The Puerto de la Cruz Mueca International Street Art Festival is already facing its twentieth anniversary after holding a unique edition this weekend, the second marked by the pandemic, with stage shows that have consolidated the bond between citizens and visitors through culture. The Puerto de la Cruz City Council and the Cómplices Mueca platform are already working on the next edition, which will be held from May 5 to 8, 2022 with the commitment to offer a cultural experience full of optimism.
The Mueca spirit has resisted the rain this weekend. Thousands of people attended the nineteenth edition in Puerto de la Cruz. The festival, organized by the City Council and the Cómplices Mueca platform, developed 45 of the 60 planned performances. The activity only stopped on Friday 26 for security reasons due to adverse weather conditions. On Saturday 27, the most complete day of the program, all activity resumed normally.
The Mueca festival thus closes one of its most complex editions after a collective effort that has contributed to strengthening the image of Puerto de la Cruz as a model municipality in the development and promotion of the island's cultural and creative fabric.
80 international, national and regional artists have passed through the city of Porto, who have placed this event as a benchmark for culture in the Canary Islands. The rain turned into laughter and joy thanks to the commitment and effort of a team made up of more than 70 people who made possible a new edition of Mueca in Puerto de la Cruz.
Circus, dance, theater, music and a lot of humor were some of the disciplines that a devoted public could enjoy. Laughter was shared with family and friends and some of the shows left the audience open-mouthed.
The Belgian company Theater Tol amazed an audience that did not stop applauding in the Aqualia Muelle space with the show 'Garden of Angels'. Similarly, the Dutch The Ruggeds surprised with their staging with 'Between us'. The tightrope walk of Kolektiv Lapso Cirk in 'OVVIO' brought the public to their feet in the Centro Comercial Martiánez space. Just like 15Feet6 with the show 'League & legend'. The unconditional fans of Abubukaka, a classic in Mueca, filled the El Peñón space on two occasions with the premiere of 'The Patarrás Bearing'.
In addition, many families enjoyed shows with the little ones such as 'Panoli Kabareta' by Ganso&cía, 'Totó, a traveling clown' by Totó el clown, 'La Caixeta' by the Holoqué company, 'Elhunter' by Mighty Jambo, 'Diábolo classic metal' by Unmistakable Brothers or 'Bakéké' by Fabrizio Rosselli. On the other hand, they were able to carry out two workshops: one on circus, thanks to Teatro KDO; and another percussion one with Bloko.
The streets and spaces of the Porto area gave rise to performances such as '[The Frame]' by Eléctrico 28, 'Micro-Shakespeare' by the company Toti Toronell / Laitrum or 'Música y narración' with Esther Alfonso, Belén Álvarez (Lajalada), Cristina Verbena and Julia Rodriguez.
And they also served as the stage for Burka theater with 'Valientes!' or 'Home' of the company Cris-is. Dance took over the Penitente space with 'Paradise' by the company La Reversa, 'UUNO' by Ayya Choreography, 'Ojos para no ver' by Cora Panizza, 'Apolo' by Wettibute and 'Dancing with my shadows' by Flamencuría Obdulia Bustos .
The International Street Art Festival in Puerto de la Cruz Mueca is organized by the Puerto de la Cruz City Council and the Cómplices Mueca platform. In addition, it receives the support of the Government of the Canary Islands through the Canarian Institute for Cultural Development, the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife through Turismo de Tenerife, the Ministry of Culture of the Cabildo Insular de Tenerife, Rehabilitation Consortium of Puerto de la Cruz and the Euro-Latin American Network of Performing Arts. On the other hand, Mueca thanks other entities such as Aqualia, CaixaBank, Centro Comercial Martiánez, Centro Médico Tucán, Hotel El Tope, Hotel Be Live Experience Orotava and Grúas Juanele.