MAPS is now accepting applications from artists, agencies and programmers for its 2020 edition

  • The fourth edition of this international gathering will be held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from 9 to 11 July
  • The deadline for applications is 13 March and the results of the selection process will be published on 8 April 


Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 01/15/2020. On Tuesday 14 January, a call was launched for applications from artists, companies and agencies from Latin America, Africa and Southern Europe, as well as from programmers from all over the world, who wish to participate in the fourth edition of MAPAS, the Performing Arts Market of the South Atlantic, an international initiative organized by the Cabildo de Tenerife, unahoramenos and Circulart, which will be held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from 9 to 11 July.

MAPAS 2020 continues to promote entrepreneurship in the performing arts by offering creators and agencies an opportunity to develop relationships allowing their shows and cultural services to travel between the countries in the global market as a result of the synergies established with programmers. As in previous years, the application process will take place via the virtual platform  

Creators and agencies

Creators and management, booking and distribution agencies working in the performing arts -music, theater, dance, street arts and circus- may submit applications until 13 March 2020. The results of the selection process, which will be decided by a committee of internationally renowned cultural experts, will be published on 8 April.  

The application process is open to individual artists, artistic companies and professional groups and collectives working in the disciplines of music, theater, dance, circus and street arts in Latin America, Africa and Southern Europe (Spain and Portugal). Among other requirements, artists must demonstrate at least one year of experience and five live performances (for musicians) or ten live shows (for performers), while agencies must demonstrate at least three years' experience in their sector and must register at least two artistic groups or shows. 

Programmers and cultural managers

Programmers, artistic directors, curators, festival programmers, cultural managers from public or private institutions and entrepreneurs in the performing arts sector from anywhere in the world are invited to register to participate in the networking events to be held on 10 and 11 July and discover innovative artistic performances from three different continents, boosting the performing arts industry in a collaborative atmosphere. Registration is free and will be open until 15 June. 

The 2019 edition of MAPS welcomed 149 programmers from 40 different countries, who were able to meet with 138 artistic groups from 27 different countries and 30 representation and distribution agencies from Africa, Latin America and Southern Europe. In each edition, these events are supplemented by music and performing arts shows which are open to the public, allowing programmers and managers to watch live performances of a carefully selected range of the works submitted by artists, groups and companies.

The number of participants attending previous editions demonstrates that MAPS have become an international benchmark for the cultural and creative industries. MAPAS has become the first professional market for collaboration in the performing arts and live music sectors in the South Atlantic, offering a space for engagement and discussion where artists working in Africa, Latin America and Southern Europe can share, learn, discover and promote their work .