Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Oxcars 2009 | Travel blog Barcelona, Berlin, Paris and Madrid

Internet has changed the world. We download music, post videos on youtube and read e-books online. Unfortunately, royalty management organisations and cultural lobbies are threatening this form of cultural exchange, “in the name of the artists”. But now, the artists say NO. Culture shouldn’t have a price, everybody needs to be able to have access to information, and nobody should hold a monopoly. Ladies and gentlemen, for the second year running, Barcelona proudly presents: The Oxcars 2009.

Starting from 29th October, Barcelona will become the world capital of shared and free culture for an entire week. The Sala Apollo will be the venue for this extraordinary event, with an award ceremony and all kinds of events. Let’s take a look to see what’s on the program.

Who doesn’t know film directors Ridley Scott (Bladerunner, Alien) and Tony Scott (Topgun, Beverly Hills cop)? Together with independent studio A8 they created the project Purefold, short episodes to which everybody has free access. But of course there will also be attention paid to the smaller fish. Do you know Malviviendo? No? These 4 youngsters couldn’t find a decent job after their studies. And instead of settling for less, they decided to realise their own series with a budget of 40 euro per episode. And let me tell you a secret: This year, ‘Malviviendo’ wins the oxcar in the category ‘Unforgettable series’!

Even literature is represented. Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa, a Spanish writer from Tenerife, will present his novels from now on in 3 formats. A fancy hardcover edition, a paperback, which will be cheaper, and a free version that you can download on internet. This shows a very positive signal towards the idea of free culture, if you ask us; this deserves an Oxcar!

Of course there’s also music! The Original Jazz Orchestra worked together with some local composers to create a more personal style. But don’t worry, that will not exclude the traditional bigband performances such as Duke Ellington.

Another highlight is the special tribute that will be paid to Merce Cunningham (1919 – 2009), a dancer and choreographer from the United States. Everybody is invited to use or reproduce his project ‘Loops’ in other works, which made him a pioneer for the good cause.

Support this philosophy of a free culture for everyone and stand up for your rights. Join us at the Oxcars awards 2009, or participate in the forums that will be organized the week after. A perfect excuse for a trip to Spain, and to get the most out of your holiday, rent the best Apartments in Barcelona.

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