Festival Flower Gran Canaria
The international sports festival Blume Gran Canaria takes place every year in the last week of November on the Canary Island Gran Canaria. Under the umbrella brand International Festival of General Gymnastics “Flower Gran Canaria”, the festival has developed into a large-scale event oriented towards mass sports, in which a variety of sporting and cultural events take place.
The International Sports Festival “Flower Gran Canaria” was created in 1960 by Jesus Telo Nuñez in memory of the late Spanish gymnast Joaquín Blume. Since then, the festival has developed into an international popular sports event with a gymnastics and dance profile. Other sports are also integrated into the programme.
In the first few years, the programme focused on demonstrations by clubs and schools from the Canary Islands, giving them the opportunity to present themselves to the public and popularise popular sport in this way. Since the end of the 1990s, the organising committee has focused more and more on promoting the festival internationally. For example, in 2003 the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria took part in a congress of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) in Cape Town (South Africa), and on this occasion presented the festival in Gran Canaria as a suitable setting for the FIG congress scheduled at that time in 2004. The international character of the festival grew with the increasing participation of foreign groups. By 2009, some 14,000 foreign participants from 40 countries and five continents had taken part. At the same time, the organising committee came to the conclusion that the development of senior sports, the further spread and support of team gym competitions in Spain (from 1999) and the inclusion of more towns and villages on the island in the festival events could be development factors for the stabilisation and expansion of popular sports in Spain and especially in the Canary Islands.
In 2005, in conjunction with the festival, the Union Européenne de Gymnastique (UEG) held the “First Golden Age Festival 2005” in Gran Canaria. The Golden Age Festival was aimed at the elderly with workshops and stage performances and became a success due to the high number of participants, so that the UEG decided to repeat the Golden Age Festival every four years. The idea to combine a festival for the elderly with the Festival Blume Gran Canaria was maintained in the following years. Under the former national gymnastics director for older people in the German Gymnastics Federation, Bärbel Schöttler, the festival was extended to include an offer for seniors. Under the name “International Gymnastics Festival 50+” (IGF 50+) a senior program found its way into the overall program Blume Gran Canaria.
In 2008, the European Gymnastics Union once again awarded the Golden Age Festival to Gran Canaria with a programme similar to that of 2005, and again a festival for older people was held on the island with the Festival Blume Gran Canaria, slightly delayed. In 2009 and 2010, we returned to the method of organising the Festival for the Elderly (IGF 50+) as part of the Blume Festival. In 2011, as part of the International Gymnastics Festival 50+, an attempt was made for the first time to better integrate the local sports groups of Gran Canaria into the IGF 50+. The speakers travelled to the home towns of the sportswomen and in the second half of the morning conducted their workshops on site, in Arucas, El Tablereo, Mogan and Telde. In total, around 350 senior sportswomen from the various senior groups on the island took part in the 4 events. Traditionally, wheelchair athletes from Wales and from Munich were present, as well as the performances of the Spanish group “Civitas” with mentally disabled people at the opening events.
The Festival Flower Gran Canaria sees itself as a popular sports festival in which all sports and disciplines, trends and especially group performances can find their place. In 2010 the program of the of the festival week included 40 programme points. The events range from a bridge tournament and judo demonstrations to art exhibitions and the main program items, the stage performances, workshops and the Team Gym tournament.
The widest scope of the festival programme is taken up by the stage programmes. The basic idea of the festival was originally to offer the sports groups of the Canary Islands and the Spanish mainland and later also international show groups from sports clubs and schools an opportunity to present their stage programs. Since then, national and international groups of all ages have been presenting their show programmes on the stages of different venues on the island. Highlights in Gran Canaria during the festival week are the evening show programs on the stages in front of the C.C. Yumbo and on the Plaza Maspalomas in Playa del Inglés.
According to the stage conditions, the program is differentiated. On the Plaza Maspalomas mainly the groups with gymnastic-acrobatic programs perform, while on the stage in front of the C.C. Yumbo the dance-gymnastic groups are in the foreground. The Jesus Telo Nuñez Gala in the sports hall of the Centro Insular Deportes in the island’s capital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, is the highlight of the festival week. In a program local and international groups show their performances.
IGF 50+ Workshop Programme
In the morning hours of the festival week (Monday to Thursday), workshops of 45 or 90 minutes are offered in the areas of gymnastics and dance, folklore, relaxation, leisure games, water activities. The workshops take place in the local sports facilities of San Bartolomé de Tirajana.
In parallel with the above events, a tournament for teams in TeamGym will be held as part of the Festival Flower Gran Canaria. Both youth and adult teams can participate in the tournament and it is open to athletes of both sexes. The tournament has been held since 1999. It is a part of the international competition calendar of the sport. According to the international scoring rules, the competition includes:
- Acrobatic jumping sequences of the team on the tumbling track (elastic acrobatic track of 13 to 15 length, plus a run-up track of 20 m length and a landing zone of 6 m length).
- Single jumps of the team at the vaulting table, jump from the mini tramp
- Individual jumps of the team on the mini trampoline
- Gymnastic group exercise on a floor area of 20 × 14 m
The team size is up to 10 persons at each jumping apparatus. Only a certain number of people will be scored.
Since 1960, more than 130,000 participants have attended the festival. The highest number of participants was reached by the island of Gran Canaria itself, with 137,771 participants. Of these, 10 municipalities and towns had more than 1,000 participants and 4 of them more than 5,000.
|Community||Frequency of participation||Participant|
|San Bartolomé de Tirajana||31||6975|
|Las Palmas de Gran Canaria||59||97282|
The participation of the individual countries can be seen in the following table.
|Nº||Country||Frequency of participation||Participant||Participation in the years|
|3||Belgium||7||142||90, 91, 93, 2007, 08, 15-18|
|4||Denmark||34||5300||86 by 2019|
|5||Germany||39||6044||69, 71, 75, 76, 85–2019|
|7||Finland||13||353||88, 90–93, 96, 01, 04, 06–08, 2015, 16|
|8||France||11||194||63, 67, 81, 2005 and 07, 08, 13-18|
|9||Greece||8||154||97, 99, 2000, 02–04, 08, 12|
|10||United Kingdom||37||4942||60, 68, 78, 81, 87–2019|
|12||Ireland||12||365||94, 99, 01, 03, 05–12|
|13||Iceland||7||110||2001, 04–08, 12,14|
|15||Italy||15||280||98, 99, 2000–04, 06–08, 10–14, 16 – 19||16||Japan||5||148||88, 89, 90, 2000, 2010|
|17||Canada||3||19||92, 96, 99|
|18||Cape Verde||9||211||95, 02, 05–07, 11, 15–18|
|21||Lithuania||7||100||2006–08, 13, 17,19|
|24||Moldova||6||39||2000, 03, 04, 06, 19|
|25||Netherlands||3||212||2000, 07, 08|
|27||Norway||13||564||82–84, 89, 97, 00, 01, 04, 07–12|
|28||Austria||17||431||87, 93, 94, 02, 04–06, 08–19|
|29||Portugal||20||274||61, 64, 66, 70, 72, 73, 80, 87–90, 94, 97, 99–01, 04, 07, 15, 16|
|30||Russia||8||147||06–09, 14, 13–19|
|31||Sweden||24||1256||70, 74, 85, 90, 97, 98, 99, 01, 04–19|
|32||Switzerland||11||138||61, 85, 91, 96, 99, 04, 05, 07, 08, 11–13|
|33||Slovenia||6||241||95, 02, 04, 2010, 15 , 17,19|
|34||Slovakia||3||55||2007, 08, 10|
|37||Czechia||19||556||95, 99, 2000, 02–11, 13–19|
|38||Turkey||2||2||2000 and 07|
|39||Hungary||7||106||98, 99, 2005 and 07, 08, 16, 18|
- Jesus Telo; E. Fischer; Detlef Schmidt: Flower Gran Canaria 50 años de historia haciendo gimnasia. Ediciones BGC, 2010.
- Jesus Telo: De Londres a Seúl. Las 61 participaciones canarias en los Juegos Olimpicos. Cabildo Insular de Gran Canaria, 1992.
- J. Telo; E. Fischer; D. Schmidt: BLUME GRAN CANARIA 50 años de historia haciendo gimnasia. Ediciones BGC 2010, p. 3
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