Updated 21 September: The deadline for entries has now passed, and the council has announced that the competition, which will run between Thursday 18 October and Friday 9 November, will star the Canarian sculptor Juan Bordes and the internationally-renowed Spanish journalist and novelist Arturo Pérez-Reverte. They will present prizes, sign work, and meet young people from Arona’s artistic institutes. Pérez-Reverte will also be signing copies of his latest novel Sabotaje (Sabotage), which completes the Lorenzo Falcó trilogy and which will be in bookshops from 3 October.
The whole contest starts at 8.30pm on Thursday 18 October in Los Cristianos’ Infanta Leonor Auditorium with a literary-artistic meeting with the two stars moderated by journalist Juan Cruz: they will also be present at the awards ceremony for short story, painting and sculpture competitions given to Canarian-resident artists who entered te contest. Entry to the inaugural event is free but for reasons of space, those interested in attending need to collect a ticket from the Cultural Center between 9am and 2pm weekdays or online from the Auditorium’s website (www.arona.org/auditorio). The following day, Friday 19 October, Arturo Pérez-Reverte will present and sign copies of Sabotaje from 6.30pm in the Cultural Centre itself, where there will also be an exhibition of Juan Bordes’ works on the first floor. Arona’s got some serious culture on offer, that’s for sure!
Original post 23 August: Arona Ayuntamiento, which promotes itself as a benchmark for cultural promotion, has put out a call throughout the Canaries for new artistic talent. The second Arona de las Artes y las Letras (Arona of the Arts and Humanities) which will take place in October will feature the participation of outstanding figures in the regional and national literary and sculptural scene, and comprise short story contests, painting and sculpture, but also new creative talent seeking a boost to potential careers. The event is organized by the council’s Culture and Education Department, and the call for entries is to any short story writers, painters and sculptors of any nationality who are resident anywhere in the Canary Islands providing they have no links with Arona Ayuntamiento.
Entries can be made up to 17 September and are free of any set theme, but must not represent or encourage discrimination of any sort. Works submitted must also never have won any awards previously, and applicants must personally accredit the submission as their own original and unpublished work. Categories are plastic arts (painting and sculpture) and short stories, with participants able to submit only one work in each category. A first and second prize will be awarded in each of the disciplines (short story, painting and sculpture) and in each of the two general categories: these will be €600 and €400 euros, respectively, for young artists (between 14 and 17 years old) and €1,500 and €1,000 for adults 18 or over.
The rules and regulations for entrants and their submissions can be found HERE or on request to 922 761 600 (010 from within Arona). The verdict of the judging jury will be announced on 2 October with prizes presented on the 19th in a formal ceremony in the Auditorio Infanta Leonor.