The dates for the XXIII Festival “Celestina: La España de Rojas” have been confirmed: the festival will be taking place from the 26th to the 29th of August 2021 in La Puebla de Montalbán, as usual. How the festival will be adapted to the COVID-measures still in force in Castilla La-Mancha is not public yet, but everything points to the event taking place in person. In the next days, the official website should provide more detailed information on the programme and the scheduled activities.
In the meantime, you can listen to the one-hour radio adaptation of Celestina broadcasted last Sunday, 15th of August 2021, at the show Un libro, una hora of the Spanish radio station Cadena SER. Available via YouTube and through the major podcast services.
No COVID19 is preventing the XXII Festival Celestina from taking place in August, like it has been customary since its first edition under that name in 2005. Yes, the 22nd edition. Since 2005. It is not that I cannot do math or that there have been years with more than one Festival Celestina, but that La Puebla de Montalbán had been celebrating a cultural week named “La España de Rojas” since 1998 and, in its seventh edition, the Festival Celestina was born, so that, in 2008, it merged with the cultural week and adopted its numeration, becoming the X Festival Celestina just three years after its first edition.
Anecdotes aside, the XXII Festival Celestina will be taking place in a reduced format the days 21st, 22nd and 23rd of August, as usual in La Puebla de Montalbán, but limited to the Patio del Palacio, Patio del Cristo and Patio del Centro Cívico. The traditional Renaissance fair will not be taking place, as well as the usual theatre plays in cellars and even the staging of Celestina itself. But let the major of La Puebla de Montalbán explain it in his own words.
As soon as the programme is announced, I will upload it to the blog. Do not miss it!
A few days after this post was published, the festival had to move on-line.
The official programme of the XXI Festival Celestina, to take place in La Puebla de Montalbán from the 17th to the 25th of August of 2019, is out. It can be consulted at the festival’s brand new official website, in which tickets can also be bought in advance.
Besides the usual activities (concerts, theatre, performances…), the event of greatest celestinesque interest is the lecture Joseph T. Snow will be giving on Friday the 23rd of August, at 20:30 at the Public Library of La Puebla de Montalbán. There are no details on what he will be talking about, but for sure it will be interesting.