MAPAS receives 2,286 artistic proposals from 71 countries in its fourth edition

  • The professional market doubles the registration of creators, with a notable increase in the participation of Latin America and Africa
  • The organization will select 39 artists and music and performing arts companies to participate in the live shows 

The fourth edition of MAPS, Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur, has completed the registration process for artistic groups and management, booking and distribution of live performing arts with 2,286 proposals from 71 countries in Latin America, Africa and southern Europe, which represents an increase of 161,56% compared to 2019. Following the initially established deadlines, On April 8, the results of the selection process will be made public which will determine which of these artistic projects will participate in the 2020 edition of the market, which is scheduled to take place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from July 9 to 11.

True to its innovative commitment to promoting and internationalizing the scenic and musical creations of the South Atlantic, MAPAS is consolidated as world reference forum for creators and agencies who have shown interest in being part of this market that combines business meetings with performances and artistic displays open to the public. From the first data of this fourth edition highlights the increase registered in the participation of Latin America, with 983 registered groups from 19 countries, which exceed in a 180% the 351 registered from 18 countries last year. Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay and Brazil are the places of origin of most of the requests.

Along the same lines, it is important to underline that the growing recorded demand from African countries, with 154 submissions from 31 countries, an additional 13%, including a significant number of applications from Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Burkina Faso. Artists from southern Europe add 411 entries, of which 404 proposals have come from Spain, 141 of them from the Canary Islands, and 7 from Portugal.

The call for MAPS 2020 has also registered a total of 75 applications from 11 other European countries such as Cyprus, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, Greece and Sweden, as well as 21 registrations from other regions such as the United States and Canada in North America, as well as Australia, Guadeloupe, Israel, Taiwan, and Japan. 

In the breakdown of participation by disciplines, music proposals have a majority presence with 1,542 registrations, which represents a growth of 214.6% compared to 2019, while Performing arts enrollments total 744, which are also 29.3% higher than those registered last year. The interest in MAPS by the agencies of management, booking and distribution of live arts translates into 99 proposals from 19 countries.

All applications will be submitted to a selection process in charge of a advisory committee made up of experts with recognized international experience in the field of culture, the results of which are expected to be made public on April 8. Among all the projects, it will be designated what Artists, companies and agencies will participate in the business conference that will take place on July 10 and 11, and which projects will have the opportunity to present themselves to the public and programmers in live shows, which this year will be 39, 19 for music and 20 for performing arts.

The strength of Market of Performative Arts of the South Atlantic in the international field of cultural industries has been reflected in online channels, web and social media, where they have been registered significant growth in the numbers of users from various countries and intense interaction. The Web In the last two months, it has counted almost 30,000 visits from 133 countries around the world. On Facebook there are 9,280 followers of MAPAS, 29% more than a year ago, and 190 private messages have been attended during the call period; on Twitter, 2,135 (+ 13.6%) and on Instagram, 8,282 (+ 35.9%). 

The MAPAS organization, made up of the Cabildo of Tenerife, an hour less Y Circulart, trusts to maintain the dates of this fourth edition and is working on the configuration of a program that reinforces the Island as a platform for international connections for live performing arts.