April is the month of book. More, since 1995, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially proclaimed 23 as World Book and Copyright Day. A date (April 23) in which authors such as Miguel de Cervantes, William Shakespeare or Garcilaso de la Vega, referents of universal literature, and that it was already formally celebrated in different parts of the Spanish-speaking culture.
The cultural agenda of the institution proposes an April full of presentations of works, workshops, didactic activities, cinema and even contests that, together, encourage citizens, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading, as advocated by UNESCO in its universal declaration.
The Insular Library of Gran Canaria organizes on the 23rd of April the traditional reading of Don Quixote, for schools and the general public, from 9.30 am to 2.30 pm. On Wednesday, April 24, at 2:15 p.m., the library will connect with the XXIII continued reading of the work of Cervantes at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid.
The Atlantic Center of Modern Art April 23 is also added to the celebrations around the book, with their shared readings, in which local authors read passages of their works and invite the public to participate in the activity. On this occasion, with Acerina Cruz, in a meeting organized by the Publications Department and the CAAM Library. On the same day 23 the CAAM and the House of Columbus dedicate World Book Day to Bookcrossing. Between 10.00 and 12.00 the libraries of both museums will distribute books of art and history through the busiest areas of Vegueta. In this way, dozens of publications will be circulated among a public that will be invited to 'liberate' them once they have been read anywhere else in the city outside of it, anywhere else in the world.
The Museum Service of the Cabildo, under the Ministry of Culture, has designed a program to which are added other actions that have the book as a center already included in its ordinary programming.
The Tomás Morales House-Museum, in the Villa de Moya, it presents from the same Book Day, on April 23, until Sunday May 5 the exhibition We are type of books: The Roses of Hercules (1919-2919); A journey through the history of Modernism through the covers, illustrations, typographies, capitulars or vignettes used in The Roses of Hercules. Including a special attention to the author's book of 1919 (an artisan model of the edition, unique issue), the Prince edition of 1919 and the edition of El Museo Canario of 1956. A thorough analysis of the work of Tomás Morales through of the visual signs of identity of the publications of a title forged under the rubric of Rubén Darío and the French symbolism, which is a reference in the Hispanic modernist movement. Your great project, The Roses of Hercules, defines a proper language between the mythological and the aesthetic. The entrance to this exhibition, scheduled from 10 am to 6 pm from Tuesday to Sunday, is free.
In the whole month of April, from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm, the activity begins Celebrating the Day of the Book with Benito Pérez Galdós, in the Pérez Galdós House-Museum. The Department of Education and Cultural Action coordinates the visit to the students of educational centers of Gran Canaria: the students of Primary will be able to realize the workshop My first book about Pérez Galdós, and those in Secondary, the so-called Orbajosa, letters and images, in which readings of several fragments of the work of Galdós will be completed. The birthplace of Galdós, now converted into a museum, will also house on Thursday, April 4, a talk (within its Writers Cycle) with Sergio del Molino (7:00 pm), author of The violet hour, What nobody cares or The empty Spain, and Critical Eye Award, Tigre Juan or the one granted by the booksellers of Madrid for their essay work.
The House-Museum will also have special Saturdays from this month of April. Days 13 and 27 (and successive Saturdays in May, June and July) are dedicated to the writing workshop given by Santiago Gil: an approach to the different literary genres, through technical lessons and practical exercises. Gil is a renowned author who has signed, among others, works such as Papagüevos music, The door of the cage, essays and poems. Graduate in Information Sciences from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, the writer conducts this training activity free of charge, prior registration, with a capacity of 70 places.
The writers will continue to be protagonists in April at the Casa-Museo Pérez Galdós. On Tuesday, April 23, a new installment of the cycle Literary Archives of Contemporary Authors is scheduled, with José Luis Correa. The author joins an initiative that aims to preserve the legacy of the island's literati, preserving the originals of his most important works, which are available to researchers and the public in general. Correa will deliver on this date (7:00 p.m.) one of his original manuscripts. Author of Death of a violinist or The summer that Chavela died, José Luis Correa is a professor of Language and Literature Didactics at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. His work has deserved awards such as Benito Pérez Armas (They killed me so badly), the City of Telde (for Fifteen days of November) or the Vargas Llosa Prize (for Take a look at the face).
On Thursday, April 25 (7:00 pm) at the Pérez Galdós House-Museum, Juan Carlos de Sancho stars in the call for Writers who read Galdós. Writer, poet, screenwriter, draftsman and current director of the publishing house El Rinoceronte de Durero, De Sancho addresses the theme 'Galdós and his stories, I would miss more!', And Galdós' mastery of the short story. Admission is free until full capacity is reached.
In the House of Columbus, The book is also presented on April 8, at 8:00 p.m. The Pact of Columbus and Guacanagarí in La Española (The precedents of the Canary Islands), by Antonio Tejera Gaspar. Elena Acosta Guerrero director of the museum, María del Cristo González Marrero (professor of the ULPGC)) and the author (Canary Islands Prize of Historical Heritage) intervene in an act around a work that compares the agreement of Columbus with those reached by the Europeans and the aborigines in the Canary Islands. Similarities and differences are analyzed in attention to the peculiarities of the different events, in a book that delves into some obscure and complex episodes in this fragment of the story.
The Americanist Museum has also programmed one of the most striking events of this month's book: the musical show The trips of Gulliver. Valeska Álvarez González (puppets, theater and circus) and Carles Fibla Pascual and Carmen María Brito López (violinists of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Rocks) support this play proposal scheduled for Saturday April 13 (12:00 hours). Its authors are based on the original work of Jonathan Swift (written in 1726) and the suite for two violins of the same title composed by Georg Philipp Telemann in 1728. Music, literature, circus and puppets converge in this original creative proposal that will encourage the offer cultural event in the historic center of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The pedagogical service of the OFGC produces the show.
From this day, Tuesday 23, until Monday, May 6, the Casa de Colón also promotes the IV Micro-Story Competition in Twitter Canary Islands, A little America An initiative that also alludes to the celebration of the International Museum Day (May 18), and which promotes the library of the center to invite to connect with a short story Atlantic history and relations between the Canary Islands and America. The theme chosen for this occasion is Pioneers of oblivion, Canarian women in America. The maximum size of the text is 280 characters: a tweet with the hashtag or tag # CanariasPequeñaAmérica. The jury's decision will be issued on May 10, and the prize will be awarded on the 18th. The rules of the contest are available on the web. casadecolon.com With this contest, the museum invites the public to "contribute to uninhabiting the rooms of oblivion and fill them with the recognition that the role of women deserves in history".
On Wednesday, April 24, at 8:00 pm, the presentation of the book will take place The great love of Galdós, of Santiago Gil. Alonso Cueto and José Armas Marcelo accompany the author in this act at the Casa de Colón. His work is immersed in the sentimental life of Galdós, a man who always renounced marital coexistence and commitment, but who had many loves identified. María Josefa Washington Galdós Tate was the romance that marked her life, and that Gil approaches from fiction as an impossible love. Also as a tribute a woman unjustly forgotten.
The House of Columbus projects within its Colón Cinema cycle Mystery (Mexico, 1980), on April 25, at 8:00 p.m. A film directed by Marcela Fernández Violante, who also signs the script about Vicente Leñero's novel. The film tells the story of a telenovela actor who has lost the notion of reality and fiction, and who is involved in the convoluted plots of the genre. The museum, together with the Vertigo Film Association, promotes this cycle, which in April stops at a work that has won several awards in several international festivals. In this case, the book is the protagonist through the cinema.
Throughout April the Casa de Colón will also develop the educational activity The island of the treasure: a workshop to encourage reading through a game of clues. It is aimed at students of Primary and Secondary Education, who can enjoy this resolution of an enigma in different rooms of the Casa de Colón. And the project Vegueta Nights, which aims to provide teachers of the Islands with an educational tool with which they can disseminate content related to the history of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to primary students, and awaken a fondness for the museum itself, books and reading. The crypt and the patios of the building will be the scenarios where the action of the text will be developed: the story 'Noches de Vegueta'.
The Antonio Padrón House-Museum. Center for Indian Art celebrates from Tuesday 2 to Friday 26 April a visit-workshop aimed at students of Secondary Schools of Gran Canaria (free activity with prior registration), under the title Multiple micro-stories. In this activity the students elaborate different answers to questions formulated about a painting, to combine them with each other, as proposed by Gianni Rodari's multi-book formula. The collective authorship and a playful character (a creative game) will define a single book with the contributions of the students.
The Antonio Padrón House-Museum also celebrates its special Book Festival on Sunday, April 21 at 11.00. The Writers and Writers Association Palabra y Verso and Heriberto Cruz participate in this free activity for all audiences, which includes workshops, exhibitions, recitals, music, exhibitions, book deliveries and literary installations.
The Cueva Pintada Archaeological Museum and Park, in Gáldar, presents the story Arminda and the corsair's attack on April 3. The writer Alexis Ravelo and the illustrator Alex Falcón combine their talent in this work, which tells the adventures of a young protagonist. In the aforementioned presentation, students of the CEIP Fernando Guanerteme participate.
Ravelo (noted author of a crime novel recognized nationally and internationally) and Falcón (illustrator who has distinguished himself by his presence in national and international events and festivals) complete a unique creative alliance in this edition of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria. This is the third story of Arminda, which also links with visits organized by the museum (free) for schools in the area, which will be held throughout the month of April.
Also during all of April the Museum and Archaeological Park Cueva Pintada offers a bilingual visit, in Spanish and English, free and from Tuesday to Friday (at a time agreed with the museum) Arajelbén (Till Another Day) is the epigraph of an activity aimed at primary school students, to spread the ancient town of Cueva Pintada, through a dynamic tour with readings of the story 'Arajelbén', which tells the meeting and the friendship that arose between the Canarian girl Arminda and Fernandillo , the Castilian child.
The museum contemplates the celebration of the visit-workshop Painted Cave in Family for Saturday, April 27 (from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), addressed to families (previous registration, Monday to Friday, in the museum or in the number 928. 895 489). The play 'Arminda and the corsair's attack' will involve families in a new adventure and in the pre-Hispanic universe.
The month of the book will close with the presentation of the work The guardians of the seeds. Origin and evolution of agriculture in Gran Canaria, of the collection The island of canaries. A title of the editions of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria that will have its launching on Tuesday, the 30th, at 7:30 p.m., at the Insular Library of Gran Canaria, with the participation of Jacob Morales and Javier Velasco Vázquez.