An autumn surrounded by artistic and cultural expressions
This October is synonymous with art, in all its forms. Autumn is here with an extensive cultural programme ranging from music festivals and major concerts to exhibitions, magic and dance shows.
If you are passionate about art or if you are simply looking for something different and innovative, here is a wide selection of some of the most outstanding cultural events of the nextmonths. Don’t miss them!
MUSIC AND FILM
We’re delighted to confirm that this month, contemporary music lovers are in luck. After two years of enforced absence, the Lanzarote Visual Music Festival is back for its 17th edition, from 11 to 22 of October – eleven days of concerts from cutting edge musicians in spectacular natural spaces and unique enclaves on the island of volcanoes.
Launched and organised by the Cabildo de Lanzarote in 1989, at the suggestion of the artist Ildefonso Aguilar, the Lanzarote Visual Music Festival is a benchmark event for contemporary music and other avant-garde artistic expressions, in complete harmony with the island’s natural spaces, such as the auditoriums of Jameos del Agua, the Cueva de los Verdes and other iconic spaces like the Convent of Santo Domingo and the El Almacén Cultural Centre.
The concerts will be held on 11, 13, 15, 20 and 22 October, while film lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy the screenings included in this festival on 12 and 19 October.
The Lanzarote Film Festival, organised by an independent cultural association, the Tenique Film Association, is a cultural project that seeks to promote, disseminate and exhibit independent cinema. Continuing with its objective of connecting the local context with the global scene, this year’s edition will feature fishing as the main protagonist. Fishing as an activity is and has been fundamental in Lanzarote and in the Canary Islands and is universal in the rest of the world throughout history, across cultures and societies.
From 24 November to 4 December, more than 20 films from around the world will be screened on this theme. The well-known “pateadas” (walks) that are held every year around the chosen theme will also take place, along with conferences, round tables and meetings.
PERFORMING ARTS AND DANCE
This month also sees the Lanzarote Performing Arts Festival, ESCENA, which offers top–class shows in the unique venues that make up the island’s Art, Culture and Tourism Centres, which this year are joined by the El Salinero Theatre in Arrecife.
Under the stage direction of Lanzarote’s Quino Falero, this edition will revolve around the universal language of dance and presents a programme full of strength and lyricism, both traditional and avant-garde, featuring proposals that have been created nearby and others produced further away, designed to delight and also to incite reflection, ensuring that the artistic experience is a shared experience.
With this in mind, the festival includes different shows, each with their own unique character, which will take place from the end of October to mid-March 2023. The first of these, a magnificent contemporary dance performance, entitled “Leira“ will be performed on 28 October at the Jameos del Agua.
HeART is a performing arts festival born in the heart of the island, San Bartolomé, featuring an encounter with dance, theatre, poetry, music and clown and performance activities. This is a festival with an integrated sustainable outlook due to the encouraging of the encounter of the different performing arts with spaces and places of high ethnographic, heritage and tourist value in which sustainability, in itself, plays an important role.
On 21, 22 and 23 October, thanks to the network of associations that characterises the area as the heart of interculturalism, a focus of fusion and transversality, the entire municipality will be transformed into a great showcase of art for all audiences with a very complete and multidisciplinary programme.
EXHIBITIONS AND WORKSHOPS
This month also sees the launch of the XI Bienal de Arte de Lanzarote, which will host a series of activities focused on Lanzarote’s culture. The programme includes exhibitions, talks and workshops that will focus on citizenship and issues related to social commitment such as the war in Ukraine, migratory flows, historical memory, socio-economic reality and civil rights.
From 27 October to the end of March 2023, the Biennial will feature a programme structured into four group exhibitions, three solo exhibitions, five screenings, three conference cycles, a round table, a performance and an action in the island’s neighbourhoods.