ID: Lost no longer
bag and win a trip to Paris
OK, so this year's congress bags are beautiful. The only problem, they
are all alike and there are some 2,500 of them around. In order to sort
out which one's yours, the congress organisers had a great idea: put a
microchip in the label. The Indexel© ID chip, visible in a small slit
in the lower part of the label, was supplied by Merial and can be read
at three "ID points": the Merial, Fecava and EuroPetnet stands.
Congress participants are invited to have their chip read at one of
these stands - not only a fool-proof way to prove your bag's ownership,
but also a way to win a trip to Paris! Further information is available
at the stands.
Electronic identification is not only a standard accessory of bags
here in Granada, but as your Spanish colleagues will tell you, Spain was
one of Europe's first countries to have adopted this technique to identify
pets. No wonder that the veterinary profession in Spain has been actively
involved in EuroPetnet, the European data base network of electronic identification
of pets. Want to know more? Why not attend the session on electronic identification
in Europe? (Fecava, EuroPetnet, Sunday 9.00 am - 1.00 pm, Seminarion 3-4-5)
For those keen to learn how to kick their heels and swing their skirts
the Flamenco way, here's a fantastic opportunity! Granada's top Dancing
School, the Conservatorio de Dansa de Granada, supplies teachers for two-hour
classes during Friday and Saturday. Sessions will taken place at congress
in a specially adapted hall (Sala de Prensa, floor 2, near the Commercial
exhibition). Why not go there tomorrow and show off your skills in the
evening at the Flamenco Fiesta?
Four classes will be held each day. Inscription is free but registration
is requested, and places are limited to twenty participants. Interested
participants need to sign up at the Hill's hospitality desk, located in
front of the Congress Documentation Handling and Technical Secretariat
(Palacio de Congresos, Floor 0).
The magnificent finale which is to close tonight's opening ceremony
will be given by the famous flamenco dancer Antonio Canales. An internationally-recognised
artist, Antonio Canales returned to the Spanish stage after triumphing
on his latest international tour. After travelling around the world with
his latest show, he will put on an exclusive performance specially produced
for our congress.
Antonio Canales was born in Seville in 1961. His grandfather, from whom
he borrowed his stage name, was a singer; his mother, a dancer. Canales
began to study classical dance at 13, with Maria Luisa Rivas. At age 17
he was selected by the Spanish National Ballet and moved to Madrid. On
the advice of the great Antonio, who directed flamenco for the Ballet,
Canales specialized in flamenco, without giving up classical ballet. Within
four years he became the company's lead dancer.
He then worked at the Madrid tablao (flamenco club) Los Cavales. On
tour with the National Ballet in Syracuse, he met Maguy Marin, who cast
him in the main role of her dance piece, Calambra.
In 1988, he received Italy's Navisela Award. Returning to Spain, he
appeared in more than 50 original dance pieces as lead dancer for such
important flamenco companies as Luisillo, Manuel Vargas, Cumbre Flamenco,
Rafael Aguilar, Carmen Cortès and others.
Invited to numerous festivals and galas alongside the great international
dancers, he crossed paths with Maia Plissetskaya, Rudolf Nureyew, Sylvie
Guillem, Carla Fracci, Patrick Dupond, Peter Schaufluss and Julio Bocca.
In 1990, he and Bocca shared Mexico City's Best International Dancer award.
In 1991, he appearded at the World Financial Cencer in New York for
the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas, at the Festival
of Holland, at the Meiji Hall in Tokyo. In 1992, he started his own company
and toured the world with his own dance ballet: Carmen Amays and Torero.
At the same time Canales continued his career as a soloist. In 1994,
he received the Gold Insignia of the Perla of Cadix. In 1995, he was named
member of the National dance Council by Spain's Ministry of Culture. He
received the National Dance Prize and was given his own dance center. His
company has since toured the world