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The Dutch Spoffin festival is making a strong commitment to Catalan and Balearic companies in this year’s edition, so much so that they represent 80% of the entire programme. The Catalan and Balearic showcase, entitled “Viva Catalonia!”, has shows by eight street performing arts companies that include theatre, circus and dance.

The director of the festival, Alfred Konijnenbelt, won the 2016 Ramon Llull Prize for supporting the promotion of Catalan culture abroad, awarded by the Ramon Llull Foundation

© Circ Bover
© Circ Bover
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2017-08-24 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[Barcelona, guest city at the MUTEK Festival in Montreal]]>Música. Montreal, 23/08/2017
To mark the 375th anniversary of the city of Montreal, the MUTEK Festival, a benchmark of digital creativity and live electronic music, is organising INTER CONNECT MTL 2017, four one-off events that go beyond the festival itself and celebrate four guest cities. The first will be Barcelona, and during August a variety of activities will be taking place to strengthen professional bonds between the Catalan capital and the Canadian city.

Since it was launched over a decade ago, the MUTEK Festival has distinguished itself as an international hub of original, avant-garde programming.

Nocturne2 by Mutek-Spain
Nocturne2 by Mutek-Spain
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2017-08-23 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[Five Catalan theatre companies attend the Au Bonheur des Mômes Festival in France]]>Escèniques. 20/08/2017
Au Bonheur des Mômes is a children’s theatre festival organised every August in the Savoyard town of Grand Bornand in France. The 26th edition, to be held between 20 and 25 August, will feature five Catalan theatre companies. 

It is estimated that some 150 French and international professionals will be attending the festival which has already become an established date for many programmers

Au Bonheur des Mômes 2016
Au Bonheur des Mômes 2016
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2017-08-20 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[The Orfeó Català and the Cor de Cambra of the Palau make their debut at the BBC Proms in London]]>Música. London, 17/08/2017
On Saturday 19th August the Orfeó Català and the Cor de Cambra of the Palau will be making their debut at the prestigious BBC Proms. These Catalan choirs will be adding their voices to those of the CBSO Chorus and the London Symphony Chorus, alongside the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, to perform Arnold Schönberg's Gurrelieder at the Royal Albert Hall.

On August the 19th the Orfeó Català and the Cor de Cambra of the Palau make their debut at the BBC Proms in London, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and together with the London Symphony Orchestra.

On August the 17th, the Orfeó Català will offer a concert in Southwark Cathedral conducted by its director, Simon Halsey.

Orfeó Català (2017)
Orfeó Català (2017)
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2017-08-17 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[ATRESBANDES theatre company presents Locus Amoenus at Edinburgh Fringe]]>Escèniques. 15/08/2017
Award winning Catalan company ATRESBANDES bring their critically acclaimed piece Locus Amoenus to Summerhall for Edinburgh Fringe 2017, exploring the idea of paradise through the meeting of three strangers on a train that’s about to crash.

“Meticulous performance… unsettling, pin-drop stuff… ATRESBANDES have clearly perfected the art of making the mundane appear meaningful and the everyday seem funny.”

★★★★ The Stage

'Locus Amoenus', by Atresbandes
'Locus Amoenus', by Atresbandes
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2017-08-15 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[The games of Tombs Creatius are now appearing at the Swiss festival Buskers Bern Strassenmusik]]>Arts Visuals. Bern, 10/08/2017
The company Tombs Creatius specialises in creating interactive games aimed at every type of audience. At the Buskers Bern music festival, held on 10-12 August in Berne, you can see their works ‘Colors de Monstre’ and ‘El viatge’.

The games of Tombs Creatius have taken the company to most big Spanish cities, a large number of European countries and even across the Atlantic in 2014 to exhibit in Costa Rica

Tombs Creatius
Tombs Creatius
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2017-08-10 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[Buhos, Animal, Oques Grasses and Aspencat at ‘Dimecres d’Arles’]]>Música. Arles, 09/08/2017
Les Mercredis d'Arles’ festival has now reached its 10th year. The bands Buhos and Oques Grasses are responsible for kicking off the festival on the evening of 9 August, and Valencian band Aspencat will be closing it on 16 August. 

Founded in 2008, one of the goals of ‘Les Mercredis d'Arles’ is to make the city’s architectural heritage more accessible to visitors.

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2017-08-09 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[The theatre company Imaginart is appearing at the International Festival of Puppet Theater in Jerusalem]]>Escèniques. Jerusalem, 06/08/2017
The Catalan theatre company Imaginart is presenting its new show ‘Little Night’ at the International Festival of Puppet Theater in Jerusalem, Israel. Imaginart will put on 12 performances at the Festival, the 26th edition of which is being held between 6 and 10 August.

Last year’s festival featured ‘Mi Gran Obra’ (My Great Work) by David Espinosa

'Little Night', by Imaginart
'Little Night', by Imaginart
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2017-08-06 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[Double performance of Oques Grasses in France this August]]>Música. 04/08/2017
The music of Oques Grasses, an unusual and energetic combination of reggae, pop and rock, is crossing the Pyrenees to give two performances in France this summer. On 4 August, they play at the Bout du Monde Festival in Brittany, and on 9 August they are responsible for opening the ‘Els dimecres d’Arles’ (Wednesdays in Arles) programme. 

As well as Oques Grasses, the ‘Wednesdays in Arles’ programme will also feature the Catalan bands Animal and Buhos. Valencian band Aspencat will close the festival. 

Oques Grasses
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2017-08-04 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[Iron Skulls return to the UK with Sinestesia]]>Escèniques. Londres, 03/08/2017
The Barcelona experimental dance company Iron Skulls is giving three performances of Sinestesia in London on 3rd, 5th and 12th August. The group first presented the show in the United Kingdom last March at the Dance:Sampled festival in Birmingham.

Sinestesia has won several prizes, including the Best Up-and-coming Company at the Umore Azoka international fair (2014) and the Best Hip-hop Choreography at the Burgos-New York international festival (2014)

'Sinestesia' - Iron Skulls
'Sinestesia' - Iron Skulls
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2017-08-03 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[The Orquestra de Cambra de l’Empordà, the first Catalan orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe]]>Música. Edinburgh, 03/08/2017
Concerto a Tempo d’Umore’ is the show that the Orquestra de Cambra de l’Empordà is taking to the 70th edition of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe from 3rd to 27th August. It is the first time a Catalan orchestra has been invited to the prestigious Scottish festival.

The Orquestra de Cambra de l’Empordà, founded in 1989 in Figueres, has performed in more than 44 countries on the five continents and has given more than 3,000 concerts.

'Concerto a Tempo d'Umore' by Orquestra de Cambra de l'Empordà
'Concerto a Tempo d'Umore' by Orquestra de Cambra de l'Empordà
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2017-08-03 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[Presentation of “Virus of Fear” and Q&A with Ventura Pons, in London and Manchester]]>Cinema. United Kingdom, 01/08/2017
In London, Director Ventura Pons will be present for a Q&A hosted by Maria Delgado, Professor & Director of Research, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London.

In Manchester, Director Ventura Pons will be present for a Q&A by Bill Lawrence. 

Virus of Fear, dir. Ventura Pons, 2015

1 Aug 2017 - 6:30 pm. ICA London. Cinema 1 
2 Aug 2017 - 6:45 pm. 
Home Machester. 

Frame of 'The virus of fear' (2015)
Frame of 'The virus of fear' (2015)
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2017-08-01 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[Catalan participation at the Gauklerfest in Koblenz ]]>Escèniques. Coblenz, 29/07/2017
The German festival Gauklerfestung takes place from 28 to 30 July in the city of Koblenz. This year, the 26th, the Catalan Hotel Iocandi and Cia. Mar Gómez are performing.

The festival is held by Cafe Hahn organisation from Coblenz. 

'Entre tu i jo', de Cia Mar Gómez
'Entre tu i jo', de Cia Mar Gómez
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2017-07-29 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[Las Migas take their rhythm to Germany]]>Música. Augsburg, 28/07/2017
As part of the tour of their latest album, 'Vente conmigo' (2016), Las Migas will perform at the Festival Der Kulturen in Augsburg, Germany, on 28 July. The female quartet start from their own interpretation of Flamenco music and achieve a musical fusion of cultures. 

The quartet, which includes the Catalans Alba Carmona and Roser Loscos, will start a tour of the USA and Central America in autumn 2017

Las Migas (from left to right) are: Alicia Grillo, Roser Loscos, Marta Robles i Alba Carmona
Las Migas (from left to right) are: Alicia Grillo, Roser Loscos, Marta Robles i Alba Carmona
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2017-07-28 00:00:00.0
<![CDATA[The Insòlits and PakiPaya companies are taking part in the 26th Olala Festival in Lienz]]>Escèniques. Lienz, 27/07/2017
The Olala International Street Theatre Festival, which has been going for over 25 years, is held annually in the last week of July in the Austrian city of Lienz. This year Catalonia is represented by the Insòlits and PakiPaya companies.

Olala has become the biggest street theatre event in Europe and the city is completely transformed to provide a creative and artistic atmosphere.

'Shake shake shake', by Pakipaya
'Shake shake shake', by Pakipaya
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2017-07-27 00:00:00.0