Viva! Spanish and Latin American Festival is bringing the flavour of the Spanish-speaking world to Manchester.
The festival celebrates film, theatre and visual art from across the diverse Spanish-speaking world. Exciting and captivating, the unique festival is presented by Manchester’s HOME. This year’s 23rd edition of the festival will take place from 31 March – 17 April.
Members of the Manchester community are invited to enjoy 18 days worth of ‘outstanding’ entertainment and art. The festival is inspired by Spain’s Cultural Revolution, which was sparked by a transition into democracy.
Celebratory art will commemorate the 40th year of the abolition of censorship in Spain. Entertainment on offer throughout the festival includes, live music events and international theatre and dance performances.
A live music performance by rock band, Rural Zombies will kick off the festival. Artists, La JohnJoseph, Oreet Ashley and Alejandria Cinque will also perform on the Viva! stage.
At Tony Wilson Palace – on First Street – there will be a three-weekend long ‘fiesta’. DJ’s will be entertaining attendees and Spanish inspired food and drink will be served.
Theatrical performances include ‘outstanding’ show, One-Hit Wonders. The show marks the 20th anniversary of Barcelona-based contemporary dance company, Sol Pico.
Theatre production, Smoke, directed by Walter Meierjohann will also premiere. The show is said to be an ‘intense’ drama.
Home will present a series of films about the Cultural Revolution period. In addition to this, there is a full film programme which celebrates the best new Spanish and Latin American Films.
A total of 15 Spanish and Latin American films have their UK premiere. Films are from 10 different countries including: Spain, Argentina, Chile, Columbia, Cuba and Mexico.
Artwork will also be showcased throughout the festival. Discussions and a range of talks will also be held.
This is a rare chance to attend a Spanish and Latin American fiesta.
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