Friday, July 12, 2019, 8:21 p.m.
Seville, Valencia, Palma, Málaga, Bilbao and Zaragoza are some of the cities that have offered to host next year’s Goya Awards gala, although returning to Madrid is not ruled out either. The president of the Film Academy, Mariano Barroso, told Europa Press that the decision will likely be made next week. Precisely, the mayor of Malaga, Francisco de la Torre, stated this Friday that the city is working to host the gala in 2020, although he made it clear that, despite progress being made, an agreement has not been closed. “It is a true option but it is not closed yet,” he added.
De la Torre indicated that Málaga’s aspirations to host this gala are “known” to the Academy and stated that “it is not an issue that is closed.” “We are moving in that direction and we hope to have the necessary support from other administrations and also from the private world to be able to close the agreements,” she indicated.
For its part, Valencia also confirmed that it hopes to resume talks “shortly” to host the Goya Awards gala in 2021, the date on which the centenary of the birth of director Luis García Berlanga will be celebrated. Sources familiar with the negotiation confirmed that the city government’s desire is to resume shortly, once the Valencia City Council team is configured, the process to host the gala on that date.
Barroso announced that comedians Andreu Buenafuente and Silvia Abril will “probably” repeat as presenters of the gala, after the success of the last edition, which was held in Seville. “We are very happy and grateful,” highlighted the scriptwriter and director regarding the success of the work of both comedians, who stand out for their “television show concept, their professional rigor and their sense of humor,” while highlighting that Terrat is an “impeccable producer.”