45 companies will participate in the official programme of the FiraTàrrega 2012
46 shows will be performed by 45 companies in the official section of FiraTàrrega 2012. The 2012 edition starts on September 6th until September 9th. The festival is covering the majority of the VAT increase affecting ticket prices and advance sales have been doing better than in previous years.
Barcelona (ACN).- 46 shows, 45 companies, 24 premieres and 12 co-productions make up the FiraTàrrega\u2019s official festival programme, as well as 23 companies in the \u2018Espais d'Empresa\u2019 (Business Spaces). The festival\u2019s 2012 edition takes place from September 6th to September 9th in the town of Tàrrega, in Western Catalonia, The Artistic Director of FiraTàrrega, Jordi Duran, said that advance ticket sales are doing better than in previous years. As for the imminent increase in VAT of cultural products decided by the Spanish Government, \u20AC5 child tickets and \u20AC10 entries will remain the same as the additional cost will be assumed by the organisers. However \u20AC18 entries will be affected by the tax increase, rising to \u20AC19 this year. Although, the festival still covered part of the rise in cost, otherwise the increase would have been much higher.
In the festival\u2019s presentation at the Catalan Ministry of Culture, Duran emphasised that they are presenting artists who want to reach the cultural market, and they offer the opportunity to do so. Of the 68 companies participating at the festival (45 in the official programme and 23 in the \u2018Espais d'Empresa\u2019), 38 are from Catalonia and 12 are international companies, the rest are from different Autonomies in Spain.
The opening show will be \u2018As the world tipped\u2019 by the Wired Aerial theatre on September 6th, which combines audiovisuals and aerial interpretation. Another highlight will be shown within the \u2018Focus Nòrdic\u2019 section, with \u2018A Circus cabaret from Sweden\u2019, by Bring the Ice.
There are different Catalan street art shows planned such as \u2018Bullangas!\u2019 by the Always Drinking Marching Band; \u2018Ferro Colat\u2019 by Amebeu Theatre; \u2018Post\u2019 by Engruna Theatre; \u2018Caputxeta galàctica\u2019 by Insectotròpics; \u2018BR2\u2019 by Brodas Bros; \u2018Solos\u2019, by the Clac&Roll company; and a self-titled show by \u2018The Wandering orquestra\u2019. Duran also highlights amongst others, the Galician urban circus by G.U.P. with \u2018Galizian Urban Project\u2019. International shows include \u2018Révélation\u2019, by the \u2018A part être\u2019 company and \u2018De plaga cordis\u2019 by \u2018Un 'Ottima.
In the theatre hall there will be performances such as \u2018Capas\u2019 by the EIA Circus, \u2018Pugilatus\u2019, by the Escarlata Circus, \u2018Maiurta\u2019 by Los Galindos, \u2018No sé si...\u2019 by Marta Carrasco, \u2018Eufòrìa\u2019, by Horta Theatre, \u2018Do not disturb\u2019 by Vaivén Circus and \u2018Kiss & Cry\u2019 by Charleroi Danses.
In fact, the Director of the Festival pointed out that many events included different formats. \u201CWe are a window into different formats, the street spaces are home to a lot of things and a place where different ways of doing things combine\u201D he said.
In FiraTàrrega there are 26 venues and new locations this 2012 include: La Figuerosa, Nau Cartaes, Plaça Espanya, Espai Jacint Verdaguer, Reguer C and Cinema Majèstic. In total there are 28,415 seats and 159 paying shows. The Catalan Government has given FiraTàrrega \u20AC490,000, Tàrrega Town Hall has given \u20AC225,477, l'INAEM of the Spanish Ministry of Culture has given \u20AC100,000 and Lleida Provincial Council has given \u20AC141,500.
The VAT increase
FiraTàrrega told the ACN last July that it would be taking on the majority of the VAT increase this year set by the Spanish Government for cultural spectacles. \u20AC5 child tickets and \u20AC10 entries will remain the same as the cost will be assumed by the organisers. However \u20AC18 entries will be affected by the tax increase, rising to \u20AC19 this year. Advance ticket sales are doing better than in previous years.