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15/03/2021
FiraTàrrega steps up its role of support for performing arts creation and the professional sector
FiraTàrrega steps up its role of support for performing arts creation and the professional sector

  • Llotja Online is growing as an open and ongoing platform for professional encounters, with an extensive catalogue of performing arts creations and regular activities, not discounting the possibility of in-person gatherings.

FiraTàrrega is back, with its energy refreshed and loaded with projects in a season bound to represent the start of the performing-arts revival after over a year of pandemic. Covid-19 not only significantly altered the Fair's 2020 edition: it has also dealt a serious blow to the entire sector. This situation has served to provoke an exercise of deep reflection on what the Fair's role ought to be in the years to come. a transformation, going beyond the notion of FiraTàrrega as an isolated annual September event and beginning to prioritise and maximise a permanent form of activity which, as the Fair has always done, encourages and guides processes of artistic creation, strengthens the sector .

The Nomadic Circuit

Circuit Nòmada will bring 30 shows to a total of 36 locations across the Iberian peninsula, with a total of 60 performances. A programming which aims to lend the artists a bit of a hand, helping them publicise and reintroduce their creations to the market after the pause.

2021 Guidance Programmes for Dramaturgical and Performing Arts Creation

FiraTàrrega's guidance processes include two lines of action, one related to dramaturgical writing for street arts (Hivernam) and another related to the shows' creative process (Support for Creation). 14 performing arts projects have been selected for the 2021 edition.

European project (Un)Common Spaces of the InSitu network

In March 2018, FiraTàrrega joined InSitu, a European platform and think tank for artistic creation in the public space. . In the framework of this network, a cooperative project called (Un)Common Spaces was presented to the 2020-2024 Creative Europe programme, intending to support street arts as an artistic discipline which makes it possible to reinvent the relationship between the cultural sector and the citizenry. All in all, to support emerging creators working outside conventional spaces and contribute to the transformation of our territories.

FiraTàrrega's participation in this project is made possible by the support of Catalan Arts - Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies in the strategic markets of Catalonia.

La Llotja Online

The platform La Llotja Online, with the support of the international Catalan Arts brand created by the Catalan Institute of Cultural Companies (ICEC), emerged in the summer of 2020 as a meeting-and-exchange tool for the performing arts sector designed to supplement FiraTàrrega's in-person professional activity. In this digital space, professionals can access, all year round, a catalogue of artistic or management projects, artistic selections classified by market criteria or sphere of projection, a directory of contacts and tools for interacting with registered organisations, as well as a personalised agenda where site users can keep track of the market activities scheduled in relation to the Support for Creation programme, the Nomadic Tour and other events. Llotja Online organises virtual gatherings for professionals, like the ones held in September 2020 and January 2021, centred on themes of interest to the sector, and with an excellent response from qualified professionals.

The platform encompasses 995 professionals from 517 organisations and 267 projects. The renovated version of the platform - projected to be launched in June 2021 - is currently being designed, based on the feedback provided by site users, to improve the knowledge, meeting and exchange between members of the performing arts field and to contribute to the maximum diffusion of artistic projects.

2021 edition

The Fair's organisers are also working to prepare the event, from 9 to 12 September, in Tàrrega. A festival which, at the moment, is still expected to be conditioned by pandemic-linked restrictions, especially in terms of audience capacity and flow. In this sense, the strategy revolves around making it possible to identify the audience members in attendance and limit the presence of free activity on city streets.

The Fair's 40th-anniversary celebration, unable to be held in 2020, will also be made up at this edition, with self-contained activities of an artistic and communicative nature.

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