Mediterranean winds bring theatre, music, fashion and design to San Javier

The company Teatro de lo Ausente, the groups Maestro Espada and Amor Tempura and the Murcian firm Leonor Pando will be the protagonists.

The four great currents of the Mediterranean will be blowing strongly next week in San Javier. But they will do so in a somewhat special way. The gregal will bring theatre; the levante, music; the mistral, fashion, and the sirocco, design. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, respectively. In addition, they will be held at different points in the municipality (all of them particularly symbolic): in the Cultural Centre of Santiago de la Ribera, in the pavilion of the Pinada de San Blas, in the Plaza de España and in the Club de Regatas, so that no one in the municipality is left without feeling the force of the winds. After all, San Javier is the ‘City of the Air’, isn’t it?

And in fact that is why this new festival has been christened Al Aire. June has folklore; July has jazz; August, the Theatre, Music and Dance Festival, and now, September, this new multidisciplinary proposal that celebrates the cultural and artistic diversity of San Javier and insists on a characteristic – that of being the ‘City of Air’ – which the organisers consider to be an identifying feature, a determining factor in the construction of the town’s own imaginary and part of the DNA of its inhabitants. This is why they have opted to make the most of the urban space, a philosophy more than assumed by the technicians of the Department of Culture (who always include outdoor activities in their festivals).

However, the inauguration of this novel proposal will take place, effectively, indoors, at the Centro Cultural de Santiago de la Ribera, and by the young Murcian company Teatro de lo Ausente. The group directed by Andrés Galián and Estela Santos will present their play Desarraigo, which they premiered at the Centro Párraga in the capital of the Segura in November 2020. The performance will begin at 21.30, but nobody should think that they are going to get there to settle into their seats and simply be a spectator, because this play seeks above all the involvement of the audience; in fact, one person from among the audience will be the protagonist of the show, following the instructions of the company (and with the collaboration of the rest of the auditorium). Yes, it’s not a typical proposal, but that’s what Al Aire is looking for: “avant-garde and innovative proposals that reveal new theatrical initiatives with fresh and stimulating formats”.

The action will continue the following day in the Pinada de San Blas, which has already hosted some of the Jazz Festival’s concerts. This time, the east wind will present two musical projects that, following the philosophy of the festival, propose something different. In this particular case, both Amor Tempura and Maestro Espada – the bands on the bill – are committed to achieving modernity through tradition. Under the first name hides Pedro Márnez, a member of the band Shego, who is launching the first previews of what will be his first album under this new alter ego. For their part, Maestro Espadas are the brothers Álex and Víctor Hernández, who have surprised everyone with their profound renovation of Murcian folklore. They are also working on their first full-length album.

On Saturday, the Plaza de España will host the presentation of the new collection by Leonor Pando, the Murcian fashion brand that has achieved great national repercussion, as demonstrated by its participation in Madrid Fashion Week (the most important fashion show in the sector in our country). With a practically handmade production process – which gives their garments a character of exclusivity enhanced by the brand’s philosophy of manufacturing only ten units per design – they will present in San Javier a collection “inspired by the sea”. And, according to the organisers, this event will consolidate the municipality as a reference in the field of fashion in the Mar Menor region.

Finally, Al Aire has prepared for the closing ceremony (Sunday 17th) a space, ‘Siroco’, “for learning and the exchange of ideas”. The chosen theme is ‘Women and the sea’, and under this title a series of conferences, training activities and exhibitions will be organised that will allow those attending to immerse themselves in new artistic trends and share knowledge with experts in design and contemporary artistic languages. The event will be held, as previously mentioned, at the Club de Regatas de Santiago de la Ribera.

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