Launch of Semana Cultural 2015
17 March 2015
On Monday 16 March, the staff and students of HiPLA were delighted to welcome Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Judith Squires (pictured above) to celebrate the official launch of our annual Semana Cultural week of events, together with this years’ Pensador (The Thinker) magazine. Pensador magazine, originally the idea of our Spanish Language Tutor Miriam Munoyerro and a group of her students, has been published annually since 2009 and we are proud to present this year’s edition, created entirely by a small team of dedicated HiPLA students, pictured here with the PVC Professor Squires and some of the student authors.
Professor Squires also announced the winner of our Logo Competition, which involved designing a logo to celebrate 60 years of Hispanic Studies at the University of Bristol (1955-2015). The winning design was by Sophie Wall (see right), a final-year student of Spanish and Italian. The runner up was the design by Jessie Eames, a second-year student of Spanish. Sophie’s design will be used on our publicity material throughout this year and to welcome our 60th cohort this coming September.
Our week of extra-curricular cultural events this year has the theme of Urban Art and Culture and explores and celebrates the cultural links and differences between Bristol and cities in Latin America, especially São Paulo in Brazil, the home city of our guest for the week, Eduardo Saretta. Eduardo is an artist and director of the Choque Cultural gallery and Colectivo Rua project and presented a fascinating seminar on his work over the last 10 years. We are also looking forward to talks by artist and graphic designer Tristan Manco and academic specialist on Latin American urban art and culture, Dr Chandra Morrison.
The week will conclude this Friday evening (20 March) with a concert in the Recital Room of the Victoria Rooms, by renowned Cuban guitarist Ahmed Dickinson and Catalan pianist and singer, Clara Peya and Judit Neddermann. Tickets still available from the University's online shop.