Government of the Canary Islands, Cabildo de Gran Canaria and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council jointly organize more than one twenty activities, which will take place from February until April 2, within the framework of the commemorative program called Canary Islands, the land of Galdós, with which the centenary of the death of the famous Canarian novelist is remembered this year.
The General Director of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Rubén Pérez Castellano and the Minister of Culture of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Guacimara Medina Pérez, presented at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, the extensive program of events scheduled in that period, which aims to bring the figure of Benito Pérez Galdós to citizens.
Rubén Pérez pointed out the inter-institutional cohesive dimension that has led to the celebration of the Centenary of Galdós. “Government, Cabildo de Gran Canaria and the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are united since the beginning of the legislature around their figure. The joint work between the Canarian institutions will allow us to take Galdós to the rest of the islands. And I want Let us serve as an example of the openness that we maintain towards the whole society, through the coordinating commission, which is open to everyone, because the important thing is, not only to value the figure and legacy of Galdós, but also its dimension reaches the entire Canary Islands’.
For its part, Guacimara Medina, warned the excellent response of citizens towards the events scheduled to date, which have been enjoyed by some 4,000 people This impact serves to put in check those who were not convinced to celebrate this extraordinary program. It is time to banish the voices of those who are responsible for dirtying the image of Galdós, because it is important to publicize his work and reconcile with his life, his remarkable literary production and his commitment to the progress of Spain, “said the counselor, for whom “to carry out this extraordinary programming is a way of demonstrating that you can work collaboratively in order to multiply the results.”
The events scheduled for this quarter start on February 6, at 6:00 p.m., at the Dolores Campos-Herrero Municipal Library, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, with a monologue by actor Juan Carlos Tacoronte, dedicated to Galdós. On the same day, at 7:00 p.m., at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, the writer and gourmet, José Esteban, will participate in the cycle Writers who read Galdós with the conference entitled Gastronomy in the work of Galdós. Esteban will take a tour of the history of gastronomy that Galdós echoed in his works, considered as an extraordinary contribution on the culinary tastes of the Spanish middle class at that time.
Also in the birthplace of the writer, the teacher, Gonzalo Pedro Sánchez Eguren, will offer, on February 13, at 7:00 p.m., the talk And Don Benito came to the mountain, which will take us to 1871, the year in which Benito Pérez Galdós arrived, for the first time, in Santander, where he placed his residence in the San Quintín palace.
The joint events planned for February conclude with the audiovisual conference Las Palmas El Ómnibus and Benito Pérez Galdós, that will be taught by the editors Plácido and Pablo Checa, on February 26, at 7:00 p.m., at the Canary Press Club; and with the dialogue reading, Galdós in Quegles, which will be carried out by the actors Sara Álvarez, Tony Báez, Jorge Reyes and Pino Luzardo, on February 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Already in March, those interested may participate in the theater workshop Galdós mythical and everyday, which will be given by the stage director Jorge Reyes Déniz on March 5, 12, 19 and 26, at El Palaciote Rodríguez Quegles, from 6 pm to 8 pm.
The role of women in the work of the Grancanarian writer will be the central theme of the round table that will be held on March 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the Benito Pérez Galdós House-Museum.
With the reference of Tristana, the councilor for Culture, Historical Heritage, Education and Youth of the City of Valsequillo, Lucía Melián Alonso, the professor, Yolanda Arencibia, the president of the Canary Association of Friends of Galdós (ACAG), Elisa Hurtado de Mendoza Monzón, the graduate in Protocol and Institutional Relations, María Teresa Cabrera Ortega, and the Bachelor of Political Science, Pino Rosa Suárez Martel, will address, at said table, entitled Benedict the great admirer of women Y The rural woman in Valsequillo, Galdós’ treatment of women, through the many female characters that appear in his works, leaving record of his concern for female emancipation and his role as the fundamental nucleus of the new society.
The professor and newly awarded for her book, Galdós A biography, With the Comillas Prize for History, Biography and Memories, convened by the Tusquets publishing house, Yolanda Arencibia, will deliver, on March 17, at 7:00 p.m., at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, the conference About the Nobel – fallen – to Galdós.
Bringing the work and life of Galdós to young people is another objective of the commemoration of the centenary of the universal writer, and this is reflected in the different activities dedicated to schoolchildren that will take place in parallel, such as guided tours or the presentation, the March 20, at 10:00 a.m., at the Cultural Association The city of Galdós (C / Domingo J. Navarro, nº 23, Bajo) of the book Trafalgar for young people, edited by CanariaseBook. With this edition, of a thousand copies, the importance of transmitting to the young people the anti-war conception about the life that Benito Pérez Galdós had.
On March 24, at 7:00 p.m., at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, the writer and member of the Royal Spanish Academy, Carmen Riera, will give us Five reasons to continue reading Galdós, in the talk, of the same title, which is part of the cycle Writers who read Galdós.
Primary school students are called to participate in the qualifying phases of the contest BiblioZONA, Around Galdós, on March 26, at 10:00 in the morning, to be held at the State Public Library in Las Palmas. An event aimed at promoting reading among schoolchildren and the knowledge of the Canary Islands through the Island episodes.
The program presented concludes on April 2 with a lyrical poetic show, by the students of the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands. The poetic-lyrical activity, On the shore of Marianela, It will take place at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, at 7:00 p.m.
In addition to these events, other activities will be developed in parallel, such as the Exhibition Benito Pérez Galdós: The human truth, that can be visited in Madrid until February 16, the workshops of stories and visits Galdós counts on you from the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, the I Galdosian Photography Contest for schoolchildren, the Galdós project travels across the 5 continents, driven by the Gran Canaria Tourism Board and the ULPGC, or the Opening Doors project, intended for schoolchildren, among other activities. In addition, until March 23, the deadline for the presentation of stories for the first Benito Pérez Galdós Young Narrative Prize, promoted by the Ministry of Education and Youth of the Gran Canaria Council in collaboration with the CanaryseBook publishing house, remains open.