La Retirada 80 Years On

2019 marks the 80th anniversary of the exodus of the Spanish Republicans fleeing persecution from the Franco regime.

To commemorate this historic date, and the role the town played, Argelès-sur-Mer is organising a range of events based on the theme “Memory and Image”.

The theme invites visitors to question what remains in the collective memory and also what has been lost to the process of disintegration of memory.

Exhibitions, installations, artistic performances, book fair, concerts, walks, commemorations and tributes… A range of events will take place in the village and at the beach.

31st January – 13th March

Exhibition Diane Trouillet

Granddaughter of a Spanish resistance fighter, Diane Trouillet’s family was held in the camps in 1939 before being exiled. According to testimonies, her great-grandfather was interned in Argelès.

Her paintings and drawings explore the theme of internment and memory, choosing to work on images from the Spanish migrant archives.

She uses the chemical technique of chromatography because : “the image is transformed and erased a little, a kind of vestige of a collective memory that we wanted to forget, rewrite or reappropriate”.

Galerie Marianne
04 68 81 50 60
Open Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
Wedensdays & Saturdays
10am – 12pm / 2pm – 6pm
Free entry

5th February – 2nd March

Exhibition “Teresa Rebull, une femme de cœur et de combat”

The exhibition “Teresa Rebull, a woman of heart and fight”, is a retrospective exhibition on Teresa Rebull, a committed artist and an emblematic figure of Retirada.

As part of the celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of La Retirada, the Association of the Sons and Daughters of Spanish Republicans and Children of the Exodus (FFREEE) is presenting an exhibition produced in 1999 by “Les Amis de l’union ouvrière du café de France de Céret”.

This unique and precious testimony to the events of the time, documented by journalists, provides a moving insight into displacement.

Médiathèque Jean Ferrat
04 68 81 42 73
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday
Free entry

18th – 24th February

Exhibition “Un camp, des photos sur la plage”

50 photos of the Argelès-sur-Mer camp will be set up for a temporary exhibition at the former site of the camp, by the monolith on the northern beach.

Next to them, photos of the main passages used by the Republicans will be symbolically displayed by other municipalities in the P-O. on 23 February.

Plage nord
Open access

19th February – 31st May

Exhibition “1939, le camp en 365 images”

This symbolic anniversary will be marked by a new temporary exhibition at the Memorial of the Camp d’Argelès-sur-Mer: “1939, the camp in 365 images”. The exhibition will present 365 images of Camp d’Argelès-sur-Mer: photos, drawings, various documents, often unpublished.

The inauguration will take place at the Cinéma Jaurès on Friday, 22nd February, along with the launch of the new website for the Memorial. The evening will include a presentation by historian, Grégory Tuban and a 9 minute screening of unpublished images from the site’s archives.

Memorial du Camp d’Argelès sur Mer
04 68 95 85 03
Open Tuesday – Saturday
10am – 12pm / 2pm – 6pm
2€ (Free for residents of Argelès & under 18s)

21st February

Book and Confernece Salon

Based on the Spanish War, la Retirada and exile, the book salon will bring together authors, publishers and booksellers specialising in this turbulent period of recent history. From 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm, take part in a conference by Nicolas Lebourg, historian and specialist of the extreme right: “From the 1930s to today the extreme right in France and Europe”.

Château Valmy
10am – 6pm

23rd February

Street art & performance “La Retirada dans la rue”

All day long, artistic performances will take place in the village squares. Frescos on temporary surfaces will be created by painters and graffiti artists on the theme of exile and internment.

Argelès sur Mer
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23rd February

Commemorative walks, homages and concerts

Several walks will be organized across the Pyrénées-Orientales from 9am to 10am. They will all come together at 11am in front of the Mairie of Argelès-sur-Mer for a walk to the monolith (boulevard de la Mer), stopping to lay wreaths at the Spanish cemetery.

At the beach, a tribute will be paid to Spanish Republicans with traditional Catalan barques and music from the Barbeaux. Photos of all the passages used by the Republicans will be installed, in addition to the exhibition already in place.

The concert, “Songs of homage to the grandsons of Spanish Republicans”, at the Salle Carrère at 8.30pm will be performed by Olivi Ruiz and her surprise guests.

Argelès sur Mer
Open access

For more info, contact FFREEE



Tel : 06 87 43 39 74

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