The Ramirez-Rofastes family has been living in Can Burgas, one of the main houses of Les Escaules, since the seventies. The family, and in particular, Lleonard Ramirez, a spirited and enthusiastic supporter of the arts, encouraged Casellas to start La Muga Caula, and offered him both personal and material assistance to organise the first gathering. La Muga Caula began as an independent initiative but then immediately received support from the local government (Ajuntament de Boadella i Les Escaules), a local cultural group (La Societat Escualenca) and from many citizens of the village who offered accommodation and practical support to make the event possible. In addition, local entrepreneurs like the restaurants El Molí, El Trull den Francesc and the catering company Ben-Q-it also generously contributed to the event. Ingrid Danckaerts, a citizen of Les Escaules and a social activities coordinator, jumped in and took on much of the logistics around the festival, and today handles the technical coordination of the whole event.
The concept of "gathering"
The 2008 gathering will start off this new cycle with the work of action poet Julien Blaine. Besides the standard performances, expositions and conferences, this year’s programme will introduce new elements: documentary photography and videography and a visiting curator.
Plastic artist and documentary photographer specialised in performance art. Born in Teià , Barcelona on May 24th in 1960. At the age of 10 he starts painting and at the age of 14 he start art academy (L’escola Massana) in Barcelona. Influenced by conceptual art in 1976 he realises his first performances and ephemeral interventions with the group “Dada strikes again” which he creates with other study companions. Afterwards he realises objects influenced by Marcel Duchamp and Joan Brossa. He was a founding member of the following projects: CLUB 7 (1996-98), LA RED ARTE (1995-1998) and EL KABARET OBERT (2002-2008). He has organised expositions as DOCUMENT-ACCIO (1999) and annual gatherings of action poetry and performance art like La Muga Caula (since 2005).
From Belgian origin, Ingrid works and lives in Catalonia since 2002. She holds a diploma in social- cultural work and a master degree in human sustainable development. Her involvement in different social and cultural international projects and her relationship with the village, Les Escaules, where she lives all year long, made her the right person to take on the technical and logistic side of this artistic gathering.