Veranos de la Villa 2016 presents a wide range of content for the entire city and absolutely everyone in it, including folk, classical, jazz, electronic and flamenco music as well as sport, circus, dance, local festivities and gatherings by, for and with people of all ages. It’s a programme to suit all tastes, which is – above all – affordable and within reach of every citizen of Madrid and its visitors. We can fly kites, dance in a square, rediscover Cervantes, enjoy a rugby match, visit the circus surrounded by pines, listen to Baroque or flamenco music in an olive grove, and more.
The central panel of Bosch’s famous triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights –which we are lucky to be able to view in Madrid this summer at the Prado Museum, alongside some other marvellous works by the same artist– depicts a dream world populated by numerous men and women of different races who seem to live happily, either on their own, in pairs or in groups, surrounded by animals, trees, plants and fruit, lakes and rivers. On another of the pictorial work’s panels we see that this happiness also has a dark side, while the opposite panel shows us the possibility of a better world.
To a certain extent, Madrid is also a world in itself: diverse, complex and heterogeneous in its ways of life, its ways of feeling and its forms of cultural expression, complete with its ‘hells’ and its ‘paradises’, its past, its present and the future yet to come.
This large city –which is currently looking to the future and living a time of transformation–deserves a Veranos de la Villa Festival that reflects this evolution. For this reason we offer the people of Madrid a broad range of festive and artistic activities, which for the first time will take place throughout the city. We invite you to get to know the city better, to visit the places where our day-to-day lives may never have taken us, to return to others we may never have been back to, and, quite simply, to discover some little-known spots.
A large and varied array of activities will take place at various sites, enabling us to get to know each other better and more profoundly, meet guests and visitors from all over the world, share happiness, enjoy the artistic diversity of all of Madrid’s neighbourhoods –next door to home or near that of a friend–, take a stroll in the moonlight and walk hand-in-hand with our children, grandparents, neighbours and pets.
Because, as The Garden of Earthly Delights shows us, through art and culture this city can become kinder, friendlier and more liveable. This is the atmosphere that underpins the cultural narrative of a city full of joy and creativity, which it expresses in the Veranos de la Villa 2016 Festival to ensure that people enjoy themselves to the max, sharing the experience with each other.
Delegate, Department of Culture and Sport
General Manager of Content and Cultural Spaces at Madrid Destino