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VEO 2010 – Valencia’s Open Theater

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Now in its 8th year, VEO — València Escena Oberta — is taking to the streets once again, from February 10th to 21st. It’s become a fairly popular event on the calendar, as various locations around the city are used as the stage for modern, and often bizarre, theater pieces.


No Man’s Land
House of Monsters

One interesting highlight looks to be No Man’s Land, by Dutch artist Dries Verhoeven, which is set in Valencia’s main train station. “Spectators” receive an audio guide which details the travails of an immigrant and leads them around. Another is Obludarium by the Czech Forman Brothers. That translates as “House of Monsters”, and it sounds like it’ll be a crazy blend of fantasy and cabaret, inside a tent in a corner of the Viveros Gardens.

Tickets to nearly all the shows are €11, which I’m pretty sure is a price hike compared to previous years, perhaps due to the crisis. And we enjoyed a couple neat free outdoor performances the last couple years, but I don’t see anything similar in this edition.

Anything you’re especially looking forward to?

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February 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm Comments (0)

History Boys Coming to Valencia

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Alan Bennett’s famous, award winning 2004 play The History Boys is on its way to Valencia’s Teatro Principal from the 28th to the 31st of January. Los Chicos de Historia is a Spanish production from the theater company Focus.


Focus.es © David Ruano

The plot concerns a group of history students, studying for their examinations under three professors with extremely different styles. The students themselves are a varied bunch, and there is plenty of personal drama and sexual tension, intermingling with the schoolroom politics.

The History Boys was made into a well-received film in 2006. There will be 5 shows in Valencia, before the production moves on to Valladolid, Gandia and Alicante. Tickets start at just €12… you can find more information on the theater’s website.

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January 6, 2010 at 11:30 am Comments (0)

Gran Nit de Juliol

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Got any plans for today? You’d better not! Valencia’s Feria de Juliol is reaching it’s climax with more events than you could possibly attend to.

Here’s a quick rundown of some of the more important events today:

  • Beach Rugby at Malvarrosa, next to the Las Arenas Hotel. Today from 10 am to 8 pm (we better get going) and tomorrow from 10 am to 4 pm. More info! Thank you Noakos for the times.
  • At 7pm in the Plaza de Toros, there’s a special form of bullfight: “Corrida del arte del rejoneo
  • All museums will be open and free from 10pm until 2am
  • Street performances and theater starting at 8pm throughout the city.
  • Concert at La Lonja at 11.15 pm
  • Beach Firework at midnight.
  • Concert at Torres Serranos at 0:30am

We’ll probably be hanging around Plaza de la Virgin and Reina around 8pm for Samba, African and Mexican dance and acts.

Feria de Julio continues until the 26th with many more events including our favorite La Batalla de Flores.

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July 18, 2009 at 11:03 am Comment (1)

Fuego en el Teatro Princesa Valencia

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Fuego del Teatro Princesa – doesn’t it sound like another event from Fallas? It kind of sounds like Cabalgata del Fuego, doesn’t it!

Well we came home from a night out this morning at 4 and got greeted by fire trucks. My heart dropped, but I was relieved to see that our house wasn’t up in flames. But it easily could have been. Instead the abandoned theater Princesa got burned to the ground. And I thought La Cremà was at the end of Fallas.

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Scary thing is, this is the view from one of our rear windows. It’s a wonder that our house didn’t catch fire as well.

That was fun and we got to finally meet our neighbors.

They still don’t know what started the fire but the theater and the house where the fire started were “okupados”. That means squatters were living illegally in them. Apparently the city had been trying for years to buy the theater.


This video via Typically Spanish
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February 27, 2009 at 4:00 pm Comments (15)