The ideology of this festival is what sets it apart from the rest. Its main objectives include building bridges between art, activism and society, while at the same time acting as a meeting place for professionals in the performing arts industry. It uses both unconventional spaces and unconventional methods in an attempt to make the performing arts more accessible to the general public. It also acts as a platform for emerging artists, allowing them to work together and with the community in order to develop their work.
With the topic of immigration at the forefront of current affairs, one unmissable piece is the work of Kamchàtka, an artist collective of diverse nationalities and disciplines whose members first met in Barcelona in 2006. Their work tackles societal problems such as integration, focusing mainly on the topic of immigration. In their piece, Fugit, audience members participate in the enactment of a refugee flight from a house which has just been destroyed by war, and accompany the actors on a journey to a better world. It really is food for thought. An enriching, thought-provoking experience for adults and children alike.
León born artist Jaime Refoyo will also be participating this year. His outstanding work deals with the essence of human nature. Working with students from the Institute 4 Cantons de Poble Nou, Refoyo's piece is an exploration of the boundaries between the natural movement of the body and the space that surrounds it. Students will use a method called GEOCOCO to create complex geometrical forms using only a pencil and paper.
These are just two examples of what's in store at this year's festival. Your curiosity now sparked, check out the website for the rest of the programme. Spread the word and participate.
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