BUILD BIG FESTIVAL STRUCTURES WITH MEDITERRANEAN CANE

SERIES A: LARGE FESTIVAL STRUCTURES

This 3 to 6 week course will be focusing on building a large structure of 500m2 for the Market Stage Dance Floor at ZNA Festival 2024. It begins with a harvest at our base in Castro Marim, Algarve, during the first week, and continues with the assembly and mounting of the structure at the festival site next to Lake Montargil in Alentejo. It finishes with the covering with hessian cloth before enjoying the festival from 14th – 21 July 2024.

Join us and see the whole process!

      • LANGUAGES:

      > English, Spanish, basic Portuguese

      • DATES

      > Monday 26 May – Saturday 6 July > 6 weeks (Max 6 Places)

      PART 1 (Castro Marim)

      CANE HARVEST AND PREPARATION > Monday 26 May – Saturday 1 June > 1 week (Max 6 Places)

      PART 2 (ZNA site, Montargil)

      INTRODUCTION TO BIG ARCHES > Monday 3 – Saturday 8 June > 1 week (Max 6 Places)

      BIG ARCH MOUNTING > Monday 10 – Saturday 15 June > 1 week (Max 6 Places)

      PART 3

      BIG NERVES AND CLOTH > Monday 17 June – Saturday 6 July > 3 weeks (Max 6 Places)

      FESTIVAL > Sunday 14 – Sunday 21 July > 1 week

      PART 4

      DISMOUNT > Monday 22 – Saturday 27 July > 1 week (Max 4 Places)

      • COURSE CONTENTS:

      CANE HARVESTING AND PREPARATION > 1 week > Castro Marim – General and practical description of all preparation processes, from how to locate and identify the right cane, to how to harvest, store, clean and classify the material in preparation for arch building.

       

      > The course requires some physical effort, as some carrying, as well as loading and unloading of trucks, will be necessary.>The course includes 1 presentation and 1 theoretical class.

      INTRODUCTION TO BIG ARCHES > 1 week > ZNA Festival site – Description of the entire CanyaViva Method with focus on large arches.

      > The course will focus on assembling 2 large arches (18m) and connecting several pre-built arches.

      > The course includes 1 theoretical class.

      BIG ARCH MOUNTING > 1 week > Mounting all arches for the Market Stage.

      > The course will focus on mounting all 36 arches, of different sizes, in order to cover an area of 500m2.

      > The course includes 1 theoretical class.

      BIG NERVE PRODUCTION > 1 week > Production of all nerves for the Market Stage.

      > The course will focus on producing all 108 nerves, of different sizes, in order to connect all 36 arches.

      > The course includes 1 theoretical class.

      BIG NERVE MOUNTING > 1 week > Mounting all nerves for the Market Stage.

      > The course will focus on mounting all 108 nerves, of different sizes, in order to connect all 36 arches.

      > The course includes 1 theoretical class.

      BIG CLOTH MOUNTING > 1 week > Covering the Market Stage with Hessian shade cloth.

      > The course will focus on covering the Market Stage with 500m2 of natural shade cloth.

      > The course includes 1 theoretical class.

      • PRICES

      > Food And Camping Included

      CANE HARVESTING AND PREPARATION > 1 week > min 40 hrs > – 100 €

      INTRODUCTION TO BIG ARCHES > 1 week > min 40 hrs > 250.00 € (Transfer 100 € + 21% VAT + € 150 cash)

      – BIG ARCH MOUNTING > 1 week > min 40 hrs > 350,00 € (350 € cash)

      – BIG NERVES AND CLOTH > 3 weeks > min 120 hrs > FREE

      – FESTIVAL > Sunday 14 – Sunday 21 July > FREE (+Food if you stay for dismount!)

      – DISMOUNT > 1 week > min 40 hrs > – 100 € (+Food during the festival)

      _SPECIAL OFFERS AND DISCOUNTS

      _EX-STUDENT – Attendance in any previous CanyaViva course: FREE (Limited spaces available!)

      _HARVEST – Assistance in 1 week of cane harvest and preparation: 100 €

      _FESTIVAL – Stay and enjoy the music and good vibes! – FREE (+Food if you stay for dismount!)

      _DISMOUNT  – Assistance in 1 week of dismount: – 100 € (+Food during the festival)

      _PHOTOGRAPHER  – Photographic documentation of the building process: – 50 € 

      • PROGRAM

      Monday-Friday > 8:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:30 – 5:30 pm

      Saturday > 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

      • FOOD 

      – 3 meals and a snack: Breakfast, midmorning snack, lunch and dinner will be provided each working day.

      > Please specify in the inscription form if you are vegetarian, vegan, omnivore, or if you have any food restrictions.

      • ACCOMMODATION

      CANE HARVEST AND PREPARATION – 

      For the first week only, the accommodation provided is at our neighbour Terramada, an international and multigenerational community, inspired and run by the principles of Permaculture. The familiar stone house, a traditional ecological construction, offers 3 bedrooms where up to 8 people can sleep, a bathroom with a hot shower, a kitchen with dining space and wood burner and two terrasses facing lake Beliche. The available solar electricity is enough for essentials, and in the winter months, one should be more conscious about its usage. Our friends and neighbours, founders of Terramada, ask for ecological consciousness during your stay – and always 🙂.

      > It’s possible to come with caravans and vans (limited spots).

      > Sorry but animals are not welcome.

      – The cane preparation happens where we live, on a piece of land around 2 km distance from Terramada, with an outdoor dining space, a solar shower and a dry toilet (basic pallet constructions). Our region is about 15 km away from the next supermarket, beach, coffee shop, restaurant (Altura and Castro Marim). 

      – The harvest will take place nearby.

      > A van with 8 seats is available to the workshop group, for driving each day to the workshop as well as for leisure activities outside of workshop hours. 

      ALL OTHER COURSES – 

      For all other courses the accommodation will be camping next to Lake Montargil, a beautiful spot with sand beaches, where the ZNA festival production site is located. Here you will need your own, individual or shared, tents and camping gear.

      Showers and latrines are provided, but there is no hot water, and electricity is limited to a few charging stations only, so please bring essential electrical devices only, thank you.

      > It’s possible to come with caravans and vans.

      > Sorry but animals are not welcome.

      • COURSE LOCATIONS

       

      CANE HARVEST AND PREPARATION Castro Marim, Algarve, Portugal

      ALL OTHER COURSES – ZNA Festival site, Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal

      Address and details of how to arrive will be given on inscription

       

      • WHAT TO BRING

      – There can be strong sun, cold and wind and it can also rain. According to the rain intensity, we can continue working, which is why it’s absolutely indispensable to bring adequate clothes (see below).

      – We discourage you to bring more electronic devices that are absolutely necessary, since the available energy everywhere is solar and varies according to the sun hours of the day.  

      – Resistant work clothes that protect you from wind and rain: trekking or rain boots (indispensable!), rain trousers and coat. At least 2 trousers and jumpers, to alternate when necessary.

      – Strong and impermeable gloves

      – Sun hat, wooly hat, sun glasses, sun screen, repellent, etc.

      – Water bottle or thermos, according to your needs

      – Personal hygiene items (towels, shampoo, etc., all you need daily)

      – Torch

      – Notepad and pen/pencil

      – Your own WiFi (there is no available WiFi, neither at Terramada, nor at the workshop)

     

 

  • INSCRIPTIONS AND FURTHER INFORMATION

 

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