Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 89


New York

Literature.  Toronto,  23/10/2018

Monika Zgustová at the 2018 Toronto International Festival of Authors (IFOA)

Meet, hear and learn from the world’s leading writers and thought-leaders at the 39th edition of the Festival. As Canada’s oldest and largest celebration of words and ideas, the Toronto International Festival of Authors empowers writers and transforms the way curious readers interact with the written word 365 days a year.

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Literature.  Brooklyn, NYC,  24/10/2018

Catalan poet Irene Solà to make her first New York appearance at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop

Award-winning Catalan poet Iene Solà will share the stage with American poets Lisa Marie Basile and Kim Vodicka in her very first New York appearance. Solà will make her debut at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop after completing a writing residency at the Alan Cheuse International Writers Center, at George Mason University. 

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Cinema.  New York,  25/10/2018

Catalan Cinema’s Radical Years, 1968–1978 featured in The MoMA Film Series

This series traces 10 revolutionary years in the history of Catalan cinema: the period between 1968 and 1978, when the fate of Spain—and Catalonia’s place in it—lay in the balance. The death of General Francisco Franco on November 20, 1975, and the ascension of Juan Carlos I to the throne made possible the nation’s transition from brutal dictatorship to fragile democracy. The Catalan language, after nearly a half-century of censorship, could once again be expressed freely in the streets and in the arts.

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Music.  New York,  03/10/2018

Almadraba by Oscar Peñas, world premiere at the BAM

Barcelona-born guitarist and composer Oscar Peñas and his quartet combine piano, bass, and drums with a string quartet in this classical-jazz suite inspired by the 3,000-year-old Andalusian fishing tradition known as the almadraba. Borrowing sounds from Cuban and South American folk music, as well as from Peñas’ own Iberian heritage, the composition pays poetic tribute to this age-old ecological technique for sustainably trapping bluefin tuna. A musical narration of this arduous process—from the labyrinthine formation of boats to the dramatic hoisting of nets—Almadraba is both a lush melding of sonic styles and a celebration of ancient wisdom.

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Cinema.  New York,  19/10/2018

The Chelsea Film Festival features LA BENVINGUDA by Catalan director Carme Puche

A welcome to a new city, to a new community of neighbors, is the beginning of this fantastic thriller, in which She arrives with the intention of forgetting her last relationship, a nightmare. Little does she know that she ventures into a neighborhood community where narcissism and self-esteem prevail in each of its tenants, the Martins, and that can dominate her to extremes that she cannot even imagine.

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Cinema.  Chicago,  21/10/2018

Carla Simón and Pau Ortiz featured in Chicago International Film Festival

Cinema/Chicago is the parent organization of the Chicago International Film Festival, North America’s oldest competitive film festival. Filmmaker and graphic artist Michael Kutza founded Cinema/Chicago in 1964 to provide an alternative to the commercial Hollywood movies that dominated the city’s theaters. Seeking out the best in international cinema, the Festival has discovered new talents and opened windows to a world of film previously or otherwise unavailable in Chicago. Over the years, the Festival has introduced creative new directors like Martin Scorsese, Wim Wenders, Bertrand Tavernier, Margarethe von Trotta, and Krzysztof Kieslowski, among many others, to Chicago. The Festival is also dedicated to showcasing films made by filmmakers from across the state of Illinois.The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival takes place October 12-26, 2017.

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Music.  USA,  06/11/2018

Jordi Savall and The Routes of Slavery return to the US

Early music interpreter Jordi Savall and artists representing Europe, Africa, and the Americas explore the music through which enslaved peoples forged a sense of community, preserved their own humanity, and found a way to endure in the face of unspeakable bondage. Savall and his collaborators honor their journeys through the incredible music legacy they left in this presentation.

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Literature.  New York,  30/10/2018

Chad W. Post of Open Letter Books to Receive 2018 Ottaway Award for the Promotion of International Literature

Post is the editor of a series of books translated, among many other languages, from the Catalan, such as Mercè Rodoreda's Death in Spring, War So Much War, or The Selected Stories, or Gasoline, Guadalajara, and A Thousand Morons, by Quim Monzó. Rodoreda's Camellia Street is forthcoming at the end of 2018.

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Language.  Catalonia,  01/11/2018

Would you like to do an internship in Catalonia?

The Institut Ramon Llull’s internship programme provides students at overseas universities the opportunity to undertake a professional internship with some of the most prestigious companies and organisations in Catalonia.

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Language.  New York,  31/10/2018

Catalan courses for adults with the Catalan Institute of America

CIofA is pleased to announce that Núria Diví, their Catalan teacher from previous years, will teach classes for adults starting this October 2018. 

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