Hispanic on the streets of Edinburgh!

Edinburgh’s 7th Hispanic Festival kicks off at the end of this month and Edinburgh City Libraries are delighted to once again be playing a key role in what is fast becoming a favourite fixture on the cultural calendar.

The splendid surroundings of the Reference Library play host to three events:

The Opening  Concert on Friday 30th September will be a fantastic evening of piping, flamenco, poetry and song, featuring the great Jean Redpath among others:

18.30: Doors Open
19.00: James Macdonald Reid, leading European bagpiper
19.05: Welcome by Festival Directors and Library Staff
19.15: Selected Poems by Douglas Dunn read in English and Spanish
19.50: Jean Redpath, great Scots folk-singer will present Spanish and Scots songs – in the fiftieth year of her international career
20.10: Break
20.15: Flamenco! Tote Conte and Flamenco Puro
20.45: James Macdonald Reid – Pipes the Retreat

Poetry, Spain and the Gaelic World: A Celebration of the Poetry of Luis Cernuda and Sorley Maclean takes place the following Friday (7th October):

18.00: Doors Open
18.30: Allan MacDonald leading Scottish bagpiper
18.35: A Celebration of the Centenary of the birth of Sorley MacLean: Filmmaker Timothy Neat, Gaelic singer Margaret Bennett and Scottish actor John Cairnie pay homage to the poet.
19.00: Professor Antonio Rivero Taravillo, a Spanish critic and authority, presents ‘Luis Cernuda – the Man, the Poet’
19. 50: Questions and Answers chaired by María Conte.
20. 00: Break
20:05:  Alison McMorland and Geordie McIntyre sing Scottish Songs with strong Spanish connections
20.25: Paco Ferdandez Flamenco Co from Seville showcases Salud & Libertad! programmed at the Queen’s Hall on Saturday 8th October
20.40 Allan MacDonald plays ‘A Salute to Somhairle MacGilliean’

Then on the 14th October author and broadcaster Alistair Moffat tells the story of the links between Iberia and Scotland in a lecture entitled ‘DNA – Iberia and Scotland – the Prehistoric Links’:

18.30: Doors Open
19.00: John Kenny Leading Pictish Carnyx
19.05: ‘DNA – Iberia and Scotland – the Prehistoric Links’: Author and broadcaster Alistair Moffat tells the story of our DNA – concentrating in the link between Iberia and Scotland
19.55: Q&A
20.05: Break
20.10: Valentina Montoya inVoces del Sur
20:30: Flamenco! Tote Conte, Inmaculada Montero, DiegoMorao Flamenco Jam
20.40: John Kenny – Salute to the ancestors.

Central Library’s Conference Room is the venue for a public debate entitled ‘Old Spain and New Spain: Looking Back, Looking Forward’ on Wednesday 12 October:

13.30: Session 1 | Looking Back: ‘20th Century Spain’ followed by Panel Q&A. Guest speakers: John Manson | Poet, translator and scholar of the Spanish Civil War period; John Elliot (Langholm Fair Cryer) | Geordie Mcintyre | Folksinger and specialist of the Civil War songs; David Featherstone | Academic and writer

15.30: Session 2 | Looking Forward: ‘21st Century Spain and the New Europe’ followed by Panel Q&A. Guest speakers:Alasdair Campbell | Poet and former director of the Tolbooth Arts Centre, Stirling; Mari Cruz García Vallejo | IT consultant, journalist and social activist

All these events are free, to book tickets call 0131 242 8100 or email readerdevelopment@edinburgh.gov.uk

Throughout the month Central Library will also host exhibitions of art with a Hispanic theme featuring works by by Steven Anderson, MarRubio Coderch, Marc Jennings and Timothy Neat.

To view the full programme including more details about the above events head over to the Hispanic Festival site.

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