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Princess of Asturias Awards 10/13/2022

The Princess of Asturias Foundation hosts and jointly organizesa meeting between Europe's major cultural foundations

Maria Pagés, joint 2022 Princess of Asturias Laureate for the Arts, will close the event with the flamenco performance entitled "Paraíso de los negros"

The programme of activities, sponsored by the Foundation and Philea, will take place on 19th and 20th October in Oviedo and Avilés

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The Princess of Asturias Foundation is to host the meeting to be held in Asturias between the major Spanish and European cultural foundations, as well as those forming part of the Art and Culture Thematic Network of Philea (Philanthropy Europe Association), a leading philanthropic association in Europe. The activities will take place on 19th October at the La Vega Arms Factory, in Oviedo, and on 20th October at the Niemeyer Centre, in Avilés.

María Pagés, joint 2022 Princess of Asturias Laureate for the Arts, will close the event on 20th October with the flamenco performance entitled “Paraíso de los Negros”, produced by the María Pagés Choreography Centre, based on the essence of Federico García Lorca’s Poet in New York and the novel of the same name by Carl Van Vechten. This event will also open the activities of “Awards Week”, which will last until 29th October.

Meeting

Under the title “Reimagine the Future through Arts and Culture: Bold storytelling, social change and the environment”, the meeting will reflect on the role of foundations in social change, exploring how practices from a local level in the fields of art and culture can provide creative answers to complex challenges.

The central themes of the meeting are the contribution of new formats and technological materials (Fab Labs) to the circular economy, innovation in technological designs, the exploration of new formats, and the relationship between artistic experiences and social inclusion. Some practical activities will also take place that deal with the monitoring of plants to analyse their surrounding environment and the potential use of recycled materials to create new musical instruments.

Speakers include Maya Adams, Art, Culture and Learning Programme coordinator at the foundation created by Ellen MacArthur (granted the 2022 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation) and El Arbi El Harti, playwright and director of the María Pagés Choreography Centre (jointly granted the 2022 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts together with Carmen Linares).

About ninety professionals from this sphere of activity will participate in the meeting through workshops, talks and round tables. A number of philanthropic institutions will likewise be present, such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (TBA21), the “la Caixa” Foundation and the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Moreover, artist Rodrigo Cuevas will present the crowdfunding campaign to turn the former La Benéfica Theatre, in Infiesto, Asturias, into a cultural space.

Philea

Philea (Philanthropy Europe Association) brings together approximately 10 000 foundations, including the Princess of Asturias Foundation. It was founded in 2021, resulting from the merger of Dafne and EFC. Its network includes philanthropic institutions from more than 30 countries that seek to improve the lives of people and communities. According to the association’s estimates, there are more than 147 000 philanthropic organizations in Europe which receive cumulative annual donations amounting to almost €60 billion, and whose combined assets exceed €511 billion.

INFORMATION OF INTEREST:

  • Admission is restricted to members of the invited foundations; consequently, the event will not be open to the general public.

APPENDIX

  • Programme of events (subject to change).

Programme of events

WEDNESDAY 19th OCTOBER

All events are to take place at the La Vega Arms Factory (Oviedo)

9:30am. Welcome

Teresa Sanjurjo, Director of the Princess of Asturias Foundation.
Ángel Font, President of Philea.
Carlos Hernández-Lahoz, copresident of Art and Culture Thematic Network of Philea.

9:45am. Talk: “Strategic Foresight for Arts and Culture”

Miguel Jiménez, CEO, FFWD consultancy.

10:05am. Round table: “Old Stories, New Content”

Participants: Joel Gethin Lewis (Creative Director at Universal Everything), artist Rino Stefano Tagliafierro (Founder of the Karmachina studio), Joe Hill (3D Joe & Max street artist) and José Luis de Vicente (Head Curator for Sónar +D).

12 noon. Round table: “With Our Feet on the Ground for the Environment”

Participants: Maya Adams (Art, Culture and Learning Programme Coordinator at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation), María Castellanos (member of the artistic duo uh513), Marlén López (Director of Laboratorio Biomimético), Arthur Steiner (Programme Manager at Hivos) and Marco Zappalorto (Director of Development at the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Foundation (TBA21)).

3:00pm. Workshop: “With Our Feet on the Ground for the Environment”

  1. The Life of Indoor Plants
    Plants are sensitive to the environment that surrounds them. This workshop aims to monitor plants and their environment by means of sensors. All this will be done in real time over the Internet via a web platform created specifically for the project. Workshop given by María Castellanos and Alberto Valverde (artistic duo that make up uh513).
  2. Nature as Inspiration in Creative Processes
    A workshop to learn how to manufacture biomaterials from a natural perspective, favouring the use of organic and biodegradable media. Workshop given by Marlén López and Manuel Persa (Founders of Laboratorio Biomimético).

4:50pm. Demostration: “The Life of Indoor Plants”

Speaker: Oriana Persico, Co-founder and Art Director of Human Ecosystems Relazioni. The demonstration will be led by María Castellanos.

7:30pm. “Tríptiko. A vision inspired by Hieronymus Bosch”, by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro

Hieronymus Bosch, one of the major artists on show at the Prado Museum (2019 Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities 2019), forms the basis for the audiovisual show “Tríptiko. A vision inspired by Hieronymus Bosch”, which formed part of the cultural programme of that year’s Awards Week. Through this proposal, Italian artist Rino Stefano Tagliaferro and his company Karmachina bring to life iconic elements of the Flemish painter.

THURSDAY 20th OCTOBER

The meeting will take place at the Niemeyer Centre (Avilés).

9:30am. Round table: “Old Stories, New Content”

Participants: Ignasi Miró (Corporate Director of Culture and Science at the “la Caixa” Foundation), Francisco Cipriano (Fundraiser at the Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian) and Marco Selo (Project Manager at the Fondazione CRT).

11:30am. Round table: “The World of Social Beings”

Participants: Rodrigo Cuevas (artist leading the La Benéfica project), El Arbi El Harti (Director of the María Pagés Choreography Centre) and Víctor Gil (Director of the “Music of Recycling” orchestra).

12:45pm. Visit to the Niemeyer Centre

With Carlos Cuadros, General Manager of the Niemeyer Centre.

3:00pm. Music workshops

  1. “Luthier for an Hour”
    Instrument manufacturing workshop using recycled materials. Participants will see how a luthier works and try to make an instrument themselves.
  2. “Flamenco for Social Inclusion”
    Workshop on the philosophy and technique of flamenco rhythms and styles. The participants will also learn how this art helps groups on the brink of social exclusion.

4:30pm. Round table: “The World of Social Beings”

Participants: Nadia EL-Imam (Chief Impact Director at Edgeryders), Adama Sanneh (Co-founder and CEO of the Moleskine Foundation) and Alison James (Executive Director of the BIC Corporate Foundation).

8:00pm. “Paraíso de los negros”

Featuring María Pagés, this production reflects a flamenco choreography that has its roots in the essence of Federico García Lorca’s Poet in New York and the novel of the same title by Carl Van Vechten.

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