4th edition of MULAFEST Urban Culture festival in Ifema

There is only one place where skaters, tattoo artists, graffiti and underground art lovers meet each other, a site with delicious Street Food and concerts of electronic music, rap, breakdance sessions ... That place is the MULAFEST, hot spot of urban culture and that its last edition gathered more than 30,000 people in the space of the IFEMA Trade Fair.
 
MULAFEST opens this Thursday 25 to Sunday 28 will delight lovers of street culture, street art, alternative music, engine and ink and also with novelties.
 
This year the Festival opens GALLERY MULAFEST, a new space for underground galleries of Madrid, six specialists in urban art, urban installation and illustration as Swinton & Grant, Espositivo, Gunter Gallery, La Fiambrera, Combustión Espontánea and creative hubs as Espacio Oculto and El Keller that will display the work of several artists such as E1000, Boamistura, Sabez, Ivan Solves and DosJotas. In addition, it will be presented the collective mural made by Ricardo Cavolo with more than 100 people last year.
Cavolo is also one of the illustrators who, during the exhibition "Zurbarán: a new look" at the Thyssen-Bornemisza museum, will revisit one of the masterpieces of the Baroque, the "Santa Casilda" (1630 1635), with different styles and contemporary readings. There will be plenty of graffiti battles: 2 artists, 6 colors and six minutes; or the urban art workshops for children.
In the musical section will be concerts by Jon Hopkins, Hudson Mohawke, 2ManyDJs or the British pop band Is Tropical. And if among tattoo, parkour, skate and dance you do not find place to keep the money, do not worry, they have thought about it and have the smart bracelet "Cashless", a system that will facilitate entry and which also you can pay all your and beverage purchases. Happy MULA!

 

If visual arts arouse emotions in the viewer, and also gastronomy, at its finest, can cause a similar effect, the relationship between both "disciplines" is more than demonstrated.

Cheese is a fundamental piece in gastronomy, its diversity allows it to be part of gastronomy different moments, from starters to desserts, and that is why Art Madrid includes it in this year’s edition of the Fair from an ambitious place. Cheese is given this way a closest view to the creation of a work of art, both from the point of view of the time spent in its execution process and the almost personalized study dedicated to each piece during its elaboration.

Like a plastic artist, the Cheese Master Affineur executes a series of actions making each piece an exclusive and individualized element. This is what Madrid cheese factory QAVA de Quesos and its Master Afinador José Luis Martín achieve.

QAVA & MARTÍN AFINADOR is a new store concept: a unique space designed to taste, learn, promote and buy cheese in Madrid, in the heart of Retiro district."

José Luis Martín is a key piece in the QAVA cheese factory. He has been working in the cheese world for more than 30 years, providing training throughout the world, visiting cheese shops, consulting and advising on the design and implementation of one of the most emblematic cheese shops in Spain. The fact of knowing the producers personally, and even advising them on the manufacture and design of their products, allows him to select specific batches, at different stages of maturation, to complete the cheese ripening and then convert each piece into a unique product, different and with its own distinct character, the signature of the Cheese Master.

In the profile of the Master Martín Afinador experience and pure knowledge merge. Martín Afinador is an advisor and consultant for artisanal cheese factories and product design, and for the best-specialised stores in the country, director of Gourmetquesos, director and coordinator of the Championship of the Best Cheeses in Spain during nine editions, technical director and jury in national and international cheese competitions and tastings, collaborator of the Ministry of Agriculture and the Academy of Spanish Gastronomy, director and coordinator of the cheese section of the Repsol Guide to the Best Foods in Spain and trainer for hospitality schools and food centres teaching, among other activities.

Cheese ripening is a complex process that requires time and dedication, in addition to a developed use of the senses. The Master Cheese Tuner, as a specialist in the field, works in all cheese stages (varied and complex), controls all stages of raw material transformation, supervises the evolution and development of cheeses according to the characteristics of each one of them, verifies the quality and the state when the cheeses arrive at their cellars, checks their care and conservation, and; finally, he controls its packaging and the type of wrapping suitable for its best preservation.

In Qava de Quesos they have two Cheese Refining Cellars. In these "tuning caves" or refrigerated chambers designed in constant conditions of temperature, humidity and ventilation, "we take great care of the cheeses until they reach their optimum point of consumption". The work of refining involves placing the cheeses on wooden shelves, turning them over daily and/or washing them frequently, brushing them periodically, as well as other regular handlings.

Among the services offered by Qava de Quesos, we can find specific courses and workshops, events for groups and companies, and advice on shop design and ripening rooms.