, he explained.

Quílez emphasizes that most of the activities that they had planned, and that they maintained of other summers, they have been able to be preserved, although by making adaptations in order for them to comply with security measures. This has not been the case, however Poetry Meetings of Coborriu de l’Ingla, which are made for Sant Joan, and of Sant Jaume de Rigolisa, for Sant Jaume, which have had to be canceled, as they were made in spaces that are too small and closed.

As to the attitude of the public, Quílez assures that it is still early to determine if people have stayed home more out of fear or, on the contrary, have gone out more to take advantage of the time lost during confinement. However, he says that on the outing to observe butterflies they did recently “as there should be no other activities, we noticed a significant increase in audience, especially from families with children. “In the other activities,” we may have had a little less people, but it’s too early to know. “He insists. In all activities, he remarks,” people wear masks. and he washes his hands with ice when he enters the Convention Hall of the Cerdà Museum “, which is where most of the activities take place. Quílez assures that the group has not noticed any concern among the attendees about the safety of acts. “I suppose people have resigned themselves to it and has adapted to the restrictions, “he added.

In any case, from the Cerdanya Research Group they are pleased to have been able to save much of the summer agenda “especially because others have not been so lucky by the nature of their activities and have had to suspend them, unfortunately.” For now, he adds, they will move forward, as long as the situation does not get worse and they are forced to suspend activities. Between the outstanding activities this summer there are guided outings in nature, the Cerdanya International Film Festival or a fortnight of conferences, in the framework of the cycles ‘Young researchers’ -reserved to the research work of high school students- and ‘In summer, research’ t ‘.

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