The Mueca festival is back with more than 20 shows and almost a hundred artists from around the world

Mueca will hit the streets again with its XIX edition between November 25 and 28 in Puerto de la Cruz. The event, organized by the Portuense consistory and the citizen platform Cómplices Mueca, begins the countdown to display circus, theater, puppets, dance, music and performances, going from the most innovative and avant-garde, to the most physical, also passing through the forms more urban expression. Tickets are on sale at

The nineteenth edition will begin on Thursday, November 25 with Abubukaka. The quartet will open the festival in the space of the Rock with the premiere of the show The bearing of Patarrás. Since then, Puerto de la Cruz will become the epicenter of culture in the Canary Islands, focusing on disciplines such as circus, theater, dance, music or physical theater.

The Porto festival was presented to the media this Monday, November 22. In the informative appearance were the mayor of Puerto de la Cruz, Marco González; the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Juan Márquez; and the vice president and councilor for Culture of the Tenerife Island Council, Enrique Arriaga. In addition, the press conference was marked by the presence of various components of the Cómplices Mueca platform (event organizers) and the Abubukaka and Burka theater quartet, a company represented by Aranza Coello.

The highest president of Puerto de la Cruz assured that this nineteenth edition is an edition “adapted and reinvented, but that starts with all the illusion. It has been complex to adapt a street art festival in the midst of a pandemic ”, he acknowledged. On the other hand, González explained that this event is one of the signs that Puerto de la Cruz has had the capacity to reinvent itself and “to assume responsibly this opportunity that only creativity has”.

The Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Juan Márquez, congratulated the tourist city because “Puerto de la Cruz is one of the municipalities where we invest the most because it is where a more powerful cultural policy is being developed.” Enrique Arriaga, vice president and culture counselor of the Tenerife Island Council, endorsed Márquez’s statements saying that “he is an example and I know that the work behind the organization of this festival has not been easy,” added Arriaga.

Hortensia Hernández, representative of the Cómplices Mueca platform, recalled that “about ten years ago we began to meet to carry out this event, we did not think that this platform would have much life because it is very difficult to manage in a shared way,” he explained. Hernández was accompanied by a broad representation of this fundamental group for the development of this festival.

Mueca will step on the accelerator and will not stop offering shows until Sunday, November 28. For all it will be necessary to purchase a ticket in advance. Also, to enjoy Micro-Shakespeare, of Cía Toti Toronell / Laitrum Teatre (Plaza Víctor Pérez), and La Caixeta, from Cía Holoqué (Plaza Concejil), you must reserve the ticket for the pass in the spaces themselves. Mueca will have all the security and prevention protocols for COVID-19.

The festival has recovered a large part of its programming, without being 100% still after the health crisis. However, for some companies that will be in Mueca it will be one of their first performances after a year and a half without acting. This is the case of the Belgians Theater Tol: they will be in Mueca with the show Garden of angels, a “total experience” in which lightness and joy are the most important.

Joy is precisely one of the fundamental aspects in Mueca. The festival will spread laughter in ten different scenic spaces: Peñón, Aqualia Muelle, CC Martiánez are the three main ones to which are added the Víctor Pérez square, Concejil square, the old convent of Santo Domingo, Penitente space, Tomás de Iriarte school, calle Agustín de Betancourt with Quintana street and Joaquina Viera y Clavijo garden. In this way, the festival grows in 2021 with respect to the 2020 edition in terms of stage spaces and programming.

The public of the Portuense festival will be able to enjoy 24 shows, more than 60 performances composed by more than 80 invited artists. In order not to miss any detail based on the cultural preferences of the public, the festival has established a series of routes: Pulpo (for fans of juggling and acrobatics), Pejeverde (in search of something different), Camarón (for a family audience ), Morena (with dance as the protagonist), Vieja (for the most classic in terms of programming) and Cherne (to enjoy the humor at night).

On the other hand, the human deployment carried out for the good development of Mueca is also remarkable: around 70 people will be working in different tasks of production, communication (photographers, journalists and cameras), information, or technicians (sound and lighting).

International vocation

The International Festival of Art in Mueca Street continues with its international vocation so that the attending public will be able to enjoy shows performed by artists from countries such as France and the Fabrizio Rosselli company, Belgium with 15Feet6 and Theater Tol, Kenya and Mighty Jambo, The Netherlands with the artists The Ruggeds or Austria with the company Eléctrico 28. On the other hand, the nineteenth edition of Mueca will also feature a large roster of Canarian artists.

In total, Mueca will have 24 shows to fulfill its main mission: sow joy and collect the smiles of the public. It should be noted that almost all the programming is designed for audiences of all ages.

The organization of the event will have another year with an information point. Before the festival, the information point, located near the port of Porto, will open from Monday 22 to Wednesday 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. During its celebration, you can go to this point from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. On Sunday 28 it will close at 2:00 p.m. In addition, all the information on this nineteenth edition can be consulted on the web To this are added the festival’s social networks that will offer updated information with the details of this programming, changes and other Mueca services.

The International Art Festival on Mueca Street consolidates its collaborative nature with a model of cultural management and citizen participation shared between the public administration and the Cómplices Mueca platform. It is a structure that defines its essence and that has made it a benchmark and engine in many ways of the cultural management of Puerto de la Cruz. Thus, the organization of the Mueca Festival joins this cultural management model as one of the driving projects of the cultural and creative ecosystem of the city.

Its programming enriches the atmosphere of a city whose historical tradition is characterized by being open to coexistence and respect between neighbors and visitors, a bond that has been reinforced through culture. In this way, the Porto City Council wants culture to be a cross-cutting element for the integration of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, the new model of public management of culture is aligned with contemporary currents of thought, such as the new development model presented by the European Commission in September 2020 under the name New European Bauhaus (NEB).

Likewise, the image of Mueca 2021, made by: rec creative studio, has focused on the viewer as the protagonist and, therefore, on the search for new visions with a graphic style reminiscent of Bauhaus aesthetics. The study aims to “be in tune with the European proposals of the New Bauhaus Europe (NEB)”, they explain.

The International Street Art Festival in Puerto de la Cruz Mueca is organized by the Puerto de la Cruz City Council and the Cómplices Mueca platform. In addition, it receives the support of the Government of the Canary Islands through the Canary Islands Institute for Cultural Development, the Tenerife Island Council through Tenerife Tourism, the Culture Council of the Tenerife Island Council, the Puerto de la Cruz Rehabilitation Consortium and the Euro-Latin American Network of Performing Arts. On the other hand, Mueca thanks other entities such as Aqualia, CaixaBank, Martiánez Shopping Center, Tucán Medical Center, Hotel El Tope, Hotel Be Live Experience Orotava and Grúas Juanele

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