Just dropping a quick post to announce that the official programme of the XXV Festival Celestina is already on-line. In 2023, the festival will take place from the 18th to the 27th of August in La Puebla de Montalbán and, as usual, there will be literal underground theatre (it is staged underground, in old cellars), music, dance and many other related activities like a street market and an outdoor cinema. There will also be acting and acrobatics courses for youths.
Of particular interest for the followers of this blog might be the roundtable about Celestina that will take place on the 22th of August 2023, at the Museo La Celestina (topic to be disclosed!). And, for a change, this will be the first time I will be able to attend. Hope to see you there!
The 24th Festival Celestina will be taking place between the 24th and the 28th of August 2022 in La Puebla de Montalbán (Toledo). This is the first in-person edition of the festival since the COVID19 lockdown, so that everybody is looking forward to it more than ever. This is particularly noticeable in the brand new website of the festival, which is a significant improvement with regard to the old web page. The programme can be downloaded in PDF format here.
José Juan Morcillo Pérez (IES Andrés de Vandelvira, Albacete) will be giving the usual lecture at the Museo Celestina on Friday, 26th of August 2022, at 20:00. The topic is “Fernando de Rojas, autor de la novela jurídica Lazarillo de Tormes“, in which I suppose that the speaker will be defending his thesis that Fernando de Rojas is the author of Lázaro de Tormes.
There will also be an educational event on Thursday, 25th of August 2022, at 20:00 at the Museo Celestina. In it, Ignacio Arcos Gil (IES María Pacheco, Toledo) will use the radio adaptation of Celestina of the Cadena Ser radio programme Un libro, una hora to introduce the audience to key aspects of the work.
The traditional underground theatre plays will also return: En busca de Calisto y Melibea (for children), Escuela de Celestinas (age 16+), ¡Redención para Pármeno! (Reflexiones sin cabeza) (age 12+), Antinomia (general audience), Moldes que escupen fuego (En la imprenta de Juan de Lucena) (general audience), Las hermanas Celestinas (general audience), Melibea a las nueve. Un viaje de cuento (for children) and La Rueda (general audience). Tickets for the underground plays can be bought at the official website of the festival.
Outside, at the Plaza Mayor, the theatre play Francisco Hernández de La Puebla (Periplo y testamento) is programmed for the first day of the festival. The monologue El Lazarillo de Tormes by Rafael Álvarez “El Brujo” will be taking place on Friday, 26th of August 2022, at 22:00. The next day, at the same time, the play La grande enfermedad (Peste y milagro en Montalbán) will be staged. On the final day, on Sunday, the play will be La Celestina by Albacity Corporation.
As usual, during the festival there will be a medieval fair and the Jornada de la Tapa taking place. And, as usual, I will not be able to attend. Traditions do not get lost.
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.