Don Guillén de Lampart (William Lamport or Guillermo Lombardo, 1611-1659), originally from Wexford in Ireland, was a theologian, mathematician, astrologist, rebel, pirate, soldier of the Spanish Empire and a spy for the Crown of the New Spain (Mexico today). Imprisoned by the Inquisition in 1642, while in jail he was a defender of the Jews and denounced their captors and torturers. He managed to escape from prison in 1650 and denounced the Inquisition in various parts of Mexico City including the Viceroy’s Chamber. He died on the Stake despite various attempts by the King of Spain to grab him from the clutches of the Inquisition. For his audacity and the several legends associated with his name, they say that it was he who gave rise to “El Zorro”, emblematic and legendary figure who inspired myths, novels and films.
Andrea Martinez Baracs is Mexican, and has a PhD in History from El Colegio de México. She specialized in Mexican Colonial History (centuries XVI-XVIII) and wrote, alone or with other scholars, seven books on the Indigenous province of Tlaxcala, Mexico, in those centuries. She has done other historical books, like the “Repertoire of Cuernavaca”. Since 2008 she is the Director of the Mexican Digital Library, which publishes rare historical documents. Her work, “Don Guillén de Lampart, Son of his Own Exploits”, includes original writings by Lampart, never before published, and so is a substantial contribution to the research about this historical figure.
The Choir from the Carlos III University of Madrid was set up in November 1990. Nuria S. Fernández Herranz is in charge of their musical direction, while Félix Márquez is responsible for their management.
Throughout its career, the choir´s interpretation of the works of Jaume Casellas (1690-1764) and Antonio Soler (1729-1783) has contributed to the preservation of Spanish musical heritage, and it has showcased numerous works of contemporary Spanish composers such as Javier Busto, Alicia Santos, Asís Márquez y Albert Alcaraz. The UC3M choir has toured Portugal, Holland, Cuba and Hungry and has received numerous awards in national competitions. The most outstanding award they have received to date is the recent honour, ‘City of Torrevieja 2012’, in the International Competition of Habaneras and Polifany.
In 2012 the choir presented an eclectic range of programs, most notably Dixit Dominus and Handel´s Coronation Anthems, The Coronation Mass by Mozart and the spectacular choral performance EnAmorArte de Lorca, based on texts by the author from Granada, set to music by contemporary Spanish composers.
The choir is currently in Dublin taking part in a performance workshop with the director and composer Michael McGlynn. To mark this occasion and demonstrate the musical achievements of Spanish choral composers, we invite you to attend a concert dedicated to Spanish music by the UC3M choir.
The coveted British food writer, author of the book The Food of Spain (PenguinBooks), will lead an Irish audience on the secrets and pleasures of the Galician food, from seafood to St James’s cake.
Claudia Roden was born and brought up in Cairo. She finished her education in Paris and later studied art in London. With the publication of her bestselling A book of Middle Easter Food in 1968, she revolutionized Western attitudes to the cuisines of the Middle East. She as written ten other books, which have won her many awards, including the classic The Book of Jewish Food.
Galician refreshments will be served compliment of: Martin Codax, Vitivinícola do Ribeiro SCG, Portomuinos, San Simón DOP, Arzúa DOP.
Screening and presentation by the director Lola Guerrero, the actor Fernando Rodríguez and the producer Tomás Cimadevilla.
This film recounts the true events that inspired Lorca to write “Bodas de sangre” (Blood wedding) seen through the eyes of María Botto. Rafael Amargo asks this actress to play the part of the bride in the production, a mixture of theatre and dance, based on the work of the Spanish poet and playwright. What starts out as simply the interest of an actress to get to know and understand her character becomes a journey of initiation in search of the reality behind the events, the Nijar crime that took place on 22 July 1928 in a small village in Almeria.
The renowned sommelier Lisa O’Doherty will share her last trip to Rías Baixas and love for this Celtic area in Spain. She will introduce us to one of the most trendy wines in US and its core grape: albariño. 6 Rias Baixas wines will be tasted in this 90 minutes seminar.
The Designation of Origin Rías Baixas (pronounced ree-ahs buy-shuss) is the cool coastal home of the Albariño grape, located in the Celtic region of Galicia and produces some of Spain's finest white wines.
Lisa O’ Doherty is an award winning sommelier with over 10 years experience as chief sommelier at the famous Irish 5 red star resort “The K Club”, home of the 2006 Ryder Cup.
Screening and presentation by the Producer of the film Tomás Cimadevilla.
This is a dramatic comedy which narrates the love story between Alfredo López, a door-to-door encyclopaedia salesman and his charming, faithful wife Carmen. One day Alfredo’s boss suggests something which will change their lives for ever: shoot a home movie of their intimate life to be distributed in Scandinavia. Once they have got over their initial surprise, both decide that they shouldn’t let such a good opportunity slip by as they are desperately in need of cash and Carmen is dying to have a baby.
Try a taste of contemporary European literature as outstanding writers from different European countries are read in English by Irish celebrities in unusual venues around St. Stephens Green. Go from venue to venue and enjoy readings of 15 minute duration which will be held every half hour from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.
Instituto Cervantes invites you to attend the reading of a passage from The Faint-Hearted Bolshevik (La Flaqueza del Bolchevique) by Lorenzo Silva, in voice of Irish TV presenter Mark Cagney, at the historic building of Newman House, home of the first Catholic University in Ireland.
Lorenzo Silva (Madrid, Spain, 1966) is author of novels such as La Flaqueza del Bolchevique which was shortlisted for the Nadal Award in 1997, and adapted for the cinema by Manuel Martín Cuenca, and Carta Blanca which won the Primavera Award in 2004. He has also published books for children and young adults, as well as essays. He is specially known for the crime series starring detectives Bevilacqua and Chamorro. In 2012, he was awarded the Spain’s Literary Planeta Prize for his last book, La Marca del meridiano. His books have been translated into numerous languages such as Russian, French, German, Italian and Greek. The English translation of La flaqueza del bolchevique, “The Faint-Hearted Bolshevik”, will be released in 2013 by Hispabooks Publishing.
Instituto Cervantes celebrates the 25th anniversary of the wine region Rias Baixas with the presentation of the book of photography Rias Baixas, the wine of the sea. Ramón Huidobro, Secretary-General of DO Rias Baixas will travel from Spain to take us in a unique photo trip to Galicia –the green, wind-swept north-western region with ancient Celtic ties. The renowned sommelier Lisa O’Doherty will share her last trip to Rias Baixas and love for this Celtic area in Spain.
A wine from Rias Baixas will be served as perfect partner to this evening.
Actas de Marusia (Letters from Marusia) is a Mexican film, directed by the Chilean Miguel Littin. The film tells the story of the life and death of the saltpetre Chilean workers of the early 20th century. The film was nominated for an Oscar in 1975 for best foreign film; it also participated in the official competition at Cannes 1976. The film will be presented personally by one of its protagonists, the outstanding and distinguished Mexican artist Diana Bracho.
Diana Bracho has worked with some of the best directors of Cinema in Mexico on over forty films, for instance El Castillo de la Pureza (The Castle of Purity), Las Poquianchis, Entre Pancho Villa y una mujer desnuda (Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman), Cuban Blood and Y Tu Mamá También. She has also starred in numerous plays, television series and soap operas, including the famous Cuna de Lobos (Cradle of Wolves).
Iván Trujillo, Director of the prestigious Guadalajara International Film Festival, will also be attending the screening. Both Diana Bracho and Iván Trujillo will participate in a Q & A session after the film.
Refreshments will be served compliment of the Embassy of Mexico and the Embassy of Chile.
Screening and presentation by the Producer of the film Tomás Cimadevilla.
Chema has chucked his long-standing girlfriend because he’s sure he can aspire to something better but for the moment he hasn’t been too lucky in his nighttime skirmishes. So when he meets Claudia he thinks his luck has changed. She’s good fun, really hot and what’s more important she seems to be interested in him. The problem arises when it becomes clear that Claudia does love Chema, she loves him very, very much … but “as a friend”. So Chema has to decide: either not to bother about a girl who he’s got absolutely no chances with or lie in wait and be on the lookout for the first chance he gets to make a pass at her.