46 international performances are on the programme for MAPAS from 14 to 18 December in Gran Canaria and Tenerife

132 programmers and more than 140 artistic groups will participate in the networking events at the market

Casa África will receive the Cartógrafo Ilustre Award 2021 in recognition of its work

Canary Islands 02/12/2021. The programme of artistic performances for the fourth edition of the South Atlantic Performing Arts Market, MAPAS, has now been announced and will take place from 14 to 18 December in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 132 programmers and more than 140 artistic groups will participate in the MAPAS networking events. There will also be 46 showcase performances by artists from 13 different countries, which are open to international programmers and the general public. All the necessary information about times and venues for the performances can be found at www.mapasmercadocultural.com and free tickets for the performing arts shows can be requested from Friday 3 December.

MAPAS 2021 will kick off in Gran Canaria, where the performing arts section will feature up to six consecutive performances each day at the city’s theatres. The audience will be able to enjoy the full performing arts programme, which has been designed as a circuit to enable the public and professionals to move easily around the market.

Teatro Guiniguada, Teatro Cuyás, Teatro Pérez Galdós, Sala Insular de Teatro SIT, Edificio Miller and the CICCA will host the performing arts shows for MAPAS 2021, which is being held in Gran Canaria for the first time from 14 to 16 December. The performances will begin at 16:00 in Teatro Guiniguada and continue until late at different venues in the city.

Teatro Guimerá, Centro de Arte La Recova and Auditorio de Tenerife will host the music concerts that will be held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from 16 to 18 December. The concerts on the programme for MAPAS will take place one after another with a half-hour interval at Teatro Guimerá and Centro de Arte La Recova on Thursday 16 December. The activities will then move to the Auditorio de Tenerife on 17 and 18 December, where 21 concerts in the same short format will take place in the Chamber Hall and the Symphony Hall. An open-air area will be set up behind the Auditorium as a gathering place to supplement the concerts.

All showcase performances at MAPAS 2021 will comply with the strict COVID protocols in place at each venue, prioritising the health and safety of the artists, programmers and general public. These security measures include capacity limits, distancing and use of hand gel.

Professional activity and spaces for conversation are a fundamental part of MAPAS. Business rounds and professional meetings for the scenic industry will take place at the Elder Museum and the Miller Building. In Tenerife the music industry will have its meetings at TEA Tenerife Espacio de las Artes, Espacio La Granja and the headquarters of the Presidency of the Government in Santa Cruz. These activities are aimed mainly at professionals in the sector.

Casa África, a benchmark for international relations

This edition, the Cartógrafo Ilustre Award created by the South Atlantic Performing Arts Market to reward individuals and institutions whose work to promote cultural exchange deserves recognition goes to Casa África. The prizegiving ceremony will be held on Wednesday 15 December at Edificio Miller in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria after the networking event held that morning.

Casa África is based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and builds relationships with cultural institutions and promoters that aim to boost the role of the Canary Islands as a platform for cultural exchange with Africa, encouraging a flow of activity between the islands and the continent. It offers a place for people to gather and reflect on African themes and supports initiatives such as MAPAS that seek to create new spaces for interaction between the African continent and the Ibero-American cultural space.

Casa África also encourages the development of new policies and the consolidation of Hispano-African relations on the international agenda by building strategic alliances and reinforcing long-term bilateral and multilateral relations.