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LaborArte´16

The world of work in culture

Music, film, theatre, art, literature and thought in a multidisciplinary festival where the world of work is seen through the eyes of culture.

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Salida de los obreros de la fábrica. Louis Lumière
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LaborArte´16

The world of work in culture

From 27  April to 22  May  2016

Location: The Events Room, Hall, Auditorium

Music, film, theatre, art, literature and thought in a multidisciplinary festival where the world of work is seen through the eyes of culture.

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Centro Cultural Conde Duque and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) are well known for going beyond their respective responsibilities and keeping in organisational and institutional step with society’s progress. Both organisations are merely a reflection of what’s happening on the street, echoing people’s dreams and demands, their claims and their everyday experiences. The world of work is an essential factor in the rhythm of civil society and, consequently, in the artistic freedom of its creative artists and interpreters; culture, in fact, is the true reflection of a nation’s beating heart.

Conde Duque and the Spanish ILO Office are joining forces for the second year running to produce the latest LaborArte event, a multidisciplinary festival where the world of work is viewed through the perspective of culture. The festival includes a packed programme of activities, ranging from music and film, theatre, art, literature and thought, all of which are an inherent part of the project and the ethos of the organising institutions.

Just like last year, Conde Duque will be the main venue for LaborArte, hosting activities created expressly for the occasion, such as VersoLAB and NarrandoLAB, with the focus on local community participation; a recital by Musgaña on working songs in Madrid folklore; dramatized readings by Teatro de la Reunión of work by Juan Carlos Corazza for the actor on the topic of jobs and trades in the work of Shakespeare and Cervantes.

This year’s programme will also feature acclaimed artists like drummer and pianist Jack DeJohnette and writer Almudena Grandes; Napolitan proletarian folk group E Zézi; new young talent like singer María José Pérez from Almería, the latest winner of the Lámpara Minera prize at the Cante de las Minas festival in La Unión; Polish trumpet player Maciej Fortuna, interacting with the poetry of Nobel Prizewinner Wislawa Szymborska in the multimedia project he’s involved in with Andrzej Konieczny (electronics, drums) and Paweł Wypych (audiovisual design and animation), plus Nakany Kanté, a singer from Guinea-Conakry presenting her second album, Naka.

All this, plus the exhibition “Posters from Madrid’s workers’ press (1870-1934)”, in partnership with the Municipal Newspaper Archive, as well as a unique cycle of films showing work by film-makers who identified with the working classes, including Ken Loach, brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Icíar Bollaín, Mabel Lozano and Antonio Sau, director of the 1937 film Dawn of Hope, regarded as the precursor to Italian Neo-Realism. LaborArte is also a great prologue to activities planned for 2019 to commemorate the centenary of the founding of the ILO.

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