Skip to main content

The cultural and pedagogical Association Ponte…nas Ondas! ( hereinafter “PNO!” ) is comprised of teachers from Galicia and the north of Portugal who come from different education levels, ranging from compulsory education to University. Galician and Portuguese specialists in pedagogy, philology, anthropology and ethnography have collaborated on the Association’s projects. Since 2015 PONTE…NAS ONDAS! was accredited by UNESCO as an Intangible Heritage Consultant ONG. Its activities began in 1995 and have been focused on achieving, a recognition of the Galician-Portuguese Intangible Heritage ( hereinafter “GPIH” ). They have been:
. Inter-school Communication Days PNO!’s activity (named PONTE…NAS ONDAS!), a day of communication and dialogue via radio between educational institutions from Galicia and the north of Portugal, carried out entirely by students. It has had 20 editions, and had participatied more than 800 educational institutions from Spain and Portugal, as well as from America and Africa.
. Samples of the Galician-Portuguese oral tradition aimed to disseminate the GPIH all along the Galicia-North Portugal Euroregion by joining oral expression, theater and music.
. Meeting of the Galician-Portuguese Intangible Heritage Bearers ( Melgaço 2005 ) aimed to give visibility to the Candidature of the GPIH presented before the UNESCO.
. Galician-Portuguese Oral Tradiction Collection Contest aimed to collect samples of the GPIH from an educational point of view, so the students can find out their nearest heritage expressions.
. Publication of books, CDs and DVDs related to the Galician-Portuguese intangible heritage: Meniños Cantores ( 2005 ), CD-Book-DVD; Cores do Atlántico ( 2010 ), CD-Book; Na ponte ( 2013 ), CD-Book-DVD; Living treasures of the sea ( 2013 ), Book-DVD.
. International Congress “PONTES DE CULTURA, PONTES DE FUTURO” (2010), the main subjects were education, the GPIH, the ICTs and the media.
. Galician-Portuguese Traditional Games Meeting aimed at educational institutions at both sides of the border.
. To celebrate World Radio Day schools recorded video and radio programmes that are upload on our website:
. Candidacy of the Galician-Portuguese Intangible Heritage, presented by Spain and Portugal in 2004. It was the first candidature promoted by two educational institutions from two european countries.
PNO!’s activities were awarded the seal “Buena práctica Iberoamérica” by Spain’s Ministry of Education; they also received the ONDAS award in 2014 for the “best media coverage of the Galician-Portuguese intangible heritage”.

Year of accreditation: 2015

Domain(s): (a) oral traditions and expressions, including language as a vehicle of the intangible cultural heritage;
 (b) performing arts;
 (c) social practices, rituals and festive events;
 (d) knowledge and practices concerning nature and the universe;
 (e) traditional craftsmanship.

Main Safeguarding measures: a) identification, documentation, research (including inventory-making); b) preservation, protection; c) promotion, enhancement; d) transmission, (non-) formal education; e) revitalization. Throughout its history, the Cultural and Pedagogical Association PONTE…NAS ONDAS! has completed various initiatives related to safeguarding.

IDENTIFICATION: Starting from the experience in schools with cultural heritage, participating Galician and Portuguese professors have found evidence of a common cultural heritage on both sides of the border.

This identification was made concrete in the definition of five fields of traditional culture in which this cultural heritage maintains very similar cultural expressions, in Galicia (Spain) and Northern Portugal: oral expressions, the annual cycle of festive celebrations, traditional knowledge and trades, maritime culture and agrarian culture.

STUDY AND INVESTIGATION: The experience of PONTE…NAS ONDAS! has been the subject of study and investigation since 1996:

In the 10th Galician-Portuguese Educators for Peace Meetings (Vila Nova de Cerveira, 1996)
In the International Congress of Social Pedagogy (Seville, 17-19 September 2003), with a report presented in the meeting minutes.
In other congresses, organised by Galician and Northern Portuguese universities, such as Digital Divide (Silleda, 2005); International Congress of Social Pedagogy (Allariz-Chaves, 2007), 6th Luso-Brazilian Meeting on Education and Diversity: Dialogues and dynamics of inclusion (Porto, 2008); Borders and identities of the Raia between Portugal and Spain (Ribadavia-Chaves, 2008).
In 2017 the project was presented in the 19th World Congress of Social Educators (UNICAMP, Campinas, Brazil).
The association provides cultural heritage courses for professors.
Researchers from PONTE…NAS ONDAS! have published works on this common cultural heritage.

TRANSMISSION: Students carry out radio programmes, elaborate scripts on cultural heritage, make television programmes with the participation of culture-bearers spread their work throughout the network. For 20 years, the Interscholastic Communication Conference has shown activities developed in educational centres and connects young people from the two countries, giving visibility to the various manifestations of the Galician-Portuguese oral tradition. In the Traditional Games Conferences and the Oral Tradition Collection Contests, the students themselves discover and show expressions of their common cultural heritage to the rest of the community.

DIFFUSION AND VALORISATION: To raise awareness to the population of both sides of the border about the importance of sharing a common cultural heritage, events and transmission conferences are promoted where culture-bearers show their knowledge to society, like the Galician-Portuguese Orality Exhibitions, carried out for 10 years or the publication of audio-visual works, books with CDs and DVDs. In the 15th edition of PONTE…NAS ONDAS! (2009), the project Living Human Masterpieces was spread throughout the schools. After an initial training for professors, culture-bearers were brought into classrooms and radio and video programmes were made which were broadcast in the communication conference. (

Beyond this, a specific project of recognition was carried out in A Guarda (Galicia, Spain) called Living Masterpieces of the Sea, to value maritime culture of the communities of A Guarda (Spain) and Caminha (Portugal). A website ( shares this cultural heritage throughout the world encouraging (re)creation and (re)production with the participation of the communities. Another website ( is a platform for schools to publish and share activities and audio-visual productions.

Main countries where the NGO works: Spain, Portugal

Local, national or international level of the NGO: International


Year of accreditation: 2015
Main country where the NGO works: Spain, Portugal
Address: In Spain: Rúa Colón 17, 6º D . 36201 Vigo. In Portugal: Azenhas 21 - 4930341 Ganfei. Valença do Minho.
Telephone: Tel 00 34 615 02 98 40 / 629 89 49 89 (SPAIN) - Tel 00 351 917 662 972 (PORTUGAL)
Responsible NGO: Mr. Santiago Veloso Troncoso


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.