LuchaLibro is nowadays a very popular literary improvisation contest in Peru, where it all begun, and it’s supported by the Ministerio de Cultura. In Spain is becoming mora and more popular where is hold in literary events in different cities across the country.
Presented by Altofest
Supported by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), Program PICE (Programa para la Internacionalización de la Cultura Española)
The contest challenges their matched participants, in a championship setup with 3 words (same for each contestant) and 5 minutes to generate, in front of an audience, a solid and exciting literary content. Participants will jump on stage with Mexican wrestling masks ready for the fight and the audience will decide who is the winner of each fight until we get to the final.
Under the founders of LuchaLibro consent, this year Spanish Matchbox proudly presents on its roaming set up the opportunity to hold a contest at Altofest in Naples.
This literary improvisation contest will encourage participants to test their own writing and improvisation skills. At the same time it makes the act of writing come out of the shadow, quiet and loneliness that it is associated with, to become a powerful performing act empowering performer and writers in public scenarios.
Do you want to get in the ring?
El Guatequista brings a smooth selection of danceable hits of anything from jazz, swing, soul, rock and roll to wherever the night might lead us. El Guatequista´s main purpose is to make your feet dance without you noticing at first, until you hit the dance floor out of your head. For this special occasion he has selected some of the best kept secrets of each genre, and he is bringing them in Spanish…
SPANISH MATCHBOX – Hugo Clemente (ES)
Hugo Clemente‘s background is vast and wide ranging. He has a degree in Social Psychology; he has been teaching advanced Spanish at University level in US and held creative writing workshops in Spain, US and Norway; he has worked as a therapist in a methadone program; he has been a surf- and snowboard monitor; he is a musician and DJ amongst others things.
His writing has an immense scope where he has written for magazines and various literary and counterculture fanzines, he has compiled lyrics for several albums for the punk and hardcore band Hiperkorë and he regularly writes on his blog No toques nada. His novel Cuaderno de Agua was published by Canalla Ediciones in 2013 and he was a finalist of LuchaLibro Canarias in Spain. He has participated in PervertiDos, Ménades: an invitation to euphoria and has scripted for theater and cinema. One of his latest accomplishments include the documentary The Blinking Island (2016), of which has been selected for several festivals. He has collaborated with the International Journal of Iberian Studies, Mondo Sonoro, Los Barbaros (NY), Calviva and Pildora Sonora among others.
Spanish Matchbox was born from a platform project by Creación Contemporánea Española, in the E&G Teater Festival (Stamsund, Norway), after several international activities. Now we are going a step beyond, changing our shape from festival to a cellar production system, able to be set in different contexts and festivals, sharing our same aims, increasing the possible relationships with the involved projects. We inaugurate this new shape with Altofest, the perfect context for the first feedback.