“La Closa” school, in Esterri d’Àneu, is the winner of the Haiku and Tanka poetry contest, fostered from the Càtedra.

On 23 April, St. George’s Day, the award-winning students of the Haiku and Tanka contest were announced as part of the “Animalades” project from the Càtedra Educació i Patrimoni Immaterial dels Pirineus. The winners of the award were: Vinyet, Daria, and Bryan from “La Closa” school, in Esterri d’Àneu.


Through the virtual learning community “Debat a Bat”, nurtured from the Càtedra Educació i Patrimoni Immaterial dels Pirineus at the University of Lleida, the participation in the poetry contest was stimulated. Haiku and Tanka are Japanese-style poems that differ by their metrics. Haiku are composed of 5–7–5 syllables; instead, Tanka are formed following the syllabic pattern: 5–7–5–7–7.

In the contest, the students had to present poetic compositions that followed the philosophy of the Japanese poetry style and, also, were inspired by a photograph linked to the safeguarding of the immaterial heritage of “pedra seca”. The prize to be awarded to the winning school will be used for educational purposes and is valued at EUR 150.

The contest featured more than twenty poems, from different schools who were also participants in the testing process of the pedagogical suitcase from the “Animalades” project; one of the resources of the mentioned suitcase, introduced the dynamics to enter the poetry contest. The schools that participated were the following: the school Montsagre, the school of Sant Joan, the Institut Escola Montsant, in Cornudella de Montsant, the school Mare de Déu del Roser, in Vallmol and the school La Closa, in Esterri d’Àneu.

Finally, the award was announced on April, 23rd. The winning poem, which followed the Tanka style, was created by primary school pupils of the La Closa School, in Esterri d’Àneu. Awarded students: Vinyet Boloix, Daria Pitorac and Bryan Lopef, will collect the prize together with their tutor, Laura Blanca, in June; coinciding with the closing of the 2020–21 school year.

The artistic composition reminds us of the importance of the immaterial heritage of “pedra seca” and it transports us to the GR from Isil to Alòs d’Isil, located in the Pallars Sobirà region. Check the poem here and in our social media accounts!