García Lorca Centre opens its doors in Granada
A new cultural centre devoted to preserving the works and legacy of Federico García Lorca opened its doors to the public on 29 July. Equipment and cultural activities at the Centre have been funded through the EEA Grants.
Garcia Lorca is one of the most important Spanish poets and dramatists of the twentieth century and one of the most famous sons of the province of Granada. Spanish Government officials, representatives from the Norwegian Embassy and local authorities were all in attendance to celebrate the opening of the new cultural space. Through the EEA Grants, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway have contributed almost €4 million to finance cultural activities and purchase equipment for the Centre, which aspires to become a model for showcasing contemporary culture.
At the opening, Spanish General Director of Community Funds, José María Piñero, pointed to the excellent results of the EEA Grants in Spain underlining in particular, "cultural heritage as a key element of European cohesion and dynamism in the economy". Minister Counsellor of the Norwegian Embassy, Lars Andersen, expressed confidence that the García Lorca Centre will serve as a "cooperation bridge" between Norway and Spain.
General Director of Cultural Industries, Teresa Lizaranzu, paid tribute to the joint efforts of all the institutions who have worked so hard together in the Consortium to make the Centre a reality. Andalucía's Cultural Counsellor, Rosa Aguilar, stressed that the aim of the García Lorca Centre is not only the promotion of his work but also the "myriad of works" inspired by his legacy. The president of the Provincial Government, José Entrena, called the inauguration "an historic day".
The opening marks the start of the scheduled educational and cultural activities. In September, the Centre will host its first exhibition about the building itself which will run until the end of December 2015. The relocation of the complete legacy of the poet from its current base in Madrid should be completed before the end of the year.
With a total surface area of 4 700 m², the Centre houses an exhibition area, a theatre with capacity for over 400 people, workshop spaces and a library that will hold the Federico García Lorca Foundation’s collection and archive, including closely protected original manuscripts. A total of 5 000 manuscripts from García Lorca himself, 3 000 from other authors, around 50 original drawings of Salvador Dalí and Ismael de la Serna, as well as a photographic archive.
Equipment and Activity Plan for Federico Garcia Lorca Centre
Protecting Cultural Heritage
Federico Garcia lorca Consortium
Type of Institution:
Regional or local authority
The Federico Garcia Lorca Centre safeguards and promotes access to cultural heritage through the new Lorca Studies Institute and the conservation of the Federico García Lorca Collection. Up to 100 research projects will be carried out on a first stage. The Centre’s activities will attract an estimated amount of 300,000 people during the first year by offering new and attractive cultural events, exhibitions, workshops and conferences. These contribute to cultural tourism, local development and new jobs. They also gear up people’s access to heritage. Youths and people at risk of social exclusion are also a priority for the Centre. At least 12 pedagogical activities are scheduled within this framework. Workshops for children and young adults will be prepared (2,000 under-privileged visitors expected). Activities are underway to strengthen bilateral relations at international level.