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Catalonia is the focus of the prestigious Salisbury International Arts Festival

Performing.  Salisbury,  19/04/2013

The British city of Salisbury will host more than 25 Catalan cultural offerings between 24th May and 8th June, which will be included in the Salisbury International Arts Festival with the slogan "the festival celebrates the vibrant arts of Catalonia".

Each year the Salisbury International Arts Festival focuses its programme on a particular country, which opens the event. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 the focus was on India, Russia and China respectively. This year the festival will spotlight Catalan culture, from the traditional to the contemporary. Over 80,000 festival-goers will be able enjoy performances by the dance company Nats Nus, the work of Roger Bernat and Pep Bou, various film screenings and musical events that includes such diverse talents as Jordi Savall, the Cobla Sant Jordi, La Troba Kung-Fú, Astrio or a joint show by Carles Santos and CaboSanRoque. Also scheduled are a talk by Barça's Vice-President, Carles Vilarrubí and several performances by the human tower group Castellers de Vilafranca.

"I have experienced the vibrant art and culture of this part of the world since I was a child, as my father is Catalan, and I have discovered a wealth of work that is powerful, energetic and witty", said the festival's director, Maria Bota, in a statement. For his part, the Director of the Institut Ramon Llull, Vicente Villatoro, remarked that "the special importance of being the guest culture at the Salisbury Festival is due to its wide-ranging nature. Fortunately, Catalan culture is often the guest culture at events that show the vitality of a particular sector: literature, dance, architecture, and so on. In this case we can show the vitality and energy of new Catalan cultural output as a whole, in all fields. And we can do so at a prestigious festival that has a substantial impact on British society."

Pep Bou will present his show Rebufaplanetes at Salisbury with the architecture students of Enric Ruiz Geli, the architect working on the headquarters of the future El Bulli Foundation. Ponten Pie will surprise visitors with its theatrical and gastronomic proposal Copacabana, and Roger Bernat will present Rite of Spring.

The programme also includes a film series, with the screening of Agustí Villaronga's award-winning Black Bread, the UK premiere of Joel Joan's Fènix 11*23, Toni Bestard's The Perfect Stranger, and a tribute to the recently deceased Bigas Luna with the screening of The Tit and the Moon. Toni Bestard, Sergio Lara, Joel Joan and Èric Bertran will attend the screening of their respective films and take part in discussions about them.

To complement the artistic events, there will be several talks about Catalan culture. The Vice-President of Futbol Club Barcelona, ​​Carles Vilarrubí, will talk about the links between sport, culture and education, while the former British General Consul in Barcelona, ​​Geoff Cowling, will give a lecture entitled "Catalonia: Past, Present and Future".

In addition to the Catalan programme, visitors will also be able to enjoy the spectacular floral installations of Girona Flower Time.

Below is the complete Catalan programme:

Friday, 24th May - Opening Evening 
8 p.m. Ponten Pie: Copacabana - Theatre
7.30 p.m. Cobla St Jordi - Music 

Saturday, 25th May 
10.30 a.m. Catalan Cooking Demonstration
2 p.m. Catalan Food Festival at Cathedral Close 
2.30 p.m. & 4.30 p.m. Los Galindos: Maiurta - Circus 
3 p.m. & 8 p.m. Ponten Pie: Copacabana - Theatre

Sunday, 26th May 
12.30 p.m. & 2.30 p.m. Los Galindos: Maiurta - Circus 
3 p.m. Ponten Pie: Copacabana - Theatre 
4.30 p.m. Cloud 9: Architecture Workshop with Pep Bou 

Monday, 27th May
5.30 p.m. Catalonia: Past, Present and Future, talk by Geoff Cowling
7.30 p.m. Pep Bou: Rebufaplanetes - Theatre 
7.30 p.m. Black Bread (Agustí Villaronga) - Film

Tuesday, 28th May
7.30 p.m. Barça: Sport, Culture and Education, talk by Carles Vilarrubí, Vice-President of Futbol Club Barcelona 

Wednesday, 29th May
7.30 p.m. Nats Nus Dansa: Momentari - Dance
7.30 p.m. The Perfect Stranger (Toni Bestard) - Film. Followed by Q&A session with Toni Bestard

Thursday, 30th May
11 a.m. Nats Nus Dansa: Slot - Dance

Friday, 31st May
11 a.m. Edward Stourton: Cool Crossing - Literature 
7.30 p.m. Finisterrae (Sergio Caballero) - Film 
9.30 p.m. Animals (Marçal Forés) - Film 

Saturday, 1st June
Castellers de Vilafranca - Human Towers
8 p.m. La Troba Kung-Fú: Inside the Ox's Belly - Music 

Saturday, 2nd June
Castellers de Vilafranca - Human Towers
5 p.m. The Legend of Time (Isaki Lacuesta) - Film
8 p.m. Barcelona Socialites (Mireia Ros) - Film

Monday, 3rd June
7.30 p.m. Fenix 11*23 (Joel Joan) - Film. Followed by Q&A session with Èric Bertran, Sergi Lara and Joel Joan

Tuesday, 4th June
7-7.50 p.m. Roger Bernat: Rite of Spring - Dance 
8.15 p.m. Carles Santos and CaboSanRoque: Maquinofobia Pianolera - Music 

Wednesday, 5th June
3 p.m. Carles Santos: Solo Recital - Music
7.30 p.m. Astrio: Don't Leave the Planet - Music 
7-7.50 p.m.  Roger Bernat: Rite of Spring - Dance
9.15 p.m. Carles Santos and CaboSanRoque: Maquinofobia Pianolera - Music

Friday, 7th June
7 p.m. V.O.S. (Cesc Gay) - Film 
9 p.m. The Tit and the Moon (Bigas Luna) - Film
7.30 p.m. Jordi Savall - Music 

More information can be found at:


Over 25 Catalan cultural events will be on offer in the city from 24th May to 8th June

Sponsors of IRL projects

The Institut Ramon Llull

is a consortium that comprises the Generalitat de Catalunya (Government of Catalonia), Balearic Islands Government and the Barcelona City Council, and its mission is the promotion of Catalan language and culture abroad.

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