It was signed this Wednesday by the Chairman of the Board and other regional leaders
The headquarters of the Presidency of the Junta de Extremadura has welcomed the signing of the general action protocol for the promotion of bullfighting in the Autonomous Community of Extremadura. The event was attended by the presidents of the Junta de Extremadura, Fernández Vara, and of the provincial councils of Badajoz, Miguel Ángel Gallardo, and Cáceres, Carlos Rodríguez; the heads of FEMPEX, Francisco Buenavista, and the Fundación del Toro de Lidia, Victorino Martín; as well as the third vice president and deputy delegate of Bullfighting of the Badajoz provincial institution, Ramón Ropero.
After stamping his signatures on the agreement, and during the speeches, the president of the Junta de Extremadura has assessed the development of a white paper on bullfighting as an important strategy “to discuss calmly on this subject.” As a second question, Fernández Vara has referred to the fact that this initiative arises because the bullfighting show “is not the beginning but the end of a process that begins much earlier, in the field, in the meadow”, with the raising of the fighting bull for the economic value it represents. For the regional president, those opposed to the bullfight should not ignore this process that gives meaning to bullfighting.
Guillermo Fernández Vara has added respect as a third reflection because “when you delve into history you not only have to stay with the show but with everything else”.
Bullfighting School of Badajoz
For his part, the president of the Diputación de Badajoz has stated that the institution he governs can contribute his vision of the rural world associated with the universe of the bull due to “our experience with the Bullfighting School.”
About to turn 25, the School “works for values that seem to want to be hidden, such as equality and inclusion”, said Miguel Ángel Gallardo in reference to women and disabled people who have been trained or are doing so in the same.
The Badajoz Bullfighting School was created in 1998. Throughout these years it has served to train professionals and amateurs in bullfighting. The results are visible with the presence of their novilleros and bullfighters on the posters of the most important fairs in the country, indicates the Provincial Council in a note.
Since then, more than 600 students, eleven of them women and one with disabilities, have passed through its classrooms. “This reality has been possible thanks to the fact that the Badajoz Provincial Council decided at the time to bet on one of the most characteristic popular and cultural manifestations of our country.” For Gallardo, the objective is none other than to maintain this tradition, promote wild cattle in our province and generate an economy that helps fight depopulation and prevent rural abandonment of our municipalities.
After these words, the provincial president has highlighted the bullfighting culture to advance from tourism and nature with programs such as the bull and the meadow, in addition to the fact that “the School has been based on the firm commitment of the Provincial Council to maintain it.” Gallardo has not forgotten the importance of the professionals at the head of it, naming Luis Reina and Luis Reinoso.
The “good values” that are transmitted from the classes have been another of the references of the president of the Provincial Council of Badajoz, because beyond training young people in bullfighting, he is also concerned about their comprehensive training as individuals. For this reason, physical preparation classes were implemented for bullfighting commitments and learning about healthy lifestyles. Theoretical bullfighting classes are also taught so that they learn the necessary knowledge beyond bullfighting. It should be noted that this year psychology workshops have been launched, necessary from the moment that this profession generates a large number of emotions that must be channeled both in its successes and in its failures, “because they must know how to get up when they fall and keep feet on the ground when things are going well.
“The commitment of the Diputación is to be linked to the rural world,” Gallardo reaffirmed, citing the example of public-private collaboration with wild cattle ranches and participation in tentaderos, bullfights, practical classes and fairs.
The objective of the Bullfighting School campus is for students to have fun while learning and delving into the different facets of the world of bullfighting, thus promoting their love of bullfighting. The idea is that they participate to fraternize with activities that will help them to achieve a healthy camaraderie, in addition to physical preparation, handling of tackle and bullfighting in the hall and first-hand knowledge of the third of banderillas and the bullfighter’s clothing, together with with pleasant talks on bullfighting.
As a final piece of information, Miguel Ángel Gallardo has applauded the participation of students in the Feria del Toro as bullfighters, recalling that this year Sergio Domínguez, Sergio Sánchez and Tristán Barroso have stood out. For the president, this means that “there is a quarry and possibilities for the future.”
In summary, this protocol sets the objectives of promoting bullfighting in Extremadura as an integral part of the Spanish cultural heritage, guaranteeing its conservation and seeking its enrichment.
Promote the celebration of bullfights of various kinds throughout Extremadura, especially directing its actions towards those municipalities with less than 10,000 inhabitants.
Make town halls aware of the advantages of promoting bullfighting activity in their municipalities as a tourist product, in order to increase visibility and bullfighting tourism in their localities.
Promote bullfighting culture through the creation of the Network of Bullfighting Municipalities of Extremadura that allows to value, among other aspects, the rich artistic and cultural heritage that is present in the municipalities of Extremadura with a deep bullfighting tradition, seeking knowledge of it by the citizens and citizens of Extremadura, especially by the youngest people.
Promote and defend Bullfighting through joint dissemination events, guided tours of bullfighting farms and events, as well as television broadcasts in order to achieve the highest level of knowledge and dissemination of Bullfighting and its cultural, social, demographic, environmental and economic issues among the population of Extremadura.
Support bullfighting by calling the Extremadura Bullfighting Awards that come to recognize the actions or trajectory of people, professionals and non-professionals, who have had a special relevance and impact in the Autonomous Community of Extremadura.
And the dissemination of knowledge of the bullfighting world through the preparation of a White Paper on Bullfighting in Extremadura that will address not only the historical and current situation of the same, but also know what are the social, cultural, economic and environmental challenges that it must face in the future of the region.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.