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The filmmakers, Europe portrayed

The filmmakers, Europe portrayed

22 October - 08 November 2020
Museo Municipal de la Cuchillería de Albacete (Albacete, Spain)
​The exhibition brings together 50 portraits of European filmmakers made by photographer Óscar Fernández Orengo. Of these half, a selection of 25, correspond to Spanish filmmakers in black and white and in panoramic format, portrayed in spaces and places that they themselves have chosen. Among these are Bigas Luna, Josefina Molina, Víctor Erice, Rodrigo Sorogoyen or Belén Funes. The other 25 portraits correspond to filmmakers from other European countries, photographed in black and white, in color and in different formats with special predominance of the square. Among them Béla Tarr, Agnès Varda, Theo Angelopoulos, Roy Andersson, Pedro Costa or Mia Hansen-Løve. Some of Fernández Orengo’s superb photographic work has already been shown in several travelling exhibitions both in Spain and abroad, such as "A través de mis ojos", "Cineastas contados","Cineastas contados... de ambos lados", "Cineastas en su lugar” or "Seguimos rodando", this last organized by AC/E  that brought together portraits of Spanish and Colombian filmmakers from a selection of about thirty portraits, with the aim of bringing the Colombian public Polyhedral face of both its cinema and the Spanish. The photographer, who usually works with a Hasselblad X-Pan and who believes in black-and-white photography because "it gives versatility in all light conditions, as opposed to colour, which is more plastic", also takes as his inspiration other artists who have worked mainly in black and white, such as Eugène Atget, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, David Goldblatt or Cartier-Bresson.
5th Istanbul Design Biennial

5th Istanbul Design Biennial

15 October - 15 November 2020
Istanbul Design Biennial (Estambul, Turkey)
Curated by Mariana Pestana and organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV), the 5th Istanbul Design Biennial opens on 15 October 2020. With a new structure that brings together different formats of display, the biennial is held under the title 'Empathy Revisited: Designs for more than one' with participants from various countries and disciplines intervening in exhibition venues, outdoor spaces and digital platforms. AC/E supports the participation of Spanish artists invited by the Biennial. The Biennial reappraises its format to foreground practices of care, localism and new models of co-existence. It presents a generative programme comprising three main axes: an online series titled Critical Cooking Show, a set of research projects on the Mediterranean basin to be archived at the Library of Land and Sea and displayed at ARK Kültür, and a series of interventions in the city of Istanbul and Pera Museum titled New Civic Rituals. The projects displayed at Pera Museum and ARK Kültür will be open to visit until 15 November 2020, whereas the interventions in the city, research projects and video series will continue to evolve through 2021. This format proposes new modes of engaging with design in line with the current restrictions around social distancing articulating mostly outdoor activities directed at local audiences, while also providing content for a global spectatorship. For more information: https://tasarimbienali.iksv.org/en For media inquiries: media@iksv.org  #istanbuldesignbiennial #empathyrevisited
MasDanza 2020, International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands

MasDanza 2020, International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands

15 October - 31 October 2020
MasDanza (Islas Canarias, Spain)
MASDANZA is an international showcase for the Canary Islands, which for several days becomes the nerve centre of the cutting-edge world dance scene thanks to this event of key importance to the local community. Due to the current situation, the Festival offers several possibilities to see its shows, streaming, in theaters and in open spaces. AC/E collaborates in this edition of the festival through the PICE mobility grants.​ ​MASDANZA, the International Contemporary Dance Festival of the Canary Islands, started out in Gran Canaria in 1996 at the initiative of Natalia Medina, who has been its director ever since, and with the support of the culture department of the council of  San Bartolomé de Tirajana. The festival plays an important role in the world of culture in the Canary Islands.​ MASDANZA has grown as an event that every year acquires more strength and prestige outside the borders of its community, allowing the public to see that there are important cultural alternatives when visiting Gran Canaria. The most convincing evidence of this fact is the increasing number of public attending every edition of the Festival. Thanks to their interest in discovering new creators and trends, this Festival has become a leader in the national and international arenas. 
Do you paint or draw? A survey of art through comics

Do you paint or draw? A survey of art through comics

15 October - 08 December 2020
Paseo del Born (Palma de Mallorca, )
#ArteYcómic | This portable exhibition surveys the art of picture stories or comics with examples by various Spanish illustrators (Ana Galvañ, Antonio Altarriba/Keko, Fermín Solís, Laura Pérez Vernetti, María Hesse, Mauro Entrialgo, Max, Pablo Auladell and Santiago García/Javier Olivares) who, using a personal and diverse language, address classical and contemporary art in their work through artists such as Bosch, Velázquez, Buñuel, Frida Kahlo, Duchamp and Picasso, among others. It also reflects the illustrators’ thoughts on various aspects of the art world: exhibitions, museums, fairs, biennials, artists, curators, critics, institutions, audience… Cartoon strips first arose in the late nineteenth century as a mass medium linked to the daily press and have undergone major changes since then. For a long time they belonged to the culture industries geared to children and teenagers, and enjoyed a small market share in the field of humour or satire for adults. Following the emergence of American underground comics and the popularity a few European illustrators and publishers enjoyed in the 1960s, the generation of so-called independent, alternative or avant-garde comic art made a powerful appearance in Spain in the 1980s, securing a foothold through fanzines, self-publishing and small independent publishers. In the twenty-first century came graphic novels and with them a new generation of illustrators, among whom women at long last enjoyed a growing presence, and initiatives such as the inclusion of comic books in major art museums.   But comic books cannot be limited to minority and specialist spaces and deserve to be present in all fields, in keeping with their popular origins. This is the aim of the exhibition, which opens in the spring of 2019 as part of the contemporary art and culture project Cáceres Abierto, and will subsequently travel to various Spanish festivals and cities.
2nd Call for AC/E Grants for Translation of Literary Works 2020

2nd Call for AC/E Grants for Translation of Literary Works 2020

06 October - 15 November 2020
Call for Entry
On the occasion of Spain's participation as a Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2022, Acción Cultural Española created in 2019 these translation grants to promote Spanish literary works among foreign publishers. Application Deadline: 6 October - 15 November 2020 The AC/E translation grants seek to encourage the sale of rights to foreign publishers and to publish Spanish literary creations, thus favoring their international visibility and recognition. The accepted languages ​​for translations are German, English, French, Dutch and Italian. There are two lines of grants: 1.  AC/E Grants for Translation and in Support of Illustration for foreign publishers. ⇒ Bases obra completa e ilustración (castellano, PDF) ⇒ Guidelines for Translation Projects and in support of Illustration (English, PDF) → Application Form 2. Grants for translation of samples for the preparation of dossiers of foreign promotion, for Spanish publishers and agents. ⇒ Bases fragmentos (Spanish, PDF) → Application Form Applications can only be made for works published by Spanish publishers as a printed book and with commercial distribution in bookstores in the following modalities: narrative (fiction, nonfiction), essay, poetry, theater, drama, YA literature, picture book, graphic novel and comic. In the case of illustrated works and graphic novel, additional help may be requested for the illustrator's fees. AC/E will not fund scholarly works, textbooks, exhibition catalogues, unpublished and self-published works, travel guides, research studies, minutes of congresses, manuals, digital-only and/or print-on-demand works, and similar categories. For more information, please write to: Ayudasfrankfurt2021@gmail.com Calendar Application submission deadline: from October 6 to November 15, 2020. Application correction period: from November 30 to December 4, 2020. Publication of the list of accepted applications: December 18, 2020. Publication of the final list of grants: January 27, 2021.
Nocturnas. While the city sleeps... 1900-1960

Nocturnas. While the city sleeps... 1900-1960

01 October 2020 - 24 January 2021
Centro Cultural Caja Granada (Granada, Spain)
The exhibition is a production of Acción Cultural Española that brings together photographs of the nightlife in the main cities of Spain during the first half of the 20th century. A tour of its streets, its taverns, cafes, cinemas or theaters through photographs signed by the great masters of Spanish photojournalism such as Cortés, Marín or Santos Yubero in Madrid, or Torrens, Gaspar or Segarra in Barcelona.
Benito Pérez Galdós. The Truth of Human Nature

Benito Pérez Galdós. The Truth of Human Nature

23 September - 13 December 2020
Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós (Las Palmas, Spain)
The writings of Benito Pérez Galdós (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1843-Madrid, 1920) paint an extraordinary picture in words of Spanish nineteenth-century customs and history. This nineteenth-century novelist, a man imbued with the positivist philosophy, liberalism and anticlericalism of his time, depicted the world he saw and was interested in with a universally acclaimed art. The exhibition surveys the life of the Canary-born writer on the centenary of his death. It is organised chronologically and divided into the four essential periods in his life. The biographical and personal literary content is presented in the cultural, historical and political context of the period. All the components of the show are designed to be educational. Following the basic chronological arrangement of his life and work within the cultural context of the period, it explores several themes: the literary scene, the political environment, his travels around Europe, and the importance of music, the graphic arts and painting in his oeuvre.
50 Photographs with a Story

50 Photographs with a Story

18 September - 22 November 2020
Alcobendas (Madrid, España)
#50FotosConHistoriaExpo |  is an exhibition that surveys the history of photography in Spain over the past eight years. It shows the history behind fifty or so pictures to provide viewers with a better grasp of the essence of the work and the photographer, as well as their importance in the evolution of this discipline. They represent fifty different gazes full of nuances: documentary photographs, portraits, photojournalism, street photography and artistic photographs come together in ‘50 Photographs with a Story’.  The writer Eduardo Galeano stated that human beings are not made up of atoms but of stories. And if storytelling is the basis of our memory and all our desires, it is also, by extension, the basis of photographic language. Photography is therefore not a universal language: photographers each use a tool – the camera – to shape their own voice, their own search, their own dialogue with the observer. And at the centre of this dialogue there is always an underlying story, which can be related to the historical context, to the technique or to the people in the photograph, but always to the photographer’s gaze. 
Delibes

Delibes

17 September - 15 November 2020
Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
#ExpoDelibes | In 2020 takes place the centenary of Miguel Delibes Setién. Acción Cultural Española together with the National Library of Spain organize this exhibition to tribute this great writer and to claim his work and figure. Miguel Delibes Setién (October 17, 1920 - March 12, 2010), a Spanish novelist, journalist and newspaper editor but also a Professor of Commercial Law, passionate about hunting and the countryside ... and one of the most admired and original voices of Spanish literature of the second half of the 20th century. Therefore, these were common themes in his writing, and he often wrote from the perspective of a city-dweller who had not lost touch with the rural world. He was one of the leading figures of post-Civil War Spanish literature, winning numerous literary prizes. Several of his works have been adapted into plays or have been turned into films, winning awards at the Cannes Film Festival among others. He has been ranked with Heinrich Böll and Graham Greene as one of the most prominent Catholic writers of the second half of the twentieth century. → Listen to the exhibition audios ►:  En estos audios José Sacristán pone su voz a varios textos escogidos de las obras fundamentales de Delibes: → "Cinco horas con Mario" - Listen ► → "El camino" - Listen ► → "El hereje" - Listen ► → "Las guerras de nuestros antepasados" - Listen ► → "Las ratas" - Listen ► → "Los santos inocentes" - Listen ► → "El príncipe destronado" - Listen ► More info >
11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

05 September - 01 November 2020
Berlin Biennale (Berlín, Germany)
The 11th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art takes place at various venues in Berlin and has appointed collaborating curators María Berríos, Renata Cervetto, Lisette Lagnado, and Agustín Pérez Rubio. The members of this intergenerational, female identified team of South-American curators come together in a four-voice constellation. The curators envision this edition of the Berlin Biennale as a series of lived experiences that evolve as a process. It begins with three sequential moments, exp. 1, exp. 2, and exp. 3, unfolding from September 2019 to May 2020, which attempt to learn from and build sustainable relations, not only with participating artists and projects, but as importantly with the city and people of Berlin. The starting point is the immediate surroundings of the ExRotaprint complex in the neighborhood of Wedding. Nothing is complete; things are expected to move and be transformed. In September 2020, the 11th Berlin Biennale will bring forth these experiences in different venues throughout the city. Acción Cultural Española supports the participation of the Spanish creators invited to participate in the Biennial: El Palomar, Andrés Fernández, Sandra Gamarra, La rare troupé y Azucena Vieites. The Berlin Biennale takes place every two years at varying locations in Berlin and is defined by the differing concepts of its renowned curators. It promotes experimental formats and provides the appointed curators the space and freedom to present the latest relevant and challenging positions independent of the art market and collection interests. Participation in the exhibition has contributed to numerous young artists achieving international status.
Enrique Gil: a romantic in the construction of Europe

Enrique Gil: a romantic in the construction of Europe

02 September - 30 October 2020
Archivo Histórico Nacional de Madrid (Madrid, Spain)
During this year 2020, the European Parliament and the Enrique Gil and Carrasco Library organize, with the support of AC/E, an exhibition on the life and work of the poet, journalist and diplomat Enrique Gil, in which he emphasizes his clear Europeanist vocation. The Leon writer Enrique Gil y Carrasco was one of the most prominent Spanish diplomats in Europe, and perhaps the first to study in depth the Prussian customs union, the Zollverein, a direct antecedent of the European trade treaties and the current European Union.
Gadea Burgaz - Artistic Residence at WIELS 2020

Gadea Burgaz - Artistic Residence at WIELS 2020

06 July - 21 December 2020
Wiels Contemporary Art Centre (Bruselas, Belgium)
The Spanish artist Gadea Burgaz has been unanimously selected by the Jury who has highlighted the quality - in content and in form - of her proposal, her passion and conviction, and the formidable potential offered by her diverse and varied artistic practice. Gadea Burgaz will be able to develop her residence for 6 months in Wiels (Brussels), from July to December 2020.  In response to the call published on October 26, 2019, 47 applications were received from artists of Spanish nationality and / or residents in Spain, of which this are the artists retained for a final evaluation: 1. Gadea Burgaz; 2. Jorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas; 3. Mercedes Mangrané. The residency programme organized by WIELS forms a key part of the overall programme of this prestigious center of Brussels and an international laboratory for emerging artists from all over the world. AC/E collaborates every year supporting the call for a Spanish artist. WIELS provides a unique workspace for artists, in which they can continue their work, as well as participate in current debates and research on contemporary art practices. For six months, residents are offered an individual workspace (+/- 45 m2)and a framework designed to facilitate a durable exchange of ideas with the artistic and cultural life of Brussels. OPEN CALL Artists over 21 years of age, not students, of Spanish nationality or residents in Spain can participate. They must have contributed to the Spanish art scene in recent years. Candidates can work with any medium, but they must have developed at least two years of professional career and participated in several exhibitions. The residence is especially focused on emerging artists and those who, with a long professional career, are interested in reorienting their creative process or carrying out a research or a new project with respect to those they have developed so far. The application documents must be sent in .PDF format to residency@wiels.org before 23:59 hours on March 31, 2020.   The final decision will be communicated, before April 25, through the website www.accioncultural.es and to the person personally selected at the email address you provided. > Conditions and application form (Spanish, PDF) > Conditions and application form (Spanish, download WORD format)
World Online School Chess Tournament. Expo Dubai 2020

World Online School Chess Tournament. Expo Dubai 2020

01 July - 12 November 2020
Call for Entry
► Competitions: From 16 November 2020 ► Registration period: Until 12 November 2020. ► For more information about rules and entry forms: → Download dossier ► Registration: https://inscripcion.expospain2020.com/ ► More info: infochess@expospain2020.es | expo@chess24.com​ ► Ver vídeo (castellano) ► Watch video (English) Chess is a universal game (191 countries in the International Chess Federation) that goes back over a thousand years. It came to Europe through the Arabs, who in the 8th century brought it to the Iberian Peninsula. The chess that is played throughout the world today was created in Spain at the end of the 15th century, when the queen became the most powerful piece. From there it spread to western Europe and the Americas. Its common language allows people to communicate regardless of race, language, religion, age or gender. The Spain Pavilion in Expo Dubai 2020, in line with the theme of this universal exposition of "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" invites all member countries to participate in an event that aims to "increase intelligence for life" and expand awareness of the potential of chess as a key educational tool, as supported by sound scientific studies. Given the unanimous opinion that education is the best tool for ensuring an intelligent future, what better than a game that consists of thinking and developing many different values? Moreover, there are also very reliable studies that consider chess the best mental gymnastics for delaying or preventing the ageing of the brain and Alzheimer's. Event organization and schedule The event we propose is unprecedented in the world of chess in terms of the potential participants involved, as it is open to all the countries (almost 200) that will participate in Expo Dubai 2020. Combined with its duration, this scope will make the competition a global model for interconnected chess via the Internet. 2.1. Age range of the school participants Any player born after  31 December 2003 can participate (any category up to Sub16 inclusive). 2.2. Participation in the Tournament All interested schools may enter, provided that they have the minimum technological requirements for participating in the competition (details below). Countries participating in Expo 2020 are asked for their support in publicizing the event; and the countries that have a team classified for the finals are asked to help by paying their teams' travel costs to Dubai and giving visibility to the presence of their teams in the Expo. 2.3. Registration and selection of the teams Each educational centre interested in participating must register by a computer application installed on the official Tournament portal. It will have to provide details on its activities related to chess. If there are more than ten applications from a single country, the application will select the ten teams to participate based on the following criteria: five of them on the basis merit (sporting results of their players, introduction of chess into the curriculum or extra-curricular activity in the school, etc.). The other five teams will be selected by lot, with no criteria of merit used. This system provides the opportunity for all the schools to take part, while also stimulating those who have incorporated chess into their activities, or want to increase its importance. When a team classifies classifies for the on-site final, the country will pay the costs of the trip and stay for its teams in Dubai, as well as ensuring the visibility of their presence in the Expo. 2.4. Participants per team Each team will be composed of: 7 first-team players 2 reserves There will also be: one captain; and an adult delegate responsible for the team during the whole competition. Section 3, the Tournament Rules, explains these requirements in more detail. Schools are urged to make their balance between male and female players as equal as possible. 2.5. Speed of the games The games will be played over 20 minutes, with 10 more seconds per move for each of the two players. The time will be controlled by an online chess clock for each game. The average duration of a game will be around 60 minutes. 2.6. Schedule and competition phases The competition will consist of three phases: • A registration period for the countries that are interested: until 12 November 2020. • Online classification phase: from 16 November 2020. • Knock-out rounds in 2020, taking into account the school calendar. The finalists will be decided in 2021. • The on-site final phase will take place in Dubai. 2.7. Number of teams in the on-site final phase in Dubai The number of teams that will reach the final phase in Dubai will be a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 12. They will have passed the elimination phases, with a total of 90-108 young people, depending on the number of teams that reach the final. 2.8. Technological requirements for entry To ensure the competition operates correctly, the participating schools will have to guarantee that the teams entered have access to certain minimum technological resources, as follows: > Fast fibre-optic or ADSL connection. > Computers with one of the latest Windows operating systems (Windows 8 or 10) >Ability to communicate with those responsible in the competition administration via email/ Skype/WhatsApp on the days when each team is playing.
Alvaro Urbano: The Awakening

Alvaro Urbano: The Awakening

01 July 2020 - 10 January 2021
La Casa Encendida (Madrid, Spain)
In this exhibition in one scene, artist Alvaro Urbano (Madrid, 1983) uses as a case study the celebrated Hexagon Pavilion, designed by architects José Antonio Corrales and Ramón Vázquez Molezún. The building, now languishing in a ruinous state in Madrid’s Casa de Campo park, was first presented as the Spanish Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair and is considered an important example of modern Spanish architecture. After years of abandonment, it is hard to believe what it once was and what it contained. Here—where the architecture and vegetation seem to be frozen in time, where the building itself holds a pictorial and sonic landscape that speaks of the past experiences lived within its walls, and where a pair of raccoons intermittently dwells—an endless twilight bathes the space in color and brings it to life. Like an unscripted film that captures daily existence, The Awakening constructs a parallel life for an exhausted building in order to revive seemingly dormant histories. Curator: José Esparza Chong Cuy
Insurrecta

Insurrecta

29 June 2020 - 23 April 2021
Street exhibition (Segovia, España)
#InsurrectaBorondoSG | This project by the artist Gonzalo Borondo, organized by the Segovia City Council in collaboration with Acción Cultural Española, is part of the activities that the City Council carries out in commemoration of the V centenary of the Comuneros revolt. Insurrecta aims to generate a freely accessible urban route, using the billboards of the entire city of Segovia as a support, which turn the city into an open-air museum. Borondo conceives the project as a cultural initiative available to citizens, extolling the value of the natural landscape and placing the "NoLugares" on the tourist plane. The 32 works, spread over 17 locations, are divided into 5 chapters, suggestively spinning historical events with a personal and critical reading of the artist towards contemporary times. Gonzalo Borondo (1989) Borondo returns to Segovia, the city that saw him grow, at the end of 2019, after a fruitful professional career developed outside of Spain, which has led him to exhibit in museums, festivals and other institutions around the world. His projection of contemporary art in public spaces tries to break down the barriers between art and life, questioning the limits of the cultural heritage of the context, while paying him a respectful tribute. Borondo's work is the result of a powerful dialogue between his art and the spaces in which it is located. His most recent projects include the intervention in the Temple of Chartrons, in Bordeaux, within the framework of the Liberté! 2019, his interventions at the Contemporary Museum of Rome (2018-2019), at the Musiques Interdites Festival in Marseille, in Berlin (Urban Nation Contemporary Art Museum), and at the Altrove Festival (Italy), among many others. He has starred in solo exhibitions in Madrid, Paris and London and has murals in Kiev, London or Las Vegas.
Artistic residency at Rijksakademie 2020-2021

Artistic residency at Rijksakademie 2020-2021

01 January 2020 - 31 December 2021
Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten (Ámsterdam, Netherlands)
AC/E  supports the participation of Spanish artists Marc Roig Blesa and Claudia Pagès Rabal selected by the Rijksakademie to enjoy a two-year residence (January 2020 - December 2021) in their facilities. The Rijksakademie offers residencies to around fifty artists (for one year, with year extension) with the goal of providing space for research, experiment and production. Apart from facilities such as a studio, work budget and stipend, there is a research and production infrastructure. There is no standard program, predominant style or ideology. The Rijksakademie provides time, people and possibilities.
CELA #2. 2019-2023

CELA #2. 2019-2023

01 September 2019 - 30 September 2023
Varias giras europeas ()
This second edition of CELA (Connecting Emerging Literaty Artists) brings together eleven European cultural institutions from ten different countries and has, once again, the support and funding of the European Union through the Creative Europe programme. AC/E supports the Spanish partner Escuela de Escritores, which in September 2019 selected the three young writers and nine translators who form the Spanish representation in this second edition of the programme. The second edition of CELA, which runs between 2019 and 2023, allows 30 writers, 80 translators and 6 professionals from the world of editing to access a training, editing and promotion program in which some of the best writing schools participate of the continent (the Scuola Holden of Turin, School of Writers), literary festivals (Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe (Krakow, Poland) and cultural companies led by the Dutch literary producer Wintertuin (Nijmegen, Netherlands), Huis deBuren and Passa Porta (Brussels, Belgium), Goga (Novo Mesto, Slovenia), the Association of Publishers of Romania (Bucharest, Romania), the Czech Literary Center (Prague, Czech Republic), the Municipal Chamber of Óbidos (Óbidos, Portugal) and the KROKODIL Association (Belgrade , Serbia). For more info>  
Centenary of the Death of Benito Pérez Galdós (1820 - 1920)

Centenary of the Death of Benito Pérez Galdós (1820 - 1920)

01 February 2019 - 31 December 2020
IN 2020 we celebrate Benito Pérez Galdós, (1843, Las Palmas—1920, Madrid), a writer who was regarded as the greatest Spanish novelist since Miguel de Cervantes. His enormous output of short novels chronicling the history and society of 19th-century Spain earned him comparison with Honoré de Balzac and Charles Dickens. Born into a middle-class family, Pérez Galdós went to Madrid in 1862 to study law but soon abandoned his studies and took up journalism. After the success of his first novel, La Fontana de Oro (1870; “The Fountain of Gold”), he began a series of novels retelling Spain’s history from the Battle of Trafalgar (1805) to the restoration of the Bourbons in Spain (1874). The entire cycle of 46 novels would come to be known as the Episodios Nacionales (1873–1912; “National Episodes”). In these works Galdós perfected a unique type of historical fiction that was based on meticulous research using memoirs, old newspaper articles, and eyewitness accounts. The resulting novels are vivid, realistic, and accurate accounts of historical events as they must have appeared to those participating in them. The Napoleonic occupation of Spain and the struggles between liberals and absolutists preceding the death of Ferdinand VII in 1833 are respectively treated in the first two series of 10 novels each, all composed in the 1870s. In the 1880s and ’90s Pérez Galdós wrote a long series of novels dealing with contemporary Spain, beginning with Doña Perfecta (1876). Known as the Novelas españolas contemporáneas (“Contemporary Spanish Novels”), these books were written at the height of the author’s literary maturity and include some of his finest works, notably La desheredada (1881; The Disinherited Lady) and his masterpiece, the four-volume novel Fortunata y Jacinta (1886–87), a study of two unhappily married women from different social classes. Pérez Galdós’ earlier novels in the series show a reforming liberal zeal and an intransigent opposition to Spain’s ubiquitous and powerful clergy, but after the 1880s he displayed a newly tolerant acceptance of Spain’s idiosyncracies and a greater sympathy for his country. He demonstrated a phenomenal knowledge of Madrid, of which he showed himself the supreme chronicler. He also displayed a deep understanding of madness and abnormal psychological states. Pérez Galdós gradually came to admit more elements of spirituality into his work, eventually accepting them as an integral part of reality, as evident in the important late novels Nazarín (1895) and Misericordia (1897; Compassion).
Seal of Quality for Bookstores

Seal of Quality for Bookstores

2019 - 2021
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Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) collaborates with the Chambers of the Book and the Spanish Confederation of Booksellers' Associations (Cegal) in this project launched by the Ministry of Culture and Sports in 2016 that provides bookstores with a Seal quality. It is an initiative that aims to help reactivate the retail channel and provide a professional structure for bookstores to meet the demands of quality and cultural reference demanded by Spanish society. The aim of this Seal of Quality is to consolidate bookstores as spaces for meeting, reflection and discussion in the communities in which they are located, through their conversion into cultural and social spaces; to promote the diversity of bibliographic heritage through the protection of a network of bookstores that offer both fast-track books and books in the background. An initiative that also establishes a mechanism to improve the economic situation of bookstores and encourage them to continue introducing improvements in customer service while expanding their cultural offer.  
Spain Pavilion at Dubai 2020

Spain Pavilion at Dubai 2020

20 October 0001 - 31 March 2022
Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first global event held in the Middle East. Spain will be one of the leading participants at the event, which will bring together over 200 countries and international organisations in a convergence of innovation, business and culture. →Tender competitions for the Spanish Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020 > OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE SPAIN PAVILIO FOR EXPO DUBAI 2020: https://www.expospain2020.com Connecting minds, creating the future is the theme of Expo 2o2o Dubai, a global event to showcase Spain Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) is the SOE in charge of managing Spain’s presence in world and international expos. The Spain Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai, designed by Amman-Cánovas-Maruri (Temperaturas Extremas Arquitectos S.L.P., will be a meeting and reception space available to all companies and institutions seeking to boost their presence and visibility. The concept “Intelligence for life” will be the underlying theme for showing the talent and vitality of Spanish companies so that ideas and knowledge can be shared and a vision for the future built. World Online School Chess Tournament. Expo Dubai 2020 The Spain Pavilion in Expo Dubai 2020, in line with the theme of this universal exposition of "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" invites all member countries to participate in an event that aims to "increase intelligence for life" and expand awareness of the potential of chess as a key educational tool, as supported by sound scientific studies.​ More info → Excellent visibility for companiess For six months, Expo 2020 Dubai will be the point of convergence for the global community, a splendid opportunity to showcase the most creative image of Spain and its business landscape. More than 25 million people are expected to arrive, of which 70% are international visitors. The time of year in which the event will take place and the strategic location of the emirate guarantee a high turnout from professional visitors and extraordinary visibility for Spanish business collaborators.  An event of exceptional public interest The Spain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is considered to be an event of exceptional public interest. This declaration promotes the participation of the private sector and offers collaborating companies significant incentives stemming from article 27 of the law on the fiscal regime governing non-profit organisations and tax breaks for patronage (49/2002 of 23 December). Connecting minds, creating the future The general slogan is divided into three major areas: opportunity, mobility and sustainability. The challenges of humanity require innovative solutions in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). → The Expo is located in an area that is at its economic height and home to an airport, free trade zone and investment parks. → The location facilitates logistical and operational efficiency for participants as well as international visibility with maximum security measures. → The venue can accommodate the arrival and access of 60,000 visitors during peak hours.  → Al Wasl Square is the centre of the venue, a symbolic yet functional space where three districts converge.  → In addition to the pavilions, it houses indoor and outdoor spaces with capacities ranging from 120 to 15,000 people. → Once the Expo is over, the venue will be reconverted into the city’s District 2020, which will be comprised of green and residential zones with flexible and collaborative work spaces. Dossier "Become a Sponsor"↓ An opportunity for Spanish companies Expo Dubai in numbers 25 M visitors 70 % international visitors 200 Hectares of the Expo venue + 200 restaurants + 200 Participants (countries, corporations, multinational organisations and academic institutions) 12 Lineal kilometres of shade 60 Live shows every day 3000.000 maximum visitors capacity From 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021 from 10am to 2am. Pavilions will remain open until 10pm. Strategic location of the Spain Pavilion Thanks to its location, it can attract a large volume of visitors. Over 2.5 million people are expected to visit the Spain Pavilion in 173 days. The building Iconic force, sustainability and design in 6,000m2. The square is covered by impressive cones whose function is to cool down the public space. Based on the principles of a circular economy, the project plans to give the building a second life by reusing the venue or some of its components. Spatial organisation • The square offers various interconnected spaces, covered by the cones. • The atrium connects the square with the belowground level and houses a large artistic installation. • The below-ground level houses the theatre and the exhibition gallery. Visitor pathway Slogan: Spain, Intelligence for life The slogan sums up the priority communication objectives of the Pavilion: our resourcefulness, capacity for innovation and our drive to preserve a good quality of life on the planet, for us and future generations. The Pavilion will present and represent Spain at the Expo, a privileged event for boosting the country’s brand and a unique platform for scientific, technological, business and cultural diplomacy. The visit to the Spain Pavilion must be an unforgettable experience for visitors and a display for the capabilities and contributions of our creative and productive landscape. SOCIAL NETWORKS Twitter: @ExpoSpain2020 ​Instagram: @ExpoSpain2020 Facebook: @ExpoSpain2020 Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXo6bWrgm7rWjuaDlIHE2Yw/featured Hashtags: #ExpoSpain202 #Expo2020   TAKE NOTE! ↓ Expo Dubai 2020 launches the dissemination, innovation and financing programs 'Global Best Practice' and 'Expo Live': ®'Global Best Practice'  ®'Expo Live'   Expo 2020 is a business opportunity for Spanish companies. Expo Dubai 2020 has set up a system of registration of suppliers open for all contracts. The web page enabled for the registration of companies and professionals interested in being service providers is https://esource.expo2020dubai.ae/ Only registered companies may participate in the contracting and bidding processes. More info > The organizers of Expo 2020 are committed to transparency and good governance to address the issue of tenders related to the Expo itself. Therefore, they have launched a shopping portal (https://esource.expo2020dubai.ae)  where companies of any size and even individuals can register regardless of which country they are established in. From this portal, users can access the different opportunities as they are published and submit their proposals. → See all tender competitions for the Spain Pavilion at Expo Dubai 2020 (in Spanish) p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica}