Free access to all of the events. Free entry until full capacity or by invitation, consult by event.
Wednesday 28th September
Opening of the seventh edition and of the MAX Panoptic 1973-2016 exhibition
Talk: MAX Panoptic 1973-2016
Book signing after the event
Thursday 29th September
Monologue: An inconvenient woman
“We have lost our humour, indulgence, tolerance, and the capacity to get what we do not like”. Elvira Lindo believes that people are losing their ability to understand irony and that freedom of expression is in danger faced with a public that is sensitive to manifestations of humour. In her opinion “whatever the comedian is like, coarse or exquisite, intelligent or a simpleton, they have the right to go out of stage and vent their thoughts”. As a comic writer, she herself has felt subject to the pressure that is put on by the correctness fundamentalists as well as by the inevitable “legion of offended people”. Elvira Lindo will talk about all of this on stage, in an original mini monologue essay.
* Collection of invitations: from 27 September at the Sala BBK (11am to 2pm / 4.00pm to 9pm). Maximum of 2 per person.
Show: Trikitixa eta poesixa
KEPA JUNKERA & MIREN AGUR MEABE
Friday 30th September
Conversation: Sinister humour
SARA MESA, PILAR ADÓN & JON BILBAO
Pilar Adón, Jon Bilbao and Sara Mesa share a privileged place among the writers of their generation and a certain taste for the sinister which can end up being very fun. Between laughter and fear, they will talk to us about the chilling side of humour, in their own books as well as those of their favourite authors.
Conversation: The vice of virtue
ADAM SOBOCZYNSKI & PATRICIO PRON
(German with simultaneous translation)
In our society virtue has ended up becoming as addictive and lethal as old vices. Patricio Pron has raised the alarm, especially in his press articles. Also, Adam Soboczynski has written about it, with lots of irony in “El libro de los vicios” (The book of vices. Anagrama, 2013). It does not seem like a bad idea to get them together in order to talk about the tyranny of goodness, and the imposition of saintliness.
Saturday 1st October
Conversation: Humour in the suitcase
JAVIER REVERTE & ROSA Mª CALAF moderated by ROGE BLASCO
Rosa María Calaf and Javier Reverte are two great globetrotters and they will be our luxury guides in a conversation about humour and travelling. The correspondent Rosa María Calaf and the writer Javier Reverte have amassed a lifetime of kilometres travelled as well as lessons and stories. They will talk about it all with the help of Roge Blasco, presenter of the veteran travel program on EiTB “Levando anclas”.
Sunday 2nd October
Conversation / Screening: The best worst
JUAN BAS & FÉLIX LINARES
More than cinephiles, Félix Linares and Juan Bas are people that feed off cinema; they have ended up watching The Sound of Music more than once. They have seen masterpieces, great films, good films, OK films and lethal amounts of bad films, very bad films and even worse films. Focusing on the atrocious ones, we have asked them to have a look back through their memories and film collections for the best worst comic scenes: the ones that are so bad that they end up making up laugh even though they do not try to. Félix Linares and Juan Bas will comment on their selection as the clips are shown on screen. The scenes will be grouped into thematic blocks and, among other matters, they will include some of the most sexist scenes in history, as a way of sarcastically condemning this scourge.
Monday 3th October
MATHIAS ENARD interviewed by GUILLERMO ALTARES
Book signing after the event
(French with simultaneous translation)
Interview with Mathias Enard to mark the recent publication of Compass (Literatura Random House), awarded the Prix Goncourt in 2015. A mix of memoirs, travel writing and love diary, Compass is a love letter to the Middle East, with a generous dose of erudition and bittersweet humour.
Wednesday 5th October
Conversation: Humour in Cervantes and Shakespeare
FRANCISCO RICO & VICENTE MOLINA FOIX moderated CÉSAR COCA
April this year marked the 400th anniversary of the death of Cervantes and Shakespeare. To commemorate it, the festival wants to pay tribute to these two universal authors, by discussing the parts of their work where humour is most prevalent. For that purpose, we will be joined by the philologist Francisco Rico, a preeminent Cervantes expert and author of canonical editions of Don Quixote, and by Vicente Molina Foix, a playwright, critic and film director who has created splendid versions of Shakespeare´s greatest works; Hamlet, King Lear and the Merchant of Venice.
Thursday 6th October
Interview / Mini-recital:
JAMES RHODES interviewed by MERCEDES CEBRIÁN. JAMES RHODES on the piano.
(English with simultaneous translation)
In Instrumental. A Memoir of Madness, Medication and Music (Canongate Books, 2014) James Rhodes is capable of writing about how he was the victim of several rapes carried out by his physical education teacher, and all of the physical and psychological damage this caused him. He is able to transform this experience into a story that is equally moving and entertaining for the reader. Mercedes Cebrián will take a deeper look at the humorous aspect of the author, evident in writing style as well as his unorthodox way of performing at concerts. We will get a taste of this live on stage
* Collection of invitations: from 4 October at the Sala BBK (11am to 2pm / 4.00pm to 9pm). Maximum of 2 per person.
Friday 7th October
EDU GALÁN, MARTA SANZ & MANUEL RODRÍGUEZ RIVERO
Satire is the most cutting edge of humour and a resource that, in the words of John Cleese, “makes people think”. It is not uncommon for satire to be a sure-fire way of getting into problems. Some people that are well-aware of this are Edu Galán, one of the creators of the magazine “Mongolia”; Marta Sanz, who published a satirical novel this year about compromise in the world of culture, entitled “Farándula”; and the cultural journalist Manuel Rodríguez Rivero, who is passionate about this genre.
JOAQUÍN REYES & ERNESTO SEVILLA “a cascoporro”
Joaquín Reyes and Ernesto Sevilla are two of the creators of the mythical television program La hora chanante and its sequel Muchachada Nui. Those programs, driven by the great impact they had on the internet, created a new way of making comedy in Spain. Surrealist, self-referential and very much a product of Albacete, the zany humour can also claim to be the successor to Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Their presence at the festival was eagerly awaited, however it could not be more fitting.
* Collection of invitations: from 5 October at the Sala BBK (11am to 2pm / 4.00pm to 9pm). Maximum of 2 per person.
Saturday 8th October
JOHN CLEESE 2016 BBK Ja! Bilbao Award
JOHN CLEESE interviewed by RUBEN AMÓN
John Cleese is the tallest member of Monty Python. And Monty Python is probably the best and most influential humour factory of the second half of the 20th century. A producer, writer and star of such well-known comedies as The Life of Brian, The Meaning of Life, A Fish Called Wanda and Fierce Creatures, Cleese is a comedy legend. He will be the recipient of the 2016 BBK Ja! Bilbao Award, whose previous winners were Tom Sharpe, Francisco Ibáñez, Ismail Kadaré, Robert Crumb, Julian Barnes and Fernando Trueba. After receiving the prize, Rubén Amón will chat on stage with John Cleese about inevitable subjects: his career, the Pythons, humour, political correctness and dead parrots in general.
Sunday 9th October
Top ten humour sequences by Imanol Uribe
Presented by JUAN BAS
New series of this section where a guest comments on a screening of their 10 favourite humorous sequences alongside the festival director. The star of this edition will be the filmmaker Imanol Uribe, director of ‘Días contados’, ‘El rey pasmado’ and ‘La muerte de Mikel’, among other films.