The Mediterranean Sea currents, Tarragona 2018 Cultural Program’s essence

From April to October, history, music, dance and gastronomy will take over Tarragona and the other 15 host cities

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28 February 2018


All the Mediterranean Games currents will be unified in the Tarragona 2018 Cultural Program; a series of events that will make the territory heritage stand out. Different activities will be carried out this year from April to October in all the host municipalities, including Tarragona. Exhibitions, concerts, theatre plays, dance performances, historical re-enactment activities and popular culture shows will be the main focus of the program.

The Cultural Program, managed by the City Hall of Tarragona, is the result of the collaboration of all the Tarragona 2018 Organizing Committee public administrations: the City Hall, the Spanish Government, the Catalan Government, and all host municipalities city halls. Influential socioeconomic entities from all over the territory, like the Port of Tarragona, Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) or “la Caixa” Foundation, have also collaborated with the program’s schedule.

During approximately six months, the Cultural Program will praise our cultural heritage and encourage everyone to give thought to interculturality’s role within the Mediterranean. It will also enhance the cultural exchange and refer to the Mediterranean history as a tool to understand contemporary times.

The Mediterranean Sea smooth currents will become cultural areas that will offer a lot of different themed activities. During these six months, the regular cultural schedule will focus on the Mediterranean Games and, moreover, there will be new special events.

The history current wants to bring the archaeological roman Tàrraco, declared Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO, closer to everyone. This year, one of the main historical re-enactment events, Tarraco Viva, will focus on sports. Furthermore, during summer, Tarragona will keep working on the show known as Tarragona, Living History. The National Museum of Archaeology of Tarragona, located in the Port of Tarragona, will be presenting its exhibition to the public. The Festival Terra Ibèrica in Calafell will stick to its objective of spreading the Iberian culture under the motto Els jocs de l’antiguitat (Ancient Games).

The spectacles current will provide the territory with exciting dancing, theatre and musical events.

Regarding dance, the prestigious dancers and choreographers Maria Pagés and Sidi Larbi Cherkaoiu will merge flamenco and contemporary dance in the show Dansa, on July 5th in Teatre Tarragona. Moreover, 8 young dancers from Egypt, Morocco, France and Spain will star in Shapers, a production that questions the relation between the city, public spaces and citizens. This chorographical piece will be played on July 14th in Plaça Corsini.

Concerning theatre, Teatre Tarragona will host two big productions from Merida’s Classic Theatre International Festival. Those are Sophocles’ Èdip Rey, directed by Denis Rafter (June 9th and 10th), and Calígula, written by Mario Camus and directed by Mario Gas (June 16th and 17th).

Genovesa Narratives Teatrals, a company from Tarragona, will take Ulissa, a family show, to all the Games host municipalities. It is a feminine and transgressor version of Homer’s Odyssey.

CaixaForum will present En un racó del Mediterrani, a theatre play for families that aims to appraise our sea’s fragility and our duty to protect it. Another event organized by CaixaForum is the Oceans i Meduses workshop, a scientific expedition willing to discover the Mediterranean and its species.

In relation to music, the regular music schedule (Tarragona International Dixieland Festival, Bouquet Festival, Altafulla Altacústic Festival, Calafell Mediterranean Nights, el Vendrell Pau Casals International Music Festival, Conservatory of Tarragona’s Provincial Government International Music Festival, among others) will host Mediterranean Rhythms at Auditori de la Diputació in Tarragona. This show is visual and musical, merging the Conservatory musicians’ percussion and the Roberto Oliván Company dancing. You will be able to listen to different rhythms from different places surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.

The Provincial Government of Tarragona Conservatories will bring to Tarragona Arena Plaça performances portrayed by its own students from Jove Orquestra and Banda Simfònica. Also, the Orquestra Camera Musicae will perform their show in the same venue.

Antoni Sebastià, professor of the Provincial Government Conservatory, composed the march that will be heard during the Medals Ceremony.

The traditions current will emphasize the territory culture and traditions richness and spread it among the visitors. Tarragona’s castells (human towers) and their respective colles (clubs) will be the main focus of an exhibition at the Port of Tarragona. Locals will celebrate Sant Joan’s Eve during the Games, and later in September, Tarragona’s Festes Majors. We must not forget about the 27th edition of the Castells Contest, on September 30th and October 6th and 7th in Tarragona and Torredembarra.

The exhibits current will take the Miguel de Cervantes o el desig de viure (Miguel de Cervantes or the desire to live) exhibit to Tarragona. It is produced by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) and the Cervantes Institute, and it shows, via José Manuel Navia’s photographs, the places Cervantes went through the Mediterranean. Calafell will pay tribute to the writer and editor Carles Barral, through poems related to the Mediterranean Sea. The Art Centre will bring an exhibition about writing around the Mediterranean at the Port of Tarragona. A selection of the VII Centenary of the Crown of Aragon General Archive items will highlight its importance for the history of the Mediterranean countries. A photography exhibition of the Group of Heritage of Humanity Cities will show these municipalities cultural and history richness.

The Provincial Government of Tarragona Modern Art Museum presents a special exhibition; Josep Guinovart. On conflueixen la mar i la terra (Josep Guinovart. Where sea meets land), highlighting two of the essential pieces of the Guinovart Universe: the Terres de Ponent region and the Mediterranean Sea.

Furthermore, the Provincial Government Art School will offer the Mar de lletres (Sea of letters) exhibition to present us the different writing methods created and used around the Mediterranean during more than 5,000 years of history. This exhibit will later become itinerant to reach all the citizens of Catalonia.

Likewise, students of the Art’s School Advanced Degree have created various designs to show off in the “Tarracvs Parade” and decorate it.

“La Caixa” Foundation will present in Reus and Vila-seca Gènesi, Sebastião Salgado, Art al Carrer (Genesis, Sebastião Salgado, Street Art) 38 big photographies that create an incredible mosaic, using Salgado’s work, in which you can feel nature to its greatest extent. CaixaForum offers two different exhibitions: Experiment Any 2100. Què ens espera a la Terra del Futur? (Experiment Year 2100. What to expect about future Earth?) allows you to explore, from a scientific point of view, which scenarios we may find in the XXII Century, and Pintura Flamenca i Holandesa del Museu de Ginebra, una selecció d’obres dels segles XVI I XVII (Museum of Geneva’s Flemish and Netherlandish paintings, a selection of artwork from the XVI and XVII Centuries).

The thinking current wants to open a meditation space about the Mediterranean and its culture. To do so, there is a cinema season (June 2nd-8th), in which debates about Mediterranean cinematographic works, highlighting cultural diversity’s value as an essential element for dialogue, knowledge and cohabitation, will be held. Tarragona will also be the home for Smart Heritage. Finally, URV’s Summer University will also open a space to think about the Mediterranean environment.

The gastronomical current will defend the importance of basic Mediterranean diet food like bread, wine or olive oil. The Tarraco a Taula fair, during Tarraco Viva, will meet the most demanding palate expectations and the Museum of the Port will offer pairings between history and wines from the area of Tarragona. The Mediterranean cuisine will also be present during gastronomic fairs like Ranxets, in Torredembarra; the romesco or the squilla mantis fairs in Cambrils or the rice fair in Calafell. You will also be able to discover ancient Greece gastronomy through two showcooking workshops offered by CaixaForum; Deïpnon: menjar a la grega (Deïpnon: Greek food) and La cuina grega en directe! (Live Greek cuisine!).

The pyrotechnique current will defend the significance of fireworks as a fundamental piece of Mediterranean festivities. The Fireworks International Contest will paint a colorful sky in Tarragona during the first days of July. On August 14th, the Castell de Focs de la Mare de Déu d’Agost (August Assumption of Mary Fireworks) new edition will kick off in Salou. Moreover, la Pobla de Mafumet will hold a special Mediterranean Games musical and pyrotechnic event created by artists from Tarragona.

Those activities will start on April 19th with an opening act at Teatre Tarragona and will finish on October 27th with a concert in the same venue, evoking Mediterranean jazz songs.

During the following weeks, the complete and final calendar of all the activities will be set and laid bare.

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