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Cathering of Aragon Spanish Festival

9 Jun - 11 Jun


St Paul Church



This Festival draws its inspiration from the places where Catherine of Aragon lived and died. A strong woman, she united the destinies of two great nations in the XVI century, England and the crown of Castille and Aragon, now known as Spain.

The Festival aims to bridge the two cultures, bringing out aspects of Spain´s literature, history, and art on English soil, establishing in this way a bond with British universities to create deeper mutual understanding.

Every two years, the Festival organises a prize “The Catherine of Aragon Award” for Spanish speaking playwrights. Their topic is female characters who have exercised social, political or artistic influence in the history of Spain and UK and can bring to light women who perhaps never gained the attention they deserved.

The chosen work is then translated into English by the Open University and performed with the help of the University of Bedfordshire.

  • 9th of June

Magellan and Elcano: Around the World

The Magellan Elcano Odyssey is the collaborative masterpiece of eight contemporary Spanish authors. It was first staged in November 2021 at Seville’s Lope de Vega theatre. Performed by the Compañía de Teatro Clásico de Sevilla under the direction of Alfonso Zurro, the play commemorates the 500 year anniversary of the first circumnavigation of the globe; a remarkable achievement which changed the world forever.

Premiering for the first time outside of Spain, the play has been translated by the Open University’s Spanish department, with the expertise of Jane Mathewson, and support from Bedford University and Spanish Government.

The production takes us on a magical journey of Spanish music from the 16th and 17th centuries to the popular songs of the 20th century, recounting moving tales of sailors and the high seas. The music is beautifully interpreted by Spanish Cesar Carazo and Anibal Soriano from Sevilla Musica Antigua, a renaissance group. 

  • 10th of June

Carmen vs Carmen

What does it mean to be a woman? Carmen vs Carmen immerses us in a fascinating world of womanhood, freedom and the female soul.

Inspired by Bizet’s music and Merimée’s novel, Manuel Segovia uses the beauty and richness of Spanish dance to illustrate the mistreatment and gender violence suffered by women. Each character personifies the attributes and collective values of human nature.

The production picks up from the end of the story, inviting us to consider events from the perspective of Don Jose, the murderer. What happened to the Basque soldier, Don Jose, during his interrogation? What thoughts raced through his mind? What was he feeling?

The prestigious Madrid-based dance company, Iberica de Danza, founded in 1993 by Manuel Segovia (Premio Nacional de Danza a la Creación 2001 y Premio Villa de Madrid a la Coreografía 2004) y Violeta Ruiz del Valle, has secured its acclaimed reputation through years of research, dedication and outstanding performance and brings to life the magic of Spain’s dance heritage.

  • 11th of June


Choreographed by Manuel Segovia, the show seeks to portray the art of Pablo Picasso through rhythm,  movement and melody. The painting selected for this dance performance will transport the audience to a magical place beyond time: a place where  primitive melodies and steps blend with their modern neo-folk equivalent.


9 Jun
11 Jun
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St Paul Church
Bedford, MK40 1SQ United Kingdom + Google Map