Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Children’s Theatre Festival 'La Mostra' in Igualada ... or Discover Penedès (Catalonia), April 11-14

From Thursday to Sunday, April 11-14, we will see one of the biggest annual events in the cava and wine region Penedès, albeit aimed at a niche target group: the Children’s and Youth Theatre Festival La Mostra in Igualada, Anoia (Fira de teatre infantil i juvenil). The event has an excellent web site in Catalan and Spanish where you can buy tickets, but also learn more about the different performances and find detailed maps of the host town. This year, 48 theater companies have been contracted, of which 42 are based in Catalonia, one in Comunitat Valenciana, and four more in other parts of Spain while one group comes from France.

La Mostra is now organized for the 24th time and it is by far the biggest festival of its kind in the Catalan-speaking world. However, you do not need to speak Catalan to enjoy and appreciate it: a range of dance, acrobatics and pantomime shows combined with outdoor games and activities make it possible for all families with children to feel perfectly welcome.

La Mostra is a unique, but of course not especially interesting for those of you who plan to come here without children. If this is your case, you will still be able to find many things which offer a flavour of the culture and society in Penedès: Catalan human towers in Vilanova i la Geltrú (Garraf), jazz concerts in Font-Rubí (Alt Penedès) and Sant Salvador and El Vendrell (Baix Penedès ), a sailing regatta in Sitges (Garraf) and much more. A full weekend agenda in English can be found here.

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Mona and Göran: This week, we see Swedish Mona complaining that human towers are an example of how Catalans always go too far and that a children’s theater festival in Catalan is proof that they want to exclude all Spaniards.

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Earlier related blog posts:
2009: La Mostra – Catalonia’s Most Important Children’s Theatre Festival
2010: La Mostra – Catalonia’s Biggest Children’s Theatre Festival

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Further sources:
LaVanguardia: La Mostra de Igualada de teatro vuelve con menos presupuesto pero con récord de estrenos

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