Antonio Tabares visits the IAC and the Canary Island Observatories

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The dramatist from La Palma, Antonio Tabares will visit on 5th and 6th and also on 12th and 13th July, the Headquarters of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) and the Teide and Roque de los Muchachos Observatories within the multidisciplinary project “En un lugar del Universo…”, which celebrates the IVth Centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, bringing together literature and astronomy.

Tomorrow, Tuesday July 5th, Antonio Tabares will arrive at the IAC, where he will tour the Instrumentation Division and will converse with some of the personnel of the Institute. During the afternoon, he will go up to the Teide Observatory at Izaña (Tenerife) to get to know some of the telescopes and on the following day he will visit the Museum of Science and the Cosmos.

On July 12th and 13th, Tabares is staying at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in Garafía (La Palma), where he will see some of the telescopes, for example the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, the National Italian Galileo Telescope, and the two MAGIC telescopes. He will also enjoy a night’s astronomical observations there.

Antonio Tabares is the fourth of a series of writers who are visiting the Observatories during 2016 to celebrate the IVth centenary of the death of Cervantes. The project will, during the coming months, bring recognized literary figures in Spanish to be inspired by the cosmos, and to put their vision of astronomy into a volume of short stories whose aim is to fund a project to help with Alzheimer’s disease.

The project “En un lugar del Universo…” enjoys participation not only by the IAC, but  also by the international institutions who compose the Canary Observatories, and by the Museum of Science and the Cosmos, of Museums of Tenerife, as well as being supported by the Cervantes Institute and funded by the Severo Ochoa Programme. 

Anonio Tabares was born in Santa Cruz de La Palma in 1973, and studied Information Sciences at the Complutense University of Madrid. He works as a journalist, and since he was 17 years old he has written plays for theatre. His play “The shadow of don Alonso” was, in 2002, awarded the “Domingo Pérez Minik” prize of the University of La Laguna (ULL). In 2011, he had a great success with his play “The tip of the Iceberg”, which won the “Tirso de Molina” prize, was finalist in the Max Prizes last year, and was made into a film by David Cánovas, with Maribel Verdú, Carmelo Gómez, Fernando Cayo, and Álex García among the cast. He has also written the plays “An hour in the life of Stefan Zweig” and “The Sea and the Stars”, inspired by Neil Armstrong’s visit to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory during the STARMUS festival in 2011.

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