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Tickets for the tribute to Leonard Cohen were made available to the public on Saturday at the Jovellanos Theatre

Leonard Cohen. ©FPA

Artists such as Nacho Vegas, Javier Mas, the Webb Sisters and Duquende will participate in the event.  

That same day, tickets for the talk between Howard Gardner and Eduard Punset were given out at the “Casa de Culture” in Avilés.  

Tickets for the tribute to Leonard Cohen, which will count on the presence of the Canadian writer and musician conferred with the 2011 Prince of Asturias Prize for Literature, may be picked up from the Jovellanos Theatre box offices from Saturday, 15th October onwards, from 12:00 to 14:00 and from 17:30 to 20:00. A maximum of two tickets were given out per person.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation make 740 seats available to the public free of charge for this event, which will be held next Wednesday 19th October. The doors to the Jovellanos Theatre will close at 19:30.

The Foundation will pay tribute to Leonard Cohen through this event at which the Spanish guitar and poetry will take centre stage. The meeting, structured along three lines, will address the literary and poetic figure of Cohen in addition to his relation with Spain, symbolised through his admiration for Federico Garcia Lorca and flamenco. The event will also highlight his influence over young musicians, with special emphasis on the work of the Asturian singer-songwriter Nacho Vegas and the generation of pop-rock groups from the early 90s, known as the Xixón Sound, who, while based in the city of Gijón, became very famous on the Spanish music scene.

Artists and writers representing these three facets will participate in the event. These also include the Spanish guitarist Javier Mas and the Webb Sisters, who accompany Cohen on tour, the flamenco singer Duquende, the Irish singer and guitarist Glen Hansard, winner of a Grammy Award in 2007, and the Prince of Asturias Foundation Youth Choir. The literary critic Andres Amoros and Laura Garcia Lorca, the poet’s niece and president of the Federico Garcia Lorca Foundation, will also participate in the event, which will be presented by Fany Alvarez, member of the group from Gijón “Elle Belga”.

On Thursday 20th at 12:30, Cohen will also attend the opening of an exhibition of his prints, which will be on show in the “Aulario A” lecture halls building on the University of Oviedo Humanities Campus under the title “Leonard Cohen. The B-side. Drawings and engravings of a multidisciplinary artist”. The exhibition will be open until 13th November.

A Meeting with Howard Gardner

On Tuesday 18th October, the American psychologist Howard Gardner, 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, will take part in a talk at the Palacio Valdes Theatre in Avilés with Eduard Punset, jury member for the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. The event, which will commence at 19:30, will also feature the speech therapist Jorge Ruiz, leader of the musical group “Maldita Nerea”, who will perform the song “En el mundo genial de las cosas que dices” (“In the Fantastic World of the Things You Say”), from their latest album Fácil (Easy). Questions may be submitted via the Avilés City Council website.

Tickets (two per person) may be picked up from the “Casa de Cultura” box offices in Avilés from last Saturday, 15th October onwards, from 11:00 to 14;00 and on Monday from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 18:00 to 21:00.

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