La Puebla de Montalbán Council has finally made available the official programme for the XVI Festival Celestina, to take place from the 23rd to the 31st of August 2014.
Probably, the event of greatest interest is the perfomance of the Tragicomedia de Calixto y Melibea on Saturday night (Plaza Mayor, 22:30), as the conference of this year seems not to be related directly to a celestinesque topic but, according to the specialisation fields of the speakers, to sephardic music and the “converso” background of Fernando de Rojas.
This confirms my previous intuition on this year’s topic “La España de Rojas” being somehow related to Gilman’s The Spain of Fernando de Rojas, although I am not sure yet, if this has been made on purpose or unintentionally.
According to the city council official announcement, the XVI Festival Celestina will take place from the 23rd to the 31st of August of 2014, under the main topic of “La España de Rojas”. We ignore if the reference to Gilman’s work is on purpose or just a coincidence, but without a programme yet, there is no way to ascertain it.
1Gilman, Stephen (1972), The Spain of Fernando de Rojas. The Intellectual and Social Landscape of “La Celestina”, (Princeton: Princeton University Press).
The Ayuntamiento of La Puebla de Montalbán has already made public the programme (Flash– or PDF-format) of the XV Festival Celestina. This edition’s paper is “La Celestina, en su tiempo y en el nuestro”, to be given by José Luis Pareja Sánchez on Sunday, 25th August 2013, at Museo La Celestina.
After the announcement of the purchase of a facsimile of the Burgos edition of the Comedia de Calisto y Melibea by the Museo del Libro Fadrique de Basilea (announcement to which the Diario de Burgos and El Correo de Burgos have apparently devoted more attention than the official site of the museum), I remembered that there is a Museo de La Celestina in la Puebla de Montalbán (Toledo) which, as far as I know, already had a facsimile copy of the Burgos edition and has never made a big fuzz about it. This has lead me to discover that there is an annual Festival Celestina in La Puebla de Montalbán, which this year celebrates its fifteenth edition and takes place from the 23rd August to the 1st September. The programme has not been made public yet, but it looks like a good excuse to visit La Puebla de Montalbán.