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Compañía Vaivén, en Mueca 2013.

Mueca serves as a framework for the assembly of the Euro-Latin American Network of Performing Arts

The International Street Art Festival of Puerto de la Cruz creates the space 'Mueca Connection' to promote the work of the professional theater companies of the Canary Islands

Mueca serves as a framework for the assembly of the Euro-Latin American Network of Performing Arts

The International Street Art Festival of Puerto de la Cruz creates the space 'Mueca Connection' to promote the work of the professional theater companies of the Canary Islands

The International Street Art Festival of Puerto de la Cruz creates the space 'Mueca Connection' to promote the work of the professional theater companies of the Canary Islands

A specific meeting on subsidies and community aid seeks to incorporate Canarian creation into European networks of support for culture

In its 2015 edition, the International Street Art Festival of Puerto de la Cruz, Mueca, makes a leap in the degree of organization and connection of Mueca with other national and international reference festivals and in its line of work aimed at promoting the consolidation of professional theater work in the Canary Islands.

With this objective, Mueca expands its dimension by incorporating three activities to its calendar that will take place over two days: the Bi-annual Assembly of the Euro-Latin American Network of Performing Arts (Redelae), the “Mueca Connection” meeting of professional theater companies Canary Islands with cultural managers and a conference for information on European aid from the Creative Europe and Europe 2020 programmes.

Mueca participated in the founding of Redelae in October 2013 within the framework of the historic “Les Translatines” festival in Bayonne (France). The network aspires to become a work space for people and institutions related to the performing arts in Europe and Latin America. This area of coordination holds two annual meetings, one in Europe, which this year is held in Mueca, and another in Latin America.

As confirmed by sources from the Network of Cultural Promoters of Latin America and the Caribbean (Redlat), which is collaborating this year with Mueca in organizing the European meeting, attendance at the Redelae meeting of Latin Americans has been confirmed. Cassio Pinheiro, director of the International Festival of Theater, Palco & Rua de Belo Horizonte (FIT-BH – Brazil); Lucero Millán, director of the International Festival of Theatre, Monologues, Dialogues and More of the Justo Rufino Garay Theater Hall (Managua, Nicaragua); Octavio Arbeláez Toboón, director of the benchmark festival for theater in Latin America, the Manizales International Theater Festival (Colombia); Alexandre Vargas, Artistic Director and General Coordinator of the Rua de Porto Alegre International Theater Festival (Brazil); Freddy Ginebra, Director of the Santo Domingo International Theater Festival (Dominican Republic) and Raquel Araújo, director of the La Rendija Theater Festival (Mexico).

Among those attending the Redelae meeting from Europe, the presence of Oriol Martín Sambola, manager of the Fira Tàrrega (Catalonia, Spain); Luis F. Jiménez, director of the Théâtre Hispanique Don Quijote Festival (Paris, France), and Norka Chiapusso, director of dFERIA (Donostia, Spain).

The members of the Euro-Latin American Network of Performing Arts will attend the festival from its beginning on May 7 until its conclusion on the 10th of that month and their meeting will be held on the morning of Saturday the 9th. In addition, they will maintain contacts with professional theater companies of the Canary Islands in the “Mueca Connection” event, which is held on the morning of Friday, May 8.

Grimace Connection

The Mueca festival has created two spaces for 2015 aimed at guaranteeing the general objective of Mueca of consolidating the theatrical creation generated from the Canary Islands. With this intention, the "Mueca Connection" space has been created, facilitated with the collaboration of the travel grants for cultural managers provided by the cultural promotion program of the Government of the Canary Islands, Canarias Cultura en Red.

With these funds, Canarian cultural companies and managers will meet in Mueca with the members of Redelae, on the morning of Friday, May 8. In the afternoon of that same day, managers and representatives of Canarian companies will participate in the meeting aimed at informing about the aid granted by the European Union for theatrical creation within the Creative Europe and Europe 2020 cultural programs.

In this way, Mueca incorporates new formats and contents to the parallel meetings created by the festival itself to facilitate the exchange between creators, producers and theater managers and to promote the economic foundations of theatrical activity in the Canary Islands. Among these initiatives, the actions developed in previous editions stand out: Transoceanic Forum of Street Art Festivals (FTF) and La Recova.

In parallel, this type of meeting places Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife and the entire Archipelago on the map of the most solid and coherent theatrical work that is currently being carried out in Europe and Latin America.

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