The Castell de Peralada Livestream Festival, the online edition of the Castell de Peralada, has brought together 91,288 users who have followed the event remotely, according to the organizers on Monday. With the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic, it was decided to suspend it in its face-to-face format and they opted to make a remote edition taking advantage of new technologies and with a face-to-face audience very limited to groups to which the festival wanted to pay tribute.
There have been 11 performances through different platforms, such as television, radio and internet broadcasting, and the dancer María Pagés has been there; the plastic artist Santi Moix with the Liceu Symphony Orchestra conducted by Josep Pons; the singer and composer Alfonso de Vilallonga; tenor David Alegret; the pianist Rubén Fernández; the soprano Sabina Puértolas, and the pianist Rubén Fernández Aguirre, among other artists.
In addition to the performances, the Peralada Festival has organized a series of digital debates in which artists and the cultural world have been able to share impressions and analyze the impact of the coronavirus on the sector. Sondra Radvanovsky and Rufus Wainwright dialogued through new technologies around the Prima Donna; María Pagés, Carlos Álvarez and Josep Pons discussed the future of festivals after the pandemic, and David Alegret talked about 21st century composition and music with Alberto García Demestres, Albert Guinovart, Rubén Fernández Aguirre and Miquel Ortega.
The director of the festival, Oriol Aguilà, celebrated that despite the epidemic, the event “has remained alive” and the public has enjoyed it “in a completely safe way” and with the advantages that new technologies have offered them. He also explained that they are already working to prepare the 2021 edition.