MAPAS closes its third edition with successful public participation and international connections

  • The Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur says goodbye with an intense program that combines professional meetings and artistic exhibitions

The third edition of MAPAS says goodbye with an intense weekend program that combines professional meetings with music and performing arts exhibitions open to the public. For Octavio Arbeláez, co-director of the Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur, the balance of this year is "broadly satisfactory" since it "has fulfilled the purposes" originally outlined.

During the five days of the festival, Santa Cruz de Tenerife has managed to establish itself as an international reference for live arts that originate in Africa, Latin America and southern Europe. A reinforcement that, in the opinion of Árbeláez, has been reflected in "the increase in artistic participation and a greater presence of the African continent, both in number of countries and in the quality of the exhibition."

Since last Wednesday, July 10, and for five consecutive days, 59 music, theater and dance exhibitions have been held open to the public, who have responded with an outstanding presence and a “manifest curiosity to see the cultural diversity” that each one offered of the shows that the different spaces of MAPAS have taken: the Tenerife Auditorium and its surroundings, La Granja Espacio de Promoción, the Guimerá Theater, the IES Alcalde Bernabé or Calle del Castillo. This increase has been "very noticeable in the meeting spaces that were generated on the terraces of the Tenerife Auditorium", highlights Octavio Arbeláez, who adds that this edition of MAPAS it has been "permanently supported by the citizens of the city of Santa Cruz."

Within the structure of the South Atlantic Performative Arts Market, artistic exhibitions are joined by other channels of action such as training, debate, international meetings and the business roundtable. From a professional point of view, the director of Circulart also appreciates "very positive results, which will be made public very soon". This “means that the consolidation of the professional space is evident and is transformed into numbers, businesses, circuits, platforms, in which artists circulate around the world, both Canarian and Tenerife artists and the protagonists of the scenic and musical event who have come from other geographical areas, in particular from Africa and Latin America ”, he adds.

This morning the second and last day of the business conference took place in the third edition of this market, which already had an intensive morning of academic activities open to professionals and the public on Thursday, in which there was also an opportunity to maintain informal contacts for professional meetings. These meetings bear fruit in the germ of future distribution and exhibition collaborations in different countries.

This is the case of Anartista, a theater company from Gran Canaria that has participated for the first time in MAPAS and that has managed to significantly expand its network of contacts and learn about how to function in this professional field of meetings. businesses and how to best sell your proposition. In their case, they have been able to hold more than 30 meetings in these two days in which they have connected with artists and programmers from all over the world. Especially important for them have been the meetings that they have kept outside the strict space of the agenda that they previously brought.

From the City Council of Móstoles, and in her dual capacity as programmer and representative of the Spanish Network of Theaters, Auditoriums, Circuits and Festivals of Public Ownership (REDESCENA), María Sanchez, highlights that “although it is a very young event, in its third edition has managed to maintain the freshness and level of its beginnings ”. "If there is something that characterizes MAPAS, it is the concept of breadth in all senses, both in programming and in the connections that can be established," he added, to which he added "the solvency of the market's organizational structure."

Farewell Sunday

Tomorrow Sunday, the last day of this third edition, the artistic exhibitions will give the opportunity to know, one more year, the work carried out by Dance in Community, a social project of Auditorio de Tenerife that will share with the audience the piece Townhouses in Plaza Castillo, from 11:15 am. Humor, this time starring the comedian Yiyolo strattro, will dismiss the programming of MAPS 2019 on the same stage. The Comedy Show, a show for all audiences that will be a unique opportunity to enjoy the magic of the clown.

MAPAS is an initiative organized by the Cabildo de Tenerife, Circulart y unahoramenos, which is sponsored by the Government of the Canary Islands, the Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council and the INAEM, in addition to the support of Acción Cultural Española (AC / E) to through its Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE) in the form of Visitors, which favors the participation in the Market of a dozen professionals of the performing arts from Africa and Latin America. Casa África, the Ibero-American General Secretariat, the SGAE Foundation, Iberia and Hyundai, among other public and private institutions, also collaborate.