Mueca has done it again. And it's been 16 years. Once again, the International Street Art Festival made the city of Puerto de la Cruz its own, from Thursday to Sunday, with more than 60 scheduled companies and 400 artists who ended up going on stage. Four days in which the reality of the municipality changes, it is impregnated with something that may not be quantifiable and that in this 2018 has been highlighted so well under the slogan 'The culture of optimism'.
The dynamic is absolutely successful and comforting for all parties. Successful because from the very day of Thursday the scheduled shows had a full house (the Abubukaka stuffing the El Peñón stadium for three consecutive nights would deserve a separate article); and comforting because that joy inherent in Mueca feeds both the public, as well as artists and merchants. It is the perfect circle. Culture in capital letters that also translates into a powerful economic engine.
Loyalty to Mueca is palpable in years like this 2018, when the good weather was not entirely on our side. The cold was uncomfortable at times, but the public always filled the stands and the spaces set up for the thousands of people who made an appearance on one of these four days.
The companies, the edges, the years go by, and the image of Mueca is reinforced as a unique cultural event in the Canary Islands. Juggling, clowns, musicians, storytellers, acrobats... live art, in the streets, in the open air, freely accessible, massive and also resolutely directed towards social and environmental sustainability. It is also, in a way, the perfect circle.
And all under the integrating concept of culture for the whole family. And that is perhaps the most important thing. Fathers, mothers, children, grandmothers… enjoying the shows all together. Mueca is often for the little ones. His first experiences with the arts take place on many occasions in Puerto de la Cruz, at the International Festival of Street Art, which is both optimistic and perennial. It is the great success of the citizens of Porto, who one day had to organize themselves in the Citizen Platform after two years of suspension to recover what should never have disappeared. And of those 'struggles', these arts. Long live Mueca!