Seville will be the scene of the Max Awards in 2018

The gala of the XXI edition of the Max Performing Arts Awards, awards organized by the SGAE Foundation with the purpose of recognizing the talent of the theater and dance professionals of our country and the promotion of the shows of the season, will take place next June 18 in the city of Seville. The cultural space Cartuja Center CITE will host the award ceremony that will put the finishing touches to the Max 2018 Awards and will be directed by the author, playwright and director Alfonso Zurro.

The SGAE Foundation and the Seville City Council have signed a collaboration agreement for this edition. In the meeting with media, the delegate of Urban Habitat, Culture and Tourism of the Seville City Hall, Antonio Muñoz, has indicated that "this new great event supposes an impulse to the cultural projection that the city of Seville has at a national and international level and reflects the good moment that the creators, promoters and, in general, all the professionals of the theater and dance sectors of the city and of Andalusia are going through ".

For his part, Juli Disla, institutional director of Performing Arts of the SGAE Foundation, thanked the support of the consistory: "It is essential that public institutions are involved in the development of culture, which is a basic foundation for the growth of a country". In addition, it has influenced the itinerant character of these awards and how its celebration in the Cartuja Center CITE theater places "this space, recently opened and that was born of the SGAE Foundation, on the map of the Performing Arts of Spain".

Along the same lines, Enrique Salaberría, director of the Cartuja Center CITE managing body, said: "We want this center to become the scenic space of reference in Southern Europe and we are proud that the Max Awards have thought of us to host This ceremony is a claim for lovers of the Performing Arts, "he said. More than 35,000 square meters, an auditorium of more than 10 meters high equipped with the latest technology, 15 dressing rooms, recording studios, among other qualities make this theater a unique venue.

A gala starring the public

This 21 edition will be directed by the also playwright Alfonso Zurro (Salamanca, 1953) who has welcomed this decision with "joy and pleasure" since "it is an pleasure to organize a party for all colleagues in the profession". It is not by chance his election as artistic director of this gala. Zurro, who resides in Seville, knows the Andalusian Performing Arts very well: "It is a land of talent and art, we have great Andalusian artists and we export a lot of culture. However, budgets are so limited that professionals are forced to leave here. We hope that with the Max Awards we will be able to visualize this problem ".

About how the gala will take place, he has advanced some secrets: "The public will be the star of the gala, we want them to have fun and not to remain as spectators, in what is foreign," he concludes.

For the first time, the Max Awards will allow the public to vote for their favorite show. A mobile and online application #VotaMax, developed by the organization, will collect the scores of the spectators, who will be able to evaluate each of the 88 shows in the categories of theater, dance, musical or lyrical, street, revelation and for children, youth or family audiences. The voting period will remain valid until next May 29. The show with the most votes will receive the Special Audience Award and among all the participants, two trips and tickets will be raffled to attend these XXI Max Awards.

The official presentation ceremony was also attended by Jesús Carmona, president of the territorial council of the SGAE in Andalusia, who has shown his joy that "the Max Awards are set this year in Andalusia and reach this new cultural space, which shows that the SGAE Foundation continues to contribute to the recognition of the creators and to the cultural enrichment of the city, in collaboration with local institutions ".

This will be the third time that the Max Awards for the Performing Arts will be held in Seville. Other cities such as Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Cordoba, Guadalajara, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Madrid, Valencia, Vigo and Zaragoza have also received these awards in previous editions.

On May 3, announcement of the finalists to the XXI edition

In this XXI edition of the Max Awards, a total of 395 registered shows and more than 3000 Performing Arts professionals attended. It will be next May 3 when the finalists of this edition are announced.

This year there are 19 contest categories and three special prizes: Max de Honor, which has recognized the career of playwright and theater director José Sanchis Sinisterra; the Max Amateur or Social Character, which will be announced in the month of May; and the Special Max of the Public, which will be known once the voting period has concluded.

Raffle tickets to attend the gala

On the other hand, with the aim of bringing the Performing Arts closer and involving all lovers of the Performing Arts of this great event that brings together professionals from the Theater and Dance every year, the SGAE Foundation will once again draw a large number of of invitations to attend the 2018 Max Awards gala. The draw, which will recognize the knowledge of the public about this 21st edition of the awards, will be made through the website of the SGAE Foundation (www.fundacionsgae.org) and from the official accounts on Twitter and Facebook of the entity (@fundacionsgae) and the Max Awards (@PremiosMax) two weeks before the ceremony.

About the Max Awards

Organized by the SGAE Foundation since 1998, the Max Awards, whose prize is designed by the poet and artist Joan Brossa (Barcelona-1919/1999), promoter of one of the renewing collectives of post-war Spanish art, have been consolidated as over these years as the broadest recognition in the field of Performing Arts in the Spanish State.

The organizing committee of the 21st edition of the Max Performing Arts Awards is composed of Inés París, president of the SGAE Foundation; Juli Disla, institutional director of Performing Arts of the SGAE Foundation; Paloma Pedrero, vice president of the College of Great Law of the SGAE, and authors Eduardo Galán, Ana Graciani, Juan Luis Mira, Teresa Nieto, Pera Tantiñá and Joan Vives.

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