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The Venagua Festival includes street circus performances for the first time (13/03/2018)

The councilor for Tourism Promotion, Culture and European Programs, Jesus Pacheco, attended this morning to the presentation of the 27th edition of the Venagua Festival whose main novelty is that for the first time circus performances have been scheduled in the street to promote social inclusion .

The program, which will run from April 11 to 29, includes 15 performances from various artistic disciplines such as painting, music, theater or dance, as well as street circus that will take place in seven different spaces in the municipality of Murcia, and which The first time they incorporate the Pupa Clown Stage Center, the Mubam, the UMU Letters Chamber and the Culture Classroom of the Caja Mediterráneo Foundation.

The Venagua Festival is the only one in the Region with an inclusive approach and aims to promote access for all citizens to cultural events and cultural creation to transform society through the arts.

The Councilor for Economic Promotion, Culture and European Programs, Jesús Pacheco, explained that "from the City Council, both in its own programming and in collaborations such as this Venagua Festival, we advocate a universal culture with free activities for people of all ages to have access to. class, age and interests, I encourage Murcians to support cultural events such as the Columbares Association with their presence because, at the same time that you will enjoy different arts, they will collaborate in making society better ".

Pepe Leal, responsible for Institutional Relations of the Columbares Association, organizer of the Festival, with funding from the Asylum Fund of the European Union and the Ministry of Employment and Social Security (Directorate General of Migration), and with the sponsorship of the City of Murcia, Work Social La Caixa and Cajamurcia Foundation, has indicated that "this is a project of intercultural community intervention and social transformation whose epicenter is located in the neighborhood of Los Rosales de El Palmar and that, through theater, visual arts and music, It aims to create spaces for meeting and dialogue between different identities and cultures, betting on coexistence, respect and tolerance ".

The festival is born and develops part of its program in the neighborhood of Los Rosales, El Palmar, in which Columbares Association has been carrying out for years a community intervention project focused especially on the transformation through the arts.

This year in relation to the previous ones, it is worth mentioning a circus performance proposal, as well as a workshop for young people from the Rosales neighborhood, who during the year 2017 have worked different circus art disciplines within the community intervention project carried out by Columbares.

In addition, the show will take place on the street, in the plaza of the Los Rosales neighborhood, thus betting on an accessible art open to the public.

The festival opens on April 11 with the exhibition of a Murcian artist who, through his pen, captures the most hidden soul of children with functional diversity, images accompanied by life stories that reflect a sensitivity on paper overwhelming

In addition, the IV Exhibition of Social Theater will bring new and diverse proposals from different groups of the city that work towards inclusion through art, from performance to theater through dance, poetry or rap.

All the pieces that are shown on the scene will have interpretation in sign language.

Among others highlights the participation of the company The Crossborder Project and its proposal of documentary theater 'Fiesta Fiesta Fiesta', the dance project directed by Andrés Lima 'Love does not last forever', or the talk of Juan Manuel Montilla 'El Langui ', among others.

The highlight of the programming itself is the diversity, both the range of artistic disciplines: painting, music, theater, dance or circus, and the breadth of the audience that encompass, from shows aimed at children from 2 years.

Free activities and performances will be offered to diverse groups, such as the school public or groups at risk of social exclusion.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Murcia

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