¡Viva! Festival: celebrating the Spanish-speaking culture
by Maria Ansede
The Spanish and Latin American festival celebrates its 23rd edition in Manchester from 31 March to 17 April with a varied offer of international theatre and dance performances, art exhibitions, live music events and films. This year ¡Viva! focuses on commemorating the cultural revolution that followed the abolition of censorship in Spain forty years from now.
La Movida: Cultural Movements During The Spanish Transition
The Spanish transition to democracy after the end of Francisco Franco’s dictatorship, is represented at the festival by a series of relevant events and films from that period such as the cult movie Pepi, Luci, Bom directed by Pedro Almodovar or Seven Days in January by Juan Antonio Bardem.
A pioneering group visual art exhibition called La Movida presents works that explore the sense of freedom, hedonism and transgression that characterized the Spanish counterculture movement.
Viva 2017 Film Programme And Café Cervantes
The eclectic film programme of ¡Viva! 2017 includes 15 UK premieres and films from 10 different Spanish-speaking countries as well as debates and filmmakers Q&As. The film discussions will specially focus on contemporary female cineastes and the Basque film industry.
Café Cervantes is an informal meeting of film lovers led by staff from the Instituto Cervantes. It’s one of the most appreciated events of the festival and a highly praised gathering for those interested in the Spanish language and cinema. This is a great way for our students to practice their Spanish chatting with native speakers in a relaxed environment.
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