A Catalan Weekend in London, (1st and 2nd June 2012), is an exciting two day event showcasing new & innovative trends in the performing arts, cinema and music from Catalonia. London is the perfect international meeting point for the event, providing Catalanists from the UK, Catalonia Islands and EU, an opportunity to socialize and promote the richness of Catalan culture.
The programme of events includes an exceptional selection of film screenings, theatre shows, live music and a panel debate. The weekend includes a sensational free opening party, featuring a selection of Catalan foods, wines, beers and cava accompanied by spectacular live visual and musical performances.
With the thought-provoking theme Challenges, directions and new narratives in Catalan Culture, the weekend will host a live panel debate with an interactive Q & A session with a focus on the contemporary political, economic and social framework issues related to Catalan culture and identity.
The event will highlight current issues in the humanities, including subjectivity, identity and representation, globalization, national identity and linguistic & cultural diversity, intercultural communication and high culture versus mass entertainment.
A Catalan Weekend is the first of one of many of planned events, exploring Spanish cultural identity and linguistic diversity, with a focus on Spanish autonomous regions such as Galicia and Basque Country, amongst others. Come and join us at our free opening party on Friday 1st June at 9pm to celebrate the opening of this event in Catalan style!
Theatre: You & Me (followed by a Q&A with the actresses and the rest of the artistic team) Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd June / 7.30pm (Upstairs)
Languages: English, Spanish and Catalan. You and Me offers a window into the lives of two elderly people who have spent their entire existence together and are facing their final years cut-off and isolated from the world. As life moves on without them, they create their own reality within the four walls of their fading home. Their conversations dance between hilarious defamation, tender reminiscing and all too often – pure madness! But in these exchanges we realize that for one person this madness isn’t simple eccentricity, but an actual illness that will soon render them unrecognizable. Sharing fantasies, memories, anxieties and fears we see how this couple cope with an ever-changing reality and cling on, in very different ways, to what they know as home.
Performed by two Spanish Actresses living in London (Merce Ribot and Patricia Rodriguez), Little Soldier Productions is presenting an adaptation of Roger Simeon’s absurd text that will directly draw upon their own roots, cultural identities and languages, giving the piece an extremely personal touch whilst maintaining a universal theme.
Directed by Bryony Shanahan the piece will be underscored by music, movement sequences and physical comedy which all tie together to present a rich and moving hour of theatre. Buy Tickets
Opening Party 2 celebrate ¨A Catalan Weekend!”Friday 1st June /9pm to 1am
Through the evening you will have an opportunity to witness the showcase of visual artists from Catalonia and experience a live performance of electronic music and audio reactive visuals of a top London based VJ who will carry out a live set of minimal techno in a form that is capable of expressing electronic music in its purest essence.
A Catalan Weekend Opening Party will be an opportunity for socializing and networking with fellow Brits and Catalonians, whilst enjoying with a glass of cava and a taste of Catalan cuisine using locally sourced and seasonal products.
To attend our Opening party you must book in advanced. RSVP to Raquel at firstname.lastname@example.org . Buy tickets
Film Screenings: Saturday 2nd June / 5pm (Main Space) Barcelona Abans que el temps ho sborri / Barcelona Before Time Erases by Mireia Ros.
‘Barcelona, Before Time Erases it’ is a film documentary directed by Mireia Ros, from the novel by Javier Baladia, which has received excellent reviews. This captivating documentary recreates the thread of history through the Baladia family, who belong to the high bourgeoisie. The documentary enters the world of people who imagine they have inherited Barcelona. The film helps us to learn more about the recent past and present of Barcelona. Buy Tickets
Panel Discussion: Saturday 2nd June / 6.30pm (Upstairs)
Catalan culture and identity: Why it is still such a big deal?
Catalan Weekend in London will host a passionate debate and interactive Q&A session around Catalan culture and identity, with special focus on today’s political, economic and social framework. The Panel discussion will promote a strong theoretical background around issues such as subjectivity, identity and representation; globalisation against territoriality, national identity and linguistic/cultural diversity; intercultural communication; immigration and mass culture. Buy Tickets
Live Music: Saturday 2nd June / 9pm (Main Space) – Nubla
To better understand the causes of such success and the potential of the Catalan music creativity, the Rich Mix Bar will offer an exclusive live concert featured by Nubla.
Nubla is a Catalan/Argentinian Singer, songwriter and producer born in Barcelona. Her career started in September 2005 with the release of her first LP “Voayeur” in Spain. During the following months, the album was released in more than ten countries including Germany, Japan, Sweden, Norway, Greece and The Netherlands.
From the very beginning of her career her songs have been used in cinema, tv or advertising including the campaign by the British Government “Try life in another language” (Channel 4, UK), or “Ugly Betty” (Canal +, Spain). Buy Tickets .
Venue: Rich Mix , 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS!
A CATALAN WEEKEND IN LONDON
Challenges, directions and new narratives in Catalan Culture
We invite artists of all experience to submit proposals for an exhibition of contemporary Catalan visual art. The CATALAN WEEKEND IN LONDON, organized by SIN FIN CINEMA platform in collaboration with the Institut Ramon Llull, accepts proposals from Catalan visual artists working or living in London in all mediums and disciplines.
Proposals will be considered to be displayed during a reception and exhibition party that will take place at the Rich Mix centre the 1rst June 2012 CATALAN WEEKEND’s APPLICATION. MORE INFO HERE
CALL FOR PROPOSALS – Deadline: May 07, 2012