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Much more May takes stock of its most successful edition (23/05/2017)

The first balance of those responsible for Mucho Más Mayo in its eighth edition is very satisfactory.

The figures are eloquent: 400 artists, 105 activities, more than 15,000 spectators.

They improve all of the previous edition, in which the festival was recovered by the City after four years disappeared.

But it is not just about figures, the contents of the proposals have also improved in quality and interest.

Around a thematic axis ("Communities imagined") a series of projects, ideas, designs and diverse activities have been developed that have been an enriching debate and a polyhedral prism of approach of the rich field of meanings that can be deployed under that phrase.

From the films of the "Displaced Memories" cycle to the lectures on the cycle "The rose of no one: subjectivities at play and disillusioning communitarianisms", through installations or training workshops, a true creative investigation has explored different dimensions of these "imagined communities".

This has also been the year of recovery and innovation.

The first has come from the hand of the section "Art at the center: the students' festival", which has reestablished the link of Mucho Más Mayo with the educational centers of the municipality.

Up to ten secondary and high school education centers, including the UPCT (especially the Higher Technical School of Architecture and Building) have taken an active part in this year's festival, developing their own projects in the same centers or in their urban surroundings, or in the city ​​center.

Also many artists have visited these centers to tell and expose their work projects.

The innovation has been represented by the new activity "Mayo Abierto", opening of studies and creative spaces of local artists, which has allowed visits to 16 spaces and artist workshops.

Particular mention deserves for its intensity the presence of the festival in the neighborhood invited this year, which has been Barrio de Peral - Jose Maria Lapuerta.

Up to 36 activities have been developed in these neighborhoods, the largest programming they have known, in which there has been a high level of association and citizen mobilization around M + M, characterizing the great popular participation in the different proposals.

Also the performing arts has improved its presence, counting on up to 13 shows of theater, dance and circus, emphasizing the recovery of the activity of circus through the School of Circus Malabagic, with its notable national and international guests ("Circus is coming "), Or - for its originality - the surprising experience of experimental sensory theater in urban buses.

As is already a characteristic note of M + M, the 2017 edition has left impressive large-format works of murals and graffiti by national and international artists, which are added to the numerous mural artistic patrimony that already counts the city and that proceeds in great Measure of the history of the festival.

This time the new works - nine in all - can be seen at the IES Los Molinos, at the Professional Music Conservatory of Cartagena, at the Wssel Sports Pavilion in Guimbarda and at the Green Mile in Barrio de Peral.

Music in all its forms - with another success of Much More Music in the lawn grasslands of the Muralla del Mar -, Short Week short films, performances and diverse artistic actions hybrid of diverse creative languages, have completed the festival of This year, which has had artists of great projection in Spanish art and culture such as visual artists Rogelio López Cuenca, Elo Vega, transmedia creator Belén Santa-Olalla, filmmakers María Cañas, Luis López Carrasco, Alejandro Alvarado and Concha Barquero, artists DosJotas, MawatreS, graffiteros Vesod, Refreshink, Mario Mankey or Kraser, or artists settled in Cartagena and of very recognized trajectories like Jesus Nieto, Domingo Llor, Belén Orta, Salvi Vivancos, etc.

Like any great festival of contemporary art - and that is already Mucho Más Mayo - has not been absent the controversy around some proposals, that sometimes is inevitable by the diverse reception of some works in its interaction with the public space.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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