The first Creative Tapas was held in May 2012 at La Lobera just outside Arenas (which is where the 2020 event will be held). Four years later, we held the second one at Dehesa de la Serna.

They were both powerful and amazing. At 10pm on the Saturday night, barely 24 hours after the event began we experienced an amazing array of creations, including - a soundscape at the bottom of an empty swimming pool, a variety of films (including a stop frame animation), a dance/movement piece accompanied by flute, a football tournament, human sculpture, a wish granting totem pole fashioned out of old tyres, a puppet show summarising the whole weekend and more.

They were both great - and different. The memories will be lifelong – but we also learned a huge amount.  Some of the things that struck me were:

  • how many different styles there are to collaborate, not just working in a group

  • how creative it can be to start before you are ready

  • how much we can do, how quickly, if we let ourselves and create the right conditions

  • how time expands when you are deeply engaged in something