Skip to main content

Primera Persona

Primera Persona 2016

Autobiographic live sessions: pop music concerts, stand-up comedy, theatre and narrative

Festivals + Scene + Music

Primera Persona is celebrating its 5th anniversary this year, and it presents a new round of live sessions at Teatre CCCB: pop music concerts, stand-up comedy, theatre and narrative. In 2016 the festival also celebrates its first edition in La Casa Encendida in Madrid.


Friday 6 May

Session 1 / 19.00 / Teatre CCCB

Zeina Abirached + Sergi Pàmies & Panenka magazine + Renata Adler & Begoña Gómez + James Rhodes & Javier Blánquez

Lebanese autobiographic graphic novelist Zeina Abirached opens the festival with a presentation of her work Le piano oriental, building a bridge between East and West. Writer and journalist Sergi Pàmies, author of Confessions d’un culer defectuós, will be sharing the stage with the editors of Panenka magazine to talk about ancient passions, modern football and colours that don’t wash out. Renata Adler, one of the great US essayists of the seventies and eighties, novelist and historic editor and film critic at The New Yorker, talks to Begoña Gómez, one of the most interesting voices of cultural journalism in Barcelona. And, finally, pianist and writer James Rhodes closes the first session with a conversation with journalist Javier Blánquez, looking back over his autobiography Instrumental and playing some of his favourite pieces live.

Session 1 - Sold out 


Session 2 / 22.00 / Teatre CCCB

Riba & Sisa + El Guincho + Stephin Merritt

Musicians Pau Riba and Jaume Sisa open session two of the festival with an unpredictable cosmic-galactic chat, together on a stage they have rarely shared in the past. Next up is Canarian musician El Guincho, who’ll be reviewing his musical career with a talk full of surprises. And, to close, Canadian Stephin Merritt, one of the undisputed pop talents of the last 20 years, solo and with The Magnetic Fields, gives his only concert in the city.

Session 2 - Sold out


Saturday 7 May

Session 3 / 19.00 / Teatre CCCB

NARCOS (Alberto Arce, Nacho Carretero and Juan Pablo Villalobos) + ARIES + Dr. John Cooper Clarke

Session three of the festival opens with the NARCOS capsule: authors Alberto Arce, Nacho Carretero and Juan Pablo Villalobos will be analysing the phenomenon of international drug trafficking by means of journalism and the novel. Versatile musician and artist Isabel Fernández Reviriego, ARIES, presents her third work Adieu or Die, which continues her exploration of electronic sound without losing the sixties harmonies that have characterized her whole career. Closing Saturday’s first session is punk poet Dr. John Cooper Clarke, scrawny underworld dandy, who will be wielding his words like a sword in a performance of his poetry.

Session 3 - Sold out


Session 4 / 22.00 / Teatre CCCB

Marsé & Zanón Jordi Puntí talks about Xavier Cugat + The June Brides

 Juan Marsé, prize-winning novelist and chronicler of working class Barcelona, looks back over his entire career in an exciting live interview perpetrated by the author Carlos Zanón, considered one of Marsé’s natural heirs. The writer Jordi Puntí will be explaining his fascination with the musician Xavier Cugat in a talk entitled “Hotels, plans and courts. Or an attempt to novelise the life and miracles of Xavier Cugat”.Closing this fifth festival, The June Brides, one of the liveliest groups on the original UK indie pop scene, play in Barcelona for the first time.

Session 4 - Sold out

Related contents

See all the content

You might also be interested in

Organised by