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Cervantes 2016: 4th Centenary

  • Room in the exhibition Miguel de Cervantes: from life to myth (1616-2016) © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Room in the exhibition Miguel de Cervantes: from life to myth (1616-2016) © Biblioteca Nacional de España

  • Ballet Don Quixote © Alberto Rodríguez Álvarez. Compañía Nacional de Danza

    Ballet Don Quixote © Alberto Rodríguez Álvarez. Compañía Nacional de Danza

  • The second part of the history of the valorous and witty knight-errant, Don Quixote of the Mancha. London, printed for Edward Blount, 1620. BNE: cerv.sedó/8676

    The second part of the history of the valorous and witty knight-errant, Don Quixote of the Mancha. London, printed for Edward Blount, 1620. BNE: cerv.sedó/8676

  • Collection of trading cards: the life of Cervantes. 1940s-50s BNE © Biblioteca Nacional de España

    Collection of trading cards: the life of Cervantes. 1940s-50s BNE © Biblioteca Nacional de España

  • Family workshop: ‘Cervantes. Life in a book’ © Museo Casa Natal Cervantes

    Family workshop: ‘Cervantes. Life in a book’ © Museo Casa Natal Cervantes

  
  


"2016 has been a year of commemorations. One of the most important was the 4th centenary of the death of Cervantes. ..."

2016 has been a year of commemorations. One of the most important was the 4th centenary of the death of Cervantes. A cultural programme full of exhibitions, concerts, plays, dance, lectures, and many more activities exploring every aspect of the great writer and his most famous work: 'The ingenious gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha'.

2016 was certainly a great year for anyone wanting to find out more about Miguel de Cervantes and his literary works. Important institutions and bodies like Acción Cultural, the Spanish National Library, the Cervantes Institute and more offered a wide range of activities based on his life and works. From exhibitions, concerts, theatre and dance, to seminars, workshops and digital catalogues, there were plenty of opportunities to discover and to honour the greatest Spanish writer.

Exhibitions

The centenary exhibitions were particularly interesting. One of the best was at the Spanish National Library, 'Miguel de Cervantes: from life to myth. 1616-2016', which traced the impact of his work around the world. But there were many more. 'Infinite Cervantes', in Alcalá de Henares, presented the author’s life and the historical period in audiovisual recreations. The travelling exhibition 'Miguel EN Cervantes' showed the world of Cervantes through comics. Cartoons by Forges took centre stage in the exhibition 'Forges and Cervantes' in Madrid, and 'Miguel de Cervantes or the will to live' at the Cervantes Institute showed the places where he wrote and imagined his stories, in photographs by Manuel Navia.

Performing arts and more

This wide-ranging cultural programme also included a season of films dedicated to related works at the Cervantes Institute, a tour by the National Dance Company with the ballet 'Don Quixote', a performance of 'El Retablo de Maese Pedro' at the Teatro Real, and a tour by the National Classical Theatre Company with the production 'Cervantina'. Families could take part in children’s workshops, see puppet shows, or travel alongside the classic characters in the popular Cervantes Train, which extended its season in honour of this special year.

And specialist cultural festivals, such as the Hay Festival, the Almagro Classical Theatre Festival, or the Meeting of Spanish Literary Authors and Critics, reserved a place of honour for the author of El Quijote and his works.

Outside Spain too

The rest of the world also took part in the 4th Centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes. Cities such as Oslo and Brussels held readings of 'Don Quixote'; the exhibition 'Quixotes around the world' visited the Cervantes Institute in different countries; and in Mexico, audiences enjoyed performances by the National Dance Company and concerts by the Spanish National Orchestra as part of the Festival Internacional Cervantino.

You can continue discovering more about the world of Cervantes, the interesting places and destinations connected to his life and work, on the special Cervantes page of Spain is Culture.

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