It is the 400th anniversary of the death of the most important writer in the history of Spanish Literature (this year also marks the fourth centenary of Shakespeare’s death). For this IV Centenary, a multitude of cultural activities have been prepared such as exhibitions, concerts, theatrical and dance performances, film cycles, publications and studies, research programmes, tourist routes, digital projects, promotional activities and reading promotion.
Cervantes still lives 400 years after his death. Cervantes was born in 1547 in Alcalá de Henares, a town 30 km from Madrid. At that time, Spain was still the most important country in the world. During the reign of Carlos it was possible to speak of the Spanish Empire, which decades later would begin its decline, twilight and subsequent disappearance. The fourth son of a modest surgeon, Cervantes had a childhood and adolescence filled with financial difficulties and continuous moves. His eventful career took him from Alcalá to Valladolid and then to Seville, and before to Cordoba.
Miguel de Cervantes’ work is very important, because it explains what the Spain of his time was like. Those were years of convulsion, crises and splendour, which correspond to the transition from the Renaissance to the Baroque, and the conflict of civilizations that already existed in the Mediterranean at that time. This commemoration aims to gain insight into Cervantes’ life, work and legacy, as well as to make him known to everyone who still does not know how important he was for the history of Spanish culture.