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Classes and Cultural activities cancelled

El 1 de December de 2010 en Sin categoría por | Sin comentarios


Erotismo y cine / Eroticism and Film

El 1 de December de 2010 en Books, Library, Spanish Cinema, The library suggests por | Sin comentarios

Luis García Berlanga was well known by his films and by his love for eroticism. He was director of the collection of erotic literature “La Sonrisa Vertical” (The Vertical Smile) since its creation in Tusquets publishing house, along with the subsequent award for erotic literature of the same name.

This month, here at the library we would like to invite our readers to get to know this literary genre, in honour of Berlanga, and, it goes without saying, revisit his body of films, which will also feature in a film cycle dedicated to the director in the new year, organised by Instituto Cervantes Dublin.

Luis García Berlanga falleció en Madrid el pasado 13 de noviembre a la edad de 89 años. Sus películas forman parte ya de la historia de España y del cine mundial. Quizás la más conocida sea “Bienvenido Mr. Marshall”.

No menos conocido que su cine era su afición al erotismo. Él fue director, desde su creación en la editorial Tusquets, de la colección de literatura erótica “La Sonrisa Vertical” y del premio de literatura erótica de este mismo nombre.

Este mes, la biblioteca propone a sus lectores un acercamiento a este género literario, en honor a Berlanga, y como no, un repaso a su filmografía, que también será recordada a comienzos del año próximo, en un ciclo de cine organizado por el Instituto Cervantes de Dublín.


New to the library: December 2010

El 30 de November de 2010 en Books, Library, New to the library, Spanish Cinema por | Sin comentarios

The latest additions to the library catalogue can be consulted on-line as usual.

Click ÚLTIMAS ADQUISICIONES, then select “Dublin”, and choose the time period, for example, the past 15 days, the past month, or the past 3 months.

This is our selection for December 2010


We fell in love with Spain

We fell in love with SpainIt was bound to happen. We fell in love with Spain.

Traveling across its vast and spirited landscape, we experienced its diversity of all things wine and food—from the traditional and rustic to the conventional and avant-garde—encountering the creations of Spain´s most innovative winemakers and chefs.

Read more… Spain: A diverse Landscape of Innovation & Pleasure


Ana María Matute wins Cervantes prize

El 26 de November de 2010 en Spanish writers, Writers por | Sin comentarios

Ana María Matute, 85, has won the Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary award in the Spanish language.

Culture Minister Ángeles González-Sinde announced this year’s winner, who has now earned every major prize in the field, from the National Literature Award in 2007 to the Nadal in 1959 and the Planeta in 1954.

Read more… EL PAIS English edition

Ana María Matute in Cervantes TV

Ana María Matute: Bio-Bibliografía (Biblioteca Instituto Cervantes)

Ana María Matute: Wikipedia (in English)


Talk with Arturo Ripstein

Instituto Cervantes in Dublín has the pleasure to show the film “Deep Crimson” from director Arturo Ripstein and Paz Alicia Garciadiego (scriptwriter). They will present the film and after the screening, we will have the opportunity to chat with them.

From a true story that had already been taken to the screen –The Honeymoon Killers (1970), a B movie and Truffaut favorite- in the hands of Arturo Ripstein and relocated in Mexico, it has become his masterpiece and won him the international acclaim he long deserved.
The film merges a cruel world, humanized monsters and a black humor that shows up when least expected.
Arturo Ripstein, born in Mexico City in 1943, is the son of a well-known producer. He studied law, history and art history before plunging into a film career in 1962, as an assistant to Luis Buñuel.
In 1965, he directed his first feature, Tiempo de Morir, written by Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel García Márquez, it began a tradition of making independent films written by high-profile Latin-American authors.
In 1997, Ripstein won the National Prize of Arts and Sciences, the second filmmaker after Buñuel to do so.
Paz Alicia Garciadiego is the scriptwriter of many of his films.

Today, 25/11/2010 (18:00 h) at Instituto Cervantes
Lincoln House. Lincoln Place
Dublín 2


Safeguarding Intangible Cultural Heritage

El 23 de November de 2010 en Latin American Folklore, Spanish folklore por | Sin comentarios

 No doubt you are well aware of the rudiments of flamenco, of how to dance a tango, and you will almost certainly have heard of the advantages of a Mediterranean diet.

Perhaps you might also have heard of the human towers in Catalonia, or the Day of the Dead festivities in Mexico, and perhaps even the quirky displays of Barranquilla’s Carnival, in Colombia.

But, do you know what Majorca’s Chant of the Sybil is, or what it sounds like? Or the Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (one of the Canary Islands)? How about the Scissors Dance in Peru?

Each of these cultural practices has something in common: they are all part of UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

If you would like to find out more about any of these cultural phenomena, the following is a full list of those taking place in Spanish-speaking countries around the world:

Flamenco Spain
Huaconada, ritual dance of Mito Peru
Human towers Spain
Marimba music and traditional chants from Colombia’s South Pacific region Colombia
Parachicos in the traditional January feast of Chiapa de Corzo Mexico
Pirekua, traditional song of the P’urhépecha Mexico
The chant of the Sybil on Majorca Spain
The Mediterranean diet Spain – Greece – Italy – Morocco
The scissors dance Peru
The Wayuu normative system, applied by the Pütchipü’üi (palabrero) Colombia
Traditional Mexican cuisine – ancestral, ongoing community culture, the Michoacán paradigm Mexico
Carnaval de Negros y Blancos Colombia
Holy Week processions in Popayán Colombia
Irrigators’ tribunals of the Spanish Mediterranean coast: the Council of Wise Men of the plain of Murcia and the Water Tribunal of the plain of Valencia Spain
Places of memory and living traditions of the Otomí-Chichimecas people of Tolimán: the Peña de Bernal, guardian of a sacred territory Mexico
Ritual ceremony of the Voladores Mexico
The Candombe and its socio-cultural space: a community practice Uruguay
The Tango Argentina – Uruguay
Whistled language of the island of La Gomera (Canary Islands), the Silbo Gomero Spain
El Güegüense Nicaragua
La Tumba Francesa Cuba
Language, Dance and Music of the Garifuna Belize – Guatemala – Honduras – Nicaragua
Oxherding and Oxcart Traditions in Costa Rica Costa Rica
Taquile and its Textile Art Peru
The Andean Cosmovision of the Kallawaya Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
The Carnival of Barranquilla Colombia
The Carnival of Oruro Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
The Cocolo Dance Drama Tradition Dominican Republic
The Cultural Space of Palenque de San Basilio Colombia
The Cultural Space of the Brotherhood of the Holy Spirit of the Congos of Villa Mella Dominican Republic
The Indigenous Festivity dedicated to the Dead Mexico
The Mystery Play of Elche Spain
The Oral Heritage and Cultural Manifestations of the Zápara People Ecuador – Peru
The Patum of Berga Spain
The Rabinal Achí Dance Drama Tradition Guatemala


Chico & Rita, Fernando Trueba & Javier Mariscal

El 22 de November de 2010 en Latin Music, Spanish Cinema por | Sin comentarios

Go to videoThis beautifully-designed 40s-set animation about Cuban jazz musicians who head from Havana to New York is a wonderfully passionate film. 

Peter Bradshaw

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First Irish-Spanish literary festival

El 19 de November de 2010 en Books, Literature, Spanish-Irish relations por | Sin comentarios

BANTRY publisher Clem Cairns, who has been successfully running literary competitions for the past 15 years, is now set to capitalise on a strong link he has established with Spain by setting up the first joint literary festival between Ireland and Spain.

He has been spending time each winter in Granada, while continuing to administer the literary competitions that are run by his company, Fish Publishing, and has made some contacts in the Spanish literary scene in the past few years.

Read more… The Southern Star


The best Spanish tapas in Ireland?

El 18 de November de 2010 en Spanish cuisine, Spanish Restaurants por | Sin comentarios

Cava Restaurant

Cava is a really good Spanish restaurant in Galway serving a large selection of Tapas, starters and main dishes. They have a very good Spanish wine list and if, like me, you love Spanish food when in Spain, then Cava is a slice of Iberia at home.

Read full review…

Cava is Galway’s first Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar devoted exclusively to Spanish food, wine and beer. Situated on Dominick Street in Galway, the city’s up and coming left bank, Cava aims to provide Galway with the ambiance and regional aromas of all parts of Spain.

Cava Spanish Restaurant website

International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

El 17 de November de 2010 en Latin American writers, Spanish writers, Writers por | Sin comentarios

Last Monday, the 2011 longlist of the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award  was announced.

The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award is the largest and most international prize of its kind. It involves libraries from all corners of the globe, and is open to books written in any language.

The Award, an initiative of Dublin City Council, is a partnership between Dublin City Council, the Municipal Government of Dublin City, and IMPAC, a productivity improvement company which operates in over 50 countries. The Award is administered by Dublin City Public Libraries.

 The nomination process for the Award is unique as nominations are made by libraries in capital and major cities throughout the world. Participating libraries can nominate up to three novels each year for the Award. Libraries interested in participating should contact the organisers for details.

This year, there are 6 novels written originally in Spanish that have been selected for this Award:

Which one is your favourite?


Berlanga Forever

El 16 de November de 2010 en Spanish Cinema por | Sin comentarios

During the Franco years, the survival of independent cinema in Spain was thanks to the “Three Bs” — Luis Buñuel, Juan Antonio Bardem and Luis García Berlanga. The last of these irreverent, original film-makers, who has died aged 89, Berlanga was pivotal in reviving the Spanish film industry after the end of the civil war, despite his many tussles with Franco’s censors.

In 1953 he established himself with ¡Bienvenido, Mister Marshall! (Welcome, Mr Marshall!), a masterful comedy about the hopes of Spanish villagers that the Marshall Plan will make them rich.

Nick Caistor

Read more… The Guardian.co.uk


Free coffee if you order in Spanish!

El 15 de November de 2010 en Spain in Dublin por | 1 comentario

 Commute Chronicles – Foodgame

A new coffee shop and gourmet grocery called Foodgame recently opened up near Ringsend in Dublin.

I’ve been in a few times now (in fact, I’m currently the mayor on Foursquare) and the owner is so friendly and enthusiastic about his business that I’m really rooting for him to succeed.

Read more… Sidewalksafari.com


KUMAR in concert

Foto: Xavier Torres Bacchetta

Kumar, born in “Mantilla” (Havana, Cuba), is a young artist who has developed his career very soon not only in the hiphop scene, also in the world music circuit.

His approach to music is inspired by Cuban hip hop.

Coming from the Cuban musical underground, he is known for his work and his collaborations with many Cuban musicians from the experimental jazz area, alternative and traditional.

He also participated in the soundtrack for the movie “Habana Blues” by Benito Zambrano (Goya Award for the best soundtrack).

In 2007 he moved to Barcelona to complete his album. In the last two years he has performed in the major jazz, world music and Latin music festivals in Europe. His music is based on the research into the roots of Cuban music and its African cultural heritage.

Today, 13/11/2010 (20:00 h) at Grand Social Club.
Lower Liffey Street.
1 Dublín


The past always comes back

El 12 de November de 2010 en S. XVI, Spanish-Irish relations por | Sin comentarios

Some of the skeletons are intact but others, say those who find them, are headless (…)

The macabre findings appear to lend weight to a local legend that the beach marks the spot where the English, including Sir Walter Raleigh and the poet Edmund Spenser, massacred an army of Italians, Spaniards and Irish, together with the women and children who had taken shelter with them in 1580. (…)

In a letter to the Queen on November 12, 1580, Grey recorded how his men, despite apparently offering to spare their captives’ lives, had butchered them.

Read more… The Sunday Times

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