the Spanish governmentthrough the Spanish Embassy in Abu Dhabipaid the Asturian artist Rodrigo Cuevas €8,540taxes included, for two performances at the Expo Dubai and Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The controversial drag queen who defends the theses of Podemos represented Spain at the last edition of the Universal Exhibition.
This is recognized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation in an official response to OKDIARIO. The department of Jose Manuel Albares, through the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Development (AECID), explains that this Asturian activist signed a minor contract (that is, by hand and without public competition) for “a conference /performance in the Spanish Pavilion at Expo Dubai and a performance at the Sharjah Art Foundation. The 8,540 euros were charged to the embassy budget for “cultural promotion”.
The contract included the following concepts: caches artists and technicians, commute, accommodation, rental of equipment and other logistical expenses. “These concepts have been reflected in the corresponding invoice,” they say without providing this document.
Performance in dubai expo it was not recorded on any video medium. However, the second performance, also in the city of the Emirates of Sharjah this was reflected in the sequence which accompanies this article and which makes it possible to get an idea of the characteristics of the performance.
On the other hand, the ministry adds: “As part of the Dubai World Expo 2021 and the Sharjah Book Fair, of which Spain was the guest country, the Spanish Embassy in Abu Dhabi program miscellaneous actionsincluding the celebration of two concerts by Rodrigo Cuevas. This artist is part of Catalog of Performing Arts and Music that the AECID makes available to the network of Spanish representations abroad as a reference of quality proposals on which they can program according to their cultural needs”, explains the director of the AECID, Antonio Leis.
It is therefore striking that this hiring is most likely not the last of the Spanish executive. As Rodrigo Cuevas is in the official artists catalog may be needed again by the Pedro Sánchez administration. “The AECID catalog therefore serves to feed its annual programming of content and to respond to promoters, festivals and other agents interested in Spanish artists,” they note.
“The AECID catalog is prepared every six months by a panel of renowned experts prestige in the performing arts and music. This table is independent, representative of various institutions or entities, rotating, interdisciplinary and deals with territorial diversity”, justify from abroad.
As revealed by OKDIARIO, this controversial show in the Spanish pavilion of Expo Dubai was made by “folk agitatorRodrigo Cuevas, defender of Asturian as an “official language” and supporter of the separatist partners of the Executive, as shown by his social networks.
Cuevas presented his show on November 18 at the Spanish Pavilion in Dubai in a representation and conversation and on the 20th of the same month at the Sharjah Art Foundation, an entity in the United Arab Emirates (USA) that promotes “contemporary art”.
The show in the Spanish pavilion of the so-called “copla sex symbol” included the picona will rise, that is, the hat of the regional costume of Asturias, as well as the madreñas, the handmade wooden shoes. In other performances, this far-left activist she is left in her underwear, with a garter belt, the montera and the madreñas. It is also characterized by wearing a painted face and colorful scarves that simulate the bonnets of nuns or the veils of virgins.
The programming of events in the Spanish pavilion in Dubai is the responsibility of Spanish Cultural Actionthe public body that manages Jose Andres Torres Mora, former socialist deputy and chief of staff of José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero before landing at the Palacio de la Moncloa. The Spanish pavilion also caused controversy for having exhibited for a few days a nativity scene with characters resembling voodoo dolls, as revealed by OKDIARIO.
On the other hand, at the Sharjah Art Foundation, Cuevas performed his number Tropic of Covadongawhere “folk and electronic bustle, peasant division and humor, elegant eroticism, hedonism, the celebration of non-negotiable rights and a staging that leaves no one indifferent, come together in a formula that everyone would like to clone, but that no one, except him, knows how to do, ”says his website .