The 51st International AEPE Conference (European Association of Spanish Teachers) has  taken place in Palencia from the 25th to the 29th July. More than a hundred people attended the conference, which this year celebrated the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes.

As they explain on their website, AEPE was founded in 1967 at the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo de Santander as a professional, apolitical and non-profit organisation. The association gets together teachers of Spanish to create professional and social links in order to promote and spread the Spanish language and culture, to exchange points of view and experiences of education, literature and generally of different subjects of common interest related to Spanish teaching.

The programme for the conference contained a wide range of academic speakers and also a series of cultural activities which included visits to places of interest in and around Palencia and different musical performances.

The conference has received the support of the local government of Castilla and León, the Provincial Council and the Palencia town council who hope to show the advantages Palencia has to offer as a destination for Spanish language tourism.
Photo coyright: Miguel Ángel García.