The San Felipe Castle in Puerto de la Cruz served this morning as the stage for the official presentation to the media of the International Street Art Festival, Grin, which, promoted by the Department of Culture of the Northern City Council and the Cómplices Platform, celebrates its XV edition this year, and makes it a benchmark within the broad cultural framework of the Canary Islands, and with a growing national and international projection.
The activity in this month of May will take place for four days, from the 11th to the 14th, in some of the main locations of Puerto de la Cruz, with more than 100 artistic actions on the bill. Companies such as Karcocha, Circ Bover, Puja, Osadía or Producciones Yllana, among many others, make up a line-up brimming with artistic quality and which is the only opportunity to see the best and most up-to-date of street theater and circus, among other disciplines, from inside and outside the Islands, in Tenerife.
The mayor of Porto, Lope Afonso, highlighted the global importance of the Festival: "Mueca is one of the outstanding dates of our municipality and is a fundamental tool for our global recovery, with a significant impact on the recovery of tourism." In the same way, the president of the Island Council, Carlos Alonso, valued the strategic importance of this exhibition: “Cultural activities, and in this case Mueca, are largely to blame for the recovery of tourism in Puerto de la Cruz. This festival is consolidated as a first level experience, also with a significant international impact, with a full and important link in the repositioning of the Port in the tourist field”.
In her speech, the Councilor for Culture of Puerto de la Cruz, Sandra Rodríguez, placed special emphasis on highlighting the role played by the Cómplices Mueca Platform: “In addition to the great sponsors who have supported us, we must highlight the role of citizens , which has been actively committed to the Festival. They have left their soul and their heart in Mueca and thanks to them, in large part, it has become the important benchmark it is now”.
The Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Aurelio González, pointed out that “I can only express our joy and thank all the people who make it possible. Mueca is a very strong reality, with all the experience involved in making art in the street. Mueca is a social and economic revulsive”.
Mario Vega, the director of the production company Una hora Menos, was clear in stating that “for us it means putting our grain of sand in one of the most emotional festivals in the Canary Islands, with a family atmosphere that makes it unique. As a producer it is a great joy. This year the Festival grows again based on this criterion, above all in order to be able to absorb the enormous amount of public that comes to Puerto de la Cruz during the weekend”.
Representatives of the Festival's private sponsor brands were also present at the press conference: Natalia Aznárez (Fundación CajaCanarias), Lourdes Pérez (Caixabank), Enrique Talq (Ashotel), Emilio Fernández (Aqualia) and Jorge Vera (Loro Parque).
Great outdoor stage
Mueca re-emerges as a main project within the cultural policy of the northern municipality, integrated within the Puerto de la Cruz 2020 Cultural Strategy, along with other great shows such as Phe Festival, Periplo Festival, Puerto Street Art, the Agatha Christie Festival or the Porto edition of Canarias Jazz & Más. Throughout its years of existence, Mueca has also consolidated its international projection, also becoming a top-level tourist attraction.
Puerto de la Cruz will be, one more year, a great open-air stage, on which an influx of more than 60,000 spectators is expected. Thus, the important activity that takes place in the Plaza de Europa (CaixaBank-Fundación CajaCanarias Space), Plaza del Charco (Loro Parque Nicko) and the esplanade of the Pier (Espacio Aqualia) – the latter, divided into two to host a great show of aerial theater - will be completed with the actions that will be carried out in Creativa Street (C/ Mequinez), De la Word (C/ La Hoya), Del Ingenio (C/ San Juan), De la Música (Paseo San Telmo ), Del Movimiento (C/Quintana/Plaza de la Iglesia), as well as the Castillo, Timanfaya, Avenida or Agustinos spaces. All the information can now be consulted through the website: www.festivalmueca.com.
Mueca's programming will bring to Puerto del Cruz important local, national and international shows of street theatre, dance, music, circus and plastic arts. Within a quality and diverse offer, stands out numbers such as the one starring the Spanish-Argentine company Puja, with its play 'Quixote', a theatrical production that includes live music and aerial acrobatics and which is nominated for the 2016 MAX Awards as best street show; 'El Coche', created by the Chilean Karcocha, transforms urban spaces into a circus of laughter thanks to its power of play and improvisation; or the a cappella musical comedy proposed by the Madrid company Yllana with its work 'The Primitals', a benchmark in gestural humor theatre, with twenty-five years of experience in the country.
Once again, Mueca is also the space where some of the best current Canarian productions will be shown; the case of Abubukaka, one of the most acclaimed forms in previous editions, which premieres this year with its new show 'Cuneta Deluxe' in three performances; Burka Theater, with the play 'Romeo and Juliet. Verona lovers visit Mueca'; Lacura, by Bibiana Monje and her company Impulso, or Reymala, with her street proposal 'Stronger'.
Music and dance will also have their important part of protagonism. Thus, during the four days of activity you can enjoy performances by groups such as Nana Rue, Airam Ramos, the 101 Brass Band, Regina Zerené, Tenerife Danza Lab and Carlota Mantecón, among many others.