On Sunday Txarango, Mishima and Headbirds will be the stars of a Catalan afternoon in the landmark Central Park in New York as part of the famous SummerStage Festival. The concert, organised in association with the Institut Ramon Llull (IRL), will bring those Catalan groups to perform on one of the most popular stages on the international scene in front of an audience of 5000. The name of the activity is Catalan Sounds on Tour and it is part of the IRL programme to provide support for the international launch of Catalan groups.
The first to appear will be Headbirds DJ, who will break the ice at 3 pm. Mishima will take over 45 minutes later and, after a second number by Headbirds DJ, Txarango will put the finishing touch to the concert with a performance that will start at about 5.30.
The SummerStage Festival, organised by the City Parks Foundation, is a programme of free performances of great artistic calibre held from July to September in parks around the city, but mainly in Central Park. The actual venue is the Rumsey Playfield (at 5th Avenue and 69th Street). The aim of SummerStage is to provide a platform for the different communities who live in New York and the diversity of cultures around the world in both traditional and contemporary formats. The activities, which take place outdoors, are open and accessible to people of all ages and origins. The daily audience is usually around 5000.
This year, and for the first time, the IRL is working with the Festival to organise Catalan Sounds on Tour. This collaboration comes in the wake of last year’s invitation by the IRL to the artistic director of the SummerStage Festival, Erika Elliott, to the Live Music Market in Vic and FiraTàrrega to discover the artistic attractions on show there.
Also on Sunday in New York, at 7 pm, Clara Sanabras will be presenting her latest work “El vol dispers” at Joe’s Pub.
Esteve Soler at the Between the Seas Festival
Catalan presence in New York will continue on 27 July with a staged reading of Esteve Soler’s Against Trilogy (Against progress; Against love; and Against democracy) as part of the Between the Seas Festival of Mediterranean Performing Arts. The reading, which has been made possible by the support of the Institut Ramon Llull, is included in a new section which will be inaugurated at the festival this year and will present works by dramatists from Catalonia, Kosovo, Greece and Syria.
Between the Seas is the only festival in North America to focus exclusively on the contemporary performing arts (theatre, dance and music) of the Mediterranean countries. It is held every year for a week in New York City.
Esteve Soler (Barcelona, 1976) is one of the most international Catalan dramatists. His Against Trilogy (Against progress; Against love; and Against democracy) has been translated into 14 languages and has been given some thirty performances in countries such as Germany, the USA, France, Switzerland, Greece, Venezuela and Chile.
The Festival has scheduled a Catalan afternoon under the name Catalan Sounds on Tour
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