Welcome to the website of Tuna Ciudad de Luz!

Tuna Ciudad de Luz (TCL) is a student music association of the Technical University Eindhoven. The TCL was founded in 1964, making it the oldest Tunagroup outside of Spain and Portugal. A Tuna is group of students who, besides studying, make Spanish folk music. In Spain nearly every university has a Tunagroup, often even one for every faculty. That a Dutch university has a Tuna is unique. What started as a joke by one of Eindhoven's student associations grew out to be a successful and independent association in its own right. In order to keep our musical abilities we rehearse every Tuesday starting at 20.00 in café Peapod, Aalsterweg 56. Interested in discovering the Tuna's charm? Just drop by!

Recently, our long-expected clip of La Banda has been released. Check it out right here!

News

Information

The Tuna Tradtion

A Tuna is a group of students who enrich their lives through making music. However, to see what actually makes the Tuna unique we should look at its history, for which we need to go back to the early middle ages. In this time there are no universities, forcing students to travel the for lessons by different tutors. For their sustenance and their entertainment they make music wherever they go. Of course, they use this music to charm fair maidens as well. With the arrival of universities the need for travel disappeared, but the traditions stayed. As of today nearly every university in Spain has its own Tuna. They still wear the traditional uniforms and the songs themes are unchanged: love and student life. In tuna music typically the whole group sings while they accompany themselves with acoustic instruments, such as the laud (Spanish lute), the bandurria (like a mandolin), guitar, accordion and pandereta (a small tambourine). The Tuna tradition did not stay within the Spanish borders. Portugal and several Southern and Middle-American countries have adopted the Tuna tradition. Also in some more unlikely countries, such as the Netherlands a number of Tuna groups have been established in the Spanish image.

Tuna in Eindhoven

During a holiday at the Costa Brava students of the Technical University Eindhoven firstly met with a Tuna. Back in Eindhoven they ordered a couple of their freshmen to sing some Tuna-songs to prominent lady, as a way of hazing. Both the freshmen and their elders become so enthusiastic that in 1964 the Tuna Ciudad de Luz (Tuna of the city of light) was born. Since then the Tuna is a well-known and unique sight in Eindhoven. The groups musical abilities grow and they take part in their first certamen (festival with Tuna music) in Madrid in 1970. A year later the group gets his own home: the Tuna house. Aalsterweg 171 quickly becomes the base of operations for the many Tuna activities such as performances and 'rondas'. During these the group roams the city playing in restaurants and bars for food, drink, and girls as to keep up the old traditions. Starting in 1986 the group organizes its own certamens in Eindhoven which are well visited by Tuna-groups from all around the globe.

The sight of young students singing of Spanish songs, wearing medieval suits and their traditional instruments roaming through the city has become inseparable with studying at Eindhoven's university.

Festival

A Tuna festival or 'Certamen de Tunas' is musical meet up between diverse Tuna groups. Usually it's a local or regional in nature, but also national and international certamens regularly take place. The high point is the certamen or contest. A jury judges the performances of the Tuna groups, both on the stage and during their parade through the city. There are prizes for best group, most entertaining group, and for the best solo musicians such as solo singer or banner waver. After Eindhoven's first festival in 1986 (the first one on 'strange' soil) ten more have been organized. In the years without festival a smaller 'Noche de Tuna' takes place. Because of the intimate atmosphere during the Noche and the Pasa Bares (pub-crawl) one can really get to know the original Tuna atmosphere. Click here for the Festival's website, and here for the website of the Noche.

Media

The history of the Tuna Ciudad de Luz has been recorded on CD's, news articles and in the recently published (Dutch) book "Tuna Ciudad de Luz 1964-2014, Een halve eeuw Spaanse Tunatraditie in Eindhoven" ("Tuna Ciudad de Luz 1964-2014, half a century of Spanish tradition in Eindhoven").

Book

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Tuna Ciudad de Luz in 2014 we published a book containing the history and adventures of the Tuna in Eindhoven. The book is written in Dutch.

CD

As a music association with a varying repertoire of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American folk music a number of albums have been recorded. The last CD "El Camino sin Destino" has been published in 2014 in cooperation with the reunion associations of the Tuna. See http://www.tunacl.nl/cd/ for more information.

Photo's

Click here to get an impression of the Tuna Ciudad the Luz's activities through photo material. (Coming soon!)

Film

To truly experience the Tuna ambiance one has to see them live, however this movie (link) gives a good impression! A summary movie on the 2014 certamen.

Contact

Tuna Ciudad de Luz
Aalsterweg 171
5644 RA Eindhoven
Tel: +31 (0)6 - 41 39 89 10
Mail: info@tunacl.nl

Contact us for information and bookings.

Participate?

Are you a student in Eindhoven and... Would you like to play guitar or another insturment with us, learn Spanish, learn to drink beer and to make a pass at women? Drop by at our weekly rehearsal at Caf&eactue; Peapod (Aalsterweg 56)! You will find us there every Tuesday evening starting from 21:00. For more information, call, mail or have a look at www.ikwilbijdetuna.nl

Performances

We regularly play at all sorts of parties, weddings, birthdays, occasional radio or television events, theatres, you name it. Everywhere where the Tuna goes it is fiesta!

The Tuna is a completely self-sufficient organisation. However, the maintenance of instruments, suits and other essentials is not free. For this reason we ask a small fee for every performance. Contact our secretary for booking and information!

For further information and/or the reserving of performances call our secretary (+31 (0)6 - 41 39 89 10) or mail to info@tunacl.nl.

© Tuna Ciudad de Luz 1964 -

Welcome to the website of Tuna Ciudad de Luz

Welcome

Tuna Ciudad de Luz (TCL) is a student music association of the Technical University Eindhoven. The TCL was founded in 1964, making it the oldest Tunagroup outside of Spain and Portugal. A Tuna is group of students who, besides studying, make Spanish folk music. In Spain nearly every university has a Tunagroup, often even one for every faculty. That a Dutch university has a Tuna is unique. What started as a joke by one of Eindhoven's student associations grew out to be a successful and independent association in its own right. In order to keep our musical abilities we rehearse every Tuesday starting at 20.00 in café Peapod, Aalsterweg 56. Interested in discovering the Tuna's charm? Just drop by!

Recently, our long-expected clip of La Banda has been released. Check it out right here!

News

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Information

The Tuna tradition

A Tuna is a group of students who enrich their lives through making music. However, to see what actually makes the Tuna unique we should look at its history, for which we need to go back to the early middle ages. In this time there are no universities, forcing students to travel the for lessons by different tutors. For their sustenance and their entertainment they make music wherever they go. Of course, they use this music to charm fair maidens as well. With the arrival of universities the need for travel disappeared, but the traditions stayed. As of today nearly every university in Spain has its own Tuna. They still wear the traditional uniforms and the songs themes are unchanged: love and student life. In tuna music typically the whole group sings while they accompany themselves with acoustic instruments, such as the laud (Spanish lute), the bandurria (like a mandolin), guitar, accordion and pandereta (a small tambourine). The Tuna tradition did not stay within the Spanish borders. Portugal and several Southern and Middle-American countries have adopted the Tuna tradition. Also in some more unlikely countries, such as the Netherlands a number of Tuna groups have been established in the Spanish image.

Tuna in Eindhoven

During a holiday at the Costa Brava students of the Technical University Eindhoven firstly met with a Tuna. Back in Eindhoven they ordered a couple of their freshmen to sing some Tuna-songs to prominent lady, as a way of hazing. Both the freshmen and their elders become so enthusiastic that in 1964 the Tuna Ciudad de Luz (Tuna of the city of light) was born. Since then the Tuna is a well-known and unique sight in Eindhoven. The groups musical abilities grow and they take part in their first certamen (festival with Tuna music) in Madrid in 1970. A year later the group gets his own home: the Tuna house. Aalsterweg 171 quickly becomes the base of operations for the many Tuna activities such as performances and 'rondas'. During these the group roams the city playing in restaurants and bars for food, drink, and girls as to keep up the old traditions. Starting in 1986 the group organizes its own certamens in Eindhoven which are well visited by Tuna-groups from all around the globe.

The sight of young students singing of Spanish songs, wearing medieval suits and their traditional instruments roaming through the city has become inseparable with studying at Eindhoven's university.

Festival

A Tuna festival or 'Certamen de Tunas' is musical meet up between diverse Tuna groups. Usually it's a local or regional in nature, but also national and international certamens regularly take place. The high point is the certamen or contest. A jury judges the performances of the Tuna groups, both on the stage and during their parade through the city. There are prizes for best group, most entertaining group, and for the best solo musicians such as solo singer or banner waver. After Eindhoven's first festival in 1986 (the first one on 'strange' soil) ten more have been organized. In the years without festival a smaller 'Noche de Tuna' takes place. Because of the intimate atmosphere during the Noche and the Pasa Bares (pub-crawl) one can really get to know the original Tuna atmosphere. Click here for the Festival's website, and here for the website of the Noche.

Media

The history of the Tuna Ciudad de Luz has been recorded on CD's, news articles and in the recently published (Dutch) book "Tuna Ciudad de Luz 1964-2014, Een halve eeuw Spaanse Tunatraditie in Eindhoven" ("Tuna Ciudad de Luz 1964-2014, half a century of Spanish tradition in Eindhoven").

Book

To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Tuna Ciudad de Luz in 2014 we published a book containing the history and adventures of the Tuna in Eindhoven. The book is written in Dutch.

CD

As a music association with a varying repertoire of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin-American folk music a number of albums have been recorded. The last CD "El Camino sin Destino" has been published in 2014 in cooperation with the reunion associations of the Tuna. See http://www.tunacl.nl/cd/ for more information.

Photo's

Click here to get an impression of the Tuna Ciudad the Luz's activities through photo material (Coming Soon!).

Film

To truly experience the Tuna ambiance one has to see them live, however this movie (link) gives a good impression! A summary movie on the 2014 certamen.

Contact

Adres

Aalsterweg 171
5644 RA Eindhoven
Tel: +31 (0)6 - 41 39 89 10
Mail: info@tunacl.nl

Contact us for information and bookings.

Participate?

Are you a student in Eindhoven and... You want to learn to play a guitar or other instrument, learn to sing in Spanish, learn to drink beer and charm maidens? Come by sometime at our rehearsal! Every Tuesday at 20.00 at Café Peapod (Aalsterweg 56). For more information, call, mail or visit www.ikwilbijdetuna.nl.

Want to participate? Contact us, or just drop by at our rehearsal! Every Tuesday starting at 20.00 in café Peapod, Aalsterweg 56, check www.ikwilbijdetuna.nl for more information.

Performances

We regularly play at all sorts of parties, weddings, birthdays, occasional radio or television events, theatres, you name it. Everywhere where the Tuna goes it is fiesta!

The Tuna is a completely self-sufficient organisation. However, the maintenance of instruments, suits and other essentials is not free. For this reason we ask a small fee for every performance. Contact our secretary for booking and information!

For further information and/or the reserving of performances call our secretary (+31 (0)6 - 41 39 89 10) or mail to info@tunacl.nl.

© Tuna Ciudad de Luz 1964 -