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JOB VACANCIES AT THE LORCA CENTRE

The Lorca CentrePosted by Simon Sun, January 21, 2018 16:27:18

The Lorca Centre needs librarians, archivists, filing staff, and such, to keep a track of the thousands of original manuscripts and documents that make up the invaluable literary legacy left behind by the city’s outstanding poet.

Apart from the manuscripts, correspondence, and first editions in its unique collection, the Foundation is also in possession of a huge collection of books: all the books that have ever been written and published about Lorca in all the world’s languages, apparently!

Once the Centre starts operating properly, not only will staff be needed to manage the archives, there will also be a need for personnel to advise and inform the public and to assist researchers who will come from all corners of the globe. It is clear that the work will require specially trained employees with expert knowledge.

What a fabulous environment to work in. Any takers?A cross-section of the Centre, its library, and the purpose-built, iron-clad strong room where Lorca's material legacy will be kept.

Acknowledgement: information taken from G. Cappa, Granada Hoy, 17 January 2018 El emblema de La Caixa respaldará el Centro Lorca durante una década http://www.granadahoy.com/granada/emblema-Caixa-respaldara-Centro-Lorca_0_1210079196.html



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THE LA CAIXA-LORCA CENTRE?

The Lorca CentrePosted by Simon Sat, January 20, 2018 18:41:35

La Caixa, once a savings bank for the Catalan working class, today Spain's third largest financial institution, is claiming its stake in the Lorca legacy, an invaluable collection of thousands of documents and manuscripts that bear direct witness to the poet’s life, times and works.

Their claimed share in the legacy is in exchange, it seems, for the part they played in filling the financial hole left by the Juan Tomás affair {blog.granadalabella.eu/#post57, 5 Feb 2017}, thus making the transfer of the legacy to Granada possible. It includes the right to display the company logo in the Centre’s foyer and on its webpage, as well as to figure as sponsor to various events it may organise. The presence of La Caixa in the cultural activities of the Centre is supposed to be low-key, and it will be maintained for ten years.

Exactly what low-key is supposed to mean is not entirely clear as details of the agreement between the financial institution and the Lorca Foundation have not been made public. It’s a private agreement, explains the Foundation’s new, honest secretary (Juan Tomás’s replacement and previously director of the Reina Sofía Museum), and it also covers things that don’t have anything to do with the Centre or the legacy. - I wonder what they are? I ask myself suspiciously - “But,” we are reassuringly assured, “all the involved parties have been fully informed of that part of the agreement that does have to do with the Centre”. Nevertheless, the exact nature of the participation of La Caixa in future activities has been left open, and besides, it is La Caixa’s policy, we are told, never to give details of its collaboration agreements. This I somehow find less than reassuring.

2018 is the ninetieth anniversary of Lorca’s poetic masterpiece Romancero Gitano and to celebrate the event I am half expecting a new commemorative edition to come out: The La Caixa Gypsy Ballad Book

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Acknowledgement: What you have here is my interpretation of facts I read in G. Cappa’s article in Granada Hoy, 17 January 2018 El emblema de La Caixa respaldará el Centro Lorca durante una década http://www.granadahoy.com/granada/emblema-Caixa-respaldara-Centro-Lorca_0_1210079196.html



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legacy - agreement signed and sealed

The Lorca CentrePosted by Simon Fri, January 05, 2018 16:30:35
An agreement between the parties involved in financing the Lorca Centre has been signed and sealed and the invaluable archive containing the poet's legacy will be delivered into its purpose built iron clad strong room before the end of June 2018.

But before you get too excited, read on.

The first time I blogged about the Lorca Centre, situated in Granada’s Plaza de la Romanilla, just a stone’s throw from the Cathedral, was in October 2010. The Centre had been due to open by December, but earlier in the year a shortfall of 4.5 million euros in the estimated costs had come to light, leading to wrangling among the participating financial backers as to who should pay what. The opening was put back to an unspecified date ‘early’ in the following year. [//blog.granadalabella.eu/#post4]

The setback was not unprecedented. In March 2007 it had been falsely announced that the Centre, due to start operations in the course of 2007, would open its doors to the public before the end of 2008. The project went back to at least 2003 when it was declared that there was a unanimous agreement and a political will shared by all the financial backers of the Lorca Foundation to build the Centre, on which work was actually started in 2005, and which was to be an important cultural landmark and tourist attraction in the city, housing the poet's legacy, an archive of documents consisting of over 2,000 sheets of original manuscripts, thousands of other documents, original drawings, musical scores and photographs, all of them relating to the poet’s work and life, which until then had been kept at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid.

"Look out for news on the opening dates!" was my excited and overoptimistic conclusion to that #post4 of October 2010. In view of my knowledge and experience of Lorca’s Granada, the Granada of contemplation, dreams, and inertia, of grand projects that are rarely fully realised, I should have refrained from such boldness. By January 2011 it was clear that the much anticipated grand inauguration scheduled for the celebration of the 113th anniversary of the Lorca’s birth on June 5 that year was not going to come off. “It’s unbelievable," lamented Laura García-Lorca (President of the Garcia Lorca Foundation). "The Lorca Centre should never have been a problem.” But it was, and now she was doubtful as to whether the Centre would be operational by the end of 2011. Nor were there any guarantees for 2012! Worst of all, the ambitious inauguration programme that so much work had gone into had to be scrapped. [//blog.granadalabella.eu/#post18]

In July 2011, the official opening was rescheduled for March 2012, but that didn't happen, either. Then: October 2013. The workmen have moved in! To finish the job! It's actually happening. [//blog.granadalabella.eu/#post41]
"Work is being resumed on the Lorca Centre and it will be finished by June," I blogged then. "This time - it’s true!"

It wasn't of course. But even Laura García-Lorca, who had reason enough sceptical if anybody did, was quite confident that the Centre would be opened in time for the 116th anniversary of the poet’s birth on 5 June 2014. "I am totally convinced (this time),” she said, “that the problem of financing the Lorca Centre has been resolved and that we will soon see it open for business”.

I was in London during these years and it was easy for me to take my eye off the latest developments in this pathetic saga: there weren't any. The problem continued to be the 4.5 million euro hole that the original budget had not accounted for.

It turned out that this 4.5 million euro deficit more or less corresponded to the amount that was embezzled by the Lorca Foundation’s secretary Juan Tomás Martín, who had been entrusted to handle the Foundation finances. When we were assured that the legacy archive would be transferred from Madrid to the purpose-built Lorca Centre in time for the 119th anniversary of the poet’s birth on 5 June 2017 (it wasn't), I couldn't help wondering if this was such a good move in view of local corruPSOE petty crooks like Juan Tomás, constantly on the lookout for any opportunity to line their own pockets. [//blog.granadalabella.eu/#post57]

In the meantime, the Centre had been inauspiciously opened in the summer of 2015. It was a low-key affair, without pomp, without ceremony, and, of course, without the legacy.

A little short of two years later, Laura García-Lorca was at the Centre on the occasion of the Lorca Poetry Prize award ceremony. It seems that in the meantime she had fled Granada for Madrid and had not shown her face at the Centre since the Juan Tomás affair. The latest auditing of the Foundation's post-Juan Tomás accounts had been approved, she declared (triumphantly?), and now no obstacle stood in the way of the transfer of the archive. Only technical questions, formalities, remained to be dealt with. "My presence here is to show how advanced the project is and how near we are to realising it, as and how it was initially conceived." And once again she expressed her 100% conviction that it would all be done and dusted by the end of the year, 2017.

Actually, the Residencia de Estudiantes shared Ms García-Lorca's conviction for in June 2017 an exhibition was held there to commemorate the poet's time at the Residencia and to mark the imminent transfer of the legacy it had kept safely for the past 30-odd years to Granada (tierra del chavico/tuppence ha'penny land).

So now, weighing up the evidence so far, tell me: how certain do you feel that the legacy will be in Granada by the end of June 2018? Has the last bridge really been crossed; the last i been dotted?

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Programme

The Lorca CentrePosted by Simon Sun, February 05, 2017 20:10:02

The inauguration of the Lorca Centre was planned with great pomp and ceremony for 2011. A fantastic programme was announced, which I don’t like to think about now. Have a look, for example, at #post16, dated 30 Jan 2011. The declared aim was to make the Centre ‘one of the most important cultural assets’ in Spain with ‘a programme of activities of international relevance’.

Thanks to the fraudulent actions of Juan Tomás, it was not to be. (See previous #post57.) When the Centre was finally opened in 2015, it was a low-key affair without pomp, without ceremony, and without the legacy.

In the meantime, it has organised some quite interesting events, of which I would like to mention a couple I have attended.

From 27 October to 15 December 2016 they ran a Silent Movie Cycle. I managed to get to see for my first time Carl Theodor Dreyer’s La passion de Jeanne d’Arc of 1928, with live piano accompaniment by Jose Ignacio Hernandez. Brilliant! This was originally shown at the Residencia de Estudiantes Film Club, its third and final session, on 14 December 1928.

I missed Le Chien Andalou (1929) which I’ve seen a couple of times anyway. But it was on in a double bill with Jean Renoir’s 1924 film La fille de l’eau. I have loved the Renoir films that I have seen and would have liked to have seen this one.

I did see the Charlie Chaplin double bill The Immigrant (1917) and The Gold Rush (1925) which both lived up to their reputation. This was part of the sixth session of the Spanish Film Club, shown at the Goya Cinema on 4 May 1929.

On Tuesday 7 February I’m going to see a showing of Omega, a documentary about the making of the album of the same name recorded in 1996 by flamenco singer Enrique Morente and the local rock band Lagartija Nick featuring songs and poems by Lorca and Leonard Cohen with an amazing supporting line-up of musicians. The album is a milestone in the history of the fusion of flamenco and rock. It looks very promising.





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Legacy

The Lorca CentrePosted by Simon Sun, February 05, 2017 15:39:53

We have talked about the Granada Metro, the AVE (high-speed train), and the international airport as fairly ambitious projects that are taking rather a long time to realise. What we haven’t discussed is the time it’s taking for Lorca’s ‘Legacy’ to arrive in his native city. Lorca’s Legacy refers to an archive consisting of over 2,000 sheets of original manuscripts, thousands of other documents, original drawings, musical scores and photographs, all of them relating to the poet’s work and life. This archive has been until now safely looked after at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid.

This archive, we are assured, will be transferred from Madrid to the purpose-built Lorca Centre in time for the 119th anniversary of the poet’s birth on 5 June 2017.

The last time I referred to the Lorca Centre was on 24 October 2013, #post41, when I reported: ‘The workmen have moved in. To finish the job. It's actually happening.’ An agreement had finally been reached between the State (Spain), the Autonomous Region (Andalusia), the City of Granada, and the Province as to how to finance the 4.5 million euros overspent above and beyond the original budget. These additional costs, we were told, corresponded to ‘unforeseen expenses’ which arose during the execution of the work between 2007 and 2013.

The 4.5 million euro deficit that delayed the opening of the Centre for such a long time corresponds pretty exactly to the amount that was embezzled by the Lorca Foundation’s secretary Juan Tomás Martín, who had been entrusted to handle the finances by the president, Laura García, the poet’s neice, daughter of brother Francisco.

So, you might say that it was because of this Juan Tomás that the inauguration of the Centre was delayed from 2008 till 2015.

Pictures: con-man and victim

Does it bode well for the transfer of Lorca’s Legacy from the Residence of Students in Madrid where they have remained safe since 1986 to the Lorca Centre in Granada where corruPSOE crooks like Juan Tomás are on the lookout to take advantage of the gullible to fill their own pockets? My gut feeling is: leave it there, where it has been safe for so long. I cannot say I feel overconfident about this invaluable legacy being held in what still seems to be the land of the ‘chavico’.

Sources: Ángles Peñalver Ideal Granada 4 Mar 2016; R. G. Sevilla, Granada Hoy 18 Jan 2017







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The Lorca Centre

The Lorca CentrePosted by Simon Thu, October 24, 2013 12:55:13
The workmen have moved in. To finish the job.
Photo taken from Granada Hoy 22/10. "Los operarios volvieron ayer a trabajar en el Centro Lorca, del que ya se han retirado las vallas." It's actually happening.



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The Lorca Centre

The Lorca CentrePosted by Simon Fri, October 11, 2013 17:04:11

The Lorca Centre – to be finished by June 2014. Honest!

Work is being resumed on the Lorca Centre and it will be finished by June. That is actually what I blogged in October 2010. But this time - it’s true!

Even Laura García-Lorca (President of the Garcia Lorca Foundation) – who has good reason to be sceptical - is sure that this time work will go ahead and the Centre will be opened in time for the 116th anniversary of the poet’s birth on 5 June 2014. But, in July 2010, Laura García-Lorca was equally confident that the difficulties that negotiations were going through then would soon be resolved. Because all parties involved were making a great effort and working with total commitment towards a solution, she said. But for all their good will, those difficulties were not overcome.

"I am totally convinced (this time),” she said, “that today – 7 October 2013 - the problem of financing the Lorca Centre has been resolved and that we will soon see it open for business”.

The problem then as now was a hole of 5 million Euros that the original budget had not foreseen. The parties have finally agreed that the extra costs will be borne as follows: the State (Spain) 30%; the Autonomous Region (Andalusia) 30%; the City of Granada 30%; and the Province of Granada 10%. Was that so difficult?The Lorca Centre, March 2013; pretty much as it was in October 2010 [http://blog.granadalabella.eu/#post4]

So, will 7 October 2013 go down in history as the date of the breakthrough, when the Centro Lorca finally got its definitive go-ahead? Or will it be a repeat of 8 March 2007, when it was falsely announced that the Centre would open its doors to the public before the end of 2008; or of 1 July 2011, when March 2012 was scheduled for the official opening?

In view of the history and the trouble Granada is famed for having in turning its dream into reality, it’s hard not to be cynical, especially for one like me, who finds it easy to be cynical.

Acknowledgements to G. Cappa, Granada Hoy, 08.10.2013





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June 5: Granada still without its Lorca Centre!

The Lorca CentrePosted by Simon Thu, June 09, 2011 21:26:10

The lacking 4.5 million Euros preventing the opening of the Centre that I first wrote about in post #4 last October are still lacking, seven months on.

Work on completing the building had come to a standstill because of the missing 3.5 million of additional costs corresponding to ‘unforeseen expenses’ which arose during the execution of the work. Another million was required for the ambitious inauguration programme. Raising the missing millions did not seem like an insurmountable problem at the time.

Indeed, in July last year, Laura García-Lorca, the poet’s niece and President of the Garcia Lorca Foundation, expressed her confidence that, in spite of the difficult phase that negotiations were going through, difficulties would be resolved by the end of the month. Because all parties were making a great effort and working with total commitment towards a solution. Not by the end of the month nor by the end of the year could those difficulties be overcome.

Coinciding with the celebration of the 113th anniversary of the poet’s birth on June 5 with events in Fuente Vaqueros (Granada), Madrid, New York, Havana and Buenos Aires, she voiced her frustration and desperation: “It’s unbelievable; the Lorca Centre should never have been a problem.” Now she sees no certainty that the work will be finished by the end of 2011, nor are there any guarantees for 2012! The inauguration programme had been suspended and a good part of it was now irretrievable. The ambitious theatre projects, the Poet in New York programme, the Dalí exhibition, - it will all have to be scrapped and re-thought.

The Opening of the Lorca Centre had originally been planned for 5 June 2010 and the financing of the project was being shared between institutions of local, regional, and central government. Laura Garcia-Lorca is no longer confident that the political will is there for a speedy solution to the problem. “They’ve been saying for a year now that an agreement could be reached next week, or in two weeks, so how can you go on taking them seriously?” She does not question the good intentions of those involved, but somewhere along the line these intentions are being undermined, or betrayed.

Will the Centre be opened in time for the 114th anniversary of the poet’s birth? I wouldn’t put any money on it!

Granada, Lorca’s city of contemplation, where 2 + 2 never get to equal 4, where wonderful dreams never quite come off and brilliant ideas are easily born, but never get converted into reality, and 2 + 2 remain eternally just a fascinating possibility, on the very verge of what will surely be splendid consummation. But never is!

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