Fernando Benzo during the event. / Photo: AC/E
Eduardo González. 10/03/2018
More than 2,500 Spanish artists have gone abroad to present their work since the Program of Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE) was launched just five years ago by the public entity Acción Cultural Española (AC/E).
“The program is an absolutely essential tool for the internationalization of our culture”, said the president of AC/E and Secretary of State for Culture, Fernando Benzo, during the presentation of the balance of the five years of the PICE in the Círculo de Bellas Artes from Madrid.
According to Benzo, thanks to PICE “more than 4,300 artists and international professionals have participated in cultural activities in 98 countries around the world”, including the 2,528 Spanish artists who have gone abroad to present their work and the 1,805 foreign programmers that “have approached Spain to learn about” the potential of Spanish creators.
The project, focused on disciplines as different as the performing arts, music, visual arts, architecture, film or literature, “has reached maturity with what we have learned in these five years, and is here to stay”, he added.
The Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture has supported 1,500 projects
For this, PICE has counted since its creation in 2013 with a budget of six million euros that has allowed it to support almost 1,500 cultural projects. The largest number of artists benefited come from the communities of Madrid, Catalonia, Andalusia, the Basque Country, Galicia, the Valencian Community and Castilla y León.
Apart, the European continent has been the main destination of Spanish artists, with 513 cultural events (especially France, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands), although by country the leadership is from the United States, with 103 cultural events. In Latin America, PICE has supported 332 cultural events.
According to the general director of AC/E, Elvira Marco, PICE is a “commitment to the talent of artists who already have a career in Spain but need perhaps support to go international”. The program began in 2013 with a budget of one million euros and since 2015 it has been expanded to one and a half million, an amount that “we have maintained”, she added.