The National Association of Taurine Clubs of America—NATC—is an umbrella organization that includes most of the American taurine clubs. Since 1963, the NATC has held an annual congress in different cities of the United States, Mexico, France or Spain, such as Los Angeles, Aguascalientes, Tlaxcala, Zacatecas, Mont-de-Marsan, Nimes, Salamanca, Seville, Bilbao, Jerez, Logroño and the last one in Malaga.
The goals of the annual convention are to deal with business matters related to the organization; to offer members and guests the opportunity to immerse themselves in multiple taurine events; and to promote the connection and rapport among its members, as well as between them and the aficionados and taurinos from the place where the convention is taking place.
The NATC 2010 Congress will be held in Badajoz, Spain, with a prelude in Lisbon, Portugal, from June 17 to June 24, and will be hosted by the Club Taurino de Chicago, a taurine club located in that city. It is customary that each year one club among the NATC member clubs takes the responsibility from organizing the congress.
For some time, José Velázquez, President of the Club Taurino de Chicago, and some members of that club and with the assistance of Portuguese Matador Victor Mendes and that of Juan Barco in Lisbon and Bedajoz, have been very busy organizing the program for the congress.
The brochure announcing the 2010 NATC Convention sent by the Club Taurino de Chicago highlights the most important features of the program, which also includes several other taurine and tourist experiences that will be announced later:
June 17-June 19 in Lisbon:
-Arrival in Lisbon to the Barcelona Hotel, located near the plaza de toros.
-Welcoming Reception.
-Tour of Lisbon.
-Visit Escuela Taurina de Villa Franca de Xira.
-Visit Ganaderias Portuguesas Pahla and another.
-Bullfight in Lisbon a la usanza Portuguesa.
June 19 –June 24 in Badajoz, where the famous tauirne Feria de San Juan is being celebrated:
-Arrival in Badajoz via motorcoach from Lisbon to stay six nights at the HUSA Gran Hotel Zurbaran.
-Four bullfights and possibly a fifth.
-Visit to the rancho of “El Juli”.
-Reception with local Peñas Taurinas.
-Visit with the Mayor of Badajoz.
-Awards Luncheon
The price for the convention, which covers the hotel and the partaquing in the programmed activities, is $2,500, per person for double occupancy, and $3,000 for a single. For farther information contact José Velazquez, E-Mail:
Anyone who has attended any of the conventions of the National Association of Taurine Clubs of America, can testify that those well organized congresses offer American aficionados a unique occasion to immerse themselves in multiple taurine events, which usually are not within the reach of regular aficionados travelling independently. The 2010 NATC Congress at Lisbon and Badojoz, both cities with great taurine tradition, will not be an exception, since it promises to be another convention that will leave a lasting memory in the minds of the participants.

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