¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival Announces Jam-Packed Programme of Theatre, Film and Arts Events in Manchester

By 26 February, 2018

It’s hard to know where to begin with the line-up for the latest edition of the ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival taking place at HOME in Manchester. The festival will run from Thursday 12th April until Saturday 5th May 2018 and include a wide-ranging series of events taking in theatre, film, art and music.

Taking the headlines are the world premiere of The Tiger Lillies’ Mexican cabaret-extravaganza Corrido de la Sangre, an outing for Lola Arias’ meditation on the Falklands/Malvinas war Minefield, and an intimate production of Things Easily Forgotten by Catalan artist Xavier Bobés. Along with a performance of Mexican modern odyssey The Love of the Fireflies, directed by Emily Louizou, they make up what is a stand-out theatre programme. Louis Henderson will then bring his own unique voice to colonialism and capitalism in Haiti by using Édouard Glissant’s Monsieur Toussaint as a jumping-off point to look at the complexities of both translation (from French to Creole) and fiction when looking at Haitian history. His exhibition, Overtures, will run from Saturday 21st April until Sunday 10th June.

If that wasn’t enough there is also a packed film programme including Candelaria, the hotly-anticipated new film from Colombian film-maker Jhonny Hendrix (who will be in attendance for the 15th April screening), the UK premieres of Chilean film Mala Junta (Bad Influence) and reggaeton story Jeffrey, as well as other new films including Migas de Pan (Breadcrumbs), Sergio & SergeiEl Ciudadano Ilustre (The Distinguished Citizen), Ecuador-set Sin Muertos No Hay Carnaval (Such Is Life in the Tropics) and others, with a total of nine UK cinema premieres and 19 new films from Spain and Spanish-speaking Latin America overall.

Themes for the films include Latin American revolutionaries and cinema, and there will be a talk to add context, as well as contemporary Cuban cinema, with the opening weekend of films dedicated to Cuban film.

The full programme for ¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2018 will be announced shortly at homemcr.org/event/viva-spanish-latin-american-festival-2018

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