Spanish Spring Festivals
From 23 until 26 April 2023, the European Festivals Association's Arts Festivals Summit will take place in Peralada and Girona, two beautiful cities located in Catalonia, Spain. Unfolding the 70-Years-On Agenda, the Summit invites festivals, cities, and the business sector to work together on some important issues related to festivals.
In the meantime, and to celebrate the return of spring, let’s take a closer look at which festivals are currently taking place in Spain or will begin soon. A lot of festivals are coming with very different themes and multicultural programmes. Some of them end in the next few days so don’t waste any time.
1 January 2023 - 31 December 2023, València, Spain
_____ is Theatre International Festival (ITIF) was founded in 2021 by Just Art Association, a non-profit arts organisation in Spain. ITIF fosters trans-disciplinary and multicultural collaborations between artists around the world and continues to explore the possibility of "theatre" from different angles of practice, research, and education. In each ITIF, the artists in residency will collaborate based on a specific theme.
Aside from displaying the final work to the public, they will also exchange and share their creative processes with different audience groups through a variety of activities. At the same time, well-developed works on related themes will be selected and invited for performances on an international scale.
ITIF especially values the work and growth of early-career artists. With the development and changes in society and the theatre field, ITIF will also flexibly optimise its organisational form.
27 - 30 April 2023, Gijón, Spain
Laboratorio de Electrónica Visual is a platform for production, promotion and experimentation related to electronic sound creations, audiovisual creations as well as digital art.
An open area of research that uses the latest technological tools to explore contemporary creation with national and international avant-garde artists and new and trailblazing creators, performing several activities and shows in public spaces.
The platform’s two big annual events are LEV Festival in Gijón, and LEV Matadero in Madrid: Two largely attended festivals that serve as a meeting point to provide an all-round, eclectic view of the current state of sound, audiovisual and digital creations, and its constant evolution and connections with different disciplines, through live shows and audiovisual performances, concerts, immersive events of virtual and augmented reality, digital explorations, installations, and exhibitions among other activities.
02 - 14 May 2023, Madrid, Spain
All the microcosm of art, culture and the digital industry in a single avantgarde multidisciplinary event.
MADATAC is an internationally renowned festival, an iconic event, universalist, pedagogical and specialised in the diffusion, production as well as the exhibition of the art of the new digital media. The festival has already a long history in the city of Madrid as it is its 12th edition. It will also house the IX International Symposium on Cyberculture and New Media Art.
MADATAC proposes a reflection on the interrelation between art, science, technology and creative processes connected to urban life and new contemporary media. Its transforming and specialised profile allows it to accommodate, give visibility and context to all expressions and to the incessant and emerging art stimuli new media and digital technologies.
The MADATAC project can be understood as a great catalyst and promoter of the synergies that enable the development, professionalisation, competitiveness and structuring of the digital and audiovisual creation sector alongside the cultural and creative industries, as well as artistic experimentation through current kinetic technologies, which offer participants, users and visitors to examine proposals and contents from mobilising perspectives.
19 - 20 May 2023, Madrid, Spain
IBEROEXPERIA returns to Madrid to dance with the best of the current Ibero-American scene. The festival presents an overview of the music, gastronomy and diversity of Ibero-America, in a meeting between Spain, Portugal and Latin America.
The event will take place at IFEMA, Madrid's exhibition centre and will feature on the main stage Bomba Estéreo (Colombia), Francisco, el Hombre (Brazil), Muerdo (Spain), Javiera Mena (Chile), La Dame Blanche (Cuba), Rodrigo Gallardo (Chile), Guacamayo Tropical (Colombia), Branko (Portugal), Dengue Dengue Dengue Dengue (Peru) and Miss Caffeina (Spain).
In addition to lots of music and gastronomy with food trucks with food from various countries, IBEROEXPERIA presents the Ibero-American Forum on Innovation and Sustainable Development, which will put Ibero-America in the spotlight, promoting an important exchange of knowledge to, together, create better conditions and solutions for issues relevant to the entire territory.
Picture: Iberoexperia Facebook page
01 July 2022 - 30 June 2023 Madrid, Spain
Festival Territorio Violeta is a multidisciplinary festival that focuses on the path of society and in the concrete, the performing arts, in favour of equality.
Violet has long been the colour of feminism and it is no coincidence that they turn to this colour to talk about equality. Using the current symbology that associates pink with women and blue with men and taking advantage of the commonplace of the mixture of both colours : violet. The festival puts the accent on this colour as a symbol of a commonplace of equality, which they will undoubtedly not reach without the complicity of both genders.
Festival of fairs and festivals of diversity: To use these privileged exhibition spaces to reward those productions that, in some way, make visible this journey that we as a society must make to achieve gender equality.
Other Spanish festivals taking place during spring:
Puigcerdà Music Festival, 06 April - 09 December 2023 in Puigcerdà
II Festival Brunetti, 14 - 30 April 2023 in Colmenar de Oreja
MMMAD, 4 - 31 May 2023 in Madrid
Festival Internacional de Danza y CineDanza, DanzaTTack, 12 - 21 May 2023 in El Sauzal
11th edition Festival Revela’t, 03 - 18 Jun 2023 in Vilassar de Dalt
VII Ronda International Guitar Festival, 06 - 10 Jun 2023 in Ronda
[Go green] Porta Ferrada Festival
In 2023, Porta Ferrada Festival prioritised sustainability with reusable cups and funding beach cleaning. Over 24,000 ecological glasses were distributed, embodying their commitment to environmental responsibility and community engagement.
[Go green] Rock for People Festival
In collaboration with Komerční banka, it was created the KB FutureFest 2030 zone at Rock for People, highlighting a sustainable festival vision with solar/hydrogen-powered stages, eco-friendly materials, and discussions on sustainability.
[Go Green] Medieval Festival of Rhodes
The Medieval Rose Festival offers a living history experience, transporting participants to an era with sustainable practices like creative recycling and minimal waste. Emphasising experiential archaeology, the event promotes eco-friendly concepts, from reusable ceramic cups to minimal electricity usage, fostering a connection between medieval lifestyles and contemporary sustainability.