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European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012
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European Capital of Culture Maribor 2012 will mark March as a month of Spanish Culture. Cultural Embassies along with Spanish Embassy and several other institutions organised various events intended to bring Spain and its culture closer to the people: from dance performance to film, from gastronomy to music, from architecture to linguistics, and more.

The Embassy of Spain is proud to present “March - the Month of Spain at the Maribor 2012 - European Capital of Culture”, as part of the Cultural Embassies Program. The Embassy and the partner institutions in Slovenia, such as ECOC organisers, the University of Maribor or the National Theatre of Maribor, and in Spain, such as the Institut Ramon Llull-Generalitat de Catalunya, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, Spain’s Agency for External Cultural Action (AC/E) have made a conceited effort to bring you these first rate programs and activities, in spite of these difficult budgetary times.  

You could start your Spanish month on the 3rd of March, by marveling at Gelabert Azzopardi’s latest contemporary dance performance, “The Mountain around you” (La Muntanya al teu voltant), an innovative production with 23 dancers by one of the Spanish most prestigious dancers and choreographers, which will be presented at the main hall of Maribor’s National Theatre-SNG. By then, you might have appetite for more, so you could join us for the inauguration of a marvelous art exhibit Urbscapes: Hybridization Spaces, on the 6th, at Vetrinj Mansion (Vetrinjski dvor), which will be open to the public for the rest of the month. Topic of the exhibit will evolve around the old distinction between city and countryside, urban and landscape, that is falling apart nowadays. After walking through the exhibit, you may want to relax at the Cinema Udarnik and enjoy some of spanish best cinematography for a whole week, opening on Monday, the 12th. Evening films will follow a selection of the best short films from the prestigious festival Madrid en Corto 2010 from Monday to Thursday. Friday, however, will be an evening of short films only, a selection from Madrid en Corto 2011. 

Educational part of the month will commence on March 13 on the premises of the Faculty of Architecture of University of Maribor, in the form of architectural workshops and a round table discussion led by Spanish architects from a bureau Burgos & Garrido, ending on March 22. A traditional competition in knowledge of Spanish language is scheduled for March 17 in II. Gymnasium Maribor. 70 students from 15 high schools around Slovenia will participate. High School students will prove their knowledge of Spanish language once more, this time in the form of a International Spanish Theatre Festival that will show 15 theatre pieces and will host 202 students and 31 teachers from Slovenia, Spain, Brazil, Slovakia, Check Republic and Serbia.  

Spanish Month would not be complete, without gastronomic aspect of Spanish tradition. The history of Spain with its different cultural influences has led to an array of unique cuisines with thousands of recipes and flavours which are worldwide renowned. At the same time, Spain is one of the most exciting countries within the international wine scene, as it is one of the oldest and biggest producers worldwide and its wines offer a remarkable quality. We invite you to the Rožmarin Restaurant on March 30, where Slovenian sommelier will make a unique culinary experience by matching wines with dishes. 

The end of Spanish month will be musical; therefore we invite you to enjoy the performance by the Canary Islands group “Los Faycanes”, formed by 30 singers and musicians who will bring the best of their popular music to Murska Sobota, Park Theatre (Gledališče Park) on March 30 at 7.30.


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