‘Maixabel’ arrives this Thursday at the Filmoteca by the hand of La Llave Azul

The students of the Jesús de Monasterio Conservatory offer a new concert this Saturday at the GIl bookstore and this week La Vorágine hosts the presentation of the books ‘Prototypes’, by Maria Toca and ‘What the hell is the Cantabrian identity?’ by Adrian G. Gomez

La Llave Azul returns with its cineforum and this Thursday from 8:00 p.m. at the Filmoteca de Cantabria they are screening ‘Maixabel’, directed in 2021 by Icíar Bollaín. A colloquium has been scheduled with the online participation of Maixabel Lasa. General admission is priced at 3 and members will have free access by presenting the Blue Key card at the box office for both the session on Thursday, January 19 at 8:00 p.m. (Cinefórum), as on Saturday, January 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Synopsis: Maixabel Lasa loses her husband, Juan María Jaúregui, in the year 2000, assassinated by ETA. Eleven years later, she receives an unusual request: one of the murderers has asked to meet with her in the Nanclares de la Oca / Álava prison), in which she is serving a sentence after having broken her ties with the terrorist group. Despite her doubts and immense pain, Maixabel agrees to meet face to face with the people who cold-bloodedly ended the life of whom she had been her partner since she was sixteen. (FILMAFFINITY)


This Friday, January 20th, Alfons Cervera’s ‘Maquis’ (25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition) will be presented at Gil. With the participation of Forgetful. Editorial Piel de Zapa. It will be at 7:00 p.m.

The anti-fascist guerrilla through the mountains of a country that has almost completely lost the memory of the Second Republic and what came after, up to the present day. This 2022 marks twenty-five years since this novel was published. And the curious thing, when today everything lasts barely anything, is that Maquis is still as alive as the first day.

(Gestalgar. The Serranía. Valencia). He has published the novels Of Vampires and Other Love Matters; Fragments of April; I never knew a heart so lonely; The dark city; The lion tamer; We will see each other in Paris, surely; The artificial paradises; The idiot’s laugh; L’home mort (translated by the same author into Spanish); The slowness of the spy; Those lives (finalist for the 2009 National Narrative Award); So many tears have flowed since then; All away and Another world.

His five novels that make up the so-called cycle of memory: The color of twilight; machines; The still night; La sombra del cielo and Aquel invierno, reunited now giving rise to Las voces fugitives, a total novel in which the reader will discover how the characters of one reappear in another and how the stories intermingle, configuring a unitary text of enormous power and beauty.

His books of poems are gathered in Los cuerpos del delito. And the newspaper articles and essays about him in La mirada de Karenin; Border Newspaper; Gürtel & Company and I am not going to forget because others want to.

His novels enjoy great public and academic repercussions in France, Germany and other European countries, as well as in the US.

On Saturday, January 21, starting at 11:30 a.m., the students of the Jesús de Monasterio Conservatory offer a new recital at the Plaza de Pombo bookstore.

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La Vorágine hosts this week the presentation of two books and a talk on the use of the bicycle

To begin with, this Wednesday, María Toca presents her novel ‘Prototipos’. The author will be accompanied by the president of the College of Journalists of Cantabria, Olga Agüero.

María Toca arrives with her latest novel under her arm, proud of the creature and we eager to listen to her. Given the harshness of recent times, a group of people who have a common bond meet: to participate in an erotic show in a new place in the city as a way of survival. A journalist, a gym teacher, a ruined builder, a failed actor in the twilight of her life, a brutal woman, a survivor who discovers little by little digging where her weak point is. A gypsy guitarist, abandoned. All of them meet around a place that can alleviate their desperate fight for survival. They arrive with a life on their backs, with failures in their backpacks coming together at a moment in their lives.
It is a choral novel, with stories laced with secondary characters that unify and give conformity to the portrait of a harsh society, in times of crisis where one gets ahead in exchange for selling one’s soul and leaving behind the principles and dreams that have spanned a lifetime.

On Thursday, Rafa Casuso from Cantabria with a bike will be at the bookstore with the talk ‘Do we move with common sense or have we lost our way?’. The appointment will be at 7:30 p.m.

«From Cantabria ConBici we are aware that at this moment, in the 21st century, the risk situation that our planet is suffering, as a consequence of the Climate Crisis and the deterioration of the Environment, needs associations like ours to avoid this disaster . Our mobility model, with total dependence on the car, has to change.”

For this reason, in the meeting they offer at La Vorágine, they want to reflect on whether we move with common sense or have lost our way. It is an analysis of our mobility model and a reflection on possible actions in the cities of Cantabria, mainly Santander and Torrelavega. The speaker will be Rafa Casuso, former president of CCB and member of the Board of Directors of CCB. Cantabria ConBici is an assembly association with the general objective of promoting and defending the use of the bike, as a means of urban transport and a form of non-sports leisure. It belongs to a national coordinator (http://www.conbici.org) who has had a permanent secretariat for many years, with highly committed people and extensive experience.

And on Friday, Adrián G. Gómez presents ‘What the hell is the Cantabrian identity?’

There is very little written about the Cantabrian identity. There doesn’t even seem to be a consensus on what cantabricidad means. For this reason, the work of Adrián G. Gómez opens doors. After situating the disputed debate on identity and its meanings, the author approaches all the expressions of the formal politics of the Autonomous Community to extract the narratives -essentialist and lax- around the feeling of belonging to Cantabria.

A book to whet the investigative appetite, a gasoline text to ignite debates that are not part of the front pages.
Come to the launch where it is very likely that one of the politicians who are the protagonists of this daring investigation will appear.


The next Poetry Slam Santander will take place on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 7:30 p.m. at La Bisagra 2.0 (Calle Río de la Pila 4, Santander), this being the sixth event of the 2022/2023 season.

Poetry Slam Santander is a poetry competition where each of the 12 participants recites their own poem live and the public acts as a jury. Each participant has an extra 3 minutes and 10 seconds of flexibility. The theme and language are free but the poems must be of their own creation. The use of any costume or object beyond the text is not allowed. The text must be predominantly spoken although singing is allowed in some parts. The public will vote for each participant through 5 blackboards that are randomly distributed at the beginning of the event. The 3 poets with the most votes will be able to go to the final and each one will read another poem. The one with the most votes will win the evening. The regular league champion at the end of the season will have the opportunity to represent Santander in the National Championship.

To participate, you must write an email to poetryslamsantander@gmail.com with the name and surname or the name with which you wish to participate as well as the date of the Slam in which you wish to participate.

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