Eurotas Conference 2019
The Eurotas Conference is also an opportunity for participants to discover the secular and sacred cultures of the hosting country, and to have them interact with the world.
With this in mind, the Eurotas 2019 team offers you:
Thursday, September 26th, from 16h30 to 21h / 22h: Excursion to Chartres
(about 50 km from Dourdan)
This optional outing will allow you to discover, accompanied by a French or English speaking guide, a treasure of our heritage: the cathedral of Chartres. And you will also walk the typical streets of this charming city before returning to dinner on the site of the conference.
Departure by bus is scheduled at 16h30 and return for 21h / 22h; more practical details to come. Book your citytrip by bus (20 €/pers: bus and free visit of the cathedral) via the booking form.
Free dinner in town.
More informations about the cathedral at the bottom of the page
Friday, September 27th at 21h: Tempo Oiô!
The first festive evening of the conference will make you citizens of the world thanks to the Afro-Brazilian and Latino sounds of Jeff de la Chaise and his band Tempo Oiô … and will give you the opportunity to dance live music with these musicians filled with dynamism.
About The band Tempo Oiô!:
The Tempo oiô! Band is a mix of BATUCADA and FANFARE with musicians / singers who play percussion or brass.
Their repertoire pays tribute to black music:
Sacred rhythms and BRAZILIAN songs, AFRICAN dance rhythms, CUBAIN carnival songs or JAZZ standards.
Get ready to dance!
The musicians are always thoroughly in the GROOVE and the POSITIVE ENERGY!
Saturday, September 28th at 21h15: Soul of Europe
This international open scene is a highlight of our annual conference. Each country is invited to share something of its folklore, its culture or simply its inspiration of the moment. A great moment of cultural and transpersonal sharing without forgetting humor and kindness … Come, listen, watch, and participate in the second festive break of our program!
Opening ritual: Celtic Ritual
The druids were the priestly class of the Celts. They occupied Gaul, Great Britain and Ireland before the Roman conquest.
The Druids played the role of intermediary between the deities and the men, they were in charge of the celebration of the worship and they were the only ones to hold the knowledge. The transmission was exclusively oral.
The origin of the name is subject to discussion. According to some, its origin comes from the Celtic “dru-wid-es”, which means “the very learned”, and not the analogical etymology of the Greek “drûs” which means “oak”.
Nevertheless, the tree, in the Celtic and Druid culture, is sacred, it is the main link between the three worlds: terrestrial, celestial and underground. Thus, it is the symbol of the universe par excellence.
About the ritual:
- Opening of the doors of the three worlds
- Celebration of the complete cycle of the Celtic Year with (including?) feasts, equinoxes and solstices
- Special Intention: Câd Goddeu Cd (the fight of shrubs) according to Taliesin
- Closing of the circle
Cathédrale de Chartres: the labyrinth
On the pavement of the nave, the contours of the labyrinth were embedded in dark stone, this one probably coming from the Ardennes, near Givet. The extreme complexity of the work of size and insertion of dark stones must be emphasized. The place of the joints, studied, made it possible to use a rather reduced number of jigs. As such, the white stones, 272, which materialize the path had to be made in a second time, from the same career that served the entire building, located in Bercheres. Note their irregular length and the fact that some of them had to be fractured or replaced.
The course, which undergoes no less than four “turns” and thirty “hairpins” is no less a unique path, according to which it is impossible to get lost. First we make the innermost circles before continuing on those furthest away from the circle where we finally end up. The objective, which is the game of intelligence, is to collect in a defined area the longest possible route. Eleven corridors are used for this purpose, in which the arrangement adopted reveals a cross, obviously significant. These are the peculiarities of what the specialists have called the “Chartrain model”, widely used elsewhere.
On the periphery, there are one hundred and thirteen teeth (one hundred and fourteen if we add the one that corresponds to the entrance corridor) while a six-lobed rose occupies the central space with a dissymmetry effect due to the existence from the same corridor, serving on arrival.
The labyrinth is established at an essential point in the cathedral plan, with its center indicating the angle of a “formative” square, connecting the center of the absidial curvature, the center of the north and south facades. . It separates the first three bays of the nave – except narthex – from the following four.
Its diameter is 12.89 m, almost tangent to the piers, inside a vessel that is the largest of the great Gothic cathedrals. The width of the path is 0.34 m and the walk is approximately 261.50 m.
The symbolism of forms, measures or numbers has given rise to many developments. To date, none seems to be based on iconographic parallels and textual references that are sufficiently established to withstand critical analysis. At most it must be emphasized that the number of concentric circuits, 11, is a number of imperfections: one more than the number of Pythagoras, summing up the perfect equilibrium of terrestrial and celestial spheres; one less than the College of Apostles, describing the fullness of the Church.
Gilles Fresson – Rectory of Chartres Cathedral
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