The Department of Culture has developed an intense project of coordination of the main Performing Arts and Music markets in Catalonia, as part of their strategic role as meeting and exchange platforms to present new artistic proposals and enhancing professional contacts. These markets are key to the dynamization of the different artistic disciplines, since they boost contracting and audience development.
The La Mostra d’Igualada, Trapezi Reus, FiraTàrrega, Mercat de Música Viva de Vic and Fira Mediterrània de Manresa added in 2015 as well as Sismògraf d’Olot complete the Performing Arts and Music strategic markets’ map in Catalunya.
All these markets accomplish their function as articulation tools of their sectors: music (MMVV), performing arts and street arts (FiraTàrrega), circus (Trapezi Reus), children and youth theatre (La Mostra), popular culture and world music (Fira Mediterrània) and dance (Sismògraf). On one hand, during their celebration,Vic, Tàrrega, Reus, Igualada, Manresa and Olot become true cultural capitals, and draw a massive audience that benefits the direct local economy. On the other hand, the makers, companies representing them, presenters and agents of the performing arts and music sector find the right framework to develop their activity.
The Department of Culture’s support to these sis strategic markets is carried out in close collaboration with the involved City Councils, as well as with the respective professional sectors. This collaboration is essential to optimize as much as possible the available resources and increase the markets’ effectivity.