A total of 37 artists took part in the last AlcaufART, the most pluralist group art show in Menorca, where painting, sculpture, illustration, music, theatre and fashion merge in a unique and singular space with the exhibition of more than 80 works. Different artistic disciplines and styles are integrated into the hotel, among them watercolours, oil paintings, sculptures and ceramics, allowing the visitor to take a trip through the imaginary universe of each of the artists who are closely linked to the island. From the transformation of some rooms in the Modernist room of Alcaufar Vell, the hotel experiences an unprecedented cultural explosion.
The winner of the Albert Camus Encounters Prize 2018, the plastic artist Mona Hatoum, gave a press conference in our hotel accompanied by the event’s promoter, Miguel Ángel Moratinos and the Moroccan writer and member of the jury, Tahar Ben Jelloun. The artist was born in Beirut in a Palestinian family but has lived in the United Kingdom since 1975. The Albert Camus Encounters & Mediterranean Prizes, which have the support of the writer’s family and the Camus Society, emerged from an idea of Miguel Ángel Moratinos –ex minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Spanish Government (2004-2010), diplomat and a person committed to Mediterranean culture -, who is the person that promotes the organisation in collaboration with the Sant Lluís Town Council. The main aim of both the Encounters and the Prize is to turn Sant Lluis into a benchmark of thought, a “Mediterranean literary Davos”.
Alcaufar Vell has always been an estate closely linked to the district of Sant Lluis and its people. For centuries it was a major agricultural exploitation, with farming and charcoal production or extraction of sandstone, among others. Moreover, until well into the 20th century it was in full production thanks to the arduous labour of many of the district’s residents. This is why a series of guided visits has been organised, scheduled in the setting of the “Summer soirees” to discover the ancestors of Alcaufar Vell, the architecture of a unique estate, the anecdotes and the day-to-day activity of a life rooted in the countryside and the island of Menorca.
At Alcaufar Vell we can offer versatility a la carte both outdoors and indoors to host any type of event. Business meetings, presentations, ceremonies, banquets, cocktails, celebratory parties, the estate becomes the perfect stage. Its indoor awning, modernist room or idyllic settings enable a customised meeting to be designed and assembled.
The prestigious Club Rusticae awarded the prize for the career of the owner and general manager of Alcaufar Vell, the Menorcan Jaume de Febrer de Olives, for having known how to transform the farming estate of his family into a rural hotel that has become one of the most renowned in Menorca. Jaume received the award from the founders of the Club Rusticae, Carlota Mateos and Isabel Llorens who highlighted his constancy and professional dedication to this project.