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The Actual festival opens the cultural year under the watchful eye of Ómicron

If on January 1 the traditional New Year's Concert in Vienna kicks off the musical year, in Spain there is no first event of a certain magnitude prior to the festival Actual , which as of yesterday offers live culture in Logroño for a week in a multidisciplinary event with deep-rooted miscellany.

The 32nd edition of the festival, which is held in omicronian conditions that is more than difficult, has opted to take a step to the renewal front, affirms its leadership, and directed by the filmmaker and screenwriter Santiago Tabernero have designed a musical poster with names such as Nathy Peluso, María José Llergo, Rigoberta Bandini, Jay Jay Johanson, Juan Perro or María Arnal i Marcel Bagés , among many others.

Its director acknowledges that Actual is celebrated “in difficult circumstances” due to the pandemic but where it is shown “that culture is more necessary than ever”.

And although music is the backbone, cinema, art, theater, humor or dance also shine until January 8 in Logroño. Thus, other names and strong activities are the presence and discussion of Isabel Coixet or the exhibition of photographs of the actor Javier Cámara . In addition, some of the most important titles that will reach the billboard later will be advanced as 'Drive my car', by Ryûsuke Hamaguchi , and 'The island of Bergman', by Mia Hansen-Love .

On the performing arts side, around the cycle La Gonza an anthology by Juanma Carrillo , Kulu Orr is presented will fund circus, music, humor and technology, the plastic artist Blanca Ortiga and Izanik will hold a 'live cinema' session with live editing with videomapping software or the act of the tenth anniversary of the International Film and Dance Festival, FIVER .

Around the word, Actual articulates a section with a 'slam poetry' show and a cock battle (under the direction of Arkano and Laura Sam ) , and also a humorous monologue by the great Miguel Noguera , who will perform his hilarious Ultrashow. Or a poetic-musical encounter, entitled 'Streaptease cardiovascular', by Ajo and Mastreta , among many other things.

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