Author: Maria Ansede

Viva 2017: Spanish And Latin American Festival In Manchester

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¡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.

If you are not sure about your level please take the user-friendly Spanish level test on our website.

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To find out information on any of our Spanish courses Manchester, or just general advice on Spanish language learning, or how to start your language learning journey, please call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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The Best Spanish Restaurants In Brighton

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Spanish Culture & Tapas At Its Best

by Maria Ansede

There is a lot to love about Spanish cuisine. A mix of Mediterranean, American and regional influences, Spanish gastronomy provides an authentic paradise for any palate. If you can’t wait to go to Spain to savour its delicacies, check out our best restaurants for enjoying the Spanish cuisine and culture, just a few minutes walking distance from our school in Brighton.

Olé Olé

Founded in 2009 by Jorge Rodriguez and Karim Larbi, Olé Olé combines a lively tapas bar with a welcoming restaurant. They aim to give their clients an authentic experience, combining Spanish food and Spanish music. Try their wonderful tapas tasting menu or seafood paella, and a great sangria whilst watching the best flamenco show in the city. Just 6 minutes from our location in Brighton, Olé Olé is the perfect place to enjoy an entertaining Spanish evening.

AguaDulce

Aguadulce (sweet water) is a beautiful village in the Almeria Coast characterised by its Mediterranean cuisine. That’s where the owners of AguaDulce come from, a lovely venue divided in three sections: the tapas bar, the restaurant area and a private function room for up to 25 people. Enjoy one of their original tapas for free with a glass of wine or lager, and try their great selection of fresh seafood, meats and vegetarian dishes with an Andalucian touch. From boquerones to queso manchego or the best variety of paellas, without forgetting the great Rioja wines, your taste buds will have the chance to savour Spain very close to The Lanes.

Casa Don Carlos

A traditional Spanish atmosphere and a highly-praised Mediterranean cuisine meet in the heart of The Lanes at Casa Don Carlos. Combine a refreshing sangria in its typical clay jar or a glass of wonderful Spanish wine, with a selection of popular choices from the varied menu such as meatballs, patatas bravas, gambas al ajillo or tortilla with chorizo. The portions are as large, as in any characteristic Spanish home, and the friendly service will definitely remind you why Spanish is such a beautiful language to learn.

Why not enjoy a Spanish meal after your Spanish evening language course in Brighton? Or go before you take a Spanish language holiday in one of our many Spanish locations.

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Where To Watch Subtitled Foreign Films In The UK

Go to the cinema and improve your language skills

by Maria Ansede

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Foreign Language Film Academy Award. To commemorate this special anniversary, the Academy created an amazing playlist of all the acceptance speeches of this category to date, as well as a poster gallery of the winners.

Experiencing a foreign film in its original version is the best way to fully immerse yourself in the fictional world of the film. There are a lot of opportunities to watch subtitled foreign films throughout the year in the UK. Don’t miss on some great films – check what’s on over the next few weeks.

Toni Erdmann (German)

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This acclaimed co-production between Germany and Austria was one of the 2017 Oscar nominated films and tells the story of Winfried, a divorced retiree who delights in playing pranks in his German suburb. Concerned about his rigid and controlled daughter, a high-ranking management consultant, he decides to surprise her with funnily excruciating visit. You can currently watch Toni Erdmann in London.

The Olive Tree (Spanish)

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Alma works on a chicken farm on the East Coast of Spain. She has a deep connection with her grandfather even though he stopped talking years ago. When he begins to refuse food too, Alma is convinced that the only way to save him is to recover the millennial olive tree that her family sold 12 years ago against his will, now lost somewhere in Europe.

The Olive Tree is a moving physical and mental journey from director Icíar Bollaín, co-written with Paul Laverty (frequent collaborator of Ken Loach) that you can watch in London, Oxford, Brighton or Liverpool.

Elle (French)

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The last film of the controversial director Paul Verhoeven is his first one in the French language. The Oscar nominated Isabelle Huppert brings Michèle to life on screen, a divorced businesswoman that is sexually assaulted in her own home, refuses to tell the police and takes matters into her own hands breaking conventions with an uncompromising perspective.

Watch Elle at several locations in London, Brighton, Oxford, Cambridge or Liverpool, among other cities.

Lion (English, Hindi and Bengali)

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Saroo, a five-year-old Indian boy gets lost in a train station and arrives in Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home and where he doesn’t understand the local language. After surviving many challenges, he is adopted by a couple in Australia. More than 20 years later, he starts a quest to find his hometown and lost family.

The languages used in the film are English as well as Hindi and Bengali and the story is set in the India of the present and the past. Lion was one of the 2017 Oscar Best Picture nominees and you can still watch it in many locations such as London, Manchester, Brighton, Liverpool or Leeds.

Love with restrictions (Russian)

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After a government decree stating that 2% of employees of the big companies must be people with disabilities, Misha finds a way to leave his bad luck behind him. He gets fake medical documents, a wheelchair and goes for a job interview. Having successfully involved himself in a ridiculous situation, everything gets more complicated when he joins a support group for people with disabilities and meets a
girl.

Watch Love with restrictions if you are in London, Manchester, Leeds or Sheffield.

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To find out more information about any of our courses simply call us on 01273 830 960 or email us. Our multilingual team will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Cactus language offers the following types of language courses:

Evening language courses: 19 different languages in 15 UK locations
Language holidays: worldwide immersion courses in the country of the language
Private tuition: tailor-made and corporate language training solutions throughout the world
TEFL: teacher training courses for both English and other languages all over the world
Online courses: for teacher training, English and French

 

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