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History of Foundation

The FUNDACIÓN CANARIA AUDITORIO Y TEATRO DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA (LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA AUDITORIUM AND THEATRE FOUNDATION) is the result of a joint initiative of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria City Council and the Cabildo (Island Government) of Gran Canaria, which, after years of studies, decided to merge the “Fundación Auditorio de las Palmas de Gran Canaria” (Auditorium of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Foundation) and the “Fundación Teatro Pérez Galdós” (Pérez Galdós Theatre Foundation” into a single foundation to maximise the resources of the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and attain their founding objectives efficiently.

The commitment of the “FUNDACIÓN AUDITORIO Y TEATRO” (AUDITORIUM AND THEATRE FOUNDATION) is to offer a quality range of culture that wins the confidence of its audiences in reliability, technical capacity, diligence and safety in our activities, showing flexibility to adapt to their needs, with a highly trained, motivated and innovative staff that has worked in co-ordination since the beginning of the Foundation. This approach has improved departmental management, co-ordinated the programming of the venues and it has reduced costs. Moreover, inter-departmental dealings have been made more responsive and a consensus has been constructed for up-dating procedural protocols.

The FOUNDATION has two objectives of general interest that determine its activities: on the one hand, to create and promote culture, in particular musical culture, by holding, programming and managing concerts and other shows, under the name of ALFREDO KRAUS AUDITORIUM and PÉREZ GALDÓS THEATRE; and, on the other hand, to drive the dissemination and exchange of ideas, studies and projects by organising and promoting events, exhibitions, congresses, conferences and contacts of all kinds as THE CANARY ISLANDS CONFERENCE CENTRE.

To attain these objectives, the FOUNDATION must maintain the productivity of the assets and rights in accordance with the legal and economic-financial criteria of good, independent management; achieve a financial, cultural and social return for the city and discover the current and future needs of users in order to win their loyalty with a high-quality, integral programme.

Imagination, novelty and quality are features that the Foundation put a lot of emphasis on when designing an attractive and prestigious programme. It has opted, on the one hand for the leading national and international figures of jazz, pop, up-and-coming musicians and singer-song writers, and on the other, for promoting shows created by Canary Island artists. That is why it has organised seasons of Young Performers and Young Composers, together with the competition, “En Luna Llena” (at full moon) aimed at promoting promising new Canary Island talent;  the Organ in Concert Season, the first of its kind in the Islands; Maestros of the Guitar, with the presence of the great names of this field; “Arrecife de las Músicas” (Music Reef) and “El Rincón del Jazz” (Jazz Corner), which have forged a place for themselves over the years because of the enormous quality of the artists that have played on the bill; and the Antique Music Festival, which reviews the history of music.

The stages of the two Foundation venues host practically the entire classical music programme presented in the city, organised by the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation, the Canary Island Music Festival, Canary Island Friends of the Opera and the Las Palmas Philharmonic Society.

The aim of holding, programming and managing musical activities in its venue is to galvanise the free creation and performance of the musical arts in all their facets, including, opera and dance, to publicise their activities and grow their audiences with the widest possible dissemination and communication with the city residents and forge co-operation and collaboration with other institutions and groups involved in artistic activities.

The idea of organising events, exhibitions, congresses, conferences, meetings and contacts of all kinds is to promote and facilitate the exchange of ideas, projects and services. The merger of the Pérez Galdós Theatre with the Canary Island Conference Centre represents a quantum leap in the alternatives available as it allows us to offer new, singular, emblematic spaces fitted out for conference activities, spaces that cover the needs of event organisers. The Foundation’s conference activities help to reactivate the city economy and generate financial revenues for the Foundation itself, to maintain its facilities and its cultural activities.

The FUNDACIÓN AUDITORIO Y TEATRO DE LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA has technically qualified, responsible and well-trained personnel, the perfect audio-visual, technical and stage equipment for the most demanding events and a Quality Management System that meets UNE-EN-ISO 9001: 2008 standards and the Tourist Quality “Q”.