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The FIL celebrates 29 years of existence with the United Kingdom as guest of honor.

Created in 1987, the Guadalajara International Book Fair celebrates another year of book presentations, concerts, academic events, tributes, and bringing the audience closer to reading.

This year´s guest of honor is the United Kingdom, home of great authors like William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, among many other outstanding writers. The FIL will be the stage that will make coming closer to the United Kingdom´s culture possible through different academic and artistic activities they have in store for all audiences.

The Expo Guadalajara, located on Av. Mariano Otero 1499, Col. Verde Valle, is the main venue where everyone interested will be able to buy and attend book presentations, concerts and international gatherings. The FIL will take place from Saturday, November 28 to Sunday, December 6.

There are also parallel activities in several spots around the city that range from plays, music, visual arts, and a film cycle from the United Kingdom.

Cultural Event Guide

Scenic Arts

Sucedió en Polanco (Play). Saturday, November 28, 8:30 p.m. Teatro Vivian Blumenthal. Director: Alberto Lomnitz. Four plays in a single function: La azotea, El favorito, La prueba, and La fuga. Tickets $200 general admission and $150 for students, professors, and senior citizens.

“Cuatro Corridos” (Chamber opera). Monday, November 30, 9:00 p.m. Teatro Diana. Libretto: Jorge Volpi. Technical Director: Jason Ponce. Tickets from $100 to $350.

Trainspotting (Play). Thursday, December 3, 9:00 p.m. Teatro Diana. Direction: Gabriel Retes. Based on the novel with the same name by Irvine Welsh, who will attend the performance. Tickets from $100 to $350.

“La noche que jamás existió” (Dramatized reading). Thursday, December 3, 8:00 p.m. Expo Guadalajara´s Salón 3. Friday, December 4, 4:00 p.m. United Kingdom Pavilion. Expo Guadalajara. 2014 Emilio Carbadillo National Playwriting Award. Free admission with entrance to Expo Guadalajara.

Visual Arts

The following exhibitions will be presented at the University of Guadalajara´s Museum of Arts (MUSA) Address: Calle Juárez #975. Free admission.

“David Hockney: Words & Pictures”. From November 27, 2015 to February 28, 2016. David Hockney is a British painter and engraver as well as an outstanding exponent of the second generation of English pop art. Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

“Slipping Glimpsers: George Blacklock & Gary Oldman”. From November 27, 2015 to February 28, 2016. Painter George Blacklock and filmmaker and photographer Gary Oldman have had a creative dialogue for the past 25 years, sharing their respective journeys with painting, acting, films and photography. Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Music

All the presentations will take place at the Foro FIL (Expo Guadalajara´s Terrace). Free admission.

The Selector: Spector. November 28, 9:00 p.m.
Contemporary British Folk. November 29, 9:00 p.m.
Aurora Orchestra. November 30, 9:00 p.m.
Company Wayne McGregor. December 1, 9:00 p.m.
Little Boots. December 2, 9:00 p.m.
Graeae Theatre Company. December 3, 9:00 p.m.
Cinematic Orchestra. December 4, 9:00 p.m.
Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls. December 5, 9:00 p.m.
Jazz Jamaica. December 6, 9:00 p.m.

Film

United Kingdom´s Film Cycle.
The films will be presented at the University of Guadalajara´s Cineforo. Address: Av. Juárez corner with Enrique Díaz de León, first floor. See the Cineforo´s website for information about each film. General admission: $45. University students with U. de G. ID: $30. Wednesdays: $30.

The Goob (2014) Dir. Guy Myhill
71 (2014) Dir: Yann Demange
Gone Too Far (2013) Dir. Destiny Ekaragha
The Falling (2014) Dir. Carol Morley
Pride (2014) Dir. Matthew Warchus
Starred Up (2013) Dir. David Mackenzie
For Those in Peril (2013) Dir. Paul Wright
Dark Horse (2014) Louise Osmond
The Epic of Everest (1924) Dir. John Baptist Lucius Noel
The Lodger (1927) Dir. Alfred Hitchcock
Bafta Shorts 2015 (2015). Dir: Various

Literature

Juan José Arreola National Short Story Award (presentation of winning book and announcement of new call). Thursday, December 3, 1:30 p.m. Salón Agustín Yáñez at Expo Guadalajara. Presented by: Carlos Bustos (CPDAEL) and Ricardo Sigala (CUSur). The Cultura UDG´s Department of Scenic Arts and Literature, the Sur University Center and the University Publishing House. This year, the award was given to the short story "Los echamos de menos" (“We miss them”) by young writer Guillermo Solano García, who was born in Guadalajara and has other awards and publications. Free admission with entrance to Expo Guadalajara.

 

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