*The word that heralds the theme of this edition carries multiple meanings in Catalan; in English there is no word that encompasses all the different meanings, so it has been translated into two words.
The theme of the tenth edition of the A Cel Obert festival, corresponding to the year 2023, is illusion / eagerness.
An illusion is the distorted perception of reality, be it due to a physical component or a product of the imagination, results in a fictitious event shaped by a mixture of a lack of personal lucidity and an uncontrolled emotional state.
Eagerness as a feeling is the overwhelming, ungovernable, uncontainable and wild hope we feel when we want to achieve a dream.
Illusion as an optical effect is, simply, the false representation of a hidden truth that we only perceive in secret and never manifests itself as real.
(1): a misleading image presented to the vision : OPTICAL ILLUSION
(2): something that deceives or misleads intellectually
(1): perception of something objectively existing in such a way as to cause misinterpretation of its actual nature
(3): a pattern capable of reversible perspective
“Illusion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illusion. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.
The state of wanting to do or have something very much, especially something interesting or enjoyable.
“Eagerness.” Cambridge Dictionary, Cambridge University Press, https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/eagerness. Accessed 30 Mar. 2023.