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Fear Nothing, She Says
Valladolid, 17.11.2015 - 28.02.2016

Organised in connection with the 5th Centenary of the Birth of Saint Teresa of Jesus, the aim of this exhibition is to explore the meaning of spiritual searches at the onset of the third millennium, establishing the need to find their common anthropological thread and endorsing their connection with creative languages. Twenty-one contemporary artists have been chosen for their thematic, conceptual, existential or political affinities with the figure and the legacy of Teresa of Avila.


Miguel de Cervantes or the Wish to Live
Madrid, 16.12.2015 - 02.05.2016

The exhibition (Cervantes, a contemporary spirit), organised by AC/E and the Instituto Cervantes, shows the photographs produced by José Manuel Navia in connection with the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes in 2016. For this project, Navia followed in Cervantes’ footsteps, visually capturing the places and paths trodden by the great author throughout his life – a troubled and uncertain life that is also revealed to us in a veiled manner in his works.  

Art and nature in Prehistory. The collection of tracings of cave art of the Museo Nacional de Ciencias Naturales
Madrid, 19.11.2015 - 19.05.2016

The exhibition brings together a careful selection of the collection of cave art now in the Archives of the Museo Nacionalde Ciencias Naturales (AMNCN), an extensive and magnificent group of tracings and illustrations. The collection consists of depictions of Palaeolithic paintings as well as of art from Spain’s eastern coastal region and even Iberian and medieval art from practically the whole of Spain. 

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XXII Festival Internacional de Música Electroacústica Punto de Encuentro 2015
Madrid, 19.11.2015 - 29.11.2015

The Festival Meeting Point started in 1990, is held annually in various sites across Spain and its main purpose the production, dissemination and promotion of electroacoustic music and sound art of Spanish artists. This edition extends its ties to America through the participation of Spanish-speaking programmers based in the United States and Mexico. 

Residency Artista X Artista 2015
La Habana, 25.11.2015 - 28.12.2015

The 1st edition of the Artist Residency Artista X Artist invited the young Spanish creative Cristina Garrido to stay a month, with the support of AC/E's  Programme for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture. Among the scheduled events is an exhibition, X Artist Artist (I), which opens on Thursday, November 26 at 17:00 at the headquarters of AXA. It includes some of the most emblematic projects of the young designer (This Is Art Now Vol.1, 2013, Veil of Invisibility, 2011) and other recent proposals.

6º Encuentro BID Enseñanza y diseño 2015
Madrid, 23.11.2015 - 26.11.2015

The Encuentro BID for design education centres is a platform for meeting, debate and coordination of the Comunidad Iberoamericana de Centros de Enseñanza del Diseño (Ibero-American community of design education centres). This event, to which important international guests are invited, is intended as a creative and enjoyable meeting place for celebrating the future of education and the future of the profession – a place for sharing strategies and bringing design culture to society.  Lecturers whose attendance is supported by AC/E: Andrea Saltzman, Ruedi Baur and Camila Santos.

Tallin Black Nights Film Festival 2015
Tallinn, 13.11.2015 - 29.11.2015

The 19th edition of Tallin Black Nights Film Festival (PÖFF) includes 550 feature-length films, documentaries, animated films and shorts for more than 75,000 attendees. This year will feature a larger presence of films in Spanish and northern European market agents to foster coproduction between various countries. With this aim in mind, a large group of Spanish creators has been invited to attend this year’s festival with the support of AC/E’s Programme for the Internationalisation of Spanish Culture. 

The Future Belongs to No One Yet. Eugenio Ampudia
Oaxaca, 20.11.2015 - 21.02.2016

An interplay of paradoxes relating to the age we live in through invisible, imaginary and virtual presences is revealed in the exhibition The Future Belongs to No One Yet by the Spanish artist Eugenio Ampudia. The show presents a selection of works through which the artist and the curator Blanca de la Torre set out to reveal all the invisible layers of everyday life by inviting the spectator to experience the work as a trigger of thought and the structures and system we inhabit. 

Centenary of Cervantes's Death

In 2016 it will be 400 years since the death of Miguel de Cervantes. For this purpose, Acción Cultural Española has put together a programme of commemorative activities that will be held throughout the year.  AC/E is part of the national committee for the celebration of the centenary, which brings together representatives of the state and institutions with a particular connection with the life and work of Miguel de Cervantes to devise the projects included in the programme of activities and ensure that the expenses tie in with the objectives and plans of the commemorative.


The residency programmes are designed to provide participants with the time, space and means to work in optimal conditions. They include production support and expert assistance to encourage the transition to professional practice. The programmes are aimed at helping the participants achieve the highest possible level of professionalism. AC/E supports international artists’ residencies to promote the internationalization of Spanish creators. 

AC/E Asia-Pacific Action Plan 2015–2016

WIth this plan, AC/E wants to promote knowledge of Spain’s current cultural scene in the main countries of this extensive region, following a line of enhanced action aimed at promoting our creators. Asia-Pacific is a region with an increasingly global reach and influence and an important demographic dimension, which has witnessed significant economic growth over the past decades and a central role in international dynamics in areas such as the economy, politics, diplomacy and, unquestionably, culture and the creative industries.

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Miguel EN Cervantes. El retablo de las maravillas
Alcalá de Henares, 15.10.2015 - 14.02.2016

Miguel En Cevantes is a project designed and based around El Retablo de las Maravillas, one of the eight entremeses (interludes) written by Miguel de Cervantes and published in Ocho comedias y ocho entremeses (1615), which were never performed. To mark the fourth centenary of their publication in 2015, AC/E is organising an exhibition at the Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes (Alcalá de Henares) and bringing out a comic by renowned illustrators David Rubín and Miguelantxo Prado.

Roma Festival Barocco 2015
Rome, 22.11.2015 - 20.12.2015

The VIII Festival Barocco Rome includes in its program the choir Zenobia Scholars, made up of young singers interested in Renaissance music but also with a baroque and contemporary repertoire. In this edition coinciding with the V Centenary of the birth of Saint Teresa, they perform a repertoire that tries to establish a connection with the life of Teresa of Avila and the composers of her time.

International Literature Festival in Sofia 2015
Sofia, 25.11.2015 - 13.12.2015

The third edition of the International Literature Festival in Sofia is dedicated to the Iberian Peninsula. A good chance for the Bulgarian public to acknowledge and meet some of the most important writers of Spain and Portugal and their works. The festival features the presence of the authors: Jordi Galceran, Maite Carranza, Marcos Giralt Torrente, Clara Sanchez Lorenzo Silva and emerging Andrés Barba, Unai Elorriaga and Pedro Eiras.

Tapas. Spanish Design for Food
Lisbon, 22.10.2015 - 01.12.2015

The exhibition, organized and produced by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), shows through two hundred objects divided into four sections—Kitchen, Table, Food, and Wine—how design finds solutions to the problems posed over the years by the world of cuisine. And particularly how Spanish culture has come up with ingenious inventions and solutions throughout history. The exhibition will open at the Sociedade Nacional de Belas Artes in Lisboa, on October 22.

Proyecto Ed. Encuentro de Editores Iberoamericanos 2015
Mexico D.F., 24.11.2015 - 26.11.2015

Between November and December 2015, the Laboratory is hosting the third edition of Proyecto Ed. / Encuentro de editores iberoamericanos, which brings together more than 20 Spanish-speaking publishers in the cities of Mexico and Guadalajara. The aim is to establish dialogue through roundtables, talks and special presentations and, at the same time, an itinerary consisting of venues that propose alternative routes to the conventional circuits for the production and circulation of books. 

Xavier Ribas, Nitrate
Pamplona, 28.10.2015 - 06.03.2016

The exhibition by Xavier Ribas (Barcelona 1960) presents a project that exposes the political geography of the Atacama Desert and the history of the extraction of this mineral. Through a series of works, including photographic polyptychs, texts and videos, Ribas unfolds an investigation in which photography becomes an object of reflection rather than a mere documentary support. Other projects by Ribas featured in the exhibition include the series Geografías concretas (Concrete Geographies), since 2003, and Santuario (Sanctuary), 

Jakarta Biennale 2015
Jakarta, 14.11.2015 - 17.01.2016

Jakarta Biennale 2015 aims to promote a continuous reading of the development of the idea of the city, which is viewed as a complex and dynamic area that reacts to both local and global changes. The Spanish artist Juan Pérez Agirregoikoa has been invited by Jakarta Biennale Foundation to take part in the Biennale, with the support of AC/E.

Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón 2015
Gijón, 20.11.2015 - 28.11.2015

In 2015 the festival is celebrating its 53rd edition, which is aimed at bringing filmmakers closer to audiences through the usual sessions, press conferences and coffee meetings and by focusing more on masterclasses, workshop courses and professional workshops taught by various film professionals and targeted at the general public as well as younger audiences. ​AC/E is collaborating by supporting the participation of international influencers in these activities in order to familiarise them with the emerging film scene in Spain.

Concierto de Zenobia Scholars en el Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2015

The chamber choir Zenobia Scholar interprets the Agnus Dei the from Mass Gaudeamus by Tomas Luis de Victoria, led by Rupert Damerell. The concert took place on July 21, 2015 in the chapel of St John's College, Cambridge, under the Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2015, with the collaboration of AC/E.

 Moving Futures Festival 2014 - Rotterdam edition

Moving Futures is a new traveling festival with works of emerging choreographers. Dancemakers who dare to touch upon societal issues and look for a common ground between dance, human behavior, philosophy and science. Moving Futures challenges the audience with a full program with performances, workshops, parties and more. During the Rotterdam edition (31 Oct-2 Nov) you discover the work of the latest generations dancemakers combined with discussions and workshops in depth.

CAPP workshop with Sarah Margarita Lewis at Centro Huarte

Impressions of Sarah Margarita Lewis´ workshop "If you do not pay attention to me, I WILL NOT PAY ATTENTION TO YOU" at Centro Huarte, Pamplona/Navarra. The workshop took place in October 2015 in the frame of the Collaborative Arts Partnership Programme (CAPP).

Virtual Tour
Virtual Tour

The exhibition examines episodes in her life and analyses her literature and influence on subsequent writers. From her early years through her youth and her mature years, on show works by Zurbarán, Ribera and her original manuscripts, an account of Teresa’s life through her written work marks the exhibition layout.

Fear Nothing, she says (eBook)
The Future Belongs to No One Yet. Eugenio Ampudia (eBook)
Es capital. Cristina Lucas (eBook)
ACE Digital Culture Annual Report 2015 (eBook)