Joan Català in 2015 with Pelat (photo: Wim Lanser).
The Ramon Llull Foundation has awarded Alfred Konijnenbelt, artistic director of the Dutch festival Spoffin with El Premi Internacional Ramon Llull for his contribution to spread the Catalan culture abroad by programming regularly artists from this autonomous region around Barcelona.
Spoffin is the international festival for outdoor and site specific theatre which takes place annually in Amersfoort (NL) on the last weekend in August. The award ceremony took place Friday, November 11 in Andorra, in the presence of the Ministers of Culture of Andorra, the autonomous Spanish regions of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and representatives of Catalan-speaking regions and cities in France and Italy.
Konijnenbelt is surprised by the honorable prize. "The number of artists from Catalonia on the Spoffin program are relatively high, indeed. That's because they present often very special, original and high-quality productions. And there are some very good, leading Catalan festivals I like to visit. However, I have never programmed an artist just because he or she came from Catalonia. It always comes to quality.
El Premi Internacional Ramon Llull was brought in 1986 by the Catalan culture organization Fundació Congrés de Cultura Catalana, a joint initiative of Andorra, the autonomous Spanish regions of Catalonia and the Balearic Islands and representatives of Catalan-speaking regions and cities in France and Italy.
Konijnenbelt programmed among others the Catalan Joan Català with Pelat in 2015 and Compañía de Circo “eia” with Capas in 2013 and Espera in 2015. Next year there will definitely be a lot of Catalan theatre on the Spoffin program, because in 2017 the festival has a special focus on this autonomous Spanish region. Spoffin 2017 takes place from 24th to 27th August.
November 10, 2016