400 years with Cervantes
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra will be a star in the cultural heaven of Spanish-speaking countries in 2016. 19 April marks the 400th annivesary of his death and to commemorate this, Spain’s Public Agency for Cultural Action (AC/E) has designed a programme of activities to be held in the upcoming months.
The first of these activities is an exhibition, ‘Miguel EN Cervantes. El retablo de las maravillas’ (Miguel En Cervantes: The Tableau of Marvels), showing the ‘lesser known, most fascinating aspects of Cervantes’s life,’ as described by AC/E. The show will be on at the Cervantes Birthplace Museum in Alcalá de Henares until 14 February. On 14 April, a new house museum dedicated to the greatest of Spanish writers will open in Valladolid.
Instituto Cervantes is joining the celebrations with a photo exhibition by José Manuel Navia, who caught with his camera the roads and spots trodden by the author of Don Quixote in the course of his eventful life. The exhibition, titled ‘Cervantes or the Desire to Live. Photographs by Navia,’ will be supplemented by a book published by AC/E, Instituto Cervantes and Ediciones Anómalas. It will be open until 1 May, at the Madrid headquarters of Instituto Cervantes. Meanwhile, another exhibition will be on at the Spanish National Library from 3 March to 26 May, aimed at bringing Cervantes closer to visitors.
Cervantes in Latin America
In the context of the 7th International Congress of the Spanish Language, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 15 to 18 March, there will be an exhibition, ‘Quijotes por el mundo’ (Don Quixote Around the World), also organised by Instituto Cervantes and AC/E, showing a rich collection of books. In addition, AC/E is planning to hold an exhibition in Colombia in April: ‘16 personajes que maravillan y… Miguel de Cervantes’ (Introducing 16 Marvellous Characters And… Miguel de Cervantes).
The year 2016 also marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. AC/E and the British Council are using this coincidence to launch a project reviewing the influence of the soldier from Lepanto and the Bard on world literature.
In sum, 2016 promises to be an exciting year for the lovers of Literature – with a capital L.