Next 17th and 18th October, ISLA (Irish Spanish Latin American) Festival returns inspired by “Memory and Signs”, by poet Ángel Valente. In its 8th year, the festival welcomes artists from different countries and creative fields at Instituto Cervantes and other city venues.Filmmakers such as Spanish director Arantxa Aguirre, Mexican author and film director Iván Uriel or Colombian artistic director of “Virus Tropical” Powerpaola (an adaptation of her own graphic novel to the big screen) all will take part in the main festival events, that will include a panel discussion, interlinked interviews, two workshops (autofiction comic books and Cuban folk dances) and a multidisciplinary show about the musicality in Lorca’s works.

On its opening, ISLA will screen music documentary Love and Death. The Story of Enrique Granados at Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI). The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Arantxa Aguirre and neuroscience professor and dancer Ana Belén López and chaired by Spanish professor and singer Katerina García. Admission is free and no booking is required.

Love and Death. The Story of Enrique Granados tells the intense and turbulent story of composer Enrique Granados in Barcelona at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries, his journeys to Madrid, Paris, New York, his life-long struggles and his early successes. The screening will be in original version with English subtitles. Born in Madrid, its director Arantxa Aguirre has worked as assistant director of Mario Camus, Almodóvar, Basilio Martín Patino or Carlos Saura. Her documentary films include the award-winning El esfuerzo y el ánimo (2010), American Swan in Paris (2011) and Dancing Beethoven (2016) -also nominated to Goya, Forqué and Platino Awards-, all of them released in theaters in several countries. Love and Death. The story of Enrique Granados is her most recent work.

Love and Death. The Story of Enrique Granados screening on 17th October at 6pm in Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute (TBSI). Free entry. No booking is required

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Instituto Cervantes Dublin is the official Spanish cultural centre in Ireland. The institution aims to raise the interest in Spanish culture among Irish audiences through a wide range of cultural programming and language courses, some of which are free or at reduced rates. Its cultural events range from music, cinema, visual arts, to Spanish dance, history or gastronomy, combining traditional and contemporary arts to appeal different tastes. In order to produce such a diverse programme, Instituto Cervantes Dublin engages in partnerships with public and private institutions, companies and entities from Spain and other countries.

Instituto Cervantes was created by the Spanish government in 1991 to promote and spread the Spanish and Hispanic-American culture. It is currently present on five continents with more than 70 centres present many different countries.

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