2019 Program

Free admission until full capacity to all the events.

Tuesday 24 September

Opening ceremony of the 10th Edition of Ja! Bilbao Festival.

10th Anniversary Party

Monologue by FERNANDO MARÍAS  “La catarata”

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19:30 h.

Free admission

Inauguración Ja! Bilbao 2018

Over these ten years, there have been many friends who have followed and supported this festival: sponsors and collaborators, authors and artists, partners and the loyal public. We want to celebrate our tenth anniversary with all of them and thanks them for these ten years of support. A good friend of Ja! like Fernando Marías could not miss out on the party. He will offer a short -we hope- comedy monologue that he has prepared for the occasion. This spree will mark the official start of the tenth edition.

Thursday 26 de September

TATIANA ŢÎBULEAC

In conversation with ENRIQUE REDEL and MARIAN OCHOA DE ERIBE

Romanian with consecutive translation

Book signing after the event

Forges Inolvideibol

‘The summer when my mother´s eyes were green’ is a novel that is cruel and stark, moving and poetic. From its opening lines, it has a brutal impact that is only softened by the tone —sarcastic, ironic, joking— of its narrator and main character, Aleksy, and the profile of some of its characters, who seem to come from a comedy. Don´t miss the chance to get to know the author of this book who, after triumphing in Romania and France, is now a literary phenomenon in our country.

Friday 27 de September

Dialogue: Las viejas prodigio (The Wonder old women)

ELISA VICTORIA & SABINA URRACA

In conversation with CAROLINA ONTIVERO

Book signing after the event

El humor en la historia

The wonder girls of Sabina Urraca are not like Nadia Comaneci, Shirley Temple or Marisol. They are normal girls who do what normal girls do, including some things that are not usually talked about: lusting after the adult friends of their parents and their own friends, cleaning up the vomit of others, trying to insert bananas in their vagina. Or, they create porn scenes with dolls while thinking about death, in the style of Marina, the nineyear- old main character in ‘Vozdevieja’, by Elisa Victoria. Both authors use autofiction and a tragicomical vision to explore the fascinating abyss that opens up between childhood and adolescence. After crossing it, is it possible to break away from the psychotropic experience and settle into adult life?

Humour in the mafia

ÍÑIGO DOMÍNGUEZ

In conversation with JUAN BAS

Book signing after the event

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20:30 h.

Free admission

El humor en la historia

It has been shown that in searches in the homes of mafia members there is normally a copy of “The Godfather”, but never of “Goodfellas”. This shows that the mythology surrounding the mafia even reaches the key figures involved, the criminals. Íñigo Domínguez has spent years trying to clarify the confusion that exists around this matter, by unmasking mafia members and showing them to be what they really are: ´Savage fools’. His trademark humour softens the horror of his chilling chronicles.

Saturday 28 September

‘A vivir’ Cadena SER live broadcast

JAVIER DEL PINO

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9:00h.

With invitation*

A vivir Cadena Ser Javier del Pino Ja Bilbao 2018

Don´t miss the chance to attend the live broadcast of the show ‘A vivir que son dos días’, the leading morning program at the weekend on Cadena SER radio station. Javier del Pino and his illustrious collaborators (Julio Rey, Juan José Millás, Ana Morgade) await you.

Dialogue: Humor in the economy

MARTA FLICH & FERNANDO TRÍAS DE BES

Book signing after the event

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19:00h.

Free admission

El humor en la filosofía

The salmon-coloured pages of a newspaper don´t seem like the best thing to read for a laugh. Nor does the economic situation provide a lot of jokes, but when it comes to addressing —sometimes— dry economic matters, humour is often used. Beginning with the economists. There is J.K Galbraith, author of ´Economics, Peace and Laughter´ states that “economics is extremely useful as a form of employment for economists”. Or other guests, Marta Flich and Fernando Trías de Bes. Because as the latter says “humour and irony are not at odds with rigour”.

MARUJA TORRES

Interviewed by EDU GALÁN

Book signing after the event

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20:30h.

Free admission

Jeanette Winterson

From her early days in magazines such as ‘Por Favor’ and ‘El Papus’ to her hilarious novels (‘Desperately Seeking Julio’, ‘Ceguera de amor’), and her unforgettable journalism reports and articles, the professional trajectory of Maruja Torres has been marked by her sharpness, parody and acerbic humour. She claims that “today, more than ever, she is retired from the circus”, both from journalism and from writing, but for us she is still very present so it was time to have her at our festival.

Sunday 29 de September

Fallo y entrega de premios

V CONCURSO ESCOLAR DE HUMOR GRÁFICO

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12:00 h.

Entrada libre

Concurso escolar

Fallo y entrega de premios del 5º Concurso Escolar de Humor Gráfico Ja! Bilbao.

ANA MORGADE

Interviewed by AZUL TEJERINA

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19:00 h.

Free admission

Javier Cansado Ja! Bilbao

There are very few comical television programs that Ana Morgade has not appeared on. We have seen her on Buenafuente´s Late Show, on ‘Zapeando’, ‘El hormiguero’, and on ‘Tu cara me suena’. She has also been on ‘El Club de la Comedia’ (The Comedy Club), a classic that she has even presented. Behind her characteristic glasses without lenses, Morgade can talk like a machine gun and barely pause for breath. So, it isn´t a good idea to get furiouser because she will begin to take digs at you. Just in case, don´t miss the event. The room deserves to be full of applausers.

Wednesday 2 October

From Chernobyl to the Soviet twilight

ANDREI KURKOV

Interviewed by GUILLERMO ALTARES

English with simultaneous translation

Book signing after the event

Mircea Cărtărescu

Andrei Kurkov was educated under the Soviet Regime. In addition to his dead hamsters, his first writing as a child was dedicated to Lenin. He worked for the KGB —as a Japanese translator— and he was a —terrible— prison warden in Odessa. All of this experience, passed through the filter of his ironic vision and his characteristic black humour, has made Kurkov an expert on the Soviet and post-Soviet world. And also on Chernobyl, an issue about which, he has several funny anecdotes to tell.

Thursday 3 October

IBAN ZALDUA

Interviewed by IÑIGO ASTIZ

(Euskeraz)

Book signing after the event

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19:00 h.

Free admission

El humor en el terror

The traces of authors such as Borges, Monterroso, Córtazar and Kundera can be found in the work of Iban Zaldua: We find it in the taste for literary games, the mixture of fantasy and daily life, and the use of irony as a mirror that reflects the reality around us. On this sharp-edged and parodic surface, he depicted the hoods of ETA. Zaldua is only interested in the most dangerous humour, the type that not everyone likes.

MANUEL VILAS

Interviewed by FERNANDO MARÍAS

Book signing after the event

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20:30 h.

Free admission

Silvia Abril Ja Bilbao 2018

Vilas tends towards hyperbole: his stories can take place in the year 22011, star seven hundred million rhinos or involve the parody of himself, El Gran Vilas (The Great Vilas). The author acknowledges that humour has accompanied him throughout his life, even at the “times when I have wanted to transmit pain”. This is the case in ‘Ordesa’, his last and most acclaimed novel, which deals with very sensitive issues such as the death of his parents, his own divorce and addiction to alcohol and barbiturates.

Friday 4 October

Dialogue: I also want to be macho’

CRISTINA MORALES & IVÁN REPILA

in conversation with ALICIA SAN JUAN

Book signing after the event

Soledad Puértolas

The characters in the latest books by Morales and Repila are far from conventional. Four disabled women who are intellectual, enjoy their bodies and their sexuality, and speak out against everything that violates their dignity. On the other hand, a supporter of feminism who, aiming to bring about a change, undertakes a campaign of extreme machismo. Both authors coincide on tackling feminism and equality from very innovative and uncomfortable perspectives, causing laughter and reflection in equal measure.

ANTONIO MUÑOZ MOLINA

Interviewed by CÉSAR COCA

Book signing after the event

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20:30 h.

Free admission

From Cork to Kortezubi…. Barry Barrez

Behind major titles of the Spanish literature of our era —books such as ‘Sepharad’, ‘In the Night of Time’ and ‘Plenilunio’— there is an Antonio Muñoz Molina who has no qualms about immersing himself in humorous literature: the author of ‘Los misterios de Madrid’, ‘Carlota Fainberg’ and ‘Nada del otro mundo’. On the other hand, as the husband of the woman we are paying tribute to, Elvira Lindo, a sense of humour comes with the job.

Sábado 5 de octubre

ELVIRA LINDO 2019 BBK Ja! Bilbao Prize Award

Award Ceremony

ELVIRA LINDO interviewed by TXANI RODRÍGUEZ

Book signing after the event

 

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19:00h.

Entrada libre

David Foenkinos Ja Bilbao 2018

Elvira Lindo will be recognised with this award for being a vocational comic, a writer whose sense of humour with a unique perspective is inseparably present in both her work and her way of approaching life. After the presentation of the award, she will talk with the writer Txani Rodríguez. In previous years the BBK Ja! Bilbao Award has been given to Tom Sharpe, Francisco Ibáñez, Ismail Kadaré, Robert Crumb, Julian Barnes, Fernando Trueba, John Cleese, Joyce Carol Oates and Álex de la Iglesia.

Sunday 6 October

DAVID TRUEBA’s Top ten humor sequences

In conversation with JUAN BAS

Book signing after the event

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19:00 h.

Entrada libre

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

A new edition of this section where a guest joins the director of the festival to comment on the screening of their ten favourite comedy scenes. This edition will feature David Trueba, a writer and director of films such as ‘The Good Life’, ‘Soldiers of Salamine’ and ‘Living Is Easy with Eyes Closed’.

Exhibitions Ja! Bilbao 2019

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