Zaragoza Cultural

Culture Observatory

Newsletter Nº 31. Culture Observatory (June 2014)
Área de cultura del Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza

Editorial

LAUNCHING OF CULTURE SECTORIAL BOARDS

Redefining and reinventing all together our city¿s culture

Culture Round Tables give a new boost to the involvement and participation process of the cultural sector for planning the strategies and cultural policies of Zaragoza. The call for these round tables forms part of an opening of channels of social participation after the endorsement in 2005 of the Regulation on Territorial Bodies and Social Participation and also by the joint work carried out by cultural organizations and agents for the candidacy of Zaragoza to be European Capital of Culture 2016. Both processes have been boosted by the Municipality of Zaragoza.

As a result of the regulation on social participation is born the City Board and within that the Sectorial Boards as bodies of participation, information, control and advice that form part of the municipal structure. Its goal is to facilitate the participation of citizens and to channel the information of associations related to municipal affairs. Among them there is the Advisory Board on Culture.

On the other hand and during the development of the candidacy of Zaragoza to be European Capital of Culture 2016, it was launched a process of social participation with presence of a large part of the cultural sector as well as many other groups, being opened at the same time a debate on possible ways to produce culture and the role of the cultural agents and citizens in the cultural policy of our city. As a result of that process was born the Master Plan of Culture Zaragoza 2020, the first strategic plan of Zaragoza focusing on culture. This Plan recognises the right of all the residents to the city as a place of coexistence and as a space of human self-fulfilment, guaranteeing social participation, specially in issues that affect more directly the quality of life of the citizens, the relations among people and mainly their access to culture, the facilities available in the whole of the city, and the goods and cultural services programmed.

A specific initiative of the Master Plan was to establish and stabilise permanent mechanisms of participation of the civil society for managing culture through the redefinition and adaptation of the Advisory Board on Culture as a forum of dialogue of social groups and associations with the Municipality and the cultural sector. The objective of the Master Plan is to endow this Board with an advisory nature, focusing on the cultural policies planned by the city; planning and cultural strategies, analysis of the cultural programs and infrastructures, monitoring and evaluation of the achievement of the foreseen objectives and control and reviewing of the measures adopted, etc. In summary, the Board will be a body to monitor compliance with the contents of the Master Plan. The Advisory Board on Culture is formed by associations and entities of our city related to culture, cultural firms, associations and professionals as well as representatives from political parties and specialists from the Municipal Department of Culture and from different autonomous organizations. For more information on its composition and contents you can consult this link.

The Master Plan considers the possibility of creating sectorial round tables on Culture as participatory bodies dealing with -from the point of view of a private-public collaboration- the situation of the different disciplines or realms of the cultural sector, detecting possible disruptions, weaknesses or concrete problems, and preparing proposals allowing an improvement in the program and the situation of creators and users. The Sectorial Round Tables will present their proposals, diagnoses, reports and analysis to the Advisory Board on Culture, acting as a linking body between the cultural sector and public institutions. The round tables convened are these:

· Sectorial Roundtable on Stage Arts: theatre, circus and dance

·Sectorial Roundtable on the Audiovisual Sector and Multimedia: cinema, video, multimedia, etc.

·Sectorial Roundtable on Visual Arts: painting, sculpture, photography, graphic design.

·Sectorial Roundtable on Music: musicians, promoters, places for rehearsing and recording, concert halls, etc.

·Sectorial Roundtable on Books and Publishing: writers, publishers, librarians, etc.

·Sectorial Roundtable on Traditional Culture and Heritage: folklore, popular festivals, heritage, etc.

By these roundtables, the Municipality of Zaragoza pretends to share with the cultural sector a need to set priorities on programming and funding on a basis agreed and transparent, using objective criteria related to the contents of the Master Plan. This is the way to activate a stable coordination between the cultural policies of the local government and the cultural sector, looking for a greater involvement of artists and creators with the reality of their immediate surroundings, and serving also as a tool to approach and know the value of culture for the economic and social development of the city and its districts. In short, this is a new way of making, managing, redefining and reinventing urban culture with the participation of all of us. For more information on the composition and contents of the roundtables you can consult this link.

Thanks to this boost, the link between public and private is now a key factor for a correct development of cultural planning strategies and for the strengthening of inner cultural networks widening the possibilities of participation of this sector in the programs and activities of the city and its external projection.

 

Observar Zaragoza

Zaragoza, main protagonist of PhotoEspaña 2014

Zaragoza has a special role in the 17th edition of the International Festival of Photography PhotoEspaña (Madrid, from 4 June to 27 July), with the organization in our city during the next months of four exhibitions and a monographic workshop on photobooks editing. Zaragoza will become the main national exhibition place of the Festival outside its main site, Madrid. The exhibitions programmed in Zaragoza are these: Witnesses of the Arab Revolutions (Centre of Histories, until 20 June), History, Looks of Artists (Centre of Histories, 5 June to 24 August), Rafael Sanz Lobato. Photos 1960-2008 (la Lonja, from 17 June to 7 September), Luis Gordillo. Photos G/K  (Carolina Rojo gallery, from 11 June to 26 July); a workshop on books publishing  by the photographer Juan Valbuena that offered the participants an approach to self-publishing; and the production of photobooks at the Centre of Histories from 30 to 31 May. More information

Pilar Citoler collection at the IAACC Pablo Serrano

On Friday 31 May was presented at the Aragonese Institute of Contemporary Art and Culture (IAACC) Pablo Serrano, the first exhibition of Pilar Citoler collection called Circa XX. This is the first in a series of exhibitions, as the director of the Centre Marisa Cancela, has declared, since the purchase of the whole of the collection by the Government of Aragon. These are, without any doubt, good news for the city and for contemporary culture as well as for the international projection of Zaragoza. More than a thousand works of art form part of the collection, both national and international, made in different formats: painting, sculpture, photography, graphic works, drawings and video, representing the main artistic tendencies of the second half of the 20th century and the first decade of the 21st century.

Pilar Citoler Carilla, born in Zaragoza, bought her first painting in 1972, and after that she has purchased many others, forming in forty years an important collection of contemporary art. She has been awarded the Gold Medal for Merit in Fine Arts in 2007 and the Prize ARCO to Spanish private collectors. Last September was elected as President of Honour of the Spanish Association of Private Collectors of Contemporary Art.


Festivals of the Ebro 2014. June- July

The Festivals of the Ebro fill one more time the summer months of June and July of Zaragoza with culture, music, dance and theatre, with more than 600 acts and shows in 50 stages of the city. The White Night (28 June) and the Medieval Market of the Three Cultures (13, 14 and 15 June) will be one more time the milestones of a varied and multidisciplinary program opened to all kinds of publics. It can be highlighted the 11th edition of "Trayectos", a festival of urban contemporary dance from 27 to 29 June, with the participation of over 15 companies and approximately 50 dancers.

The festivals also include a new edition of Festival Zaragoza Ciudad, one of the most important hip-hop events in Spain with the participation of seven bands, the program of social participation and artistic expression Actúa, and Heaven on Earth 2014 at the amphitheatre of the Yacht Club, a European project of dance-theatre with the participation of Zaragoza dance company LaMov.

 

120 music shows will be programmed by private halls and by municipal theatres (Mercado and Principal), private ones (Estación, Esquinas, Arbolé) and the Expo Amphitheatre. This edition landmarks will be the shows of Bunbury and Bisbal.

On the other hand, the acts of the program of Augustus Year, commemorating the two thousandth anniversary of the death of the emperor Caesar Augustus, will occupy also an important part of the cultural offer with exhibitions programmed at the municipal museums. More information.

Pirineos Sur. 11- 27 July, Sallent de Gállego (Huesca)

The festival Pirineos Sur has announced the program of its 23rd edition, headed by the motto "Feminine and Plural" and with a highly varied content: Amaral, Imelda May, Suzanne Vega, Carmen París, Zebda, Marinah, La Mala Rodríguez, Martirio, Melissa Laveaux, Susheela Raman, Buika, La Yegros, Soleá Morente and Zebda, among others.

The shows will take place from 11 to 27 July at Sallent de Gállego (Huesca) at the floating stage on Lanuza reservoir. There will be also an exhibition by the Moroccan female photographer Lamia Naji and a film festival with seven female directors from Africa. More information.

 

Observar la Empresa Cultural en Zaragoza

We start a series of references to cultural associations and groups that form part of the sectorial roundtables.

Aragonese Association of Musicians
Founded by Rubén Lorenzo, Eduardo López Banzo, Emilio Ferrando and Juan Carlos Segura, this association was created in 1993 by a group of Aragonese performers of classical music from different music fields and developing their professional activity in a regular way. Throughout these years, the AAIM has worked in different aspects of the specific problems of the musicians of our region. One of its objectives is to promote a fluid relation between professional musicians, cultural agents and public and private institutions of Aragon.


The support always received by the Department of Culture of the City of Zaragoza has produced the Aragon Festival of Music Performers, Music at the Forum, considered as one of the oldest festivals of classical music in Aragon, with 21 editions. The Department of Culture has also organised the following activities: two editions of the Christmas Campaigns (Zaragoza Province Government), monographic festivals on Spanish Music and German Romanticism (CAI), a festival of English Music (Zaragoza Auditorium), conferences on musical interpretation (Palacio de Sástago halls), two courses on piano interpretation (CPMZ), eleven editions of the International Festival City of Jaca, two festivals of Soloists and Chamber Music (Alcañiz Municipal Theatre), four editions of the Concerts at the church of San Julián of Barbastro, six editions of the Festival of Sacred Music of Zaragoza, collaborations with Bernardo Aladrén Foundation, the AAIM Prize of Music, Max Prizes, etc. More information

Royal Photographic Society of Zaragoza
Headed now by Julio Sánchez Millán, the RSFZ has more than 90 years of life, being  founded in 1922 at the Café Gambrinus. The main goal of the RSFZ, in agreement with its first statutes, was to foster interest on photographic art in our region. During its first years a special attention was paid to education activities and to the scientific applications of photography.  For a long time, the RSFZ has been working actively in keeping and promoting national and international festivals, awarding prizes in different categories apart from its certificates and its participation in the prizes awarded by the International Federation (FIAP).

The RSFZ organises from 1925 an international photographic show, called today Autumn International Photographic Show of Zaragoza, the oldest photo-show in Spain and the third in the world. Coinciding with the celebration of its 75 anniversary, the RSFZ was awarded the title of Royal by the Spanish Crown.


From the new century, the structure of the RSFZ ?formed by many active members- have produced lots of independent groups such as Grupo Cierzo, Grupo Zaragoza Calle a Calle, fotocierzo8, Ojos de Mujer and 1000 Miradas. The main objectives of the present board is the organization of external activities to approach the RSFZ to society and to the cultural dynamics of Zaragoza and Aragon. Among its daily activities, apart from exhibitions, is the spreading of the art of photography and education events for its members with workshops, speeches, a photo-room and a library, photo-trips, etc. More information

The Magic Lantern
The Magic Lantern is a cinema club for children organised by the PAI, an entertainment and theatre company working in Zaragoza from 1980. It is a film club that programs once a month ?every Saturday morning- films grouped by cycles to make children laugh, dream, cry or even a little bit of fear. Its main objective is to discover the secrets and emotions of cinema. It is supported by the Government of Aragon, the City of Zaragoza and Caja Inmaculada saving bank.
Six films are screened and three practise activities related to the world of cinema are organised every season. As the whole of the work made by the PAI, this activity is based on play and creativity. More information

Alvada ? Association of Ancient Books Bookshops of Aragon
Headed by Pablo Parra, Alvada (Association of Old and Ancient Books Bookshops of Aragon) organises every year with the City of Zaragoza and Libris association, Zaragoza Fair of Old and Ancient Books. This will be its tenth edition with the participation of thirteen bookshops from Aragon, Valencia, Madrid and Navarra. Unlike fairs focusing on new releases, in the fairs of old and ancient book every stand sells its own kind of books. There are books for anybody and anybody has his/her book.

This commercial has suffered great changes in the last years, mainly produced by the inrush of the Internet as a marketing channel which has altered the prices and made searching easier and even producing the closing of many bookshops that prefer to work online.
After the economic crisis, several bookshops have closed but others have opened, at least in Zaragoza, such as Fortunata (San Pablo, 46) and El Baúl de Melquíades (Armas, 16).

 

Observar España

Professional network FomeccBiz for cultural and creative entrepreneurs
FOMECC program (Promotion of Culture and Creative Companies) developed by Interarts, has launched a professional network for entrepreneurs from the creative economy sector called FomeccBiz. It is a collaboration tool allowing cultural companies to present their projects, organizations and objectives through its profiles as well as to exchange, share and boost new professional collaborations with other network members. The platform, that has received the support of the Spanish Ministry of Culture, invites cultural and commercial creative entities (single member entities, microfirms and short-and-medium size) to spread their work through it. More information

The professional associations of Spanish contemporary art form a sectorial roundtable
In February 2014, during the Fair of Contemporary Art ARCO held at the Ifema in Madrid, took place the foundation of this sectorial roundtable by the boards of the UAAV (Union of Associations of Visual Artists), IAC (Institute of Contemporary Art), MAV (Women in Visual Arts), the Collectors´ Association 9915, the Spanish Society of Aesthetics and Theory of the Arts, the Board of Critics and Curators of Contemporary Art, AveR (Visual Artists on the Internet), and the associations of visual arts of Madrid, Asturias, The Balearics, Castilla y León, Andalusia and Valencia.

During its first contact different issues were dealt with such as a joint strategy in important topics such the TVA, the individual income tax, cultural policies, the cultural sponsorship act, action strategies for good practices, possible lines of stable coordination for the sector or the celebration of the event Acknowledgements of Contemporary Art among others.
 
It was also agreed to invite some associations that have not been present in the first session to the next meeting of this sectorial roundtable of Contemporary Art such as ADACE, the Spanish Association of Directors of Contemporary Art, the Consortium of Galleries of Contemporary Art and the FEAGC, State Federation of Associations of Cultural Managers. More information.

Yearbooks on Digital Culture    
Spanish Cultural Action (AC/E) has published a series of Culture Yearbooks to analyse the impact of the Internet and the ICTs in the cultural world and to support its professionals with the incorporation of digital technologies to their everyday work. Tools such as QR codes, geo-localising or enhanced reality can boost the development of new activities and services from which cultural entities can obtain a benefit. The initial idea is that every yearbook will include a specific section devoted to good practices on digital technology in some concrete artistic subject. The first of the yearbooks will be devoted to stage arts. More information

 

Observar Europa

Michelangelo is present in Rome after 450 years, and Vatican Museums at night

The Capitoline Museums of Rome present an exhibition on the work of Michelangelo, 450 years after his death, including a synopsis of his life and work. The exhibition includes 156 works of sculpture, painting, architecture and poetry, and will be opened until 14 September.
On the other hand, we have an extraordinary opportunity to visit every Friday of May, June, July, September and October the Vatican Museum at night. It can be visites the Pío Clementino Museum, the Egyptian Museum, the highest galleries (candelabra, tapestries and geographical maps), Raphael rooms, some Borgia rooms, the Collection of Modern Religious Art and the Sixtine Chapel. More information

Tintin sold by 3.4 million dollars

The original covers of Tintin albums made in 1937 by its own creator, Hergé, has been sold by a record price of 3.4 million dollars at the auction house Artcurial in Paris. The plate was auctioned by an estimated value between 954.000 and 1.2 million dollars. The cover, made in Chinese ink, shows Tintin and Milou in 34 situations representing the same number of adventures included in the albums as well as a story that was to be taken place in the North of Europe but that the Belgian author did not made. More information

The disasters of war 1800-2014

A hundred years after the First World War it is presented this exhibition with 450 anti-military works on the disasters of war, from Napoleon campaigns to the present time. The exhibition invites us to think about the war and see its terrible consequences on people, animals, nature, cities and things.

The exhibition, open until October 2014, is shown at Louvre Museum in Lens, a branch of the Parisian museum opened one year and a half ago in the depressed mining landscape of the French north, devastated a century ago by the Great War. Through near 500 works made by Goya, Picasso, Dix, Grosz, Moore, Capa or Richter, this exhibition researches into antimilitary sensitivity in art and also in the cultural atmosphere. Injured Cuirassier (1814) by Géricault -author of The Raft of the Medusa- was the first painting showing a soldier bruised and isolated from the rest of the group. Goya was even beyond that with his The Disasters of War, a catalogue of horrors in 82 etchings, full of beheaded, hanged or insane men, painted during the Napoleonic invasion of the Peninsula and proving the feeling or historical regression produced by any conflict. This exhibition, named after Goya collection, starts from the same principle: to establish a series of macabre images ?in twelve historical episodes from Waterloo to Abu Ghraib- that help us to understand why today ?as the catalogue says- we continue to prefer peace to war. More information

 

Observar Latinoamérica

Quino awarded the Prize Prince of Asturias

The 81 years old Argentinean illustrator Joaquín Salvador Lavado, more known as Quino, has been awarded the Prize Prince of Asturias of Communication and Humanities. The father of Mafalda is the first draughtsman awarded with this prize endowed with a sculpture by Miró and 50,000 euros and that has counted with the presence of 22 candidacies from 14 countries. More information

Festival Selvámonos. 23-28 June in Perú

The Festival Selvámonos comes back to Oxapampa ?central jungle at Paxo region, Peru- from 23 to 28 June at the Fundo Cemayu, a unique stage for high-quality artistic performances, with 14 bands and 5 djs, the best examples of Peruvian cumbia, reggae & ska, hip-hop, rock, indie pop and Afro-peruvian dub. A new space for Reggae to Drum and Base will be opened, including the best dj´s of this style. Circus, visual and photography artists will be also present with their performances.
This festival is one of the most important windows for the national and Latin American bands, with an important production and a mass audience of every age and origin.  More information

Simón Mesa wins the prize to the best short film in Cannes

The Colombian Simón Mesa Soto has been awarded the Palm d´Or to the best short film of the 67th edition of Cannes Film Festival. The short film Leidi was chosen among 3,450 works from 128 countries. The jury was chaired by the Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami, winner of the Palm d´Or in 1997 by his film Taste of Cherry. More information

 

Observer le Monde

SPAIN arts & culture Spring/Summer 2014 in the USA and Canada

The Embassy of Spain in Washington D.C, in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Ottawa, Canada, presents the new cultural program SPAIN arts & culture Spring/Summer 2014. This program pretends to stress the creative power of cities and its capacity to generate new cultural experiences.
Music, with the presence of several Spanish groups, will be one of the main protagonists. Among the most important events: the show TAPAS. Spanish Design for Food, and the exhibition Transforming Cityscapes in Washington D.C; in Baltimore Sounds from Spain, a program for promoting Spanish music; and in several cities Flamenco Festival 2014. Fiction in Spanish will be present with the anthology A Thousand Forest in One Acorn, compiling the work of 28 of the most influential writers of the panorama of Spanish literature in the second half of the 20th century.

At the National Gallery of Canadá and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will take place several conferences on the artistic legacy of El Greco on the occasion of the 400 anniversary of his death. Cinema, theatre, design, architecture, mode and visual art, complete a program in over 25 cities of the US and Canada. More information and online catalogue

Call for photos and graphic works about puppets

UNIMA - International Union of Puppets and the oldest theatre association of the world since it was born in 1929- has placed in Flickr a participatory iconotheque open to anybody. Its goal is to gather a big number of photos on the art of puppetry.
According to this association, the iconography collected will be a thermometer of the vitality of this art and a source of information for our website and for the updating of the World Encyclopaedia of the Art of Puppets published by the association (EMAM ?WEPA?). The conditions for taking part can be consulted on the website of the association.

This organization -present in over 90 countries- is a platform of exchange and participation for puppeteers (amateurs or professionals) passionated by the art of the puppet (therapy, education, training, research, heritage, shows, etc?), but also for publications and information on the development of puppets in the world, contributing in a crucial way to the spreading of this art. http://www.unima.org/

Los Angeles bookshop "The Last Bookstore"

This bookshop -opened in 2009- has been chosen recently as one of the best of the world and is also the biggest independent bookshop of California. It is placed in an old bank where its main architectural structure has been preserved.
The name -the owners say- is an irony, but now that so many bookshops are closing physically due to the increase of the e-books, it has become a real fact. The bookshop has many services and activities. Books and records are bought and sold and there are services such as a special place for books sold for 1 dollar; a constant re-stocking, music and literary presentations; a cafeteria; a digital newsletter with new releases; the Spring of the Arts program; and a direct relation with clients. More information

 

Calls

ImPulsTanz grants

Grants program ImPulsTanz offers the possibility of taking part in an intensive multinational training program to approximately 65 young professional dancers- preferably aged between 22 and 30 years. The program will last for five weeks (from 16 July to 20 August 2014) in Vienna. It forms part of ImPulsTanz and will focus on the exchange of ideas and knowledge, and on a continuous training and meeting with internationally famous artists. More information

25th Young Composers Award 2014 of Foundation SGAE- CNDM

This award is open to any composer of any country of the world It will compulsory to present a work in any language or artistic trend belonging to contemporary music, be younger than 35 years at the closing of the call and be a member of the SGAE (General Society of Spanish Authors).
Works must be new, with duration between 7 and 12 minutes and to be performed by a group of 5 to 8 members. Call is open until next 5 September 2014. More information

Master on Sustainable Territorial Development of the University of Zaragoza

This Master deals with territorial development from different points of view, among them cultural heritage. It is an on-site course that will take place on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 16 to 21 hours at the Faculty of Economics and Business. Pre-registration is open from 10 June to 11 July. More information at Fundación Empresa-Universidad de Zaragoza (formacion@feuz.es).

National Prize of Cinema 2014

The prize consists of 30,000 euros and representatives from cultural and professional organizations of the film sector can present their candidacies until 25 June. More information

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