Spanish #YearOverHere

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Spanish speakers, check out this page for resources and UK-based event listings to help you practice your language skills and immerse yourself in Spanish and Latin American culture! Think we've missed something? Click here to send us your suggestions for listings!   TIP: 2015 is the 'Year of Mexico in the United Kingdom' so watch out for Mexican-themed events around the UK!

Resources to help you immerse yourself in the language

Check out the Instituto Cervantes for event listings, Spanish courses and access to their library! With ListenLive, you can listen to a wide variety of Spanish radio stations. Browse Spanish newspapers online Have a read of La Tundra magazine, a cultural and creative magazine that is available online and in print. They are also keen to hear from Spanish-speaking students who are interested in writing or translating articles and reviews! Glance at Latinos in London for events, articles and podcasts Boogie on down to Ronnie Scott's España on Fire flamenco night, every Sunday at Ronnie's bar! Make friends at the Manchester Spanish Language Meetup Group!

Cultural events across the UK

January 2015

12th Jan - 9th May: 'Women on the verge of a nervous breakdown', Playhouse Theatre, London

Almódovar's 1988 hit film becomes a West End musical starring Tamsin Greig. Set in 1980's Spain, the story covers the messy love lives of a group of women and has already been a big hit on Broadway!  

21st Jan: Reading Workshop - Rodrigo Fresán, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

The reading workshops organised by the I.C. in Manchester last two hours and are open to any Spanish speakers of an intermediate level and beyond - and anyone else who likes to read and share ideas!


22nd & 24th Jan: 'Inés de Castro', Theatre Royal Glasgow, Glasgow

Commissioned by the Scottish Opera in 1996, James MacMillan's extraordinary first opera, after the play by Jo Clifford, follows the story of Inés de Castro, Spanish mistress to Pedro, Crown Prince of Portugal, has established itself as a modern masterpiece. 

29th Jan - 5th March: Latin Percussion Workshop: Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

Discover your Latin rhythm with percussion workshops where participants will learn authentic percussion techniques from popular Latin American rhythms. 

February 2015

5th Feb: In conversation with Ian Gibson (academic and writer), Instituto Cervantes, London

In conversation with Ian Gibson, an Irish author and Hispanist known for biographies of Lorca, Machado, Dalí and Ashbee.

11th Feb: Reading Workshop - Silvina Ocampo, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

The reading workshops organised by the I.C. in Manchester last two hours and are open to any Spanish speakers of an intermediate level and beyond - and anyone else who likes to read and share ideas!


25th Feb - 1st April: Creative Writing Workshop, Instituto Cervates, Manchester

These workshops will explore different narrative and journalistic techniques under the instruction of Jordi Garrell, examining the works of different writers and experimenting with their techniques.


27th Feb - 3rd April: Latin Dance Workshop, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

This series of workshops will connect different rhythms and folklore from countries such as Venezuela, Panama, Cuba, Columbia and Jamaica.

March 2015

3rd March: Concert - The Spanish Charm, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

The Jones & Maruri Duo (formed by the Spanish guitarist Agustín Maruri and the British cellist Michael Kevin Jones) will introduce their latest album, Arpeggione. 

18th March: Reading Workshop - Jorge Luis Borges, Instituto Manchester

The reading workshops organised by the I.C. in Manchester last two hours and are open to any Spanish speakers of an intermediate level and beyond - and anyone else who likes to read and share ideas!


19th March: Nigel Glendinning Memorial Lecture: 'Clay; something more than earth and water', Instituto Cervantes, London

Prof. Alonso Pleguezuelo will deliver the ARTES 2015 annual lecture on the topic of Baroque Spanish pottery.


20th March: 'Eloisa is under an almond tree', Canada Water Culture Space, London

The Spanish Theatre Company will perform the play by Spanish playwright Enrique Jardiel Poncela, which tells the story of a couple who get caught up in the mysterious disappearance of a woman named Eloisa.


26th March - 30th April: Flamenco Guitar Workshop, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

Learn how to play flamenco guitar by studying the rhythms, historical background and common techniques, as well as the Soleares palo for solo guitar.


26th March - 30th April: Spanish Tapas Workshop, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

Learn about Spanish gastronomy by preparing some cold Spanish tapas and learning about the ingredients, tastes and aromas that compound Spanish geography.

April 2015

5th April: Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club in concert, Royal Albert Hall, London

The Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club are bidding goodbye to the world stage with a massive 'Adios' tour, including a stop at the Royal Albert Hall!

16th April: Latin American Dictatorship Series: Lecture 1 - Human Rights and the Judiciary in Post-Authoritarian Argentina, Canning House, London

This lecture will explore the role of the Argentine judiciary in addressing the legacies of state oppression. 

17th-19th April: London Spanish Film Festival, Ciné Lumiere, London

The 5th Spring Weekend on the London Spanish Film Festival will feature a wide range of Spanish films, including special previews of two unreleased films.

17th - 18th April: Lope de Vega & Shakespeare, Hand in Hand, Southwark Cathedral, London

The Spanish Theatre Company presents a staged recital of sonnets and monologues, in Spanish and English, by Lope de Vega and Shakespeare. They will be accompanied by chamber music of the period, performed by Trío Roncesvalles, which is composed of a guitar, a violin and a mezzo-soprano. 

23rd April: Carlos Miguel Prieto conducts the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Mexico's leading conductor makes his Liverpool debut with a programme including Mexican folkdance. 

27th April: The Waiting Room: Spanish Exile in the United Kingdom, Instituto Cervantes, London

The performance will be followed by a wine reception.

May 2015

5th May: In conversation with Prof. Paul Preston, Instituto Cervantes, London 

Professor Preston will be in conversation with Dr. Julio Crespo Mac Lennan.

7th May: Sherry Tasting with Beltrán Domecq, Instituto Cervantes, London

Sherry is the most cosmopolitan and internationally known of Spanish wines. Attendees will taste seven classic styles, guided by Beltráns insights.

12th May: Meet the author: Jesús Carrasco, Instituto Cervantes, London 

Meet Jesús Carrasco, author of the new novel 'Intemperie'.

13th May: European Literature Night: Six writers in conversation (including Jesús Carrasco), British Library, London

Meet six superb writers from six countries in a literary feast of compelling fiction, poetry and short stories which explore the nature of relationships, childhood trauma, questions of morality and much more. 

13th - 27th May: Spanish Wines Workshop, Instituto Cervantes, Manchester

The Instituto Cervantes and the School of Wine are coming together to bring you three evenings celebrating everything that's great about Spanish wine, with experts Ian Dogherty and Kate Goodman.

20th May: IV Foro Cervantes at University of Oxford: Javier Cercas, Taylor Institution, Oxford

Under the generic heading “Foro Cervantes” (Cervantes Forum), the University of Oxford and the Instituto Cervantes began a collaboration to present to British academia some of the Spanish writers best known to critics and to the reading public. This year`s session will feature Javier Cercas, who will give a lecture and meet undergraduates studying Spanish.

23rd May: Prehistory's play centre and the archaeologist's suitcase, Instituto Cervantes, London

This interactive workshop is designed to reflect on human evolution in Europe, led by top archaeologists and anthropologists.

25th May: Hay-On-Wye Festival: Roberto Ampuero and The Neruda Case, Hay-On-Wye, Wales

The acclaimed Chilean writer Roberto Ampuero will give a talk to launch his recently-published book, El caso Neruda.

29th May: Mexico20: New Voices, Old Traditions, Free Word Hall, London

The México20 anthology brings together the work of twenty young Mexican writers under the age of forty to an international readership. Join three of the featured writers Laia Jufresa, Brenda Lozano and Daniel Saldana Paris, as they discuss with journalist Maya Jaggi their work, the anthology, the vast literary tradition of Mexico and how brave new styles are capturing an era of shifting boundaries.


30th May: Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca, Silk Street, London

Cuban jazz pianist Roberto Fonseca joins Malian soul singer Fatoumata Diawara in a unique collaborative performance.

30th May: Brenda Lozano, Daniel Saldaña Paris and Laia Jufresa with Gaby Wood, Hay-on-Wye, Wales

Come and join three of the emerging superstars of the México20 anthology for an evening of Mexican stories, music and drink. With music from the stunning mariachi band Las Adelitas.

June 2015

1st June: Own Code II, Edurne Esponda Exhibition, University of Birmingham

The sumptuous paintings of Edurne Esponda in Own Code II reflect on the impact of contemporary codes of fashion and cuisine in visual memory. Esponda is inspired by the colours and shapes of traditional Mexican foods such as nieves (sorbet), mole (a rich sauce) and mescal (a local alcoholic drink).

1st June: MEX/BHX: Mexico in Birmingham, University of Birmingham 

To celebrate this year’s status as the Year of Mexico in the UK, MEX/BHX: Mexico in Birmingham will celebrate Mexican culture and research through exhibitions, lectures, film and food. The festival will centre on exhibitions by two Mexican artists, Edurne Esponda and Amador Montes. Both from the region of Oaxaca, they take food and migration as their respective subjects and the festival will take inspiration from these themes across the programme.

1st June: The Other Wall, Amador Montes Exhibition, University of Birmingham

Amador Montes’ work The Other Wall aims to explore an alternative interpretation of the concept of walls: one related to contemplation and reflection. The wall then becomes a blank canvas, a public space to express a visual discourse, not an object that imposes boundaries. Montes is influenced by the hybrid and mestizo (mixed) culture that characterises contemporary Oaxacan Art and incorporates images of myths, legends and customs of the indigenous world. He will leave the University with a digital version of his work to symbolically unite different cities and countries.


4th - 14th June: ¡Vamos! Festival, various venues across Newcastle

VAMOS! returns for it's 10th edition! Featuring music legends Kid Creole and the Coconuts who headline a dazzlingly different line-up for the 2015 ¡Vamos! Festival. They’ll be joining: Mexican wrestlers, Peruvian street artists, Mardi Gras partygoers, world music premieres, flamenco dancers and chocolate heaven as the home-grown multicultural festival goes to town to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

4th June: Mexico Business Outlook: Half Time Reflections and Expectations, Mayer Brown auditorium, London

In this Half Year’s Mexico Business Outlook, the MexCC brings a panel of experts to reflect and to share their expectations on the current state of affairs in Mexico and the bilateral relationship with the United Kingdom; as well as on the upcoming challenges and opportunities in topics such as economic growth, macroeconomics, regulatory framework, political scenario and sectors such as energy, infrastructure, capital and financial markets, manufacturing and creative industries.

7th June: Stand Up Comedy: Piter Albeiro, The Clapham Grand, London

For the first time, Columbian comedian and world comedy record winner Piter Albeiro will perform in London.

15th June: Getenergy: Conference & Exhibition for the Education in Oil and Gas, Business Design Centre, London

Getenergy will have its global meeting next June 15 to 16, in London. Getenergy Global 2015 is the Global event to bring together education & training for the global oil and gas industry.

18th June: Carlos Mentralleta Orozco in Concert, Bolivar Hall, London

Carlos Orozco is a self-taught harp player. The Venezuelan press gave him the nickname "Metralleta" (machine gun), due to the dexterity and velocity that characterises his playing.

19th June: Mayas: revelation of an endless time, World Museum, Liverpool

Uncover the hidden treasures of the ancient Mayas this summer, with the opening of a breath-taking exhibition in the port of Liverpool.

20th June: Los Voladores de Papantla, Emslie Horniman's Pleasance, London

A unique chance to see the legendary birdmen of Mexico! As unique as it is visually stunning, the spectacle of these Totonac men soaring through the air suspended on ropes is truly one of the cultural wonders of Latin America, and has been honoured by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

22nd - 28th June: The Festival of Spanish Theatre, Riverside Studios, London

The Festival of Spanish Theatre brings Spain's best theatre companies to the UK. This year will see performances of 'Las Heridas del Viento' and 'La Piedra Oscura' (both in English). Parallell activities, such as workshops, conferences, seminars and Q&A sessions, are also taking place throughout the week.

July 2015

August 2015

September 2015

24th Sept - 1st Oct:  London Spanish Film Festival, Ciné Lumière, SW7 2DT 

The 11th London Spanish Film Festival will take place from 24 September to 1 October 2015 at Ciné Lumière and the Regents St Cinema.

October 2015

19th - 30th Oct: 'Carmen', Royal Opera House, London

The Royal Opera’s classic production of Bizet’s much-loved opera returns with a host of international stars, including Anita Rachvelishvili, Elena Maximova, Bryan Hymel, Yonghoon Lee and Jonas Kaufmann.

November 2015

December 2015

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