The fourth edition of the Market of Performative Arts of the South Atlantic, MAPAS, discovered its programming for this 2021 yesterday, in which the event acquires a regional dimension and will be held from December 14 to 18 in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The details of this edition were revealed yesterday in a meeting with the media at the Pérez Galdós Theater with the Deputy Minister of Culture of the Canary Islands Government, Juan Márquez; the vice president of the Council of Tenerife and Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga; the Minister of Culture of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Guacimara Medin; the Councilor for Culture of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the directors of MAPAS, Mario Vega and Octavio Arbeláez. c
The presence of institutional representatives of all the public administrations involved and of the 13 cultural venues of reference that participate shows the effort and the projection of an event with a vocation for continuity and transcendence. MAPAS thus stands as one of the few events in the Canary Islands that manages to combine criteria for the development of the cultural sector in the Islands.
At the informative event, Juan Márquez highlighted the importance of MAPAS as “an international benchmark joining forces jointly from Gran Canaria and Tenerife” and stressed that the regional dimension of this edition “strengthens its vocation to generate cooperation networks in the sector.”
For his part, Mario Vega confessed that it is “exciting to see how, despite all the inclement weather, the reference cultural spaces of both capitals have joined forces around MAPAS.” Vega also underlined the Canarian presence in the market, which represents a firm commitment by MAPAS since its inception and which is increased in this edition.
Octavio Arbeláez also highlighted the importance of the market as a connection and conversation platform for the cultural industry. The professional spaces of MAPAS, also open to the general public, will reflect on the “past and future survival of the sector.” Arbeláez also thanked Casa África for their collaboration with MAPAS, for which this year he was awarded the 2021 Illustrious Cartographer Prize.
The activity of MAPAS 2021 begins in Gran Canaria, which concentrates the performing arts activity, with up to six consecutive daily performances in the theaters of the capital. The public will be able to enjoy a wide scenic program designed as a circuit to facilitate the mobility of the public and professionals within the market.
The Guiniguada, Cuyás, Pérez Galdós theaters, the Sala Insular de Teatro SIT, the Miller building and the CICCA will host the MAPAS shows that in 2021 will be held for the first time in Gran Canaria from December 14 to 16. The artistic exhibitions will begin at 4:00 p.m. in the Guiniguada Theater and will last until night in the different spaces of the city.
The Guimerá Theater, the La Recova Art Center and the Tenerife Auditorium will host the music exhibitions that will take place in Santa Cruz de Tenerife from December 16 to 18. The music shows included in the MAPAS program will take place with an interval of half an hour between the Guimerá Theater and the La Recova Art Center on Thursday, December 16. The following days the activity will move to the Tenerife Auditorium, which will host 21 music shows with the same short concert format. The program will occupy the Chamber and Symphony halls on December 17 and 18. In addition, MAPAS will install an outdoor space at the back of the Auditorium to complement the musical activity in an outdoor meeting place.
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 mainly aimed at professionals in the sector.
2021 Award to Casa Africa
In this edition, MAPAS awards the Illustrious Cartographer Award to Casa África, created by the Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur to recognize people and institutions whose work in favor of the promotion and cultural exchange deserves to be highlighted. The award will be presented on Wednesday, December 15, at the Miller building in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria after the business rounds were held that morning. Based in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Casa África establishes relationships with institutions and cultural promoters that seek to enhance the role of the Canary Islands as a platform for cultural exchange towards Africa, in round-trip internships. | LP / DLP.