EL PAÍS is ramping up its 40th anniversary celebrations this week with a program of events that includes a free multi-sensorial exhibition at Madrid’s Palacio de Cibeles.
The show reviews all the main events of the last four decades and showcases its most relevant personalities.
Visitors will also have a chance to experience Fukushima, Contaminated Lives, the first virtual reality feature in the history of EL PAÍS. This new format lets viewers explore the effects of the tsunami as though they were at ground zero themselves.
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Although it opened to the public on Monday, the exhibition will be officially inaugurated on Tuesday and attended by Mayor Manuela Carmena, representatives of the PRISA Group (the parent company of EL PAÍS) and the show’s sponsors.
All scheduled events will take place inside the landmark Palacio de Cibeles.
On Wednesday, May 4, which is the day when EL PAÍS turns 40, the group’s radio network Cadena SER will broadcast its program Hoy por Hoy from the building’s Caja de Música auditorium.
Join the conversation
That same afternoon, Manuela Carmena and former High Court judge Baltasar Garzón will participate in one of a series of talks on current issues being organized by EL PAÍS this year. The newspaper is asking its readers to join the conversation in an open dialogue based on information, analysis, tolerance, democracy and dignity.
At 8pm on Wednesday there will be a roundtable with female correspondents, featuring Ángeles Espinosa, Pilar Bonet, Macarena Vidal and Yolanda Monge, the EL PAÍS correspondents in Dubai, Moscow, Beijing and Washington DC, respectively.
Ortega y Gasset Awards
On Thursday, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia will preside the awards ceremony of the Ortega y Gasset journalism awards, which are granted by EL PAÍS. The winners of the 33rd edition are Joseph Zárate for best investigative reporting, Lilia Saúl and Ginna Morelo for best multimedia reporting, Samuel Aranda for best photography, and Adam Michnik, founder and director of Gazeta Wyborcza, for career achievement.
On Friday, another set of awards will be handed out for innovation in the newsstand and newsselling sectors.
UAM – EL PAÍS Journalism School
Also on Friday, alumni of the UAM-EL PAIS Journalism School will meet at 9pm for a special 30th anniversary gathering. More than 1,100 students have trained at the school in the last three decades, and many have gone on to become respected correspondents, reporters and media executives.
English version by Susana Urra.