The repopulation of the empty Aragon also admits cultural points of view. Like the rural artistic exhibition ‘Estoesloquehay’, a festival that is defined as “itinerant, thematic and multidisciplinary one of a kind” that combines art and rural areas, continues with its indefatigable journey through the regions of Alto Aragón and celebrates its 19th edition the September 17, 18 and 19 in two population centers of the municipality of Torres de Barbués, in the region of Los Monegros and 25 kilometers south of Huesca capital. They will host the artistic exhibition and will turn its squares and corners into the exhibition framework for different creative manifestations.
The repopulation is the theme of this edition in which the veteran and pioneer festival specialized in the rural world is approaching its twenty editions, inspired by the common points of the two populations despite the disparity that they may appear to have: Torres de Barbués, an old town with roots in medieval times; Valfonda de Santa Ana, of colonization and created in the sixties of the 20th century with the plans of the architect José Borobio Ojeda, a benchmark of architectural rationalism in Spain. They have in common being the result of the desire of its inhabitants to make these plains of the Flumen River their home. Both peoples emerged in different times and areas, motivated by the desire to carve out a better future and in a context of repopulation.
Under this common thread, and among many other activities, you can enjoy the multi-award-winning circus show Carman, by Javier Ariza, which will take you back to the time of the founding of Valfonda de Santa Ana by the hand of his adventure companion, Verdi the Seat 600. A fun show for all audiences in which the iconic vehicle of the sixties comes to life and ends up moving without a driver in a musical and circus routine that will take it back to the place in history that it should never have lost.
Francho Sarrablo and María Lorenzo will present in the singular and iconic new hermitage of Santa Ana, near Valfonda, their joint project Olivera, in which the two Aragonese singer-songwriters combine their careers with undeniable folk roots. The man from Huesca has three solo albums in his career, and a long journey on stage in different formations ranging from the Ronda de Boltaña to his recent band proposal. María Lorenzo, from Teruel, has presented projects with an intimate and honest manufacture.
In this proposal, Olivera, both rescue some of the songs related to olive farming, mainly those sung in Aragon, but also outside these borders. It is a tribute to the songs that speak of work and life in the countryside but seen from the contemporary moment. The rest of the program, which will include the screening of the winning short films from last year’s edition of the Huesca Film Festival as well as more performances and activities, will be released in the coming weeks.
The architect of this pioneering initiative is Grupo Andante, an association from Huesca whose objective is to carry out artistic and cultural activities in environments far from the usual cultural circuits. According to its director and creator, Pablo Pérez Terré, “it is a very consolidated event that has brought innovative proposals over almost two decades to the towns of the province of Huesca, including Belver de Cinca, Lalueza, Boltaña, Lupiñén , Benabarre, Riglos, Albero Bajo, Salillas, Pomar de Cinca, Salas Altas, Sesué, San Juan del Flumen, Alquézar, Fonz, Zaidín, Altorricón, Tardienta and Ayerbe, with an excellent response and commitment to access culture as a tool of development and transformation that arises and is understood from the territory “.
The mayor of Torres de Barbués, Valentín Calle, has received the celebration of the event as a double opportunity: “It is a unique moment both to publicize the landscapes and history of this area of Alto Aragón, and for the residents of the municipality can meet and enjoy quality cultural proposals “.
As is mandatory, this edition will be subject to conditions specific to the indications of the health authorities in the current context due to the covid-19 pandemic. All the performances will take place outdoors in individual seats, with a mandatory mask and respecting safety distances at all times. For the rest of the activities, it will be mandatory to follow the widely disseminated recommendations for distancing and hygiene.
This edition has the collaboration of the Comarca de los Monegros, the Madrid University School of Design, Innovation and Technology (ESNE), the Huesca Film Festival, and is jointly organized by the Torres de Barbués City Council and the Grupo Andante association. and sponsored by the Government of Aragon.