Riu d’Art – The Route!

The Art in Public Spaces project Riu d’Art now has signs installed by each artwork which have QR codes linking through to individual artist pages where you can read more about the artwork and the artist.

There are leaflets and posters in bars and restaurants around the village of Riba-roja d’Ebre which contain a map showing each artwork location.

Or, simply CLICK HERE to download a pdf version of the map and… enjoy the route!

All artworks are permanently installed and all information is in English, Catalan and Spanish.

Official Inauguration of Riu d’Art

Riba Rocks co-organised the second Riu d’Art project in the village of Riba-roja d’Ebre, which saw the official inauguration on Sunday July 2nd with a tour around the village to view the works, culminating in speeches and live music in La Placa del Forn.

The second year of the art project features works by Jen Kilgour, Isabel Torres Ferrer and students of the l’Aula d’Art, Anna Georghiou, Phil Bird, Sarah Misselbrook, Oliver Hall and Adrià Cid.

Scottish artist Jen Kilgour produced a steel sculptural work of a donkey/unicorn reflecting the two animals symbolic of Scotland and Catalunya, which has been installed near the Poliesportiu (Sports Centre).

Local artist Isabel Torres Ferrer and her students created a ‘Tree of Life’ mural with ceramic tiles of local house names. Anna Georghiou (British Cypriot artist) and Phil Bird from Devon, UK returned for the second year running to produce a mural entitled ‘Water Carriers and The Woman of the Rainbow’ taking inspiration from the local environment.

Sarah Misselbrook (originally from Southampton) created a multimedia installation of drawing and hand cast with plant.

Oliver Hall (Southampton) created a large scale monochrome mural of running legs depicting the annual race in the village and Adrià Cid (Riba-roja d’Ebre) has been working on a series of ceramic plates which will be installed in one of the look out points to the river very soon.

The inauguration was a huge success with over 100 people in attendance and over 1500 watching live online. Live music from Troubadour’s Garden and Adrià Cid brought a wonderful evening to a close.

 

Call for submissions for the second edition of Riu d’Art

From 26 June to 2 July in Riba-roja d’Ebre there will be a new edition of the initiative Riu d’Art, a cultural project created by the municipal youth council with the support of the Directorate General of Youth of the Terres de l’Ebre and the local Riba Rocks team. The aim is to act in certain strategic municipal areas to improve the status and, also, create synergies with art as a cross-cutting and dynamic element.

This time, as explained by the Councilor for Youth, Francesc Esteve, “the budget for artists has been increased, both for travel expenses and for materials to make different artistic interventions “. In this way, we hope to attract international artists, and also local artists, and that the proposals made are bold and ambitious.

Open call

The deadline for submitting proposals is 7 May, and it is open to all artists, regardless of their nationality, aged between 25 and 40 years. So, those interested should send their applications to info@riudart.cat including one or more artistic proposals, as well as other supporting documents detailed within the submission document. The organisation will make a decision and inform the successful artists on 9 May.

The first edition, success

A Riu Art

The mural at the slaughterhouse with the artists.

The first edition, which took place last September, was attended by four international artists: Anna Georghiou and Phil Bird (two British musicians and visual artists), who created a mural in the area of ​​the slaughterhouse; Riikka Neste (Finnish photographer), who took a series of photographs made with natural elements from Riba-roja; and Sarah Misselbrook (British artist based in Riba-roja), who created a sculpture in the ancient wash room.

Radio Flix interview!

We had the opportunity to talk about Riba Rocks’ ‘Contribution to Sustainability’ Award at Radio Flix this week. Thank you so much Radio Flix and Sebes Nature Reserve for the chance to chat about what is so important to us here in La Vall.

We are a music festival but with a difference. We not only want to have a low impact on the environment by putting this event on, we want to IMPROVE the environment of La Vall by hosting this awesome festival. So how do we do this… have a listen!

It’s in Spanish (not perfect sorry) but we had a go and we are improving!

This programme is about diverse aspects of nature, sponsored by Resort Rural Vilar Riu de Baix, broadcast biweekly. Thank you to Ràdio Flix, Reserva Natural de Sebes and Natura Nostra for their support and the opportunity to talk about the ‘Contribution to Sustainability’ Award which Riba Rocks was given at the Iberian Festival Awards last month.

Click here to listen to the Radio Flix chat!

 

WE WON!!!!

We won! Thursday 16th March at MACBA, Barcelona saw the 2nd Edition of the Iberian Festival Awards organised by TalkFest. The Riba Rocks team went along to the Gala Ceremony having been Shortlisted for the ‘Contribution to Sustainability’ Award. Out of some 23 nominated festivals in this category, the Riba Rocks festival won the Iberian award for it’s focus on environmental, cultural, social and economic sustainability.

What a night!

We won

We won

We won

We won

These are just some of the things that we do here at Riba Rocks to avoid a negative impact on the Valley and to promote local culture:

  • All our toilets are waterless compost toilets
  • Our campsite is run via solar power
  • We have a solar phone charging station
  • Our showers are heated by the sun
  • All water in the campsite comes from rain catching
  • All waste is separated, reused or recycled
  • Our bars all use re-usable cups
  • Our food stalls use compostable folks, knives, plates and cups (made from vegetable starch)
  • Presentations on culture and ecology (including a talk on the history of the juniper oven)
  • Rent-a-tent to avoid discarded tents
  • Paperless ticket option encouraged
  • Subsidised 500 tickets to local people from village
  • Low ticket prices (maximum price 35 euros, early bird tickets 20 euros) to make it affordable for local community to see international acts that would normally only play in cities like Barcelona, this is to encourage a larger music culture in a small rural village
  • Promoting the village as a place to visit and live, helping to grow the local economy
  • Riba Rocks is a not-for-profit festival with none of the organising team taking a wage

To ensure that we continue to assess our impact and to safeguard the future of the festival, 2017 will see the valley take a break, breathe and regrow. Without the support of the Ajuntament of Riba-roja d’Ebre, the festival would not be possible, so we want to take this opportunity to thank them for all their support, as well as our amazing sponsors and collaborators and the awesome volunteers and festival goers who attend to the event each year.

We’ll see you soon!

We’re SHORTLISTED!!!!!

What superb news we have for you today!!

The Riba Rocks music and arts festival has been SHORTLISTED for it’s CONTRIBUTION TO SUSTAINABILITY in the Iberian Festival Awards!!!!

We are absolutely thrilled to be invited to the Gala Award Ceremony next month in Barcelona where we will grab the opportunity to not only talk about our grass roots event but more importantly to promote the amazing village of Riba-roja d’Ebre, Catalunya as a place to work, live and party.

The category ‘Contribution to Sustainability’ is something very, very close to Riba Rock’s heart as we are set in a beautiful olive finca in rural Catalunya near the village of Riba-roja d’Ebre called ‘The Valley’ (La Vall). We strive to protect the impact of a large gathering on our natural environment and to be recognised for this effort is just fantastic!

The Riba Rocks team: Abi Bright, Richard Bright, Chris Thornton and Sarah Misselbrook would like to take this opportunity to thank the Town Hall (Ajuntament) of Riba-roja d’Ebre for their support each and every year to enable this event to be socially and culturally sustainable.

The festival has been shortlisted by a panel of international judges and they took a very close look at the event considering the following points:

  • All our toilets are waterless compost toilets
  • Our campsite is run via solar power
  • We have a solar phone charging station
  • Our showers are heated by the sun
  • All water in the campsite comes from rain catching (not drinking water)
  • All waste is separated
  • Our bars all use re-usable cups
  • Our food stalls all use compostable folks, knives, plates and cups (made from vegetable starch)
  • Supporting emerging local and international artists, DJs and performers
  • Presentations on culture and ecology (including a talk on the history of the juniper oven)
  • Rent-a-tent to avoid discarded tents
  • Paperless ticket option encouraged
  • Subsidized tickets to Riba-rojans
  • Low ticket prices (maximum price 35 euros, early bird tickets 20 euros) to make it affordable for local community to see international acts that would normally only play in cities like Barcelona, this is to encourage a larger music culture in a small rural village
  • Promoting the village as a place to visit and live and helping to grow its local economy
  • Riba Rocks is a not-for-profit festival with none of the organising team taking a wage

La Vall, the festival site, is managed by volunteers all year round as an eco olive farm and events host. The site is completely off grid, run by solar, rain catching and heated by olive wood from the farm in wood burners. Our satellite internet is run by solar all year round.

Finally, a HUGE THANK YOU to all you Riba Rockers out there who have joined us in La Vall to dance in the dust xx

The first Juniper Oil Fiesta in Riba-roja d’Ebre 3rd-4th March 2017

We cannot wait for this! Dates for your diary! Remember the awesome Juniper Oil presentation in the tipi at last year’s Riba Rocks festival?

This March (3rd and 4th) the Amics de Riba-roja d’Ebre will make a demonstration of how the oil is produced. (In collaboration with the Ajuntament of Riba-roja d’Ebre).

On Friday 3rd March, at 7pm, there will be a presentation in the Zona Liquida (the co-working centre in the village) by Antoni Castellvi Casa and Josep Aguila Alabart.

On Saturday 4th March at 9am, there will be an actual demonstration of the distillation of Juniper oil. A fascinating glimpse into the history and heritage of the area. This will take place at the recreational area of the Garita, followed by a mid-morning breakfast (5 euros – tickets available from the Ajuntament).

Riba Rocks nominated in the Iberian Festival Awards!

We are thrilled to announce that Riba Rocks has been nominated for ‘Best Small Festival’ AND for it’s contribution to sustainability in the 2nd edition of the Iberian Festival Awards! Read more »

Riba Rocks 3rd Annual Olive Harvest

This month saw the 3rd annual olive harvest at Riba Rocks HQ. Read more »

Nominated for ‘Best Small Festival’

The Riba Rocks team are absolutely thrilled to announce that Riba Rocks has been nominated for ‘Best Small Festival’ at the European Festival Awards! Read more »