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The exhibition Just Transition: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow of La Térmica Cultural reaches the Guadiato Valley on its itinerant tour

  • The Centro de Iniciativas Empresariales in Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo is the second stop in the itinerancy of this exhibition, which premiered in Ponferrada on March 31.
  • It is a photographic exhibition that brings together the realities and experiences of just transition zones.
  • Visitors can also enjoy a virtual reality experience to learn about the operation of a thermal power plant.

This Monday 13th, the Centro de Iniciativas Empresariales in Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo, next to the Sebastián Sánchez Food Market, hosts the exhibition Just Transition: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. Thanks to the collaboration agreement between the Cuenca del Guadiato Foundation and the Ciudad de la Energía Foundation (CIUDEN), managing entity of La Térmica Cultural, Peñarroya-Pueblonuevo becomes the second stop in the itinerancy of this exhibition, after its passage through the Pozo Sotón in Asturias, thus crossing the Spanish geography from north to south. This exhibition can be visited in the province of Cordoba until December 30, when it will move to another territory of just transition.

This exhibition, created by La Térmica Cultural in Ponferrada, premiered on March 31 coinciding with the inauguration of this facility and is part of a collection of temporary exhibitions designed to bring art and culture to areas of just transition.

The temporary exhibition Just Transition: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow brings visitors closer to the reality of the areas immersed in the energy transition processes and the strategies adopted by these territories, with an eminent industrial past, to adapt to the new context. Thus, the exhibition reflects how to face the economic, social and climatic challenges of the present, but without forgetting the past, preserving the mining and energy identity and seeking the opportunity to make this past compatible with the search for alternatives for the future. This is the spirit of this participatory exhibition that narrates the impact and adaptation models of the territories in transition so that they can be understood by a wide public. The exhibition is made up of 24 panels with photographs by Eduardo Urdangaray, creator and head of the Historical Mining Archive and photojournalist with a career spanning more than 30 years.

Complementing the exhibition, visitors will be able to enjoy a virtual reality experience called Turn on the Thermal. This is a 15-minute tour that offers the user a 360-degree guided visit through the facilities of a thermal power plant to learn about its operation, from the arrival of the cargo at the coal yard to the inside of the cooling tower.

Also as a result of the collaboration between the Cuenca del Guadiato Foundation and the Ciudad de la Energía Foundation (CIUDEN), last October the exhibition El carbón del Guadiato: historia cultura de una comarca minera (Guadiato coal: cultural history of a mining region) was opened at the facilities of La Térmica Cultural in Ponferrada. An exhibition that brings the main milestones that have marked the history of the region of Cordoba and can be visited in the cultural center of Ponferrada until December 31.

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