2021 Program

Free access until full capacity for all activities. Entrance to the events will require though invitations that can be downloaded through this page from September 25th.

Friday, 1 october

The fair of the hanged:

Ana Iris Simón & Juan Soto Ivars in conversation

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19.00 h.

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La feria de los Ahorcados

‘Feria’, by Ana Iris Simon, is a story of the love for one’s family and roots that a few, very noisy, have labelled as a sometimes nostalgic and sometimes neo-fascist discourse. Nothing could be further from the truth, but such judgements flourish when social networks are ablaze. Juan Soto Ivars explains the phenomenon as a form of new puritanism, an idea he returns to in ‘La casa del ahorcado’, which, in his opinion, is reflected in the proliferation of demonstrations of tribal regression: the taboo, the scapegoat, ritual punishment. “La casa del ahorcado has neither walls nor door through which to escape; it encompasses the whole world without allowing a loophole for freedom”. Nor for the fair.

Friday, 1 october

Hervé Le Tellier

in conversation with Pablo Martín Sánchez

French including simultaneous translation

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20.30 h.

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Herve Le Tellier

Hervé Le Tellier is a writer, editor and literary critic. He is also a mathematician with a penchant for surrealist humour, which reminds one of Lewis Carroll and explains his membership in the Oulipo, the avant-garde narrative experimentation group created in the 1960s by Raimond Queneau. Pablo Martín Sánchez, the only Spanish member of this mischievous and unpredictable group, will be in charge of chatting with Hervé Le Tellier about planes full of passengers that replicate themselves and other literary experiments.

Saturday, 2 october

Fernando Aramburu

in conversation with Elena Sierra

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19.00 h.

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Fernando Aramburu

Fernando Aramburu believes that only “humour saves us from solemnity and fanaticism”. All his literature is based on this Cervantine premise. Occasionally in a direct manner, in books such as ‘Ávidas pretensiones’ or ‘Fuegos con limón’, and other times, as in ‘Patria’, in a more subtle and indirect way. Aramburu has just published his much-awaited new novel, ‘Los vencejos’, and this time, tragedy and comedy blend together in a natural manner, as they do in real life.

Saturday, 2 october

Private jokes:

Rodrigo Cortés & Arturo González-Campos in conversation

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20.30 h.

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Bromas privadas

One is a filmmaker and writer; the other a comedian and radio host. Together they are the half of ‘Todopoderosos’. Rodrigo Cortés and Arturo González-Campos do in fact agree on many things, most notably the kind of humouristic approach to reality that generates camaraderie and private codes. We have summoned them to a conversation to which Jaime Fanjul, the ‘extraordinary’ leading character in Rodrigo Cortés’ second novel, of whom Arturo González-Campos is an enthusiastic supporter for many reasons, has also been invited. Speculative ones too. This is another private joke.

Sunday, 3 october

‘A vivir’ live with Javier del Pino

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9.00 - 12.00 h.

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A vivir SER

Cadena SER’s programme ‘A vivir’, hosted by Javier del Pino, returns to Ja! with its talk show of graphic humorists, its comedians and the complicity that he shares with the audience of Bilbao and our festival.

Sunday, 3 october

The 10 favourite humour sequences of: Paco Plaza

in conversation with Juan Bas

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19.00 h.

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Paco Plaza

A new edition of this fixed segment of the festival where a guest chooses his/her ten favourite humour sequences and comments on them with Juan Bas while they are being projected on screen. A renewed Sunday afternoon film session, with its mix of laughter that must be experienced live, as in all aspects it will not be possible to enjoy it via streaming. The star of this edition will be Paco Plaza, director of ‘REC’, ‘Verónica’, ‘Quien a hierro mata’ or ‘La abuela’, his latest film.

Wednesday, 6 october

Humour of two storytellers

Cristina Fernández Cubas & Pedro Ugarte in conversation

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19.30 h.

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El humor de dos cuentistas

The stories narrated by Cristina Fernandez Cubas and Pedro Ugarte hardly need a few pages to reflect the ridiculously sharp contrast between childhood and maturity, between companionship and solitude, between private and public life. They also demonstrate that, under the appearance of normality, there is always room for surprise, extravagance and that varied collection of terrifying and laughable monsters that we all carry inside us. Life, in short, with its doses of absurdity, cruelty, humour, fragility and misery, all of which good literature knows how to compress into small doses.

Thursday, 7 october

Subidón:

Joaquín Reyes in conversation with Azul Tejerina

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19.30 h.

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Joaquin Reyes Subidón

Joaquín Reyes has multiple personalities. Because of the ‘Celebrities’ thing, of course, but also because he himself is an actor, TV host, scriptwriter, stand-up comedian and cartoonist. He is also a writer. Blackie Books is now publishing his first novel, ‘Subidón’, which, as in all his previous works, is wrapped in his trademark humour. After Enjuto Mojamuto, Onofre or El Payaso, Joaquín Reyes has created a new character for our delight. His name is Emilio Escribano, he is from Cuenca and a comedian by profession. And he wants all of us to get our “asses twisted”.

Friday, 8 october

Centennial Emilia Pardo Bazán

Isabel Burdiel & Antonio Orejudo

in conversation with Carolina Ontivero

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19.00 h.

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Emilia Pardo Bazán

The centenary of Emilia Pardo Bazán’s death has made it clear that her work is still alive and contemporary like few others; however, not much emphasis has been placed on something essential for this festival: the humour that Doña Emilia used both in her work and in her frequent and heated public disputes. The historian Isabel Burdiel, biographer of our honoured writer, has recently addressed this less prominent aspect of the personality of Emilia Pardo Bazán. She will talk about it all with the writer and literature professor Antonio Orejudo.

Friday, 8 october

Oscar Tusquets

in conversation with Luz Sánchez Mellado

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20.30 h.

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Óscar Tusquet

Oscar Tusquets has been described as “an architect through education, a designer due to his adaptation and a painter thanks to his vocation”. He adds that he is “a writer out of a desire to win friends”. Tusquets exudes passion, wit and joy in all these facets. He also does so in ‘Vivir no es tan divertido, y envejecer, un coñazo’: a memoir that is, despite its title, a celebration of life. Oscar Tusquets will engage in a conversation with Luz Sánchez-Mellado that is sure to be dazzling, worthy of the journalist’s section in El País: ‘Gente con Luz’ (People with Light).

Saturday, 9 october

Judging and award ceremony

7th School Graphic Humour Competition

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12.00 h.

Free entry

Soledad Puértolas
Judging and awards ceremony of the 7th School Graphic Humor Competition

Saturday, 9 october

Agro glamour:

Daniel Gascón & Mathias Enard in conversation

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19.00 h.

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Glamur Agro

Literature on the rural phenomenon – the empty Spain, the vindication of life in the countryside, the call of nature – has become an ever growing trend in recent years. It has its own ramifications and subgenres, such as the encounter between homo urbanitas and homo agro, a clash that often leads to laughter. Mathias Enard’s ‘La cofradía anual del banquete de sepultureros’ and Daniel Gascón’s ‘hipster’ series are excellent examples of this.

Saturday, 9 october

Philippe Lançon

in conversation with César Coca

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20.30 h.

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Philippe Lançon

«The attack on 7 January 2015 spared me the crisis of the 1950s». So begins the ‘Crónicas del hombre de antes’ (Chronicles of the man of yesteryear), a selection of Philippe Lançon’s articles published in Libération and Charlie Hebdo over the past twenty years. The author wonders as to what the man he is today has to do with the man who wrote those texts before suffering an attack that would kill twelve of his colleagues and eventually disfigure him. “I wonder if I have changed, if I am two; the real reason I keep writing is because I don’t know”. One thing is clear from the opening sentence: his sense of humour is still intact.

Sunday, 10 october

Kar Kar Festa (Loraldia)

Kar kar festa
Loraldia

Basque humour gala with the comedy duo Mikel Martínez and Patxo Telleria as masters of ceremonies. Amidst jokes and verbal duels, they will give way to two shows with absurd humour as the central theme.

TXILIN HOTSAK is a co-production of the theatre groups Tranpola and Metrokoadroka starring Ane Gebara, Josune Vélez de Mendizabal and a couple of colourful, smelly and tasty empty pots.

SALAKETA (Tartean) is a text written by Goiatz Labandibar and performed by Mikel Martinez and Gaizka Chamizo. It is a critical piece about the judicial system and our beliefs that ends up becoming a great self-parody with Kafkaesque overtones.

Sunday, 10 october

Life is a cabaret

Bob Pop, Maruja Torres & Edu Galán in conversation

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20.00h.

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La vida es un cabaret

“Time flies from the cradle to the crate. Life is a cabaret, old chum, I love this cabaret”. The main theme of the musical turned into a film by Bob Fosse in 1972 is the leitmotiv – or late motiv – of a conversation involving three good friends and three great cabaret performers: Bob Pop, Maruja Torres and Edu Galán. A trio specialising in celebrating the pleasures of our existence: wine, music and humour. Because, no matter what, life is a cabaret. And the show must go on. We can’t think of a better finale for the tenth edition of the festival.

Exhibitions Ja! Bilbao

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