Tomorrow, Friday the 29th of November 2019 at 1pm, the official presentation act of the centenary of Miguel Delibes will take place in the Salón de Recepciones in the town hall of Valladolid. The centenary will last from the 1st of July 2019 until the 31st of June 2021. 

Several local, regional and national authorities, different companies and the media are going to cooperate and cover the event. 

Valladolid, 28th of November 2019. On the 17th of October 2020 Miguel Delibes would have had his 100th anniversary. Delibes, who has always been a reference in contemporary Spanish literature, pioneer in defending the rural world and an example of coherence and human values, deserves to get recognized for his work and way of being. 

For this reason, this commemoration has been declared Event of Exceptional Public Interestwhich implies that the different administrations, entities, companies and institutions of the civil society get involved in the organisation, execution, promotion and co-financing of the different activities that are going to take place, all of them administered by the inter-administrative Commission of the Delibes Centenary. This Commission is composed by the Miguel Delibes Foundation, the town hall of Valladolid, the Culture and Tourism Council of Castile and Leon, the Provincial Council of Valladolid, the Ministries of Finances and Culture and Sports, the National Library of Spain, Spanish Cultural Action, the Instituto Cervantes and the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation. 

On the other side, the main acts and activities that are going to take place are all captured in the Director’s Plan of the Centenary, approved by the Commission in September 2019that can be modified and incorporate new proposals at any time. 

Each of these activities will have a different reach on a local, regional, national and international level and will have as a reference the various facets of Miguel Delibes’ life and work: literary, journalistic, instructionalconservationist, traveller, defender of the most disadvantaged, the rural life etc. 

The most relevant exhibition of the Centenary will carry the title “Delibes 1920-2020” and will be visible in the National Library of Spain in Madrid, from the 19th of March until the 21st of June 2020. Afterwards this exposition will be exhibited in Valladolid, from September until December 2020. At the same time, another five samples will get exhibited in Spain and will travel across the country, triggering several cultural and literary activities in the international spectrum. 

Furthermore, the audio-visual spectrum will get covered and is marked with an elevated relevance, as projects with TVE, RNE and SEMINCI are scheduledThe educational field, with two digital platforms focussed on language learning and the defence of the environment will also receive special attention, just like musical acts (e.g. opera based on “Five Hours with Mario”, rock based on “El Hereje”, concerts with classical music etc.). 

From a more academic perspective it is anticipated that Miguel Delibes will obtain a preferential role in the International Language Congress, that is going to take place in Salamanca in June 2020 and will count with specialised publications as well as different editions of his books. To cover the interests of adolescents, pupils and teachers, the Miguel Delibes Foundation has prepared gratuitous set of reading-material and playful-educational activities that are supposed to facilitate the approach to the author. 

The communication strategy is focussed on new communication forms through digital platforms and social media, therefore, we created the following website, a Twitter account (@Delibes2020), Facebook account (Centenario Delibes) and an Instagram account (centenariodelibes), that is going to provide daily information under the hashtag #CentenarioDelibes.