The Alicante Water Museum turns fifteen years old and, for this reason, it has scheduled a varied cultural activity that will take place from this month of February both in its rooms and in the unique space of the Pozos de Garrigós, annexed to the museum.
Cinema, street music or scenic poetry will be part of a program that was announced today, Monday, by Martín Sanz, director of Communication and External Relations of Aguas de Alicante, with the assistance of representatives of the different activities with which collaboration has made it possible to prepare this agenda.
At the beginning of his speech, Sanz had a heartfelt memory for the former mayor Miguel Valor, who died this weekend and who during his time as Councilor for Culture collaborated with the museum. He then explained that "the Alicante Water Museum has been fulfilling its initial objective of environmental education of citizens around the care of water since 2009. And for a few years now it has added its own cultural programming such as the one we present today on the occasion of its 15th anniversary.”
In addition to the events it manages directly, the museum participates, as a complementary venue, in other cultural proposals in the city, such as the Alicante International Classical Theater Festival, "always combining the most traditional with other avant-garde ones," said Sanz.
The program for 2024 includes, among others, in collaboration with Imajoven, the screenings of the documentaries “Game of the Year Awards. The best video games of the last 15 years” (February 24) and “15 years of comics and graphic novels. The most influential publications” (April 20).
Together with Esther Abellán, on March 22, World Water Day, she organizes the show “15 poets and water”, performance poetry and live music; The “Music in the Plaza” series, with performances by “DJ SOAK” and “R de Rumba”, will take place on March 23 and October 19 respectively in the Plaza del Puente, at the doors of the Water Museum from Alicante.
The exhibition “Origin” by the Costa Rican plastic artist and photographer Karla Solano, can be seen from April 3 to May 17; The performance of the Alicante pop rock group “Mailers” has been scheduled for International Museum Day (May 18).
In addition, the chamber music concert by the Ensemble San Pablo will be on November 10, and from June 5 to September 5, the 5th edition of the Art and Environment Series will feature this year the work of the Alicante artist María Perceval Graells.
Beyond promoting the activity through its own channels, the Alicante Water Museum understands that "here, too, collaboration is essential." Hence, the inclusion for several editions of its programming within the “Culture in Neighborhoods” initiative promoted by the Department of Culture of the Alicante City Council manages to amplify its reach to citizens; with a specific section of the activities that take place in the Alicante Water Museum, as a programmatic umbrella under which all those activities that take place in the vicinity of each neighborhood are included.
Both the three floors that make up the museum space managed by Aguas de Alicante, and the Garrigós Wells located inside, are a place for art throughout the year. In particular, the system of cisterns from the 19th century, which are the wells, become an alternative place to host all types of cultural proposals. Its antiquity and special morphology, excavated under the mountain and composed of three vaults, represent a highly symbolic space for artistic manifestations such as those that host the cultural program on the 15th anniversary of its opening.