The Instituto de Estudios Almerienses (IEA) will play an essential role in the celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the Almería Provincial Council. This was emphasised by the President of the Provincial Council, Javier A. García, during his speech at the Plenary of the IEA, which brought together its 700 members online.
In this regard, Javier A. García asked the members of the IEA for their maximum collaboration and involvement: “This anniversary will occupy a large part of the IEA’s activities throughout the year with a programme that will publicise the role of the Provincial Institution and all that it has contributed to society during this time. And for this objective our greatest allies are you, the more than 700 members of the Institute, who with your work, drive and enthusiasm become the best sentinels of the history of Almería and the people of Almería”, he explained.
Javier A. García said that “the IEA has been the guardian of Almería’s legacy, defending, disseminating and preserving the traditions, customs and everything that makes our province unique”. “The Institute is one of the most powerful tools we have for structuring the territory, extolling the potential of our land and awakening a sense of pride in being from Almería”.
He also congratulated them on the more than 1,500 publications that have been published since its foundation, as well as on the variety of topics covered, the originality of the activities and the quality of the editions. “In your hands is the most valuable treasure we have: the historical and patrimonial legacy of the province of Almería, a fortune that we have the duty to continue disseminating in order to feel proud of our roots”, he added.
For his part, Manuel Guzmán gave an account of the activities that have been carried out during 2021 by the IEA, including twenty books, twenty outreach activities and the production of four documentaries, along with the birth of the REAL Magazine.
Likewise, the deputy of Culture and Cinema has highlighted that in 2021 the sale of IEA books has increased “by 150%”, which shows the growing interest in the province for Almeria’s subjects.
Francisco Alonso has focused on the programming planned for 2022, which, once again, has increased the budget for the Institute of Almerian Studies. This year will bring a score of books, a score of activities and will continue to focus on documentaries and as a great challenge the publication of the last volumes of the ‘History of Almeria’.
Alonso stressed that thanks to the publication of the book ‘History of Almeria’ it has been confirmed that the creation of the Almeria Provincial Council was 200 years ago and not in 1835. He also explained some of the informative activities that will be carried out by the IEA to reinforce the programming organised by the Diputación.