2018 Programme

Free admission until full capacity to all the events.

Wednesday 26 September

9th Edition Opening Ceremony

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12:00 h.

Free admission

Inauguración Ja! Bilbao 2018

Opening of the 9th edition with authorities, guests and the general public

Thursday 27 september

Unforgettable FORGES

Forges Inolvideibol

Forges had links to this festival ever since its first edition in 2010, when we gave him the first tribute that he received throughout his career. The festival also played host to ‘Forrenta años’ (Forty years of Forges), the ´Dracula´ he drew with Azpiri and ‘La posguerra vista por una particular y su marido’, created in collaboration with his wife Pilar Garrido. We also celebrated his fiftieth anniversary as a cartoonist, accompanied by Serrat. This edition will begin with a simple act of remembrance for the Unforgettable Forges.

Friday 28 September

Humour in history

JACINTO ANTÓN & ALFONSO MATEO-SAGASTA

Book signing after the event

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20:00 h.

Free admission

El humor en la historia

The Japanese official Hiroo Onoda did not accept the defeat of his country in the Second World War until 1974. A higher official had to travel to the Philippine island where Onoda had hidden away since 1944 in order to personally issue him the order to surrender.  Jacinto Antón and Alfonso Mateo-Sagasta will talk to us about stories like this one, solemn historical campaigns with a tragicomic ending, ridiculous great leaders, as well as humour in different eras. They will do with the erudition and pleasantness that characterises them.

Saturday 29 September

‘A vivir’ Cadena SER live

JAVIER DEL PINO

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9:00h.

With invitation*

A vivir Cadena Ser Javier del Pino Ja Bilbao 2018

Do not miss out on the chance to attend the live recording of ‘A vivir’, the leading program on weekend mornings on the Cadena SER station. Javier del Pino and his collaborators await you.

Awarding of prizes of the

IV GRAPHIC HUMOUR SCHOOL COMPETITION

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12:00 h.

Free admission

Concurso escolar

Announcement of awards of the 4th Ja! Bilbao Graphic Humour School Competition.

Humour in philosophy

FERNANDO SAVATER & JAVIER GOMÁ

Book signing after the event

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19:00h.

Free admission

El humor en la filosofía

From Socratic irony to the “laughter” of Bergson, via Voltaire´s satire and the cutting style of Nietzsche, humour plays a crucial role in philosophy, largely because as our honoree Álex de la Iglesia  —holder of a degree in Philosophy from Deusto— states, “humour is a way of thinking”, Javier Gomá and Fernando Savater, two of the most creative, lucid, and fun intellectuals in this country, will talk to us about the particular relationship between philosophy and humour.

JEANETTE WINTERSON

Interviewed by MERCEDES CEBRIÁN

English with simultaneous translation

Book signing after the event

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20:30h.

Free admission

Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson is one of the most prestigious voices in contemporary British literature. Her books stand out for their wit, a taste for detail and a sharp sense of humour. The latter is also present in her memoirs ‘Why be happy when you can be normal?’, a phrase said by her cruel adopted mother when she discovered her love for another girl. It was indeed this book that opened up the doors of Winterson´s literary work to the woman who will interview her, the writer Mercedes Cebrián, who approached the book out of her “fascination for rural England and its customs, many of which are centred around boiling water in order to constantly make tea”.

Sunday 30 September

JAVIER CANSADO

Interviewed by LUZ SÁNCHEZ-MELLADO

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19:00 h.

Free admission

Javier Cansado Ja! Bilbao

Javier Cansado is one of the leading benchmarks of comedy in Spain; with or without Faemino, his comic partner of more than thirty years. The humour of Cansado is brilliant, timeless and always original, no matter how much he insists that he “fits in with the Sumerians”. The journalist Luz Sánchez Mellado will talk to him in his unmistakeable style: calling a spade a space.

Wednesday 3 October

Mircea Cărtărescu

In conversation with Enrique Redel and Marian Ochoa de Eribe

English with consecutive translation

Book signing after the event

Mircea Cărtărescu

The books of Mircea Cărtărescu are set in fantastic labyrinths and unique literary universes, with characters and situations that move between reality and fantasy, dreams and hallucinations, games and parody. Considered to be the most important Romanian narrator at present, Cărtărescu possesses a hypnotic, poetic and baroque language, full of brilliant reflections, with an abundance of refined and exquisite humour. His publisher at Impedimenta, Enrique Redel, and the translator of all of her work into Spanish, Marian Ochoa de Eribe, will accompany the writer on his first visit to Bilbao.

Thursday 4 October

Humour in horror

PATRICIA ESTEBAN ERLÉS & PACO PLAZA

Moderated by FERNANDO MARÍAS

El humor en el terror

There is a generation of Spanish authors that frequently avail of the risky combination of humour and horror. Especially in film. Among them, our guests Álex de la Iglesia, Pablo Berger and Paco Plaza. The latter believes that the characteristic mix of humour and horror in his films comes from something innate in our culture: “that superpower of seeing the funny side of everything”. This is perhaps the reason why horror and fantasy coexist with black humour in the stories of Patricia Esteban Erlés. They will talk accompanied by Fernando Marías, an enthusiast of horror and comedy.

SILVIA ABRIL

Interviewed by AZUL TEJERINA

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20:30 h.

Free admission

Silvia Abril Ja Bilbao 2018

Silvia Abril is Yoko Ono, Kim Kardashian, Victoria Abril… and Shrek´s Daughter. An actress, comic, dancer, presenter, chef and, according to ´Late Motiv´ the program that she collaborates on with Andreu Buenafuente, “a mutant being that dances, sings, pesters, smells, and even presents gadgets. A whirlwind of vitality. A genre in herself for which a definition has not yet been invented”. Bring your handkerchiefs, if case you end up crying with laughter, of in case, one of the secretions of Shrek´s Daughter ends up hitting you on the bounce. She will be interviewed by the journalist Azul Tejerina.

Friday 5 October

SOLEDAD PUÉRTOLAS

Interviewed by MARTA SANZ

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19:00 h.

Free admission

Soledad Puértolas

“Humour in life can sometimes be bitter and at other times enormously comical and hilarious”, Soledad Puértolas once said. Her literature is peppered with that particular mix of existential melancholy and comedy. She will talk with Marta Sanz, a writer with whom she shares a lucid gaze, narrative nerve and literary excellence.

Top 10 humour sequences by PABLO BERGER

Presented by JUAN BAS

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20:30 h.

Free admission

Las 10 secuencias de humor favoritas de Pablo Berger Ja Bilbao 2018

A new edition of this section where a guest, alongside the festival´s director, comments on the screening of their ten favourite comedy scenes. This edition will star the Bilbao film maker Pablo Berger, director of ’Blancanieves’, ‘Torremolinos 73’ and ‘Abracadabra’.

Saturday 6 October

DAVID FOENKINOS

Interviewed by GUILLERMO ALTARES

French with simultaneous translation

Book signing after the event

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19:00h.

Free admission

David Foenkinos Ja Bilbao 2018

Between reflection and light-heartedness, the work of the writer and film maker David Foenkinos is marked by humour. The author of books such as ´The Mystery of Henri Pick´, ´Je vais mieux´ and, above all, ´Delicacy´, Foenkinos has millions of readers around the world who connect with his books and with his sense of humour, which he confesses to using expressly as a weapon to “deactivate the drama”. He will talk about all of this with the journalist Guillermo Altares.

Awarding of the 2018 BBK Ja! Bilbao ÁLEX DE LA IGLESIA

Interviewed by CARLOS ARECES

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20:30h.

Free admission

David Foenkinos Ja Bilbao 2018

Álex de la Iglesia will receive the 2018 BBK Ja! Bilbao Award, with which the festival wants to celebrate the career of the Bilbao creator, a film maker who over the years has developed an extremely personal and dazzling creative universe in which humour plays a crucial rule. After the awarding of the prize, his “muse” and good friend Carlos Areces, will speak to him in front of the audience. In previous years, the BBK Ja! Bilbao Award has been won by Tom Sharpe, Francisco Ibáñez, Ismail Kadaré, Robert Crumb, Julian Barnes, Fernando Trueba, John Cleese and Joyce Carol Oates.

Sunday 7 October

From Cork to Kortezubi

BARRY MANLEY

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19:00 h.

Free admission

From Cork to Kortezubi…. Barry Barrez

Through this monologue performed in Basque, the Irish comic Barry Manley will recount how he ended up in the Basque Country, why he learned Basque and, above all, why he does comical monologues. He will do so by mixing in songs composed by himself, based on traditional Irish melodies, and accompanied by his guitar and a diatonic accordion.

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