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New ACUA programme: great concerts, plays and dance shows to start academic year 2016-2017

Translated by María Miró Maestre

 Alicante, 8 September 2016

Joan Miquel Oliver, Arkano, Chuty, Teatro de lo Inestable, Mailers, El viaje de Elliot, Fil d’Arena dansa, Capella de Ministrers and Tríade de Teatro are some of the leading artists and bands included in the new ACUA programme.

ACUA programme is back with new amazing concerts, plays and shows starting with a performance by Festival Circarte 2016 next 28 September, and concluding on 2 December with Álvaro Toscano Román’s classical guitar recital. Altogether, there will be 19 activities ranging from pop and rap to medieval music, from classic theatre to contemporary dance, to name just a few. Once again, Shakespeare will be at the heart of the programme, only from a very unusual perspective. This is a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the latest avant-garde trends, analyse reality through art, and, above all, have a good time. Enjoy ACUA!





Brace yourself, for you’re about to get busy as a bee!  And this includes starting off September jumpin over trampolines. Literally.

  • On Wednesday, 28 September, the last Festival Circarte 2016 show, by trampoline specialist Botproject, a company from Alcoi (Alicante), will be held at the UA Auditorium. They will be presenting the premiere of Ambar, a performance for all audiences that is a mixture of circus, music, video, games and theatre. (UA Auditorium, 8 p.m., €5. Tickets are available at Compás bookshop, Instant Ticket, and on-venue an hour before the show starts).

  • On Saturday, 1 October, the traditional University of Alicante Welcome Concert will take place, and this year it has an incredible line-up featuring Lori Meyers, Miss Caffeina and Anni B Sweet. Three great names of national indie pop for a great celebration (Alicante city Bullring, 8 p.m., tickets available here).

  • On a more relaxed but equally interesting note, Capella de Ministrers will be performing at the UA on Monday 3 October. Carles Magraner and his ancient music band invite us on a musical tour through the medieval Mediterranean area, hand in hand with writer Ramon Llull’s travel texts. This activity will be held within the framework of the University of Alicante 2016 celebration  of the anniversaries of Cervantes, Shakespeare and Llull. (Auditorium, 12.30 p.m., entry with invitation).



  • One of the highlights of the 9 October celebration and of the whole ACUA programme will be the concert of Joan Miquel Oliver, former leader of the no longer active Majorcan band Antonia Font, on 5 October. He will be performing in the UA Auditorium as a power-trio to present the songs of his third solo album, Pegasus (2015), which are a mixture of samba patrons and a hint of cumbia, electronic and rock music. This album, just as Joan Miquel, is the opposite of by the book. (UA Auditorium, 8 p.m., €5).

  • The first week of the programme will finish with a very special concert by Alicante pop rock band Mailers together with a symphony orchestra made up of members of the Orquesta Sinfónica Académica de San Vicente (OSASV) and the Orquesta del Conservatorio Profesional de Mutxamel. Mailers, who have shared the stage with bands such as Vetusta Morla, Izal, Second and Full, will bring this different proposal to the UA Auditorium, where they will play some of their songs joined by orchestral sounds. Definitely a must-see show! Furthermore, it is a charity event, and all funds raised will go to Asociación Epilepsia Provincia Alicante (AEPA), the provincial association of epilepsy patients. See you on Friday 7 October at this music fundraiser in benefit of AEPA (UA Auditorium, 8 p.m., €5).

  • The next ACUA proposal is musical Gomina, by La Tiza Teatro, a theatre group made up of high-school students that has been performing theatre plays for more than thirty years. On 18 October, more than 40 teenagers between 14 and 18 years old will surprise the audience with their particular version of the legendary Grease. (UA Auditorium, 8 p.m., €3).

  • We will continue our programme with contemporary dance. La sal que ens ha parit, by Fil d'Arena dansa, will transmit the vulnerability and strength human beings amidst the unstoppable cycle of building and destroying. The show will be held on 19 October (UA Auditorium, 8 p.m., invitation only).
  • The Grup Poètic Argila de L’Aire presents “Tant de bo!”, a poetry reading that shows the daily fears humans through verses turned into songs. You can enjoy this recital of songs, music and verses on 21 October at the San Fernando 40 University Venue (at 8.30 p.m., free entry).

  • La Marea, by the UA Theatre Club, comes back to campus after having begun their intense summer tour here in May. Based on some texts by Angélica Liddell, this play narrates the story of two migrant families from Syria and Senegal who run away from war and poverty. Two families that represent the story of thousands of them. The show will be held on 25 October (UA Auditorium, 11.30 a.m., €3. Session for High Schools, for group bookings please contact

  • Last show of the month will be by El Viaje de Elliot, a pop band that was formed in Valencia in 2012 and reminds us of the great Spanish bands from the 90s. El Viaje de Elliot will give a concert as a part of Club 100 en Vivo concert on 26 October and will play songs from their new album, Cuentos que olvidé en tu desván (UA Auditorium, 8 p.m., invitation only).



  • First show of the month will be by nonconformist, critical and poetic theatre company Teatro de lo Inestable, which translates as Unstable Theatre. With more than thirty plays in its curriculum, the company will show its new and also unstable project in the UA Auditorium on 10 November. La exiliada, la negra, la puta, el caracol y la mística will give us the opportunity to see five women locked up behind the thin bars of the prison of freedom (UA Auditorium, 8 p.m., a show from the 24th Contemporary Theatre Festival.
  • Performing arts will be the protagonists of cultural activities on 15 October, when Gaudint Teatre, from La Nucía Secondary School will present a modern, harsh and ironic version of Molière’s classic The Misanthrope, which was released this year at El Auditori de la Mediterrània. Get ready to wonder: should we always say what we think and do what we say? (UA Auditorium, 11.30 a.m., €3. Session for High Schools, for group bookings please contact

  • Now it’s time for flamenco. Vanessa Teba, a flamenco singer from Granada who lives in Alicante,, will give a concert in the San Fernando 40 University Venue on 18 October. Vanessa Teba, aka ‘La Grina’, is already familiar with our stages,  as we were lucky to see her at MUA in October 2015. We will be delighted to enjoy the pureness of her art once again. (8:30 p.m., free entry).

  • What or who has dragged them into that dark cave? In Polifonía, by Tríade Teatro, it is the turn of Medea, Fedra and Clitemnestra to recall their true story before Penelope. We will have the chance to see these mythologies explained in a drama by Diana M. de Paco on 22 October (UA Auditorium, 8 p.m., invitation only).

  • Lyrical poetry and music with charity purposes will also have a place in ACUA programme at the beginning of the academic year. On 30 November, lyric soprano Ascensión Padilla, pianist Amparo Pous, and the Mare Nostrum String Quartet (University of Alicante) will give a fundraiser concert for Asociación Parkinson Alicante (UA Auditorium, 8 p.m., €10).


  • Cervantes will bid this year’s cultural programme farewell with rap rhythms in ‘Arkano y Chuty a la sombra del Quijote’. As they (one a UA student) already did on La Sexta tv channel, these two famous rappers will once again give free rein to their imagination with windmills, Dulcineas and the like.High School students will also contribute to the show with their own Cervantine raps, and UA’s Theatre Club will set a humorous tone to this great author’s stories. Get ready to dive into this creativity flow and pay tribute to Cervantes! On 1 December (UA Auditorium, 11.30 a.m., €3. Session for High Schools, for group bookings please contact
  • ACUA’s last show will be held at the San Fernando 40 University Venue: a classic guitar recital by Álvaro Toscano Román. The awarded guitarist from Córdoba will give a concert suggestively named ‘A través de los siglos’ (Throughout the centuries) on 2 December (8.30 p.m., free entry).



Check out our section and MUA’s webpage

Invitations. You can pick up your invitations at the MIC (MUA’s Cultural Information Point - no. 40 on the campus map)

Tickets are available at Compás Bookshop (no. 35 on the campus map), Instant Ticket(online), and on-venue an hour before the show starts.

Tickets for High School sessions. Price: €3. For group bookings please contact



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