Ja! Bilbao 10th Edition

29th September – 6th October 2019

Welcome, ladies and gentlemen,

to the tenth edition of the Ja! Bilbao Festival.
Ten years; it seems like only yesterday that I paid close attention standing behind Tom Sharpe fearing that his arm might fail him as he lifted the blunt iron sculpture and split open his head. To reflect on the festival itinerary from 2010 to 2019, in the lobby of the Sala BBK we will have a carefully selected exhibition of posters and illustrations for the Ja! (the image shows the one of Max, one of my favourites), the prelude to the extensive exhibition of 195 photographs of guest authors and the festival atmosphere in the Ensanche Building.

The 2019 BBK Ja! Bilbao Award has been awarded to Elvira Lindo, a very beloved author for the festival and ideal for the prize due to the lens of humour through which she approaches her work and life; a ten out of ten person for the tenth edition. You can find full information about the programme in these pages and on our website.

I do want to mention that I am delighted that two writers I admire, Antonio Muñoz Molina and Manuel Vilas, have accepted our invitation; and we are also honoured to have the great Maruja Torres, who has somewhat tried to get away from it all and has made an exception to come to Ja! Also, I am delighted that we have held the Fifth Graphic Humour School Competition with large numbers of participants, and once again with the necessary issue of equality. All ten out of ten stars, or more or less; as Forges would say, to whom we are indebted for our first poster and so much more.

Ten good wishes and may you have fun at Ja!

Juan Bas
Festival Director

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