Programme

Thursday 18th of September

Beijing Opera: “Don Quixote, the Wandering Knight”

Opening Show of the Asia Festival
China / Opera
China / Opera
Free admission with prior registration at  casaasia@casaasia.es. Limited capacity.
TICKETS SOLD OUT

“This is the story of a clever kind Don Quixote de la Mancha, who is known for having lost his mind for his excessive interest in reading cavalry books…” This is how the play “Don Quixote, the Wandering Knight” begins, the Chinese version of the universal classic by Miguel de Cervantes, which will be performed in Europe for the first time during the opening of the Asia Festival.

The company of the Beijing Opera* of Guizhou travels to Europe for the first time to present the play “Don Quixote, the Wandering Knight”. Made up of 40 musicians and actors of this Chinese province, it has become the most influential opera company of the Southeast of the country and one of the best opera groups in China, with its own style regarding choreographies, direction and performance.

They present a production adapted to the local public in Barcelona for the first time, where a kind of opera that focuses on speech, dance and fight over singing is tried to be approached. It is a new, original and surprising proposal that will represent the Western masterpiece with an oriental perspective, through which the artistic profile of the great genre of the Beijing Opera will be made known.

* The kind of opera or genre that is presented is known as “Beijing Opera” because it was developed in the capital of China during the period of the Qing Dynasty, even though its beginnings go back to 1790, during the reign of Qianlong Emperor.

http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_artists/2004-02/16/content_46030.htm

In collaboration with the Cultural Centre of China in Madrid, Confucius Institute Foundation of Barcelona and CaixaForum:

Friday 19th of September

Black Coffee by Mayookh Bhaumik

Invited Artist Fasih Ur Rehman with Barcelona Kathak Project
India / Classic-electronic
0.30pm. Plaça de la Catedral
Free admission. Open-air concert.

For the first time in Europe, the Indian band Black Coffee by Mayookh Bhaumik arrives in the Asia Festival to fill the Cathedral Square with a mixture of sounds that come from the most classical Indian music to join electronics and hip hop, even playing with cinematics and dubstep sound design. In the line of old and new, the show adds a sound rarely heard in the West: sarangi, and instrument that, according to some, penetrates the soul and arrives directly from the desert of Rajasthan with Alla Rakha Kalavant.

Classical and virtuoso percussionist of the traditional tabla, taught by the best gurus, the leader of the project, Mayookh Bhaumik, is also producer of electronic music and a reference of the new generation of Indian musicians. Born in New Jersey, he won the National Prize 2012 to the Best Soundtrack for the film Laptop (Kausihk Ganguly). His songs are a sign of identity in several film industries in India and he has also collaborated with Jazz musicians such as Derek Trucks, Jeff Sipe, George Brooks or of Syrian clarinettist Kinan Azmeh. Bhaumik won the National Film Prize in India to the Best Soundtrack of the film Laptop by the director Kausihk Ganguly.

The talented voices of Ishita Chakroborty — highlighted by the magazine Rolling Stone for her performance with the bebop guitarrist Carlton Kitto at the International Jazz Festival 2011 of Mumbai— and Kinjal Chottopadhyay will accompany this project.

In addition, Black Coffee by Mayookh Bhaumik will be accompanied by the dance group “Barcelona Kathak Project”, led by the reputed Pakistani dancer Fasih ur Rehman, National Dance Prize. This group will add the tabla and ghungroos sound, ankle bracelets with bells, used by the dancers. This way an encounter of sounds and rhythms will be created at the Festival: a unique visual and sound show.

https://www.facebook.com/mbBlackCoffee

Within the framework of Mercè Música. In collaboration with Nupura Association:

 

Performances in other cities:

26th of September
Círculo de Arte (Toledo)

27th of September
Teatro Sanpol (Madrid)

 

Beijing Opera: “Don Quixote, the Wandering Knight”

China / Opera
8.00pm. CaixaForum
Ticket: 6 Euros (50% discount for “la Caixa”) clients)
Ticket purchase at: http://agenda.obrasocial.lacaixa.es/es/-/opera-de-pequin
TICKETS SOLD OUT

“This is the story of a clever kind Don Quixote de la Mancha, who is known for having lost his mind for his excessive interest in reading cavalry books…” This is how the play “Don Quixote, the Wandering Knight” begins, the Chinese version of the universal classic by Miguel de Cervantes, which will be performed in Europe for the first time during the opening of the Asia Festival.

The company of the Beijing Opera* of Guizhou travels to Europe for the first time to present the play “Don Quixote, the Wandering Knight”. Made up of 40 musicians and actors of this Chinese province, it has become the most influential opera company of the Southeast of the country and one of the best opera groups in China, with its own style regarding choreographies, direction and performance.

They present a production adapted to the local public in Barcelona for the first time, where a kind of opera that focuses on speech, dance and fight over singing is tried to be approached. It is a new, original and surprising proposal that will represent the Western masterpiece with an oriental perspective, through which the artistic profile of the great genre of the Beijing Opera will be made known.

* The kind of opera or genre that is presented is known as “Beijing Opera” because it was developed in the capital of China during the period of the Qing Dynasty, even though its beginnings go back to 1790, during the reign of Qianlong Emperor.

http://www.chinaculture.org/gb/en_artists/2004-02/16/content_46030.htm

In collaboration with the Cultural Centre of China in Madrid, Confucius Institute Foundation of Barcelona and CaixaForum:

Saturday 20th of September

Concert of Barcelona Coral Àsia

Intercultural / Choir singing
7.00pm. Sant Pau’s Modernist Venue
Free admission with prior registration (Name and ID Card/Passport) at casaasia@casaasia.es.
Open-air concert.

This Asian choir is made up of around 40 people from 24 different nationalities, out of which 60% are Asian origin. Made up thanks to a project of Casa Asia with the support of the Direction of Immigration and Interculturality of Barcelona City Council, they successfully performed for the first time two years ago during the Asia Festival. The group was born as a space of intercultural encounter for young people from different origins through singing and music. The success of the project was son translated into the creation of a stable choir, with a broad repertoire in Chinese, Japanese, Tagalog, Hindi, Farsi, Catalan, Spanish and English, among other languages, and is still constantly investigating with new songs in Asian languages. The choir is directed by Carles-Josep Comalada, Director of Singing of the Municipal Conservatory of Music of Barcelona, accompanied by Vignesh Tolu Melwani (piano), Mercè Català (flute) and Sandra Sánchez (violin).

https://es-es.facebook.com/coroasiaticobarcelona

In collaboration with the Barcelona City Council and the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site:

 

Sunday 21st of September

Concert of Naghmeh Saz

Iran/ Traditional Music
8.00pm. Municipal Conservatory of Music
Free admission. Tickets can be collected at the box office half an hour before the concert.
Limited capacity

The traditional Persian music group Naghmeh Saz was created in 2006 by the composer Mohammad Mehdi Bateni and some colleagues. In 2009 Naghmeh Saz edited the album Yekist, which was successful among the public and since then has been played in all radio and television stations in Iran. Their second album, Bi Mennate Mey, was published in 2013 and they are currently working on their next launch which will be called Chashme Jadu.

http://www.amoozandeganart.com

In collaboration with the Cultural Department of the I.R. Iran and the Municipal Conservatory of Music:

 

Monday 22nd of September

Show “New Arirang” of the Pocheon Folk Art Company

Korea / Music and dance
8.00pm. Espai Francesca Bonnemaison
Free admission with prior registration at casaasia@casaasia.es

The Korean company Pocheon Folk Art Company, made up of several dancers, singers and musicians, presents its show “New Arirang” at the Asia Festival in its tour around Spain. Under the artistic direction of Hang Dong Yeop, Lim Yun Hee as the choreographer, the company will offer an original show that includes dance, live music with traditional and folkoric instruments such as kwaengwari, drums, gayageum or sukdaemori, and the vocal accompaniment of pansori, a narrative singing form of Korea that is UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The show will include the participation of fifteen artists and aims to be a repertoire of dances, rhythms and traditional songs from its country of origin in a more modern version. A varied show to approach the world of Korean traditional art with contemporary touches.

In collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre:

 
 

Tuesday 23rd of September

“Jazz in Japan” with Masahiko Satoh and Akiko Uesugui

Japan / Jazz
8.00pm. Ateneu Barcelonès
Free admission with prior registration at casaasia@casaasia.es
TICKETS SOLD OUT

Two Japanese musicians, exponents of the most current Jazz of their country, present the show “Jazz in Japan!” at the Ateneu Barcelonès.

Masahiko Satoh is a pianist, composer and improviser, known for having created a new improvisation style, the Randooga method. Trained in Japan and in Boston, he has more tan 80 albums that prove his extense professional career. He created is own production label BAJ Records in 1997, and made up the non-idiomatic improvisation chair at the Humanities University of Tokyo in 2009. Satoh has been awarded by the Japan Jazz Award with his first album (Palladium), he has won the Award of Excellency twice at the National Art Festival of Japan for his works with Four Jazz Compositions (1970) and Yamataifu (1972). The album Randooga is also highlighted, which was born at the festival Select-Live Under the Sky’90 that received very positive critics on an international level and the Japan Jazz Award of the magazine Swing Journal Magazine.

The singer Akiko Uesugui, on the other hand, has performed at many festivals such as the Hamamatsu Jazz Week, the Jazz Festival of Usan (South Korea). She won the prize as the best singer at the Saitama-shin-toshin Jazz Vocal Contest 2013. She also took part in the Sri Lanka peace construction project active since 2012. She has recorded three studio albums produced by the pianist: Sweet Touches, Colors of Sight and Burgudy Grace.

http://www.mmjp.or.jp/m_satoh/

In collaboration with Japan Foundation and Ateneu Barcelonès:

 

Performances in other cities:

20th of September
València

25th and 26th of September
Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid)

 

Wednesday 24th of September

One Day in Asia

On the 24th of September Barcelona will live a whole day devoted to Asia, with activities addressed to families and a mixed public that will be concentrated in Plaça dels Àngels, Plaça Joan Coromines and MACBA Auditorium, which aims to be a meeting point for all enthusiasts of Asian culture.

Show of Sumbar Talenta

Indonesia / Music and dance
1.30pm. Plaça dels Àngels. Asia Stage
Free admission. Open-air concert.

The group Sumbar Talenta was created by the NGO Himpunan Wanita Karya in 2004. It is born from a project aimed to awaken the talent of young people of West Sumatra and inspired by the programme “American Idol” (the American version of the reality show “Operación Triunfo”). The group, result of the election of the most talented young people that have taken part in the contest, has been successful in the province of West Sumatra and in the whole of Indonesia.

In fact, the group has been chosen on several occasions to represent Indonesia at different events in Malaysia, Australia, Cambodia and Singapore. At the Asia Festival they will present a music and dance show that mixes tradition and modernity.

In collaboration with the Embassy of Indonesia and Himpunan Wanita Karya:

 
Show “New Arirang” of the Pocheon Folk Art Company

Korea / Music and dance
4.30pm. Plaça dels Àngels. Asia Stage
Free admission. Open-air concert.

The Korean company Pocheon Folk Art Company, made up of several dancers, singers and musicians, presents its show “New Arirang” at the Asia Festival in its tour around Spain. Under the artistic direction of Hang Dong Yeop, Lim Yun Hee as the choreographer, the company will offer an original show that includes dance, live music with traditional and folkoric instruments such as kwaengwari, drums, gayageum or sukdaemori, and the vocal accompaniment of pansori, a narrative singing form of Korea that is UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

The show will include the participation of fifteen artists and aims to be a repertoire of dances, rhythms and traditional songs from its country of origin in a more modern version. A varied show to approach the world of Korean traditional art with contemporary touches.

In collaboration with the Korean Cultural Centre:

 
 
Concert of Arif Lohar

Pakistan / Folk
6.00pm. Plaça dels Àngels. Asia Stage
Free admission. Open-air concert.

Born in Panyab, Arif Lohar is a star in Pakistan. Son of a well-known folk singer in Punjab and in the country, Lohar began to sing with his father and brothers. From an early age he also started acting in several Punjabi movies.

With more tan 150 albums and more than 3000 recorded songs, he took Punjab to the international panorama of music of the world thanks to his album 21 Century Jugni. He has been on more than 50 international tours in the last 20 years and, among his performances, we highlight the one carried out in Beijing in 2008, invited to sing during the opening of the Olympic Games, or his performance in front of the former President Kim Jong-il in North Korea as part of an international delegation. In 2005 he won the Pride of Performance Award of the Government of Pakistan, the greated civil honour of the country.

This popular Pakistani figure, which will attract the community of this country resident in Barcelona, will sing and play the chimta, a music instrument similar to tongs.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arif_Lohar

In collaboration with Desi Cultural Association and the Pak Catalan Federation:

 
Concert of Kiwi & The Papaya Mangoes

Closing Show of Asia Festival
Japan / Pop
8.00pm. Plaça dels Àngels. Asia Stage
Free admission. Open-air concert.

Kiwi & The Papaya Mangoes are known for bringing traditional folk songs to the present. As the North American blog affirms Toyama Hot News: “Kiwi & The Papaya Mangoes is what happens when ainu, okinawan and other traditional Japanese music styles come accross the world”

In their music there are instruments such as the shamisen, sitar, violin, accordion, bass, drums and guitar, which create an eclectic sound, with costumes that mix modernity with traditional dresses, such as kimonos, always worn by the vocalist, “Kiwi”.

Everything joined in a colourful, fresh and dary show that was born in Japan recently. Perfect for those people who would like to experiment a live show of contemporary Japan not like j-pop or j-rock.

http://kpm-tokyo.com/

 

Activities for the Whole Family

Plaça de Joan Coromines
11am-21pm
Free admission

Parades

11.00am, 11.15am, 11.30am, 1.pm Parade with 40 Chinese drums
Given by the Chinese Popular Cultural Association

Traditional Stage

11.00am and 5.00pm. MUAY THAI BORAN with master Lek del Muay Thai
Given by Boxing Club León in collaboration with the Thai Embassy (Thailand)

11.45am and 5.45pm. NINJUTSU, the ancient ninja and samurai martial art
Given by Bujinkan Dôjô (Japan)

1.15pm and 4.15pm. KALARIPAYATTU, martial arts from Kerala (India)
Presented by Agustín Pániker. In collaboration with the Cultural Association of Art and Sport of India and Ramuni Paniker Trust

12.30pm and 3.30pm. MUMTOZ NAVO, traditional music and dance from Uzbekistan
In collaboration with the Embassy of Uzbekistan

2.00pm and 6.30pm. MASSKARA FESTIVAL DANCE & ATI-ATIHAN DANCE
Given by the Parish Youth Council (PYC) & Migrant Filipino Youth Association (The Philippines) & Bisayan ug Mindanaoan Association in Spain.

Stories of Asia (Paseo de las Esculturas) ▪ With the Bamboo School

11.30am and 4.pm. AUSTRALIA: “Aboriginal stories of the land of kangaroos and nymphs”
With Sílvia Pintado

1.45pm and 4.45pm. THE PHILIPPINES:"Once upon a time there was… a boy called Tanding who ended up being butading” “Why does squid and cuttlefish have black ink”.
With Tamara Quiogué

1.00pm and 5.30pm. AFGANISTHAN: “But na but... a girl or a boy or an animal or a town that...”
With Nadia Ghulam

12.15pm and 6.15pm. CAMBODIA:“How did dogs become people’s friends?”. Dramatized story.
With Sithy Saem

Games of Asia ▪ With the Bamboo School

11.30am and 5.15pm. INDIA: Street and Playground Games
Playing with stones, sticks, earth, leaves... In India children and adults play Pacheta, Sitolia and Changa Po.
With Deepti Golani

12.15pm and 4.30pm. AFGANISTHAN: Traditional Games
Card games, with stones and sticks, to have fun and laugh.
With Nadia Ghulam

1.00pm and 3.45pm. CAMBODIA: “Let’s play with Cambodian numbers”
To learn Cambodian numbers and play with the, and through them, get to know where Cambodia is and what it’s like.
With Sithy Saem

Workshops of Asia ▪ With Norma Editorial, Bamboo School and Thai Spain Family Association

11.30am, 3.00pm. JAPAN: kamishibai kamishibai (forma de contar contes tradicional al Japó amb cal·ligrafies i manga).
With Ruth Martínez, Antonio Plazas, Mitsuko Fukui i Norma Editorial

12.30pm, 4.00pm. INDIA: Workshop of printing and making Indian paper baskets.
With Deepti Golani

1.30pm, 5.00pm. AUSTRALIA: Workshop of point painting. Nymphs and boomerangs.
With Sílvia Pintado

1.00pm, 4.00pm. THAILAND: Workshop of fruit cutting
With Malee and the Thai-Spain Family Association

12.00am, 5.00pm. THAILAND: Workshop of Thai language and writing
With Sakk and the Thai-Spain Family Association

The Path of Words: Giant Calligraphy ▪ With the Bamboo School

12.00am, 1.00pm, 4.00pm and 5.00pm. Construction of a path with giant Asian calligraphy, open to the participation of public.
With Parimah Jataizadeh (Iran)

MusicÀsia, instrument demonstrations

12.00am, 4.00pm. INDONESIA: Gamelan orchestra with Jordi Casadevall and Museu de la Música
1.00pm, 5.00pm. BANGLADESH: Harmonium with the Academia Cultural Shur Rong
2.00pm, 6.00pm. IRAN: setar with Alireza Farrokhzadi (Asociación Hispanoiraní Ferdosí)

Gastronomic Tents

11.00 to 21.00 h. Gastronomic tents: Iran (Rincón Persa), Thailand (Thai Garden), Pakistan (Zeeshan Kebabish) and Japan (Bouzu).

DocuAsia ▪ MACBA Auditorium

5.00pm. Screening of the Documentary and Talk Melting Pot: castellers indis, govindes catalans
With the participation of Marta Saleta Esteban, director of the documentary, Esther Oriol, President of Castellers de Sants (producers of the film), Sudhanshu Karandikar, translator of the dialogues in marathí, Manu Sabaté and Gerard Alís, author musicians of the soundtrack of the film.

Synopsis:
For centuries, in Catalonia and India constructions of people have been built. To be part of a colla castellera and to climb a human castle or pyramid are personal and group experiences. More than 7000 Kilometres separate us physically and culturally, but are emotions and feelings the same? An encounter between these two ways of making human constructions was held in August 2013 at the festival Dahi Handi in Thane (Mumbai), where the Castellers de Sants took part.

The documentary would like to discover how team work is experienced, community, tradition, improvement, triumph, defeat and effort, in two very different cultures and societies.

Trailer: ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpoSHQj6Lf8

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