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Alma Tierra

Alma Tierra

27 November 2020 - 28 February 2021
Museo Barjola (Gijón, Spain)
“A JOURNEY TO THE INNER SPAIN. THE DEMOGRAPHIC QUESTION: MEMORY AND OBLIVION. ” ALMA TIERRA is the result of a photographic journey that has led José Manuel Navia to explore several territories especially significant to show the demographic crisis in the inland Spain. The project is an Acción Cultural Española production that takes the form of an itinerant photography exhibition and a co-edited book with Ediciones Anómalas, with texts by Julio Llamazares. A lyrical and visual tour of that “dying world”, as Miguel Delibes called it, an inland Spain that, although hit hardly, resists to disappear completely.
Centenary of the Pau Casals Orchestra 1920-2020

Centenary of the Pau Casals Orchestra 1920-2020

01 December 2020 - 18 July 2021
Museu Pau Casals (Sant Salvador, Tarragona, Spain)
On October 13, 2020, the centenary of the first concert of the Pau Casals Orchestra at the Palau de la Música Catalana is commemorated, a project that Pablo Casals promoted and created in 1919 and that, as the musician himself recognized, was one of the most challenging fruitful of his artistic and professional life. The Pau Casals Foundation in collaboration with the Museu de la Música de Barcelona and Acción Cultural Española celebrates this centenary with an exhibition dedicated to the history of the Pau Casals Orchestra that will take place simultaneously at the Museu de la Música (Barcelona) and in the Museu Pau Casals (El Vendrell), setting up two complementary exhibitions that will give a global vision of Pau Casals as a musician and conductor.
World Online School Chess Tournament. Expo Dubai 2020

World Online School Chess Tournament. Expo Dubai 2020

10 Dec 2020
Fases eliminatorias online ()
► Competitions: From December 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. 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.
Congress: 21. One year, two commemorations, various Histories of America, 1521-1821

Congress: 21. One year, two commemorations, various Histories of America, 1521-1821

14 December - 18 December 2020
Jornadas virtuales ()
The Virtual International Congress "21. One year, two commemorations, diverse Histories of America, 1521-1821" is held virtually between December 14 and 18, 2020 to reflect on various commemorations that take place in 2021 in America, such as the conquest of Mexico by Hernán Cortés in 1521 with the fall of Tenochtitlan and the independence of Mexico, Central America and Peru in 1821. The objective of the Congress is to promote the participation of Spanish, European and Latin American researchers. At the end of the congress, two books will be published with all the papers presented. The congress is made up of three symposia that will deal with the following topics: Conquest and Colonization Revolutions and independences History and visual culture  
Concepción Arenal. The humanistic passion

Concepción Arenal. The humanistic passion

15 December 2020 - 04 April 2021
Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
Concepción Arenal Ponce (Ferrol, January 31, 1820) is a Spanish thinker, journalist, poet and dramatic author, as well as a pioneer of Spanish feminism. Considered the precursor of Social Work in Spain, throughout her life and work she denounced the situation of prisons for men and women, the misery in health homes or beggars and the condition of women in the 19th century, in the line of nineteenth-century female suffragettes. Every form of social injustice was described, denounced and analyzed by Arenal through La Voz de la Caridad, a unique publication in its specialty and a European reference. But what is relevant is that behind Arenal's action there was a solid philosophical thought that has been almost completely ignored. Therefore, the first goal of the exhibition is to highlight the figure of this great thinker unknown to the Spanish public. Make both the person and her contributions close. Make Arenal see as a woman moved by an intense passion to know, to understand and to contribute to the improvement of her world. Passionate in her affections and disaffections, she was distant in conventional relationships, but warm with her own and compassionate with the most disadvantaged. This approach requires introducing the viewer to the environments in which she lived and, as far as possible, to the joys, sorrows, learnings, achievements and frustrations that they meant for her. The exhibition through visual, installation and audiovisual resources allows the viewer to bring her life, her vicissitudes, her values and her searches closer to the viewer. The exhibition is structured in eight biographical spaces (Ferrol, Armano, Madrid, Potes, Coruña, Madrid, Gijón, Vigo) in which she lived, thought, wrote, loved and repaired texts, manuscripts, objects and images linked to her life. Four other thematic spaces are articulated with these, or shown in parallel (loves and heartbreaks; models and values; Who am I? Portraits; Concepción Arenal activist, its causes). Parallel to this biographical tour, images of the Spain of the time are shown, which contextualize the experiences and activities of Arenal.
Delibes

Delibes

Dic 2020 - Abr 2021
Sala Municipal de Exposiciones del Museo de la Pasión (Valladolid, 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 >
Azaña: Intellectual and statesman. Eighty years after his death in exile

Azaña: Intellectual and statesman. Eighty years after his death in exile

17 December 2020 - 21 March 2021
Biblioteca Nacional de España (Madrid, Spain)
#AzañaExpo | Manuel Azaña Díez (Alcalá de Henares, January 10, 1880-Montauban, November 3, 1940) is one of the most relevant figures in the contemporary history of Spain, both admired and reviled. He was a politician, writer and journalist, president of the Council of Ministers (1931-1933) and president of the Second Republic (1936-1939). He had a prominent role at the Madrid Athenaeum, of which he was Secretary and President. He collaborated in different newspapers, edited the magazine España and founded La Pluma. He received the National Literature Prize in 1926 for a work on Juan Valera and was a notable translator from English and French. In his political dimension, Azaña is one of the main promoters of the arrival of the Republic in April 1931. The great debates of the period have his outstanding, and sometimes controversial, intervention: the Statute of Catalonia, the Agrarian Reform, the issue religious or women's vote. Not surprisingly, the Republic was identified with Azaña and Azaña with the Republic and was blamed for the outcome of the Civil War, if not its very beginning. The Exhibition aims to provide a complete image of Manuel Azaña, in its triple dimension: human, intellectual and political, underlining, in addition to his work as Minister, Head of Government and President of the Republic, his status as a prestigious intellectual, as well as the harsh conditions of his exile, which ended with his death in the French city of Montauban, where his memory is still present eighty years later. Following a chronological sequence that allows us to understand his career in different periods: his childhood and youth in Alcalá, his subsequent development in Madrid, the exhibition delves into three crucial stages in the history of Spain: the Second Republic, the Civil War and Exile. . About two hundred works from both the BNE and other Spanish and foreign institutions will be exhibited in the exhibition. For this commemoration, very little known photographs and videos have been rescued, which allow us to get closer not only to the figure and the work of Azaña, but also to the memory of his time.
Do you paint or draw? A survey of art through comics

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

18 December 2020 - 21 February 2021
Salón del Cómic (Zaragoza, España)
#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.
Programme for the Internationalization of contemporary Spanish theater authors in the United Kingdom 2020

Programme for the Internationalization of contemporary Spanish theater authors in the United Kingdom 2020

Postponed
Cervantes Theatre London (Londres, United Kingdom)
The new Dramaturgy is experiencing a moment of creative and productive expansion. The Spanish Theater Company organizes in London (United Kingdom), with the support of AC/E, a program of productions and dramatized readings by Spanish authors, from classics to contemporary masterpieces. The program is developed through several consolidated cycles and a new one: the IV Cycle of New Spanish Dramaturgy, III Cycle of Spanish Contemporary Theater, II Cycle of approach to the Spanish Golden Age and the I Cycle 'Learning from our masters'. The Cervantes Theater is a showcase that shows the best of Spanish-language theater in London. The 2020 program reflects the moment we are experiencing, a moment that demands flexibility, listening, generosity and a change of “scenario”. They have prepared a new format that will be accessible via the Internet from anywhere in the world, in English and Spanish. IV CYCLE OF NEW SPANISH DRAMATURGY 1.- Tenant (Numancia 9, 2nd) by Paco Gámez, translated by Tim Gutteridge (September 17, 2020) 2.- El paseo de Joe Strummer by Juan Alberto Salvatierra, translated by L. Finch (September 24, 2020) 3.- Taxi Girl by María Velasco translated by Jessica Rainey (October 1, 2020) 4.- The joy of Marilia Samper, translated by Steven Capsuto (October 22, 2020) III CYCLE OF CONTEMPORARY SPANISH THEATER 5.- The minute of the clown by José Ramón Fernández, translated by Puerto Baker (October 8, 2020) 6.- Atra Bilis by Laila Ripoll, translated by Clare Nimmo (November 5, 2020) 7.- The role to be done by Miguel del Arco, translated by Simon Breden (November 12, 2020) 8.- La Tenderness by Alfredo Sanzol, translated by Simon Breden (Postponed) II CYCLE APPROACH TO THE CENTURY OF SPANISH GOLD 9.- Nando López's amorous disappointments on texts by María de Zayas translated by Catherine Boyle (Posponed) I CYCLE LEARNING FROM OUR CLASSICS 10.- The Public of Lorca (Postponed)
Graphic novel residence at the Maison des Auteurs Angouleme 2021

Graphic novel residence at the Maison des Auteurs Angouleme 2021

Enero - Junio 2021
Maison des Auteurs (Angoulême, France)
Alejandro Galindo is the illustrator selected by the jury for this residency with the project "The time of the plants." Organized by Acción Cultural Española (AC / E) and the Cité internationale de la bande dessinée et de l'image, with the collaboration of the French Embassy in Spain, the residency can take place at La Maison des Auteurs de Angoulême (France) between January and June 2021. Alejandro Galindo has illustrated children's and youth books with publishers such as Galimatazo, OQO, Thierry Magnier, Ocean Editions, Edebé, Oxford University Press and Arte Público Press, among others. Occasionally he gives illustration workshops for children together with the writer Emmanuel Bourdier. (European School of Brussels, 2020) He has won the Murcia-Joven Award for the best comic strip (1991), the Apel-les Mestres Award together with the writer Marisa López Soria (2014), the Illustration Award from the Sharjah International Book Fair, UEA (2017) and the Astiberri Comic Prize - Cabildo Gran Canaria, Spain (2018).   This was the ANNOUNCEMENT Submission of applications: until September 7, 2020. Results: 19  November 2020 Conditions to be eligible for residence: All those individuals with the ability to act, over 18 years of age and with Spanish nationality or in possession of the N.I.E. (Foreign Identity Number, granted by the Ministry of the Interior of Spain). The candidate must have an accredited career as a graphic creator and may not have already been the beneficiary of a residence at the Maison des Auteurs de Angoulême. Endowment. The selected resident will have: Travel from the city of residence in Spain to Angoulême and return (train tickets or economy class plane). Accommodation in the center of Angoulême (electricity, gas and water expenses on behalf of the residents) Availability of a workshop (personal or collective) equipped with graphic creation material at the Maison des Auteurs (The House of Authors) in Angoulême. An amount of 1,000 euros per month destined to cover their living expenses, local transportation, water, gas and electricity consumption. The eventual expenses of material or transport of works will be borne by those selected. Residence dates: January - June 2021. Requirements: To assess the awarding of aid, candidates must submit: - Request form> - A graphic novel book project, narrative in nature with an approximate timeline for completion. - Description of the project to be worked on in the residence, with a maximum length of 10,000 characters, accompanied by drawings, sketches, designs. - Three consecutive and complete pages of the project (presentation of the dossier on computer support). - Curriculum vitae, attaching some of his most representative works. - A letter of motivation. - Affidavit that the candidate is the sole author of the works presented. - Interested persons should send their application to the following email address: residenciasliteratura@accioncultural.es including in the subject: Graphic Novel Residence. In the case of heavy files (greater than 3 MB), they must be sent through the Wetransfer.com platform or similar. All applications that exceed 3MB and are not received through one of these platforms, will be rejected and will not be taken into account for the selection that is the subject of this call. Selection: A jury called by AC/E will pre-select among all the applications received. Subsequently, the jury of La Maison des Auteurs de Angoulême will select the final candidate from this shortlist and will formalize the residence conditions directly with the chosen one. The jury's decision will be final.
Programme for the Internationalization of contemporary Spanish theater authors in the United Kingdom 2020

Programme for the Internationalization of contemporary Spanish theater authors in the United Kingdom 2020

Postponed
Cervantes Theatre London (Londres, United Kingdom)
The new Dramaturgy is experiencing a moment of creative and productive expansion. The Spanish Theater Company organizes in London (United Kingdom), with the support of AC/E, a program of productions and dramatized readings by Spanish authors, from classics to contemporary masterpieces. The program is developed through several consolidated cycles and a new one: the IV Cycle of New Spanish Dramaturgy, III Cycle of Spanish Contemporary Theater, II Cycle of approach to the Spanish Golden Age and the I Cycle 'Learning from our masters'. The Cervantes Theater is a showcase that shows the best of Spanish-language theater in London. The 2020 program reflects the moment we are experiencing, a moment that demands flexibility, listening, generosity and a change of “scenario”. They have prepared a new format that will be accessible via the Internet from anywhere in the world, in English and Spanish. IV CYCLE OF NEW SPANISH DRAMATURGY 1.- Tenant (Numancia 9, 2nd) by Paco Gámez, translated by Tim Gutteridge (September 17, 2020) 2.- El paseo de Joe Strummer by Juan Alberto Salvatierra, translated by L. Finch (September 24, 2020) 3.- Taxi Girl by María Velasco translated by Jessica Rainey (October 1, 2020) 4.- The joy of Marilia Samper, translated by Steven Capsuto (October 22, 2020) III CYCLE OF CONTEMPORARY SPANISH THEATER 5.- The minute of the clown by José Ramón Fernández, translated by Puerto Baker (October 8, 2020) 6.- Atra Bilis by Laila Ripoll, translated by Clare Nimmo (November 5, 2020) 7.- The role to be done by Miguel del Arco, translated by Simon Breden (November 12, 2020) 8.- La Tenderness by Alfredo Sanzol, translated by Simon Breden (Postponed) II CYCLE APPROACH TO THE CENTURY OF SPANISH GOLD 9.- Nando López's amorous disappointments on texts by María de Zayas translated by Catherine Boyle (Posponed) I CYCLE LEARNING FROM OUR CLASSICS 10.- The Public of Lorca (Postponed)
Residency at LIFT 2021

Residency at LIFT 2021

15 January - 15 March 2021
LIFT, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (Toronto, Canada)
S8) Mostra de Cinema Periférico and Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) organize this residency with the aim of continuing a line of work that seeks to open new paths for emerging creators, facilitating the creation of exchange ties with an institution of international relevance as LIFT-Liaison of Independent Filmmakers. All those people born or resident in Spain, with an accredited artistic career, who wish to carry out an audiovisual project in analog format (35mm, 16mm, Super 16mm, 8mm or Super 8mm) may participate in the call. The duration of the residency will be between 4 and 6 uninterrupted weeks to choose between mid-January and March 2021 and will be subject to the availability of the LIFT facilities in Toronto. OPEN CALL Deadline: until 23:59 (GMT + 1) on November 26, 2020. Beneficiary Publication: December 2020.​ See conditions >
2nd Call for AC/E Grants for Translation of Literary Works 2020

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

27 January 2021
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.
Programme for the Internationalization of contemporary Spanish theater authors in the United Kingdom 2020

Programme for the Internationalization of contemporary Spanish theater authors in the United Kingdom 2020

Postponed
Cervantes Theatre London (Londres, United Kingdom)
The new Dramaturgy is experiencing a moment of creative and productive expansion. The Spanish Theater Company organizes in London (United Kingdom), with the support of AC/E, a program of productions and dramatized readings by Spanish authors, from classics to contemporary masterpieces. The program is developed through several consolidated cycles and a new one: the IV Cycle of New Spanish Dramaturgy, III Cycle of Spanish Contemporary Theater, II Cycle of approach to the Spanish Golden Age and the I Cycle 'Learning from our masters'. The Cervantes Theater is a showcase that shows the best of Spanish-language theater in London. The 2020 program reflects the moment we are experiencing, a moment that demands flexibility, listening, generosity and a change of “scenario”. They have prepared a new format that will be accessible via the Internet from anywhere in the world, in English and Spanish. IV CYCLE OF NEW SPANISH DRAMATURGY 1.- Tenant (Numancia 9, 2nd) by Paco Gámez, translated by Tim Gutteridge (September 17, 2020) 2.- El paseo de Joe Strummer by Juan Alberto Salvatierra, translated by L. Finch (September 24, 2020) 3.- Taxi Girl by María Velasco translated by Jessica Rainey (October 1, 2020) 4.- The joy of Marilia Samper, translated by Steven Capsuto (October 22, 2020) III CYCLE OF CONTEMPORARY SPANISH THEATER 5.- The minute of the clown by José Ramón Fernández, translated by Puerto Baker (October 8, 2020) 6.- Atra Bilis by Laila Ripoll, translated by Clare Nimmo (November 5, 2020) 7.- The role to be done by Miguel del Arco, translated by Simon Breden (November 12, 2020) 8.- La Tenderness by Alfredo Sanzol, translated by Simon Breden (Postponed) II CYCLE APPROACH TO THE CENTURY OF SPANISH GOLD 9.- Nando López's amorous disappointments on texts by María de Zayas translated by Catherine Boyle (Posponed) I CYCLE LEARNING FROM OUR CLASSICS 10.- The Public of Lorca (Postponed)
Benito Pérez Galdós. The Truth of Human Nature

Benito Pérez Galdós. The Truth of Human Nature

30 January - 28 March 2021
IES Canarias Cabrera Pinto (La Laguna, 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.
Nocturnas. While the city sleeps... 1900-1960

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

04 February - 30 May 2021
Castillo de Santa Catalina (Cádiz, España)
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.
Brossa Poetry

Brossa Poetry

Autumn 2020
MUAC. Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo de México (Mexico D.F., Mexico)
Brossa Poetry is a comprehensive survey of the work of this pioneering artist, from his early books to his latest visual investigations, and including his work in the theatre, cinema, music and artistic actions. Joan Brossa (Barcelona, 1919-1998) was first and foremost a poet, but we believe it is necessary to see this in relation to his way of working, his poiesis. This exhibition establishes a dialogue and confronts Brossa’s work with the poetry of artists such as Marcel Marien, Nicanor Parra and Ian Hamilton-Finlay, as well as the poets of Lettrism, visual, concrete, experimental and expanded poetry, and Fluxus. Brossa was a poet, but his works stood at a crossroad of languages. Frequently collaborating with other artists, musicians, filmmakers, dancers, comedians and even magicians, his work constantly went against the grain and beyond the limits between disciplines. Brossa developed his artistic practice in the 1940s in a social-political context marked by Franco’s dictatorship and in a cultural milieu characterised by the absence of avant-garde and innovative proposals. From the beginning, Brossa’s work was one of aesthetic renewal, based on literary and artistic research. Up until his death, his extensive production never ceased to develop new forms of expression and ways of experimenting with different media. In 2011, the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona was made the depository of the Fonds of the Fundació Joan Brossa, which contains the legacy of the artist. The Fonds consists of manuscripts, documents, correspondence and his personal library, among other materials. It is a unique tool for understanding Brossa’s extremely interesting work. The exhibition that MACBA, with the support of Acción Cultural Española, AC/E,  is preparing for 2017 approaches Brossa’s work by reappraising his influence and interrelationship with the practice of other artists. The project brings to the fore the constellations of artists around Brossa, his interrelationship with works he may have been unaware of, but which allow us to establish parallels and seek dialogues and tensions. It also aims to emphasise the performative aspects of Brossa’s poetic practice, his poiesis. Accompanying the exhibition there will be a publication exploring these aspects, realised in collaboration with Roger Bernat, Isabel de Naverán and Maria Salgado. To secularise this great poet is not an easy task and this is the challenge facing this project, half way between Marx and Mallarmé: to give Brossa back his simple and popular voice, the voice of the people, whether they wear a hat or not; the voice of a light bulb, a train ticket, a playing card, a set of handcuffs or confetti. 
Mikel Escobales Castro. Gasworks and AC/E Residency 2021

Mikel Escobales Castro. Gasworks and AC/E Residency 2021

12 April - 18 June 2021
Gasworks (Londres, United Kingdom)
Mikel Escobales Castro is the artist selected for this residency, organized by Gasworks with the support of AC/E, at the headquarters of Gasworks (London) that was originally planned to be held between April 6 and June 22, 2020, it It has been postponed due to COVID-19 to April and September 2021. This opportunity will enable an emerging artist based in the Spain to undertake a fully-funded residency at Gasworks in London from 6 April to 22 June 2020. Gasworks’ residencies are opportunities for self-led professional development, artistic exchange and experimentation. This residency is supported by Accion Cultural Española (AC/E).  -- Application Deadline: Tuesday 29 October 2019 The Residency Comprises: - 24-hour access to a fully accessible studio at Gasworks, alongside other visiting artists and Gasworks’ permanent studio holders. - An Open Studio, or similar public presentations, at Gasworks - Single room accommodation within Gasworks Residencies House (a 3-story house, shared with 3 other artists-in-residence) - Basic living expenses in London (£150 p/week) - Economy return flights from the artist’s home city to London - Travel card (zones 1+2) for unlimited travel within central London for the duration of the residency - Administrative, pastoral and curatorial support from Gasworks (during office hours) For more information about the residency and how to apply, please download the information in the Resources section below. -- Application Procedure We accept digital applications only. Please use the online application form at the bottom of the relevant opportunity page on Gasworks’ website, here. Your application should include the following in ONE PDF file only: 1. An artist's statement describing your practice and areas of interest (up to 250 words) 2. A minimum of 10 images of recent work, with captions and a short description if necessary. 3. A CV/Resume 4. A simple statement outlining your plans, if you were to be offered the residency, which could include a short description of a research project specific to the context of London or your residency at Gasworks (up to 250 words). This proposal does not have to be definitive and can change during the course of the residency. 5. Any relevant documentation (e.g. articles or papers about work, exhibitions, publications, etc) 6. A cover sheet with name, contact address, e-mail and telephone numbers if available, plus confirmation that you will be available from 6 April to 22 June 2020, if selected.  Applications that do not follow this format will not be considered.  Please note that there is a 10MB limit on pdf submissions. If your file is not in pdf format or is over 10MB you will not be able to submit it.  
Enrique Gil: a romantic in the construction of Europe

Enrique Gil: a romantic in the construction of Europe

Oct 2020
European Parliament (Bruselas, Belgium)
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.
AC/E Digital Culture Annual Report 2021. <br>The impact of del COVID-19 in the cultural sector

AC/E Digital Culture Annual Report 2021.
The impact of del COVID-19 in the cultural sector

Apr / May 2021
Presentation (Madrid, España)
The AC/E Digital Culture Annual Report is the result of an internal reflection undertaken in 2013 by Acción Cultural Española on how to incorporate the digital dimension into its objectives and to support the digitization of the cultural sector. It is therefore a publication that reflects the impact that the Internet is having on our society in order to deepen the transformation of the cultural sector and help its entities and professionals to create experiences in line with the expectations of 21st century users . In addition, the Report with its analysis and identification of cases of success  in the application of new digital tools, allows professionals to know the latest trends and digital tools so that they can incorporate them into their work methodologies, thus increasing both their presence in the web as well as that of the entities for which they work. It is therefore a publication that in the long run facilitates the spread of artistic and cultural content in the great public space that is the Internet. The edition for 2021 includes a first part of essays in which professionals and specialists analyze how from different fields of culture (visual arts, cinema, music, performing arts, books and heritage ) digital technologies have been implemented to deal with the “new reality” that has emerged after the COVID-19 pandemic. The essays will include in their conclusions the forecasts of each expert in the short and medium term. As well as a point at which they propose which of the new tools and processes that we have learned to use as a result of this crisis can help implement the internationalization of the cultural sector in our country. FOCUS 2021: The study for the preparation of the Focus aims to compile and analyze the best practices related to the use of new technologies by various national and international cultural entities that, during the COVID-19 pandemic, are aiming to culture continues to be present in our lives, even during the harshest stages of confinement. COVID-19 is affecting in a very direct and profound way the access to culture in our communities. Bookstores and libraries, museums and cultural centers, theaters, cinemas, festivals and concerts, etc. They have suffered a strong impact due to the closure of their facilities and cancellation of all kinds of activities. Cultural festivals, live performances, popular festivals and all kinds of intangible heritage events have been canceled. The “new normal” has seen how cultural spaces have been opened with all kinds of measures related to physical distancing and viral safety, although there is still a lot of uncertainty about how we will enjoy culture again in the short and even medium term: Will cultural life return to be the same as the previous stage of COVID-19?   We have witnessed an exponential growth in the virtual presence of cultural institutions and organizations after the outbreak of COVID-19. For all these reasons, the objective of this year's FOCUS will be to analyze the best examples of good practices and innovation carried out by different cultural entities to facilitate access to culture and face health needs after the outbreak of COVID-19. Through this analysis, professionals from the world of culture will discover a broad description of the most innovative applications of new technologies to facilitate access to culture, despite the current health problems. Ideas that were used during the limitations derived from confinement and the new situation of health prevention, but that can become permanent tools that, in the future, complement the activities of any cultural entity to reach more audiences through technology.   There are no manuals that can explain in detail how to use new technologies in the most optimal way during this or future pandemics and confinements, but we can describe exemplary cases and specific examples of good practices from which to start.   In a certain sense, the “new normal” opens up a whole new field for us to discover new ways of accessing culture, new paths through which to travel; each with the ability to experiment and be creative with these new tools, mixing lifelong formulas and new methods in order to achieve the goal we seek.
Elena Bajo. Residency at EKWC Sunday Morning 2021

Elena Bajo. Residency at EKWC Sunday Morning 2021

29 April - 21 July 2021
Sunday Morning @EKWC (Oisterwijk, Netherlands)
The artist Elena Bajo, with her project “Plant manifesto” has been selected by the Sundaymorning @ ekwc jury to enjoy this residency at EKW (Oisterwijk, The Netherlands) between April 29 and July 21, 2021. > About Elena Bajo > Elena Bajo's CV All applicants to the Sundaymorning @ ekwc residence will soon receive an email notifying that they have not been selected. Both Sundaymorning @ ekwc and AC/E want to highlight that they are impressed with the high quality of the requests received. AC/E and Sundaymorning @ ekwc congratulate Elena Bajo on her selection.​ ​ EKWC's residency programme is aimed at artists, designers and architects who want to train and explore ceramic production. Located in Oisterwijk, about 100 km from Amsterdam, this non-profit institution houses around 60 residents each year. The residence facilitates training in contemporary ceramics, as well as offering a space equipped with technical material and the advice of specialists for the development of projects proposed by residents. About the Open Call Criteria An academic education and two years of independent professional work were required for admission to Sundaymorning@ekwc.  Selection The selection was based on documentation of the last five years’ work, a work plan and a motivation.  The selected Spanish artist can enjoy 12 weeks (from April 29 to July 21) of Residence, including technical advice, study, accommodation in a single room, use of facilities, machinery and ovens (up to 2,000 euros cost) round trip flights from Spain and 2,500 euros + VAT destined to cover their expenses of maintenance, materials and production. Applications were submitted through the EKWC website, within the EKWC general call at:  https://sundaymorning.ekwc.nl/en/guidelines. 
Spain Pavilion. 17TH International Architecture Venice  Biennale

Spain Pavilion. 17TH International Architecture Venice Biennale

22 May - 21 November 2021
Giardini della Biennale di Venezia (Venecia, Italy)
Acción Cultural Española collaborates with the Ministry of Development by organizing the Spanish Pavilion at the 17 Mostra Internazionale di Architettura of the Venice Biennal. The Mostra, originally arranged between May and November 2020, has been postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Curated by Hashim Sarkis (Beirut, 1964) under the motto 'How will we live together?', it will take place between May 22 and November 21, 2021. The commissioners of the national participations are called to address one or more of the sub-themes of the Exhibition, such as the need for more inclusive housing and social equipment or more urban and territorial connective fabric. All of them highly current issues and that it is urgent to resolve in both emerging and advanced economies. The Ministry of Development has launched a contest for the commissioning and design of the Spain Pavilion. More info >
The Longest Voyage

The Longest Voyage

Jun - Oct 2021
Museo San Telmo (San Sebastián, Spain)
#ElViajeMásLargo #VCentenario | "The Longest Voyage: The First Journey around the World" is an exhibition and documentary programme that reflects on the attitude of man before a long trip into the unknown. It connects the first circumnavigation of the Earth with the individual challenges of the present and the collective challenges of the future. The project begins in 2018 with the exhibition following the steps of Magallanes and the preparations of the first circumnavigation with the traveling exhibition "The Dream, 1518-2018", and will continue with the celebration, in 2019, of a great exhibition in the Archivo General de Indias in Seville around the first circumnavigation of the Earth and the importance of "travel" for the evolution of mankind. The Magellan–Elcano circumnavigation was the first voyage around the world in human history. It was a Spanish expedition that sailed from Seville in 1519 under the command of Ferdinand Magellan, a Portuguese, in search of a maritime path from Spain to East Asia through the Americas and across the Pacific Ocean, and concluded by Spanish navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano in 1522. Elcano and the 18 survivors of the expedition were the first men to circumnavigate the globe in a single expedition. Following Magellan's death in Mactan (Philippines) in 1521, Juan Sebastián Elcano took command of the ship Victoria, sailing from Borneo, the Spice Islands and back to Spain across the Indian Ocean, round the Cape of Good Hope and north along the west coast of Africa. They arrived in Spain three years after they left, in 1522. EXHIBITION MAP
Metal Arts in Al-Andalus

Metal Arts in Al-Andalus

Jul 2021 - Jan 2022
MARQ, Museo Arqueológico de Alicante (Alicante, Spain)
Al-Andalus is a multifaceted prism that has inspired countless approaches and revisions, from its founding to the present day. The material evidence that has survived offers insight into the principal aspects of metal in Al-Andalus, from the extraction of ore in the mines to subsequent metallurgical treatments and final manufacture, producing the most diverse objects which combine the reflection of a society, technical precision and aesthetic beauty. Metal on the Iberian Peninsula before the advent of Islam The entire peninsula is dotted with metal ore extraction deposits that have been exploited over long periods of time and are still active today, even though the intensity of mining activity has fluctuated over the centuries. Mining and metallurgical techniques Although little material evidence of mining and metallurgical activity has survived, we know a great deal thanks to treatises written by scholars, which discuss everything from mining operations and metallurgical transformation processes. The value of an object: main uses of metal The objects made of different metals and alloys are an accurate expression of the Hispano-Islamic society: even the simplest pieces tell us about their everyday life and personal habits, while the rarest and most luxurious ones illustrate the lifestyle of wealthier people. Zoomorphic bronze figures Despite the ostensible aniconism of Islam, sculpted representations of animals are quite common. Each animal was believed to have certain properties, which can be interpreted from a religious and ethical perspective or in a practical way. The Splendour of Gold and Silver Gold and silversmiths flourished in Al-Andalus, as we can tell from the pieces that have survived and the accounts of contemporary chroniclers. The richness and technical virtuosity is seen in the paucity of objects that have come down to us.
Juan Vico - Malba Writers’ Residency  2021

Juan Vico - Malba Writers’ Residency 2021

01 August - 06 September 2021
Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires, MALBA (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Juan Vico is the writer selected for the Malba Residence with the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E). The residence was originally going to take place in 2020, but has been postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The author will be able to follow it between August and September 2021 in Buenos Aires (Argentina).​ Malba Literatura and Acción Cultural Española have launched the REM + AC/E programme whereby a grant will be awarded to a Spanish writer every year to enjoy the Malba Writers’ Residency. The programme is aimed at foreign writers and is designed as a forum for exchange and literary creation based on an invitation to spend five weeks in Buenos Aires as part of their artistic and professional development. REM +AC/E programme. This programme arose from the joint aim of the Malba Writers’ Residency and Acción Cultural Española to foster the internationalisation of Spanish and Argentinian creators and encourage collaboration between authors, publishers and managers of both countries. The residency is aimed at Spanish writers and offers the possibility of living five weeks in Buenos Aires as part of their artistic and professional development. The Malba Writers Residence proposes an urban experience that allows contact with various cultural manifestations of the city and is also a platform that promotes networks of artistic collaboration. This new call for applications for the REM +AC/E 2020 programme has taken place in October through Malba’s website. The international jury appointed by the museum will shortlist three candidatures, which they will pass on to AC/E to assess and select the beneficiary. > See conditions > More info
34 Bienal de São Paulo 2021

34 Bienal de São Paulo 2021

Spring 2021
Fundação Bienal de São Paulo (Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Conceived as a polyphony of voices and viewpoints on contemporary artistic production, the 34th Bienal de São Paulo – Faz escuro mas eu canto [Though it’s dark, still I sing] asserts the right to both complexity and opacity, in expressions of art and culture, as well as in the identities of individuals and social groups. To this end, the 34th edition has adopted a new format, aimed at creating a multiplicity of distinct situations in which the encounter between artworks and the public can take place.The curatorial team, which consists of Jacopo Crivelli Visconti, Paulo Miyada, Carla Zaccagnini, Francesco Stocchi and Ruth Estévez, hope to highlight how the interpretations and meanings attributed to artworks are elastic and influenced by a number of factors, including possible dialogues with other artworks shown around them. The adjustments and changes, which have being multiplied due to the Covid-19 pandemic, are an integral and relevant part of the process of insistence, transformation and fine tuning that has gone into the design of the 34th Bienal. AC/E supports the participation of Spanish artists to showcase their work and creativity.
World Online School Chess Tournament. Expo Dubai 2020

World Online School Chess Tournament. Expo Dubai 2020

Nov- Dic 2021
► Competitions: From December 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. 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.
SPAIN, Guest of Honour. Frankfurt Book Fair 2022

SPAIN, Guest of Honour. Frankfurt Book Fair 2022

Oct 2021
Frankfurter Buchmesse | Feria del Libro de Frankfurt (Frankfurt, Germany)
#SpainFrankfurt2022 | Spain will be the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair of 2022, a unique opportunity to present the country's culture and literature to the world. This participation is being organized by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the General Directorate of the Book (Ministry of Culture and Sports), in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the Cervantes Institute and the Federation of the Publishers Guild of Spain. Spain was already honoured 30 years ago, in 1991, and for 2021 its main objective is "to improve the knowledge abroad of Spanish literature, which is experiencing one of the most interesting moments of its recent history." For the Guest of Honour Programme, Spain will show a selection of artistic projects in collaboration with Spanish cultural institutions.   In the run-up to 2022, AC/E and the General Directorate of the Book intend to increase the number of Spanish titles translated into German and create renewed international interest in our literature; to facilitate the presence of a wide range of Spanish authors at international level; and to update and revitalize cultural relations between Spain and Germany through literary and cultural cooperation. To support the sale of rights, AC/E plans to develop a programme of translation grants for foreign and Spanish publishers, as well as promoting collaboration between the Spanish, German and international book industry through professional meetings, festival activities and German cultural events. The literary programme is one of the project’s priorities and it is expected that authors will travel to Germany through the previous editions from 2019, 2020 and 2021. To reinforce diffusion across all genres, specific actions will be held in the fields of poetry, drama, literature for children and young adults, scientific-technical publishing and the sale of rights for the audiovisual sector. There will also be a focus on the literary figures of Benito Pérez Galdós and Emilia Pardo Bazán, whose deaths will be commemorated in 2020 and 2021 respectively.