July 12, Wednesday
Max Estrella's Night
*Only for Spanish speakers
The night of Max Estrella is a cultural event, similar to the Dubliners' "Bloomsday", that takes place along an evening to honour the Spanish writer Ramón María del Valle-Inclán; the characters of his work "Luces de Bohemia: Esperpento"; as well as other writers. Since 2012, the event has taken place on March 27, the same day as World Theatre Day.
Thus, we will be visiting some of the streets, squares and alleys of downtown Madrid representing scenes and reading passages from the book. Snacks will be provided as well.
The UFV's Theatre Group Students will be in charge of performing some of the scenes.
Practical information: A shuttle service will take the participants from the UFV campus at 19:30.
Price: 15 € / p. (Snacks and drinks included)
July 13, Thursday
Prado Museum visit
Led by an art historian from the Nartex company, the participants will have the chance to go on a guided tour through the great works of art of Prado Museum related to the Conference topic.
The visit will be divided into two groups, one in Spanish and the other one in English (30 people each)
Price: 4€ /p. Time: 18:30
July 14, Friday
Conference Dinner at Hotel de las Letras
Price: 80€/p. (for an estimated group of 80 pax.)
Address: Hotel Iberostar Las Letras, Gran Vía. Calle Gran Vía, 11, 28013, Madrid.
July 15, Saturday
Day trip to "Monasterio de San Lorenzo de El Escorial"
The Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is one of the best reflections of the ideological and cultural aspirations of Spain's "Golden Age", as expressed through the unique blend of Italian and Flemish artistic styles favoured by Phillip II.
Grouping many functions in a single building, it began as a monastery for monks of the Order of San Jerome, whose church would become the final resting place of the Emperor Charles V, his wife and his son Phillip II, and a long line of relatives and successors, where friars would offer up endless payers for the salvation of royal souls. There is also a palace for accommodating the king, as patron of the foundation, and his retinue. The college and seminary complete the religious function of the Monastery and the Library caters for these three centres. The layout of the complex has, to a certain extent, remained unchanged. Charles V played a decisive role in the foundation of this Royal Site through the great influence he had over his son, the example he set by passing his last few years here among the Hieronymite monks and through the need to provide him with a fitting burial place.
Practical information: Bus from the University at 12:00.
Guided visit to the "Monasterio de El Escorial" by Ángel Sánchez Palencia, PhD.
Lunch in the restaurant "La Cueva".
Price: 40 €/p. (at least 30 people).
Madame Butterfly at the Teatro Real
The Teatro Real has programmed Puccini's Madama Butterfly, one of the most staged operas in the whole world. The tragic story of the geisha Cio Cio San, better known as Madame Butterfly, touches all audiences. Puccini's innate talent narrates the terrible conflict between two irreconcilable civilizations. This time the story is told from a different angle. Stage director Mario Gas sets the story in the 1930s. He narrates the poignant drama from three simultaneous perspectives for an even more marvellous experience of this classic by Giacomo Puccini.
19:00. Meeting nearby the Teatro Real.
20:00. The Opera begins.
Tickets: 69 – 180 €/p.