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Primera Persona 2017

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

The Primera Persona (First Person) Festival is to be held for the sixth time this year in the CCCB Theatre and will present a new round of stories about life: monologues, readings and an incredible range of shows. The festival will also be held for the second time at La Casa Encendida in Madrid.

Primera Persona 2017. Joe Pernice

The musician Joe Pernice, with two essential bands (Scud Mountain and Pernice Brothers) to his credit, took the stage of Primera Persona to play some of the compositions that have marked his career and speak of his novel It Feels So Good When I Stop, which has recently been published in Spanish by Blackie Books.

Primera Persona 2017. Alison Statton & Spike + Stuart Moxham

Alison Statton & Spike and Stuart Moxham are three Welsh musicians who have changed the rules of pop. Young Marble Giants, the trio which Statton created with the Moxham brothers (Stuart and Philip) in 1978, gave expression to the adjective “minimalist”: post-punk had never sounded so austere, skeletal and non-aggressive.

Primera Persona 2017. Jon Savage

Jon Savage came on Primera Persona's stage to comment his main works. An expert in matters like British punk, thanks to his unqualified bible on the phenomenon,England’s Dreaming: The Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, which was rescued and published in Spain by Reservoir Books/Penguin Random House (2016).

Primera Persona 2017. Las Ruinas

The Barcelona heavy-pop trio Las Ruinas—consisting of the Peruvian Eduardo Chirinos, the Venezuelan Jaime Bertrán and the Barcelona-born Toni López—provided a festive ending for Primera Persona 2017. Their lyrics embracing love, urban planning, dystopian science fiction, poverty and (emotional and financial) ruin, are the equivalent of the Barcelona of the previous 2,000 chroniclers, like Gato Pérez for example. Quite a long time ago Las R ...

Isa Calderón i Lucía Lijtmaer

Primera Persona 2017

Isa Calderón and Lucía Lijtmaer are leading figures in cultural journalism and feminist humour in Spain, as they show in this entertaining performance they gave at the 2017 Primera Persona Festival. Shortly after their show in Barcelona, they created “Deforme Semanal”, a monthly cultural and political programme in which they analyse current affairs from a critical feminist viewpoint.

Primera Persona 2017: Makoki: Miguel Gallardo and Juan Mediavilla

If one character from Spanish comics has marked a generation, it isMakoki, the antisocial roughneck who, created by Miguel Gallardoand Juan Mediavilla in 1977, spent five delirious years rampaging through the pages of the main publications in the motherland’s counterculture (Disco ExprésStar and El Víbora).

Kate Bolick and Anna Gabriel

Talk in the Primera Persona 2017 Festival

Kate Bolick, author of the essay Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own (published in Spanish as Solterona. La construcción de una vida propia, Malpaso Ediciones, 2016)—which explores in first person the issues considered in patriarchal society to be crucial for female fulfilment—talked with Anna Gabriel, social educator, lecturer in Law and member of the political party CUP.

Primera Persona 2017. Ana Curra with Joan Pons

Ana Curra, dubbed the “Spanish queen of punk” and the most radical, complex face of the ill-named “Movida madrileña” (Madrid Scene) of the 1980s, opened the Festival’s second session. An essential part of the musical group Alaska y Los Pegamoides and also of Parálisis Permanente ...

Primera Persona 2017. Colin Barrett

Colin Barrett, author of Young Skins (Glanbeigh, in the Spanish edition by Sajalín Editores, 2016), a moving, harsh and beautiful collection of stories set in a semi-fictional Irish village, took the Primera Persona stage to speak of the biography of a godforsaken place.

Primera Persona 2017. The Young Ones: Nigel Planer and Alexei Sayle

Two of the actors from the hilarious, subversive BBC comedy series of the 1980s, The Young Ones (Els joves) Nigel Planer “the hippy” and Alexei Sayle, who plays different members of the Balowski family, appeared together for the first time in Catalonia to reminisce about the best bits of the legendary series and analyse its amazing success in this country.

Primera Persona 2017

Festival Lineup

The Primera Persona (First Person) Festival is to be held for the sixth time this year in the CCCB Theatre and will present a new round of stories about life: monologues, readings and an incredible range of shows. The festival will also be held for the second time at La Casa Encendida in Madrid.

Jon Savage, expert in British punk

Primera Persona 2017

Jon Savage, an expert in matters like British punk, thanks to his unqualified bible on the phenomenon, England’s Dreaming: The Sex Pistols and Punk Rock, which was rescued and published in Spain by Reservoir Books/Penguin Random House (2016). Savage has also offered an audacious, innovative analysis of the idea of adolescence, seeking its roots in phenomena preceding the Second Wold War and in the invention of rock and roll with his book Teenage:The Creation of Youth Culture (1875-1945).