ISLA Festival 2019 on in Instituto Cervantes

Next 17th and 18th October, ISLA (Irish Spanish Latin American) Festival returns inspired by “Memory and Signs”, by poet Ángel Valente, shares not only title with this key poetry collection, but also the ideas at its core. Disciplines and artistic expression only grow in depth and wealth by blending with each other, by crossing boundaries of genre and formats.

Celebrated in Instituto Cervantes and other city venues, ISLA renews its proposal of a platform for Irish, Spanish and Latin American arts to meet and engage with the local audience regardless of their background and language skills (we offer simultaneous interpreting at all events not held in the local language). With Valente’s poetics interpretation of our world as a starting point, ISLA will evoke different artistic landscapes through the dialogues of a filmmaker and a neuroscientist, a photographer and a poet, a storyteller and a comic artist or a journalist and a non-fiction writer, to name just a few of the surprises contained in this year’s festival.

On its opening, ISLA will screen music documentary “Love and Death. The Story of Enrique Granados” at Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Arantxa Aguirre and neuroscience professor and dancer Ana Belén López and chaired by Spanish professor and singer Katerina García. The main festival events will include a panel discussion, interlinked interviews, two workshops (autofiction comic books and dance) and a multidisciplinar show about the musicality in Lorca’s works.

Fourteen writers and artists from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Ireland and Spain will take part in this celebration of the multicultural and multilingual artistic family that gathers in Dublin once again to shape a new ISLA. Coming from different fields such as cinema, music, literature and photography, some of the festival guests this year are Colombian writer and illustrator Powerpaola, Northern Irish short story writer Wendy Erskine, Peruvian scriptwriter and journalist Santiago Roncagliolo, “Minor Monuments” author Ian Maleney and Argentinian photographer Patricio Cassinoni.

ISLA is a bridge between English and Spanish language too, where participants are encouraged to use their mother tongue to result in more genuine interactions. In its approach to particular topics, the festival builds a programme in which every event is linked to the next and complement each other, to create a festival experience. The events are also an opportunity for authors to promote their most recent books and projects, as we were able to see for Emily Pine or Eithne Shortall in the past edition of the festival.

ISLA complements its main programme with a photography exhibition by the above mentioned Patricio Cassinoni, and the presentation in Ireland of music documentary series In-Edit which includes fascinating titles such as “Omega” or “La Chana” in collaboration with several national universities.

All events are free of charge with the exception of “Loco por Lorca”. The Autofiction Comics workshop will be in English, requires booking in advance and will be presented by Debbie Jenkinson (The Comics Lab). Free admission to all screenings (including the opening event film) which will be on in original version with English subtitles. Simultaneous interpreting available throughout the festival into English and Spanish.

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