Now in its 24th year, HOME’s ¡Viva! is a long standing highlight of Manchester‘s cultural calendar. The cross discipline festival ties together cinema, theatre and visual arts for a celebration of Spanish and Latin American culture that exemplifies the benefits of HOME‘s unified programming approach. ¡Viva! always generates a bit of a party vibe over its three week run; with a cavalcade of performers, filmmakers and special guests joining visitors in bringing something of the Spanish and Latin languages-speaking world to Manchester.
For 2018, ¡Viva! looks to Latin America’s long history of political turmoil with a programme that explores the art and artists that have attempted to articulate, support and sometimes challenge the continent’s revolutionary moments and movements. The film programme goes Cuban with a weekend celebrating the nation’s cinema, past and present. While over in the gallery, HOME present a a major new co-commission and solo exhibition from award-winning artist Louis Henderson whose new film installation, Overtures explores Hatian history.
HOME’s theatre spaces welcome four exceptional productions, including Minefield – a critical hit about the stories and experiences of six Falklands/Malvinas veterans – and Corrido de la Sangre, a new show featuring music by The Tiger Lillies that’s been billed as ‘Brechtian punk cabaret’. As in previous editions, there’s also a wealth of workshops, talks and discussions to dig into, whilst the packed film programme features 19 new films including nine UK cinema premieres and six director Q&As.
Here are our picks
Grammy-nominated punk cabaret trio The Tiger Lillies perform their original music to tell this tale of a Corrido singer and his band, who return from the dead to haunt their killer.