Observatorio de Cultura

Newsletter Nº 23. Culture Observatory (October 2013)
Área de cultura del Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza

Editorial

offering of flowers

Fiestas del Pilar are the most known tradition of Zaragoza, the fiesta par excellence of our immortal city. Culture constitutes the identity of our community and is precisely in its fiesta when it shows the unity of its people, the most emotional and real side that comes true in different ways: dressing in the same way, celebrating parades, dances and traditional and avant-garde shows and, above all, being part of the same feeling. Fiestas del Pilar are a heritage and cultural value; the expression of the identity of the people of Zaragoza, of a city and citizens that consolidate those values that remain with the passing of time.

From its origin, the traditions, the events and the way of organising them have changed but the willingness to have fun and the right of all the citizens without exclusion to enjoy themselves continues. This Fiesta tries to foster every year its most popular side, and, with the goal of addressing to all kind of public, offers an heterogeneous program: music shows, theatre, activities for the children, big shows, museums and exhibitions, religious acts and bull fights? A varied offer for everybody is the key value for general enjoyment.

the divine

Even though the most popular acts with the highest attendance are the Flowers´ Offering, the music shows, the Crystal Rosary, the bigheads, the Opening Speech and the fireworks, other events also have a large attendance that increases every year. In 2013, during the 10 days of the Fiesta, nearly 22,000 people have attended theatre and varieties shows. Teatro Principal and Teatro de las Esquinas, the biggest of the city, are the theatres with the highest number of viewers, with nearly sold out in the plays "On Golden Pond" and "A Night with Gabino" respectively.

Museums and exhibitions are also becoming a great attraction since over 40,000 people have visited the exhibition halls of Zaragoza. La Lonja, as always the exhibition hall with the highest attendance, has had 19,000 visits from 4 to 13 October. It can also be highlighted Camon Aznar museum or Sástago Palace, both with an important increase with regard to 2012´s data.

Aragonese craft shows

But the Pilar is not only a festive and cultural meeting marked in many calendars but also a tremendously important economic factor for Zaragoza. A big financial investment is made to organize this Fiesta for everybody but the economic impact for the city is even bigger. It produces added value and employment, and contributes in a positive way to the development of other sectors such as tourism, hotels and restaurants, commerce or cultural industries and companies.

All the public and private services have worked at its highest during the Fiesta: hotel occupation in the second weekend of October has been around 92%, according to the Association of Hotels and Restaurants of Aragon (HORECA); and according to the Association of Cafés and Bars of Zaragoza, they have reinforced its staff, creating approximately 150 new jobs.

the blackout


According to the survey made at the end of the Pilar, the average expenditure per person has been 120 euros, only three euros less than in the year 2012, and the biggest expenditure has been in drinks, bars and leisure, followed by restaurants. The first factor has experienced a light increase with respect to 2012 and the second has decreased progressively from 2012.

Fiestas del Pilar is also an attraction for tourism. Zaragoza has almost doubled its population during 10 days and the city has been full of visitors and tourist, both national and international, that have visited it for the first time or that come here every year.

Municipal tourist offices have not stopped working to help 63,985 visitors asking for information and, according to the data collected by them, the average expenditure by tourist and day goes from 30 to 60 euros, without including accommodation, with a stay of 2-3 days.

 

 

Observar Zaragoza

16th International Festival of Cinema Made by Women

The goal of Zaragoza 16th International Festival of Cinema Made by Women is giving visibility to female film works that right now only represents a limited 7%. From its first edition in 1997, the festival is supported by the Interdisciplinary Seminar of Woman Studies (SIEM).

Films and documentaries showing all kind of genres and contents will be screened. As the organisers explain, the contribution of women to documentary production has been and is inestimable and the number of short films increases every year with great works of new and famous film directors of the world of cinema and television.
http://www.muestracinemujereszgz.org/html/presentacion.html

 

10th Off-the-Street Contest

The jury of the 9th "Off de Calle" contest has decided by unanimous decision to award the first prize for the best show to the company "La Rueda Teatro Social" (Madrid) by its show "The Rodríguez, a Family in Crisis". This prize will allow this company to participate in 2013 in the Fiestas de San Mateo of Logroño, the Fira Mediterrania of Manresa and the Umore Azoka of Leioa. A special mention has been awarded to the Andalusian company "The Great Dimitri" for its "Great Circus Show" that will be present in the International Theatre Festival of Molina de Segura.

The "Off de Calle" contest, specialised in street theatre, dance, circus, music and clown, has taken place at the amphitheatre of the Yacht Club and at Plaza San Felipe, with the participation of 12 companies from the whole of Spain, chosen from over 50 shows that opted to be selected.
http://zaragozaprensa.com/2012/10/12/los-madrilenos-la-rueda-teatro-socila-ganan-el-concurso-off-de-calle/

 

Etopia opens with "Dismantling, Re/appropriations and Intrusions"

The show "Dismantling, Re/appropriations and Intrusions. Tactics of Art on the Net", organised by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the Extremadura and Iberoamerica Museum of Contemporary Art (MEIAC) with the collaboration of the City of Zaragoza, presents itself as a "mobile laboratory" aiming to redefine the practices of the network art with the participation of creators from the whole world, among them an important number of Iberoamerican and Spanish artists.

"Dismantling, Re/appropriations and Intrusions" faces the challenge of exhibiting immaterial, open, interactive or variable works. The works are not only exhibited but also different strategies of documentation, contextualization, reflection and debate on artistic practices on the net are used. The exhibition will be shown in Etopia until 12 January 2014.
http://zaragozaprensa.com/2013/09/26/se-abre-la-exposicion-desmontajes-reapropiaciones-e-intrusiones-dentro-de-las-actividades-del-congreso-iberomericano-de-culutra/

 

Observar la Empresa Cultural en Zaragoza

innfinito purple princess

Elguapodelafoto

Elguapodelafoto is not only a photo studio with an original name but also its uninhibited work and style makes it different from the rest. It exudes creativity combining it with something no less important: professionalism. Lydia Solans decided to create her own company to make a living from her passion: photography and graphic design. Solans confessed us that she was conscious that starting this project will be hard: "there is a very high hill that you must climb without stopping to rest, with the firm proposal of arriving at a less higher one" with the support and advice of institutions such as SECOT (Senior of Business Advice of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Zaragoza), the road is not so hard.

Elguapodelafoto is currently preparing Atomic Age a new graphic design project in collaboration with the designer Toni Ros. In a very short period of time this website will be prepared to offer all that is related to graphic design, web, product design and video.

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the paper and board industry

 

La Cartonería

La Cartonería is a workshop where you can find all kind of products made of cardboard and paper. Design, invention, reuse of objects, mix techniques and concepts are some of the foundations of this workshop-shop. José Orna decided to create this business after a public contest of premises-for-rent for craftsmen organised by the City of Zaragoza. A different kind of business with a very personal touch is appearing thanks to the fight and passion of José Orna. "Starting is the hardest thing" he tells us, "but instead of throwing the towel I decided to put it into the washing machine and go ahead". If you are looking for an original touch in your office or in your own home, maybe a cardboard piece of furniture is the best solution.

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Always the 4

 

Los 4 de siempre

Los 4 de siempre is a company that offers a full service on image, web and video to any company or professional. Javier Fernández decided to create the project after having accumulated years of experience in this field. The majority of the company´s team comes from the world of short films of fiction and 3D animation. Its advantage is creativity and capacity to innovate since they always try to make projects where their creative power can work in full. They are currently working in animation and 3D as well as in research and development in the field of photography and immersive 360 video and augmented reality, fields that has not come yet to its highest point and are spreading right now. This team of young talents is committed to their hope, capacity to fight and abilities to excel in something that they find thrilling. As Javier Fernández explains "the difficulties teach you more than anything else, what to do and what not to do".

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Observar España

1º International Conference on the Jazz in Spain

In Spain, in contrast with other neighbour countries, the studies on the arrival and development of local jazz are scarce, in spite of the fact that this genre, origin of all modern music, will have soon a hundred years of age in our country. To remedy this, CulturArts General Subdirection of Music? Generalitat Valenciana and Fundación Autor of the General Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) in collaboration with the University of Valencia, have organised the 1st International Conference on Jazz in Spain. The meeting, that will take place from 28 to 30 November 2013, will update and present to specialists the most recent researches on the history and presence of jazz in our country, made by experts and protagonists. Jazz in Spain is the first conference devoted to this subject organised in our country. http://www.fundacionautor.org/noticias/764/Valencia-acoge-el-I-Congreso-Internacional-de-Jazz-en-Espana

 

Booktrailers in libraries

BookMovies and the libraries of Barcelona have launched a pilot project to foster reading with the projection of booktrailers in book lending areas. The goal of this initiative is to evaluate how the use of the video can help users to chose and recommend books. 

The selection and lending of books in the digital age ?on paper or digital- will not be anymore a solitary and analogic activity but a process shared with technology. The goal of this agreement that will extend to other Spanish libraries is that readers can discover new readings through audiovisual contents. www.recursosculturales.com/noticias/Incentivo+a+la+lectura%3A+proyecto+piloto+para+la+proyecci%F3n+de+booktrailers+en+los+espacios+de+pr%E9stamo+de+libros/63567

 

CEPTARA, first Spanish professional association of valuation experts of art and art heritage, is born

It just has been created the National Board of Valuation Experts of Art and Art Heritage ? CEPTARA-, the first specific professional association of Spain in this field, aiming to pool for the first time in our country "those professionals of this activity by their demonstrated capacity and high degree of specialisation and independence of the market of art and antiques, "to offer a rigorous and objective solution on a correct assessment, valuation and survey of works of art and artistic objects to individuals, entrepreneurs, legal agents or institutions", as it is informed by the press note presenting the association.

This new professional entity will include expert valuers specialised in painting, drawing, graphic work, sculpture, furniture, pottery and porcelain, crystal and glass, coins and stamps, silver, textiles such as carpets and tapestries, toys and firearms as well as different collections. http://ceptapa.com/index.php

 

Observar Europa

Guide of funding opportunities for European culture journalists

This new guide has been made by On the Move on behalf of Unpack the Arts, and is addressed to art writers, critics and theoreticians as well as media professionals and cultural researchers that occasionally publish in any media, and also to politicians and cultural mobility funders. It pretends to help authors to identify creative forms to finance mobility and advice politicians and donors in this field with the final goal of fostering, among other aspects, cultural diversity and the important role of culture in Europe. http://on-the-move.org/about/ourownnews/article/15719/guide-to-funding-opportunities-for-cultural/

 

New ways of literary tourism: Tell a Story mobile library

A mobile library is circulating among the paved hills of Lisbon that make me remember that invented by Morley in his funny novel The Mobile Library.

A van, a universe of local basic authors to understand the literature of a place and the intention to offer tools for tourists and walkers that visit a city to use their bowels, give shape to Tell a Story. From July, an old van remodelled and turned into a mobile library goes all over the corners of the capital of Portugal. Its aim is to sell books in English, French, German and Spanish, exclusively written by the most important Portuguese authors that offer a kind of alternative and literary guide of the city through its best representatives. http://www.tellastory.pt/

 

EENC: new bibliographical compilation on the social and economic value of cultural heritage

The European Network of Cultural Experts (EENC) has published a document analysing 87 recent publications on the effects and economic and social impacts of the cultural heritage both in its material and immaterial dimensions. This bibliographical compilation, made from a request of the General Directorate of Education and Culture of the European Commission (DG EAC), contains an analysis of articles, evaluation surveys, impact studies and other documents mainly made in Europe from 2008, as well as a final chapter with the conclusions. Its goal is to facilitate to the European Commission and other public leaders and local, national and European agents, a reflection on the potential contribution of cultural heritage to the goals on an "intelligent, sustainable and integrating growth" set out by the EU in its strategy "Europe 2020".  http://www.eenc.info/papers/the-economics-and-management-of-art-and-culture/

 

Observar Latinoamérica

3rd Peru National Meeting of Culture

The city of Cuzco has organised this year from 7 to 10 August the Third National Meeting of Culture (ENC 2013). The program of the ENC 2013 has been made from a number of open calls and has stressed three transversal axes for debate: 1. Approaching culture decentralisation. 2. Creation and development of networks for  cultural action. 3. Social transformation and social impact of cultural action.

National Culture Meeting (ENC 2013) is an event organised by Culturaperu.org and Tándem: Cultural Management for Development, and co-organised by the project Qosqo Runa Intercultural with the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID), Fundación HIVOS and Petroperú, organizations that coincide in their goal of boosting a wide and diverse reflection on the cultural management and politics oriented to the development of Peru. http://encuentrocultura.pe/2013

 

Final report of FOMECC Colombia, Urabá
   
This October, the project "Boosting of the business fabric of the cultural sector in the region of Antioquía, Urabá´s sub-region FOMECC Colombia" has entered into its final stage. Among the activities implemented in the framework of this initiative is the training and advice given to more than 30 arts and cultural entrepreneurs chosen among an important number of applicants, following a criteria of viability for their business ideas. They have received group training in, among other subjects, legal advice, cultural politics and legislation, marketing, communication and management. With the strengthening of these entrepreneurs and other activities on advice and reinforcement addressed to civil servants, the goal of the project was to favour dynamics of cultural change to create new areas of coexistance and diminish the factors of violence in Urabá. All the results of this initiative of Interarts and the Program of Cultural Companies of the College of Arts of the University of Antioquía are included in the final report, already available in the website of Interarts. FOMECC Colombia has the support of the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID). http://www.interarts.net/es/encurso.php?p=392

 

Opening of the Cultural Centre of Spain in Panama

Prince Felipe has opened this month of October the Cultural Centre of Spain in Panamá, a space to show the works of Spanish and Latin American artists to boost Iberoamerican cultural diversity. This cultural centre is placed in one of the most visited and more historical areas of Ciudad de Panamá, in the recently remodelled first headquarters of the National Museum, one of the cultural symbols of the country.

The exhibition, that will start the activity of the Spanish Cultural Centre, shows works of Galician artist Antón Lamazares, belonging to its series "Dolphin Alphabet", a collection of 19 paintings that tries to show all his brightness. Another hall of the building will show the 8th edition of the Iberoamerican Biennial of Architecture and Urban Planning (BIAU), collecting photos of the last years´ best architectural works in the Iberoamerican countries.

The Centre is managed by Fundación Panamá España and the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs through the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID). Entrance will be free. http://www.eluniversal.com.mx/cultura/2013/centro-cultural-espana-panama-959233.html
 

 

Observer le Monde

Canadian writer Alice Munro is awarded the Nobel Prize of Literature 2013

The Canadian writer Alice Munro, considered as one of the most important voices of literature in English, is the winner of the Nobel Prize of Literature 2013. The Swedish Academy has defined Munro as the "master of contemporary short tale", stressing that she is admired by her "harmonious style of writing, characterised by its clarity and psychological realism". Munro is the first Canadian writer to win the most important prize of world literature since its creation in 1901. Her short tales are based on human relations and daily life, and are compiled in books such as The Progress of Love, Open Secrets, Runaway or Too Much Happiness. http://www.rtve.es/noticias/20131010/escritora-canadiense-alice-munro-premio-nobel-literatura-2013/761660.shtml

 

Pinta Nueva York opens a new headquarters and updates its format with more Iberoamerican galleries

Pinta Nueva York, the only NYC fair devoted to Iberoamerican art ?Latin America, Spain and Portugal- holds its 7th edition from 14 to 17 November, opening its new headquarters in the space 82Mercer, in the centre of the SoHO, and updating its format with a team of six prestigious curators that will head each of its six sections. There will be a total of 54 galleries ?37 from Iberoamerica (31 in 2012)- from which 22 are new and 15 repeat last year´s experience. The new director of the show, Ian Cofre, is the responsible of the section "Contemporary", included in the program Pinta Galleries composed of 15 spaces, half of which 7, are Iberoamerican ?Artespacio from Santiago de Chile, ArtexArte from Buenos Aires, Alfredo Ginocchio and GE Galería from Mexico DF, Forum from Lima, La Caja Negra from Madrid and Walter Otero from San Juán de Puerto Rico-, and 7 from the US: Dot Fiftyone, Ideobox, Pan American Art Projects and The Americas Collection, from Miami; and Josée Bienvenu, Salon 94 and Y Gallery, from New York. http://www.arteinformado.com/Noticias/3710/pinta-nueva-york-estrena-sede-y-actualiza-formato-con-mas-galerias-iberoamericanas-/

 

UNESCO awards Vietnam cultural preservation projects


On 15 October, hotel Sofitel Legend Metropole of Hanoi was awarded with the honorary prize of the UNESCO in Asia-Pacific for the conservation of cultural heritage for its restoration of the underground bunker used in war times and discovered in 2011, after decades of abandonment. This tunnel has been maintained in its original state with the installation of ventilation and electricity systems that make it easier the circulation and security of the visitors. This work has contributed to enrich the cultural and historical values of the city. UNESCO has also chosen the project of conservation of the old small village of Duong Lam, a shelter against bombs. Vietnam has three other projects awarded in the city of Hoy An: the old town, its traditional houses and the altar of the ethnic group Tang.  http://vovworld.vn/es-es/Noticias/UNESCO-premia-proyectos-de-preservacion-cultural-de-Vietnam/188080.vov

 

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