Dear ECTA-members,

You and your partner are cordially invited to our 33nd ECTA Convention, which will take place from June 28 - 30, 2024 at

Sport Hall of Turnverein Cloppenburg
Schulstrasse 10 in 49661 Cloppenburg

The Sport Hall is close to downtown Cloppenburg. The train station, the Soeste-Bad, the Musemsdorf and the pedestrian zone of Cloppenburg are about a 10-minute walk away.

The ECTA Convention contains two days (Friday and Saturday) packed with seminars, many of them including panel discussions. These, as well as the council activities, focus on sharing of experiences and expertise.

The breaks between sessions, the meals, as well as the evening meetings are great opportunities to talk, catch up with old friends, make new ones, get entertained and maybe even to dance.

Attending all activities of the convention is free of charge for ECTA members and their partners.

This year non-ECTA members are also eligible to attend, the attendance-fee is 60€  per person. Please use the separate registration form (see link-list at the right).

Timeline

  • Registration desk
    • opens Friday, June 28, at 14:30
  • Sessions:
    • Friday, June 28, 16:00 - 20:00
    • Saturday, June 29, 9:00 - 17:00
  • Council Meetings, Saturday, June 29:
    • Square Dance: 11:00 - 12:45
    • Round Dance: 11:00 - 12:45
    • Clogging: 11:00 - 12:45
    • Contra: 9:00 - 10:45
  • Gala-evening with buffet:
    • Saturday, June 29, 18:30
  • General membership meeting:
    • Sunday, June 30, 10:00
    • Registration opens 9:30
    • Agenda will be sent to all members in time

OVERNIGHTS

We provide no central accommodation at this convention, i.e. all participants have to arrange their own accommodation.

Accommodation can be found in the (german) host register. The closest youth hostel is located at the Thülsfelder Talsperre in about 13 km distance.

Additionally it is possible to stay overnight in one of the halls, please contact Tina Kipp (see registration form).

Some slots for campers/RVs are also available at the hall. Electricity, water or waste water supply cannot be provided!

More information can be found in the detailed invitation letter.

FOOD AND DRINK

Food and drinks will be provided during the day by helpers from local clubs, Friday evening by a local catering company. Food and drinks will be offered at reasonable prices.

Also there are different restaurants, baker, supermarket and a fast-food shop close to the hall - so self-catering is also possible. Please bring your own dishes, cutlery and cups.

ARRIVAL BY TRAIN

To arrive by train please specify the destination „Cloppenburg“ for the ticket. Walking distance from the train station to the hall is approx. 10 Minutes.

Schedule information via Deutsche Bahn or the VBN Fahrplaner (for local trains)

ARRIVAL BY CAR / CAMPER / MOBILE HOME / RV

The sports hall is close to downtown Cloppenburg. Cloppenburg is located on the federal highways B 213 (Europastraße 233), B 72 and B 68, 15 km from the junction „Cloppenburg“ of the Autobahn BAB 1 (Hansalinie) and 10 km from the junction „Ahlhorn“ of the Autobahn BAB 29.

FLIGHT TRAVEL

Cloppenburg can be reached from the Airport Bremen by regional train in less than 2 hours. See further under ARRIVAL BY TRAIN.

TOURISTIC OFFERS

If you still have time left before, besides or after the convention, Cloppenburg has interesting things to offer. For example, the nearby Museum Village is one of the largest open-air museums in Central Europe and also one of the oldest of its kind.
In almost 60 historic buildings, visitors can explore the regional culture of 500 years ago and gain an insight into the daily life and work of the people of that time.
The centre of Cloppenburg with its pedestrian zone and the Soeste-Bad with its numerous swimming pools invite you to linger or enjoy a swim. For further information consult the website of the tourist information.

DOCUMENTS & TRAINING MATERIAL

can be found in the download area on the German website after the event.