THE PARTICIPATION OF MUSIC INCREASES
BY 85% AND 30% PERFORMING ARTS
The performing arts programme will be from October 9 to 12
and that of music, from November 2 to 5
The General Director of Culture of the Government of the Balearic Islands, Catalina Solivellas, and the director of Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics (IEB), Pere Malondra, have presented, today at Ca n'Oleo, the new edition of Fira B! , the Professional Music and Performing Arts Market of the Balearic Islands, which was created in 2015 with the aim of publicising the creations of artists from the Balearic Islands and promoting exchange networks between music and performing arts professionals in the state and international level.
This year, for the first time, the music and performing arts programme at Fira B! will be held in different weeks. Thus, the performing arts programme will be from October 9 to 12, while the music programme will take place from November 2 to 5. “There is great interest from the sector with Fira B and this is demonstrated by the large number of applications we have received. Fira B has become a great window to make visible, not only the artists of our Islands, but also the talent that exists in this community. Because of this interest from programmers and the general public, we wanted to separate the dates to facilitate attendance for everyone who wants to come”, said Catalina Solivellas.
Institut d’Estudis Baleàrics closed on January 29 the artistic call for Fira B! 2023. A total of 880 proposals have been registered, 580 music proposals and 300 performing arts proposals. Music proposals have almost doubled compared to last year, in which a total of 312 proposals were received. In Performing Arts, the 240 proposals received last year have gone from 300 this year. "This increase demonstrates the consolidation of Fira B!, as a showcase for the most representative musical and stage creations from the Balearic Islands, as well as a meeting point to show state and international proposals", Pere Malondra has exposed.
During the presentation, a preview of the Fira B! 2023 that this year will have representation from all the Islands.
As for the performing arts, the participation of Aurora Bauzà and Pere Jou, A Beginning #16161D (winner in 2022 of the IEB creation grants) can already be advanced; Forgotten Trades, from the Daus company; Spring of beasts, from the company Ovnipresents; Zoom, Inc. Movements, and The Possibility of Tenderness, by the Chilean company La resentida (Marco Layera / Carolina Maza), which will premiere in Spain.
And with music they will participate, among others:
Bilo (Mallorca), winners of the Pop-rock Contest and Litore Quartet (Mallorca), winners of the Chamber Music Contest for Young Performers.
In the field of JAZZ: Jose Carra (Andalusia); Manel Fortià Trio (Catalonia); K12 (Mallorca); Pere Navarro Trio (Ibiza) and Alexandre Delange (Formentera). In the field of POP-ROCK-INDIE: MDMar (Mallorca); Glymur (Mallorca); Queen (Mallorca); Rudymentary (Menorca); Tamar Su (France/Israel) and Superkoloritas (Lithuania).
In the TRADITIONAL field: Figs from another costal (Menorca); Black sheep (Mallorca); Sonce Trio (Ukraine) and Korrontzi (Basque Country).
In the field of ELECTRONICS-URBAN: Xisk (Mallorca); Plan-ET (Mallorca); Lia Kali (Catalonia) and Ana Lua Caiano (Portugal).
In the field of classical: KamBrass Quintet (Mallorca); Duet Aguiló Fiol on double bass and guitar (Mallorca) and Lecuona, the color of Cuba (duo).
PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES FOCUSED ON THE PERIPHERY
One of the main axes of Fira B! is the Professional Conferences Fira B! Pro, open to anyone who is dedicated to music or the performing arts, whether they are a promoter, artist, programmer, distributor, or any other type of professional in both sectors.
This year the professional conferences will have the periphery as their theme. Within the framework of Fira B! Pro there are scheduled numerous talks, presentations, round tables as well as workshops, networking activities, meetings and other meetings that facilitate interaction between participants.
In performing arts, it is planned: Meeting of the state associations of playwrights; Round table on the Statute of the artist; Mediterranean Corridor (dance associations); European and state networks; collaboration with Hivernem de FiraTàrrega: spaces for residence and creation; work tables for state and international networks; presentation of ICCAR (International Center for Artistic Research).
Regarding music, in a professional market based on large cities that concentrate the industry, the access routes that exist from the periphery will be discussed, both geographically and, also, in terms of music style. Topics such as synchronization with audiovisual material and presentation of European projects that offer development opportunities for Balearic artists, etc.
In today's presentation, the commissions that have formed the jury to evaluate the artistic proposals presented have been announced.
These are the members of the performing arts commission: Joan Negrié, director of FITT (Tarragona International Theater Festival) and Sala Trono; Catalina Caldentey, president of ATAPIB - Association of Public Theaters and Auditoriums of the Balearic Islands; Maria Novell, Formentera Island Council Culture technician; Joan Matamales, director of the Artà Theater and member of ATAPIB (Association of Public Theaters and Auditoriums of the Balearic Islands); Pere Cortada, Capdepera Theater and member of ATAPIB (Association of Public Theaters and Auditoriums of the Balearic Islands); Teresa Carranza, coordinator of the Creation area of the Institut Ramon Llull and Clara Matas Vidal, cultural manager specializing in Live Arts and deputy executive director of the Vila-seca FiM festival.
On the other hand, the music commission has been formed by Marc Lloret (Mercado de Música Viva de Vic, Cat); Raluca Baicu (North Sea Round Town, NL), Marieke Meischke (ArtEZ, NL); Joan Trias (IB3); Amélia McCloskey (AM Licensing, UK) and Janka Kubandová (Viva Events, SK).
AGREEMENTS AND EXCHANGES
In the presentation, details of the exchanges of this edition with national and international entities have also been given. Thus, within the framework of performing arts, Fira B! 2023 will carry out exchanges with the Canarios dentro y Fuera festival, organized by the Victoria Theater, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife; the Teatro en Mil and Santiago Off festival in Chile; and with Danza Valencia, which hosted the Baal company in the 2023 edition and the presentation of a pitch by Maya Triay, winner of a creation grant from the IEB 2022.
In addition, the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics (IEB) is a member of the Spanish association COFAE, coordinator of Performing Arts Fairs, which is also part of the IETM International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts.
With music, Fira B! has an exchange agreement with the following music fairs and festivals: Jazz I Am (Catalonia), TROVAM (Valencia), Napoli World (Italy), Mastering the Music Business (Romania) and Festival Boreal (Canary Islands), and three other agreements are being negotiated.
Fira B! is a member of the Federation of Music Conferences, a recently established association that seeks to bring together fairs from all over Europe and defend their interests, as well as foster ways of collaboration between them.
The IEB is a member of the Plataforma Jazz España association, which unites jazz actors in Spain (particularly festivals), such as Fira B! As a result of our presence, Pere Bujosa received the Plataforma Jazz España award as an emerging artist in 2023.
A collaboration agreement has also been reached with Plataforma Jazz España to hold its annual congress within the framework of Fira B! This implies that a large number of Spanish and European programmers contribute, because the Better Life project meeting will also be held at Fira B! It is expected that within the framework of Fira B! HEpresent the Plataforma Jazz España award.
The IEB is a member of EMEE, the association of European export offices, which seeks to defend the export of European music and open paths as a group in other markets. As a result of the meetings of this association, an agreement has been reached with Why Portugal, the Portuguese export office, to host the representatives of the office and two professionals recommended by them, in addition to offering facilities for Portuguese professionals. There will be two Portuguese groups and there will be talks on how to enter the Portuguese market.
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