2017 Programme

 Free admission until full capacity.

Wednesday 27th September

Opening of the 8th Edition and of the GLORIA FUERTES CENTENARIO exhibition

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12:00 h.

Free entry

Inauguración Ja! Bilbao 2016

Opening of the 8th edition and of the GLORIA FUERTES CENTENARIO exhibition with authorities, guests and the general public.

Interview: IGNATIUS FARRAY

interviewed by ROSA BELMONTE

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20:00 h.

Free entry

Entrevista Ignatius Farray Ja! Bilbao 2017

Ignatius Farray´s desire to provoke knows no bounds. An Aryan Canarian, sucker of the nipples of confused young people and man in his forties who is liable to get naked in public, this kamikaze of humour is the most original and wildest comic at present. According to Rosa Belmonte, his series ‘El fin de la comedia’ represents the “cutting-edge of Spanish humour. He is the Richard Pryor of Granadilla. The good kind of humour. Olrait!

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Thursday 28th September

Interview: TRICICLE

interviewed by MARTA ROBLES

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18:00 h.

Free entry

Charla Ted Elvira Lindo

Making the most of the fact that their farewell tour is coming to the Teatro Arriaga, the members of Tricicle will offer us something that is extraordinary in their forty-year career: an explanation with words of their brilliant wordless humour. Joan Gràcia, Paco Mir and Carles Sans will be interviewed in front of an audience by the journalist and writer Marta Robles.

Conversation: Humour in painting

JAVIER GOMÁ & MIGUEL ZUGAZA

Book signing after the event

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20:00 h.

Free entry

Humor en la pintura

Javier Gomá and Miguel Zugaza, directors of the Juan March Foundation and the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum respectively, will talk about humour —explicit and evident in some cases or implicit and veiled in others—, that is found in the works of master painters across all eras and styles.

Friday 29th September

Conversation: The old school of negotiable life

LUIS LANDERO & JAVIER PÉREZ ANDÚJAR

moderated by CÉSAR COCA

Book signing after the event

La vieja escuela de la vida negociable

The modern novel emerged by replacing heroes with ordinary people. Lázaro de Tormes heralded this revolution, which was, among other things, humorous. Don Quixote confirmed it. Traces of both can be found in the books of Luis Landero and Javier Pérez Andújar, texts in which go-getters and noblemen in decline continue to cut a path through dreams, difficult situations and memory, while life is reflected in the dirty mirrors of bars. Sometimes they are those of Sant Adriá, and at other times, those of the Prosperidad neighbourhood.

Saturday 30th September

Conversation: I’m not going to ask anyone for fabulous narrations

JUAN PABLO VILLALOBOS & ANTONIO OREJUDO

moderated by MAITE ESPARZA

Book signing after the event

EL VICIO DE LA VIRTUD

Although they have different styles, aims and traditions, Juan Pablo Villalobos and Antonio Orejudo share something crucial in common: the conviction that humour is a powerful narrative instrument, an emphatic means of cutting through the waffle of appearance in order to tickle (or really hit) the very heart of reality. Villalobos and Orejudo have written some of the most entertaining novels in recent years. It was about time they showed their faces in public.

Interview: Humour in exile

VELIBOR COLIC interviewed by GUILLERMO ALTARES

Book signing after the event

(French with simultaneous translation)

HUMOR Y VIAJES

Velibor Colic describes in Manual de exilio (Periférica, 2017) how he deserted the Balkan Wars in 1992, fled from Bosnia and arrived in France as a refugee. Unlike classic writers such as Stefan Zweig and Sándor Márai, Colic does not rule out humour when it comes to describing the toughness of exile during wartime. Čolić recognises himself in the images of Syrian refugees trying to reach Europe. That is also why his story, shrouded in a peculiar Balkan humour, is very necessary.

Sunday 1st October

Top ten humour sequences by BORJA COBEAGA

Presented by JUAN BAS

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19:00 h.

Free entry

LAS 10 SECUENCIAS DE HUMOR FAVORITAS DE RODRIGO CORTÉS

A new edition of this section where a guest, alongside the festival´s director, comments on the screening of their ten favourite humorous scenes. This edition will star the Basque film maker Borja Cobeaga, scriptwriter of  Ocho apellidos vascos and director of Pagafantas and Negociador, among other films. His new film Fe de etarras is about to be released.

Wednesday 4th October

Interview: JAVIER CERCAS

interviewed by XABIER LAPITZ

Book signing after the event

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20:00 h.

Free entry

Mathias Énard y Guillermo Altares

Javier Cercas states that El monarca de las sombras is the book that he had been preparing to write ever since he wanted to become a novelist. With it, he concludes an extensive series on historical memory, which began with Soldiers of Salamis and continued with The Anatomy of a Moment and The Impostor. This is an unbeatable chance to take a look back over his literary career.

Thursday 5th October

Conversation / Screening: The best worst

JUAN BAS, FÉLIX LINARES & BORJA CRESPO

LAS MEJORES PEORES SECUENCIAS DE HUMOR

For the second consecutive year, “The best of the worst” offers an extensive selection of bad scenes from films, so bad that their comical effectiveness, deliberate or not, is guaranteed for the audience. The selection is not limited to films of the lowest rank, it covers big productions that really failed and films by prestigious directors that have simply been destroyed by time or the moral evolution of society. The crushing commentary of the scenes and different curiosities will once again be provided by Félix Linares and  Juan Bas, accompanied on this occasion by another unrepentant cinephile and “cinephage”: Borja Crespo.

Friday 6th October

Conversation: The books that marked us

EDURNE PORTELA, SERGIO DEL MOLINO & SABINO MÉNDEZ

Book signing after the event

EL HUMOR EN SHAKESPEARE Y CERVANTES.

The life of Joyce Carol Oates was marked by the two books that her grandmother gave her for her eighth birthday: Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass, illustrated by John Tenniel. Every reader has their own selection of essential books: those that have marked them, shaped their character, or even turned their life around. Edurne Portela, Sabino Méndez and Sergio del Molino will share their personal choices with the public and explain why they picked them.

Interview: Humour on the radio

JUAN CARLOS ORTEGA

interviewed by ALMUDENA CACHO

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20:30 h.

Free entry

JAMES RODHES

In Juan Carlos Ortega´s head there is a radio station turned on its head. In it the tribute takes on the form of a parody and each cliché is distorted in an hilarious way. The result is an extremely original love letter to classic radio shows. And one of the most outstanding comedy products of the moment. On Ortega´s radio show listeners also ask if they can greet. Hereafter, they greet Morgan Freeman.

Saturday 7th October

JOYCE CAROL OATES 2017 BBK Ja! Bilbao Award

Award ceremony

JOYCE CAROL OATES interviewed by PILAR ADÓN

(English with simultaneous translation)

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19:00 h.

Free entry

ENTREGA DEL PREMIO BBK JA! BILBAO 2016

Humour runs throughout the extraordinary work of Joyce Carol Oates. Perhaps not evidently, but in a substantial way. It is veiled, deadpan, subtle humour. In a recent interview published in Spain she was asked if there was something in her literature that had not been talked about enough. She drew attention to her “black humour, and also modern humour” and insisted that she likes to see the ironic side of things even at the most tragic times. Joyce Carol Oates will receive the 2017 Bilbao BBK Ja! Prize. After the awarding ceremony, Joyce Carol Oates will be interviewed by Pilar Adón.

Sunday 8th October

Show: Porto

HARKAITZ CANO & MURSEGO

Basque

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19:00 h.

Free entry

UN DIÁLOGO CHANANTE

Porto is a show by the writer Harkaitz Cano and the musical creator Mursego. Using wine as a pretext, it aims to offer a lyrical and humorous vision based around modern life, weaving together poems and songs by Fernando Pessoa, Charles Baudelaire, Rafa Berrio and other authors, along with specifically created compositions, accompanied by the typical improvising capacity of Mursego.

In vino veritas” (In wine, truth), states the old proverb. But, without humour, what use is truth?

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