¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2017

For its 23rd edition, ¡Viva! returns with a venue-wide celebration of film, theatre and visual art from across the Spanish-speaking world. Commemorating the fortieth anniversary of the abolition of censorship in Spain, this year we’re drawing inspiration from La Transición – the era of cultural revolution sparked by the transition to democracy.

We present a series of films from and about the period, including Pedro Almodóvar classic Pepi, Luci, Bom. Emma Frankland’s new theatre show Republica is inspired by another historical period of transition in Spain and the last time democracy was seen before the Franco dictatorship.

In the gallery, we present a major new contemporary group visual art exhibition reacting to the hedonistic counterculture movement La Movida madrileña, curated by Sarah Perks.

That’s just the start – from 31 Mar to 17 Apr you can dive into live music events, great international theatre and dance performances, including One-Hit Wonders, which marks the 20th anniversary of the Barcelona contemporary dance company Sol Picó. The packed film programme also features the best in new Spanish and Latin American filmmaking, including 15 UK premieres, filmmaker Q&As, and films from 10 different countries – Spain, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela.

We’re also pleased to announce a range of talks and discussions, including ¡Viva! favourite Café Cervantes. Check out our events responding to current debates in the industry: a special focus on contemporary women cineastes with a panel discussion including visiting female filmmakers, and a review of the flourishing Basque film industry.

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