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Portsmouth Hispanic Society

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Monthly Meetings



Thu 2nd Sep 2021 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

Film: dias de futbol directed by David Serrano.

A group of thirty-year-old friends try to change their sad existence setting up a football team like when they were young to see if they finally win something in their lives.

This comedy contains social customs about a group of friends who attempt to find a way to change their miserable lives, lots of humor, entertainment and amusement. A funny film with entertaining situations, giggles, emotion and love stories. This is a typical Madrid comedy of the 2000s with the usual ingredients as enjoyable humor, social habits, relationships among people and, of course, dealing with soccer .

The cast comprises of many young actors: Ernesto Alterio playing an ex-con who has been in jail after various petty crimes and has decided to become a psychologist but he can only get a job as a cab driver, Alberto San Juan as sad and depressing Jorge, Fernando Tejero as optimist and happy Serafin, among others. In addition, brief appearances and cameos from Javier Gutiérrez, Andres Lima, Antonio De La Torre, Eva Santolaria, Pepo Oliva, Aitor Merino, Javivi, Guillermo ¨Willy¨ Toledo and several others.

Writers: Mishca Alexander, David Serrano, Jean van de Velde

Stars: Alberto San Juan, Ernesto Alterio, Natalia Verbeke


Thu 7th Oct 2021 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

My Colombia - an illustrated talk by Lucy Sanchez.

Lucy is from the city of Cali, the capital of Valle del Cauca departamento, western Colombia. She will be giving us a personal view of Cali and Colombia from the inside and amongst other things, telling us about aspects of culture and daily life in the country. And no doubt salsa will get a mention!


Thu 4th Nov 2021 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

Julieta a film directed by Pedro Almodóvar.

Unfortunately Paul is unable to deliver his presentation this evening. Instead the 2016 film Julieta will be shown.

Julieta, released in 2016, has achieved 63 nominations, including a BAFTA Best Film not in the English Language, and won 15 awards, including Best Actress (Emma Suárez), from the Spanish Cinema Writers Circle Award.

Julieta (Emma Suarez) is a middle-aged woman living in Madrid with her boyfriend Lorenzo. Both are going to move to Portugal when she casually runs into Bea, former best friend of her daughter Antia, who reveals that this one is living in Switzerland married and with three children. With the heart broken after 12 years of total absence of her daughter, Julieta cancels the journey to Portugal and she moves to her former building, in the hope that Antia someday communicates with her sending a letter. Alone with her thoughts, Julieta starts to write her memories to confront the pain of the events happened when she was a teenager (Adriana Ugarte) and met Xoan, a Galician fisherman. Falling in love with him, Julieta divides her time between the family, the job and the education of Antia until a fatal accident changes their lives. Slowly decaying in a depression, Julieta is helped by Antia and Bea, but one day Antia goes missing suddenly after a vacation with no clues about where to find her, leaving Julieta desperate to understand the reasons of her missing.

The cast includes

  • Emma Suárez Emma as Julieta
  • Adriana Ugarte as Julieta Joven
  • Daniel Grao as Xoan
  • Inma Cuesta as Ava
  • Darío Grandinetti as Lorenzo
  • Michelle Jenner as Beatriz
  • Pilar Castro as Claudia (Madre de Beatriz)
  • Nathalie Poza as Juana

Written by Pedro Almodóvar and Alice Munro

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

The UK trailer (posted on YouTube) can be seen here.


Thu 2nd Dec 2021 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

Fiesta de Navidad.

Kick off your festive season with a Spanish slant. This year the society is putting on an evening of musical entertainment featuring the guitar and voice of Hazzell. As usual the evening will include a range of tapas, including dishes cooked by society members. Try your luck with a flutter on the raffle, volunteer to deliver a rendition of your favourite poem, carol or reading, or join in with the inevitable carol singalong.

Hazzell plays the guitar and sings a range of melodies and songs, both contemporary and traditional, and with Christmas looming on the horizon there is bound to be nod to the coming festive season. Click here to see a short clip of Hazzell performing. The video will open in a new tab.

Such an event is only possible with the active participation of society members and the committee is appealing for volunteers to help with the following:

  • Set up the room.
  • Serving the tapas buffet.
  • Provide home cooked tapas dishes.
  • Donate raffle prizes.
  • Sell raffle tickets.
  • Rendition of music, songs, poems, monologues, readings, etc.
  • Tidy up after the event.

The society does not have a licence to sell alcohol so the provision of wine at such events is dependent on the generosity of members so please, if you can, bring a bottle to share with fellow members. The same applies to soft drinks!


Thu 13th Jan 2022 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

El Día de Reyes

This month the society will be exploring Dia de los Reyes, a feast to celebrate Epiphany, the last day of Christmas. In Spain, and some Latin American countries, Epiphany day is called El Día de Reyes i.e., the day when a group of Kings, or Magi, arrived to worship and bring three gifts to the baby Jesus.

Epiphany has been represented in many works of art over the centuries. Attendees to this evening's meeting will enjoy:

  • A tapas buffet.
  • A short presentation on the The Adoration of the Magi in Spanish Art, literature and music.
  • Tasting Rosca de Reyes (see description below).
  • Spanish charades!

In Spain there are processions of the Magi on the night before Epiphany, and children get their presents delivered by the Magi on the 6th. In a similar manner to Christmas a cake is used in celebration. The Epiphany bread/cake is known as Roscón, Tortell de Reis in Catalan, and in Mexico as Rosca de reyes.


Our next meeting is on

Thu 3rd Feb 2022 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

Meeting details to be finalised


Thu 3rd Mar 2022 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

Finding Your Ground - a personal Odyssey in Las Alpajrras.

A presentation by Ken Scott

La Alpujarra is an eclectic and inspiring region of Andalucía in Spain, on the Southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada, Spain’s highest mountains, south of Granada. White villages cling to the hillsides under cobalt skies and dazzling light. This is “Driving over Lemons” country made famous by Chris Stewart’s ex-pat book of the same name.

I first discovered the area on a personal development holiday in 2001. Since then I have met wonderful friends there and been through some life-defining experiences.

Come and experience it for yourself with me on this moving presentation – a portrait of a wonderful land, much more than a travelogue.


Thu 7th Apr 2022 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

Bush Vines - presents an Hispanic wine tasting.

Bush Vines is an independent wine merchant based near Emsworth, who specialise in sustainably produced wines from smaller producers in Spain, England, Portugal, South Africa and New Zealand; their main focus is Spanish wines. They decided to concentrate on Spanish wines in particular as Spain offers a terrific variety of grapes and styles and also hits the spot for quality and value.

Bush Vines source all their wines from smaller wineries, usually family-owned, that pay attention to detail in the vineyards as well as in the making of the wine. Many are organic, some are biodynamic and they all apply the principles of minimum intervention ie limiting spray and no added chemicals.

Chrissy and Bob will take you on a vinous Tour of Spain getting “off the beaten track”. We will taste 8 wines and it should be an informative and fun evening.

The event starts promptly at 7pm with a glass of Organic Reserva Cava, and as usual there will be a light tapas buffet.

On this occasion all attendees will be charged £5.

For more information click here to open the Bush Vine website in a new tab.


Thu 5th May 2022 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

Tom and Ash Acoustic Guitar Duo

This month the Society presents the guitar duo Tom and Ash. An astonishingly virtuoso act based in Chichester, West Sussex, they have been playing together since 2011 after meeting at university.

Tom and Ash play a mixture of traditional Spanish, classical, jazz, contemporary, and original music and have played hundreds of times across many venues around the UK, for example Goodwood House, West Dean College, Wickham Festival, the Arundel Festival, Komedia in Brighton, Hillbark Hotel in Liverpool, and almost every venue in Chichester.

For a flavour of the evening's entertainment click here to see a YouTube video in a new tab.

More information about Tom and Ash can be found on their website. Click here to open the site in a new tab.


Thu 2nd Jun 2022 at 7pm,
Fratton Community Centre

Presentation by Dr Deborah Shaw.

The Society is extremely lucky to be able to present a talk by Professor Deborah Shaw to its members. Deborah has spoken at many international conferences, and delivered keynote lectures in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Germany, Austria and Colombia. She has been an invited speaker at Universities in the UK, Spain, Brazil and the United States.

In addition to the keynote speaker the evening will include the usual tapas buffet and a short review of topical news from the Iberian peninsula, and perhaps beyond.

Dr Deborah Shaw is Professor of Film and Screen Studies at the University of Portsmouth, and Research Lead for the School of Film, Media and Communication. Her research interests include transnational film theory, Latin American cinema, and film and migration. She has published widely in these areas.

She is the founding co-editor of the Routledge journal Transnational Cinemas, and her books include:

  • Contemporary Latin American Cinema: Ten Key Films, (Continuum Publishers, 2003)
  • The Three Amigos: The Transnational Filmmaking of Guillermo del Toro, Alejandro González Iñárritu, and Alfonso Cuarón, Manchester University Press (2013)
  • The Transnational Fantasies of Guillermo del Toro. Palgrave Macmillan, co-edited with Ann Davies and Dolores Tierney (2014)
  • Latin American Women Filmmakers: Production, Politics, Poetics, co-edited with Deborah Martin for the World Cinema Series with I.B.Tauris (2017).

Where we meet

Meetings are held at
The Fratton Community Centre
Trafalgar Place.
Off Clive Rd, Portsmouth
at 7.00pm usually on the first Thursday of the month.
Click here for a MAP There is limited free parking. The Centre is twelve minutes walk from Fratton Railway station.
Busses 14 18 21 and 25 stop at St Mary's Church, about 2 minutes walk away.