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11/12/2018
Catalan presence at the Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg
Catalan presence at the Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg

In support of Catalan live arts, the Ministry of Culture's Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies (ICEC), under its internationalisation brand, Catalan Arts, is once again organising an institutional booth at the Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg (IKF), in which 17 Catalan companies and institutions will be participating.

Internationale Kulturbörse, one of the leading performing arts fairs in Germany, will celebrate its 31st event in Freiburg from 20 to 23 January 2019. The goal of the Catalan booth at the fair is to facilitate Catalan performing arts' access to the German market, as well as to promote the sector by presenting Catalan acts to professional attendees.

This year, the IKF has selected eight Catalan companies to perform during the fair, who will thus have an opportunity to promote their shows: Amer i ÀfricaCris-is, CQP Campi qui puguiItineràriaCia. Kimani (nominated for the IKF “Freiburger Leiter” prize), Las MigasPuntMoc, and Zum Zum Teatre.

La Maleta dels Espectacles, Espectacle Espectacular, Obsidiana, Trompez Cirkus ManagmentEscenamusic and Centre de Titelles de Lleida have also been confirmed to attend the Catalan Arts booth,

not forgetting Cia. Du K’to (Catalan-Balearic company), Cia. La Tal and LaBú Teatre also present at IKF with their booths.

During the fair, professionals from the Catalan Institute for Cultural Companies will hold meetings, network and foster new relationships between international professionals and Catalan companies, thus helping to open the door to the German market.

This year the fair begins a new period under the artistic direction of Susanne Göhner. Around 200 activities are programmed for IKF’s 2019 edition, attracting artists and companies from 36 countries to take part. Over 350 exhibitors have already registered and between 4000 and 5000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day fair, of which a large number are fair programmers (both German and Central European), as well as heads of programming from cultural institutions, many of them municipal. They attend the fair in search of street art, theatre, magic, circus, facilities and music acts, which they subsequently sign up for fairs or for the venues they manage.

In recent years, Catalan performing arts have become a benchmark for German programmers, thanks in part to Catalan participation in various editions of the IKF with productions that have gone on to successfully tour throughout Germany and Europe.

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