Presentation of the poster and complete programme of Fira B! 2022
THE MOST IMPORTANT PROFESSIONAL SHOWCASE OF MUSIC AND PERFORMING ARTS IN THE BALEARIC ISLANDS FOCUSES ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CULTURE AND SUSTAINABILITY.
There are almost a hundred concerts and performances open to the general public:
Link to Fira B! promo video: https://youtu.be/4i6OKuv97F4
Miguel Company, the Councillor for European Funds, Art and Culture, Catalina Solivellas, Director General of Culture and Pere Malondra, Director of the Institute for Balearic Studies, presented this Tuesday the complete programme of Fira B! 2022, the biggest showcase of music and the performing arts in the Balearic Islands.
“The Govern is dedicating a week to culture. And, above all, home-grown culture, with 70% of the acts coming from the islands. FiraB! not only unites the professional and cultural sectors but also the islands themselves,” said Company, who highlighted the fact that the FiraB! schedule nicely balances well established companies and musicians with newer acts just setting out on their professional path. “We really believe in this crossover. We mustn’t lose sight of the fact that Fira B! Is a professional showcase and this year - registration is currently still open - there are more than 350 promoters, national and international professionals who will enjoy the selection and help local artists from the cultural sector of the Balearic Islands to reach a wider international audience,” stated the councillor.
Fira B! 2022, which this year takes place between 27 September and 2nd October, has at its heart the relationship between sustainability and culture. “We’d like to emphasise that the programme includes Espai 17, a project developed by Débora Marqués and Virgínia Seguí, of the Sant Lluís Town Council, as a way of applying the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) efficiently in the cultural sector,” explained Pere Malondra. “We’re very happy with the number of applications received: 312 from the world of music and 241 from the performing arts. It reflects the growing interest in this event, which is key to the islands’ culture,” added the director of the Institute for Balearic Studies.
There are a total of 81 events programmed under the FiraB! umbrella, all of which are open to the general public, including concerts and performing arts shows. The Marco Mezquida Trio, who apply sustainability criteria to all their productions, will be performing on the opening night.
The closing event will be a performance of Escalar un gegant, a Teatre Principal and Cultural-ment production.
This year, for the first time, the performing arts and music categories have been separated, with regard to both performances and the professional conferences and workshops.
Concerts are taking place on the 27, 28 and 29 September. There are 55 concerts scheduled on 3 stages close to one another; Ses Voltes, the Museu de Mallorca and the Teatre Municipal Xesc Forteza. Out of a total of 312 applications received, 35 were selected by an international jury to perform at FiraB! The remaining concerts are the result of negotiations between national and international fairs and festivals with artists from France, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, Romania, Estonia and Canada taking part. This year’s FiraB! sees a series of collaborations and exchanges between national and European festivals such as the Vic Showcase of Live Music; Kultur LX from Luxembourg; InJazz from the Netherlands, and C/OPop from Germany, amongst others. Other performances include acts taken from the catalogue put together by the Plataforma Jazz España from performances at their own festivals, some from the Balearic Islands, and one from Jazz España prizewinner, Lucia Fumero.
The Plataforma Jazz España (PJE) Congress and Assembly is also taking place under the FiraB! Umbrella. PJE is the organiser of the major jazz festivals in Spain and, along with providing over a dozen jazz promoters from Spain, will showcase the performance of the Lucia Fumero trio, one of this year’s prizewinning line-ups. The three Balearic artists featured in the PJE catalogue will be performing as well as the 15 most relevant Spanish acts from 2021, according to associates Pere Bujuso, Muriel Grossman and Toni Vaquer.
From the 29 September to 2 October there are 26 performing arts shows taking place at the Teatre Principal (Palma), the Teatre Municipal Xesc Forteza, the Teatre Mar i Terra, the Misericòrdia, the Casal Solleric, and at Can Balaguer, thanks to the collaboration of Palma Town Council and the Council of Mallorca. This year there is a new development; plays are being staged by local theatre companies, amongst them Trui Theatre, Teatre Sans (Estudi Zero), Iguana Theatre (Teatre de Mar), Espai el Tub (Produccions Ferro) performing in their home spaces. They’ll be presenting the history and evolution of the spaces directly before the performances. Along with the local companies, there will be companies from other autonomous regions such as Catalunya, Valencia, the Basque Country and the Canary Islands.
This year’s Fira B! relies on the help of some strategic partners in the world of performing arts such as
Sala Beckett and Fira Tàrrega, who formed part of the assessment committee, and the Coordinadora de Fires d’Arts Escéniques (COFAE), part of the International Network for Contemporary Performing Arts (IETM).
Fira B! will also be the setting for the realisation of collaboration and exchanges between like-minded bodies
and other representatives of the sector such as the Extremadura Centre for Performing arts and Music (CEMART), the Valencian Institute of Culture, the Etxepare Institute and the Canary Islands General Direction of Culture.
Please find the FiraB! 2022 complete artistic programme here:
The majority of performances are open to the general public, although we should remind you that FiraB! Is a professional event showcasing music and the performing arts. Its principal aim is to help new artists from the Balearic Islands reach a wider audience and to advance a network of professionals from the world of music and performing arts, from the Balearic Islands and at regional and country level.
As such, one of the central pillars of FiraB! is the FiraB! Pro days which, this year, are focusing on the relationship between culture and sustainability. They are being held at the Teatre Mar i Terra (music industry professionals) and Can Balaguer (Performing Arts professionals). They are open to all professionals in the world of music and performing arts; promoters, artists, distributors or any other type of professional in either sector. The programme includes numerous presentations and round tables where we’ll be reflecting on the music industry and performing arts field in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) along with workshops, networking events, meetings and other activities to advance interaction between all participants.
Please find the FiraB! Pro complete schedule of events here:
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