EUROPES. Contemporary Culture Festival

EUROPES. Contemporary Culture Festival

La Fábrica Barcelona

October 20, 2010

Contemporary Culture Festival

21 October – 14 November 2010

Tapioles 53
08004 Barcelona
+0034 933 292 237

La Fábrica presents EUROPES, the first meeting in Barcelona to celebrate and explore contemporary European culture

Starting on 21 October, EUROPES is the new festival created by La Fábrica designed to showcase the latest cultural and artistic trends in Europe. Until 14 November it will make the city the epicentre for contemporary European creation.

EUROPES presents a wide range of contents in different areas, including plastic and visual arts, performing arts, music, film, literature, architecture, cuisine and design. The festival features a crosscutting programme that reveals the rich and complex cultural fabric throughout Europe today and which will shake up Barcelona’s cultural calendar with over 250 activities, including screenings, performances, talks, meetings, exhibitions and conferences.

For three weeks, this new city festival will turn Barcelona into a gateway to Europe. In order to reach the widest possible audience, EUROPES is working with the city’s leading cultural centres, including the TNC, MACBA, Gran Teatre del Liceu, Sala Beckett, Museu Picasso, Mercat de les Flors, L’Auditori, and CaixaFòrum, amongst others. They will be joined by 30 civic centres and 36 public city libraries, over 60 art galleries, and a large number of bookshops, art schools, universities and restaurants, among over 200 spaces.

Thanks to this consensus, the festival brings together the city’s many different cultural systems, both public and private. EUROPES aims to be a catalyst for talent that interconnects and reinforces networks, both locally and throughout Europe. This key aspect will ensure that Barcelona can present a wide-ranging programme that will throw the spotlight on the latest creative trends across Europe.

Among the hundreds of activities being held under the umbrella of EUROPES, on 10, 11 and 12 November there will be an unprecedented symposium bringing together the leading production centres in Europe. The 1st Europes Conference on European Production Centres and Platforms will be a three-day meeting designed to share, compare and contrast different lines of action at the top European creation centres, set out new ideas for the future and set up an exchange and communication network between centres to collaborate on short- and medium-term projects.

EUROPES has invited the twenty heads of the top twenty centres from twelve countries in Europe to come to Barcelona, including Alessio Antoniolli, director of Gasworks (United Kingdom), Gerfried Stocker, director and curator of Ars Electronica (Austria), Ludger Orlok, director of Tanzfabrik (Germany), Stine Hebert, new director of the Baltic Art Centre (Sweden), Chus Martínez, chief curator at Macba (Barcelona), and Pablo Berástegui, coordinator of Matadero (Madrid).

EUROPES activities are arranged in three major sections: the Official Programme, containing the bulk of the main activities, mostly linked to some of the city’s benchmark cultural spaces; the OFF Programme, made up of a generous programme of parallel activities to enrich the Official Programme; and WelcomeEUROPES, created by EUROPES with Barcelona training and education centres, including a range of exchange activities, a pilot bedsharing programme and a creation campus. Anyone interested in welcoming students from Europe can get more information on the EUROPES website:

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