The Theatre Festival del Sur also known as Encuentro Teatral Tres Continentes has been celebrated for more than two decades in the municipality of Agüimes, in the south east of the island of Gran Canaria. During this time this theatre festival which is one of the best on a national and international level has suffered a few downfalls. However it has not stopped the annual celebration.
The Townhall in Agüimes has followed the cultural experience for decades. They always supported the location and existence of this event which represents the culture of Africa, Europe and America. This festival is a great presentation of the finest artists from the three continents.
Starting from a solid base and clear ideas, events like the Festival del Sur are born as new hopes for the development of new projects between the three continents.
Awards Won by the Festival
The festival has been defined as a meeting place between the three cultures and the three continents that are very close to our canary islands (America, Europe and Africa). These meetings have been reinforced as the most important theatre meetings within the island of Gran Canaria and it is also known as the ‘thought’ and ‘culture’ meeting point.
There has been alot of recognisations and received awards throughout the event history. Prizes have been given by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and by the Diputación de Granada. It is hard to believe that after receiving so many awards and achieving such popularity over many years this festival has nearly disappeared due to big cuts in culture.
The Future of the Festival
Due the the grave economical situation in the field of culture in this country, The Encuentro Teatral Tres Continentes did not have a guarantee of continuing, the possibilities of cancelling were very high, therefore the organisers have thought out a campaign in order to self finance the event so they can try to guarantee the continuation of the event.
Thanks to the campaign the festival managed to overcome one of the more critical hurdles and managed to celebrate the festival again.
During the two weeks that the event lasted, the different theatre companies of the three continents shared experiences in the municipal of Agüimes and formed part of an ample program of activities with the objective being to get to know the real life and cultures in each others country of origin.
Name of Event: Encuentro Teatral Tres Continentes
Location: Town of Agüimes, Various places in Agüimes and Cruce de Arinaga
Hora: See Program
Date: 14th to 18th Octuber
Duration: 1 Week
Official Page: Festival del Sur
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