National Library of Spain: living memory of the Spanish language

Housing 33 million documents, the National Library of Spain is a leading documentation centre for the Spanish written culture at both the national and the international level.

A visitor at the exhibition ‘Masterworks from Budapest: From the Renaissance to the Avant-Garde’. Photo: EFE/Javier Tormo. (EFE)

The special anniversary activities and celebrations – part of a comprehensive programme that has been designated as an extraordinary event of public interest – began in 2016 and will continue into 2018. They include exhibitions of masterworks from Budapest and Venetian artists, analyses of the works of Picasso and Toulouse-Lautrec, and a retrospective of architect Rafael Moneo.

The Duchess of Alba (1797), oil on canvas, by Francisco de Goya, one of the paintings of the exhibition ‘Treasures of the Hispanic Society of America. Visions of the Hispanic World’. Photo: EFE/Fernando Alvarado. (EFE)

The exhibition at the Prado Museum spans 4000 years through more than 200 works of art from the Spanish historical, artistic and cultural heritage belonging to the Hispanic Society of America, an institution based in New York.

The building of the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

With the milestone of 19 million visitors soon to be hit, Bilbao’s top art gallery has planned a special programme and is offering spaces to young Basque artists and to local cultural agents.

Platino Film Award ceremony 2016, Punta del Este, Uruguay. Photo: EPA/Juan Ignacio Mazzoni. (EFE)

"A Monster Calls", "Julieta" and "The Man With Thousand Faces" are among the strongest candidates for the 4th Platino Film Awards – the most important accolades in the Spanish-Latin American film industry –, whose ceremony will be held in Madrid this July.

80th anniversary of Picasso’s anti-war painting Guernica

The Reina Sofía Museum celebrates Picasso’s most famous painting, Guernica, on its 80th anniversary, with ‘Pity and Terror: Picasso’s Path to Guernica’, an exhibition that takes visitors through the horrors of war in 150 works by one of the greatest and most influential artists of the twentieth century.

The poet of children, as Gloria Fuertes is popularly known, was born in Madrid on 28 July 1917.

A number of activities are being carried out to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the poet’s birth. Her poetry has left an indelible mark in a whole generation of children.

Barcelona International Comic Fair spreads its wings

The aviation world is at the centre of the 35th edition of the Barcelona International Comic Fair, which is being held between 30 March and 2 April.

Resounding success of the exhibition “Sorolla in Paris”

After visiting Munich and Paris, the exhibition finished at the Sorolla Museum in Madrid with overall attendance figures exceeding 400,000 visits between the three cities.

Spanish universities showcase their offering in Brazil

More than 30 universities, language schools and higher education institutions from Spain presented their broad educational offering and strengthened their links with Brazilian teaching institutions at the first Study in Spain Fair, held in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro on 11 and 13 March.

Spain celebrates the European Day of Early Music

The Chapel at the Royal Palace of Aranjuez was the venue for a special concert which was broadcast around the world via the internet on the occasion of the European Day of Early Music, a celebration promoted by the UNESCO and the European Union which has taken place every 21 March since 2013.

The Royal Theatre is celebrating its bicentenary

The institution is commemorating a dual anniversary: two centuries since it was founded in 1818 and 20 years since it reopened in 1997. In order to celebrate it, 2016 saw the start of a three-year special programme and commemorative events which will come to an end during the 2017-2018 season, years which span both anniversaries.

Presentación del Festival de Málaga en Madrid. Foto: Ana Belén Fernández/Festival de Málaga

The 20th Malaga Film Festival is opening up to the entire Spanish-language film industry with the incorporation of Latin American productions in its official section. A total of 23 films are to be screened in the star category of this event, which is to take place between 17 and 26 of March, of which 17 are to compete for the Golden Biznaga.

Six bands to represent Spain at 2017 South by Southwest Music Festival

Sounds From Spain will support Izal, Joana Serrat, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Novedades Carminha, Ramírez Exposure and Yung Beef at this major cultural event being held in Austin, Texas, from 10 to 19 March.

Soprano Ainhoa Arteta. Photo: EFE/Emilio Naranjo. (EFE)

The Spanish soprano performed at the Sydney Opera House to great success, opposite Teodor Ilincăi and Lucio Gallo, and under the direction of John Bell. This performance was preceded by her honorary doctorate from Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid.

Jerez Festival: flamenco on the stage and beyond

The 21st Jerez Festival, from 24 February to 11 March, will take flamenco to the streets, with more than a hundred activities focusing on a mix of music, food, literature and film.