The most curious thing about Dramawalker Lavapiés is how impossible it is to define its boundaries on a map. Lavapiés is not a neighbourhood. It has no start or end. It is part of Embajadores, one of the six neighbourhoods of Madrid’s Central District.
The history of Lavapiés is thus the history of its people. Lavapiés is a neighbourhood, meaning it is place where people live near other people. But it’s not just any neighbourhood. A reflection of those early days in the workers’ struggle and the history of Spanish feminism, today it rebels against touristification, welcoming migrants from all over the world, standing up for the dignity of being different and neighbourhood solidarity.
The stories gathered here show the memory of its inhabitants who have lived here their whole lives, those who have come to stay, those who resist having to leave and those who dream of returning someday.
The stories that make up Dramawalker Lavapiés are:
- Quién teme a Lavapiés (Who fears Lavapiés) by Denise Despeyroux.
With Jesús Barranco, Quique Fernández, Óscar de la Fuente and Thimbo Samb.
- Aquí murió Mame Mbayé (Mame Mbayé died here) by María Goiricelaya Burón.
With Óscar de la Fuente, María Goiricelaya Burón, José Manjón and Thimbo Samb.
- Los calcos (Carbon copies) by Roberto Martín Maiztegui.
With Fernando Delgado-Hierro, Juan Echanove and Pablo Vega.
- Una bomba del tiempo (A time bomb) by Aurora Parrilla Camacho.
With Greta Manjón and José Manjón. (Chorus: Tefi Artin, Kivilcim Doruk Ilhan, Souad Hadj Ali, Farida Khetaf, Iwona Klincewicz, Nicola Mead, Ghiuler Memet, Monique Raupp, Saida Rkiek Sghiar, Yvette Ruth Worrall and Jolanta Tarocinska Pietros)
- Todos te llaman Amanda y yo quiero llamarte amor (Everyone calls you Amanda and I want to call you love) by Adrián Perea.
With Jesús Barranco, Cristina Carro and Pablo Vega.
Rubén Caravaca, Manuel Osuna and the La Corrala Neighbourhood Association, Sandra Castro and José Sanchís Sinisterra and the Teatro Fronterizo, the Contrabandos bookstore, Miguel Ángel Feria, the Escuelas Pías library, Victoria Facio and the Los Porfiados Restaurant, Babow Jallow and the Madrid Blanket Vendors Guild, José Luis and Julián Cañas (the wafer vendors of Lavapiés), Elena Méndez and Cristina Sirur of the Spanish Commission to Aid Refugees (CEAR), Egeo Suvlakeria Griega Restaurant, Manuel Osuna and the La Correla Neighbourhood Association, Jorge Bolaños Martínez and Dolores Galindo from Los Dragones de Lavapiés, the Dalanota musical-social programme, and Mohamed Abdelrahman Mohamed.