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Instituto Cervantes moves to Aldwych

September 30, 2016
From the Instituto Cervantes

The Instituto Cervantes will move to Aldwych to increase its cultural and academic performance.

The move, which will take place on 26 September, will facilitate the teaching activities of the institution and will provide a great presence in London Life.
Instituto Cervantes, the institution that promotes worldwide culture and Spanish language, celebrates its first 25 years in London by moving its headquarters to Aldwych, next to the Strand, in the heart of the city. The new building in Devereux Court WC2R, next to the dynamic East End, will enable it to deal the growing demand for courses by British and foreign citizens. In parallel, it will increase its role as one of the main organisations generating cultural activities in the city.
The new building will open its doors on September 26 and has better transport networks than the current headquarters in Eaton Square. The thousands of students and users of the Instituto Cervantes´ facilities can take six tube lines: District, Circle, Bakerloo, Central, Northern and Jubilee, through Charing Cross, Embankment, Blackfriars, Waterloo, Covent Garden, Temple, St Paul’s, Holborn and Chancery Lane stations, and a number of buses lines. Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Waterloo railway stations are within walking distance as well.
The Old Bailey, one of the most beautiful and representative buildings of London, is nearby, in the legal district. Dozens of chambers are found in the area, which is also within walking distance of the City, the main financial center. Many of  Instituto Cervantes’ current students work in global companies established in that area.
King’s College and London School of Economics and Political Science, two of the most prestigious universities worldwide, are also nearby; as well as Somerset House and the Australia and India High Commissions; and most of the best and busiest London theatres. Remarkable gardens such as Victoria Embankment, Middle Temple and Inner Temple, and the river Thames, are also close to the new headquarters.
The new facilities have better equipped classrooms for teaching and can deal with the increasing number of applications to enrol in a number of courses. The building has a more modern library and will improve the quality of the cultural and academic services.
The high number of Londoners and tourists circulating the area will help to increase the organisation’s academic and cultural activities. One-day workshops and the intensive courses for both local and foreign people, are among the options.
Instituto Cervantes
15-19 Devereux Court
London WC2R 3JJ

Santiago Díaz Bravo

Press Advisor

Recent activities of the Instituto Cervantes

Press release, 19 September 2016.


Piraí Vaca, one of the best guitarists worldwide, will offer a concert at St Peter’s Church.

The Bolivian musician, considered by some critics worldwide as one of the most brilliant performers, will join to the project Guitarrísimo, a collaboration between Instituto Cervantes and Iberian and Latin American Music Society (ILAMS)

One of London’s most famous landmarks, St Peter’s Church (119, Eaton Square, SW1W 9AN), will be the venue, on 21 September at 7 pm, of a performance by one of the most admired Latin American guitarists, Piraí Vaca. He is considered by some music critics as one of the best guitarists worldwide. This Bolivian musician has attracted the attention of thousands of music lovers thanks to his charisma on the stage, his technique and his firm belief in the spiritual renewal role of music.

Piraí Vaca

Piraí Vaca, who will join the project Guitarrísimo, a successful collaboration between Instituto Cervantes and Iberian and Latin American Music Society (ILAMS), will play works by composers Isaac Albéniz, Joaquín Malats, Jorge Luna, Adrián Patiño, Quique Sinesi, Cergio Prudencio, Eduardo Martín, Leo Brouwer and Francisco Tárrega. The Bolivian Embassy in London and Wines from Spain, which will offer a free wine reception following the concert, support this prominent performance as well.

This admired Bolivian guitarist studied with remarkable musicians such Jesús Ortega in Cuba, Manuel Barrueco in the USA and Hubert Käppel in Germany, the country in which he currently resides. He has played as a soloist in concert halls all over the world and is also member of the FENIX International Guitar Quartet, one of the most outstanding quartets worldwide. He is also the founder and director of the La Paz International Guitar Festival and Contest which brings together the most outstanding guitarists of the continent and the world in Bolivia.

Piraí Vaca considers art as a whole that includes not only the hands, but the body, mind and spirit. He believes that a vital music can only exist when it originates from the energy that surrounds it, which is transformed into musical notes through the whole being: body, which makes the music a reality that can be heard; mind, which allows to know and organise; and spirit, that makes music transform others. He practises the martial art Wing Chun and medita-tion, trying to complete with these tools its mission as a musician: to serve others.


Piraí Vaca

Piraí Vaca’s career has been recognised with a number of awards, as the Fellowship of the Americas of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, USA) and the National Music Award of Bolivia.

The tickets can be bought online through this website (£12/£10) and the day of the concert at St Peters Church (£14/£16).




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