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Thursday 27 April 19.00

Overtourism in Majorca: Screening of ‘Overbooking’

Centre for Contemporary Arts
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3JD

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Join us at the Centre for Contemporary Arts for a screening and Q&A session of the Majorcan documentary Overbooking (Álex Dioscórides, 2019, 1h 10min). Overbooking critically reflects about the history and effects of mass tourism on the Mediterranean island of Majorca from its beginnings in the 1950s up to the late 2010s. Through a combination of footage, off-voice comments and interviews (with activists, tourism workers, academics, members of tourism boards, business owners and politicians), Overbooking offers a particularly rich and nuanced perspective about mass tourism on the island. 

At a time of growing global awareness about tourism’s impact on the environment and on the everyday life of local communities, Overbooking creatively looks at the challenges that mass tourism poses in relation to society, culture and climate emergency.

Overbooking won the Best Spanish Documentary Award at the 2019 Ecozine Festival, which aims ‘to promote, showcase and reward audiovisual works of fiction, animation, experimental and documentaries, focused on environmental issues.’ 

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Director Álex Dioscórides

The screening will be preceded by a short introduction by Dr Guillem Colom-Montero, Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at the University of Glasgow whose work looks at the interactions between tourism and culture in Spain. After the screening, Guillem will host a Q&A with Overbooking’s director, Álex Dioscórides. 

The Q&A will be open to the public and will therefore offer the opportunity to discuss the impacts of tourism in Majorca as well as in Scotland.

This event is co-organised with the Stirling Maxwell Centre for the Study of Text/Image Cultures.

“What’s happening is not exclusive to the island. The documentary points at Venice, at Barcelona, at Amsterdam, and hints at the large number of cities and neighbourhoods all over the world in which overcrowding is already one of the main concerns for residents and, to a certain extent, for tourists.’

– Cristina Ros, Ara, 16 February 2019.

“(Tourism) collapse in Majorca: the film. The success of Overbooking shows that overcrowding is not just something temporary or incidental, but a reality that determines everyday life for the island’s inhabitants”

– Alberto G. Palomo, El País, 24 March 2019

“Unprecedented success for Overbooking. The film analyses from multiple perspectives the impact of an industry achieving record figures in a finite territory in which residents often feel overwhelmed. The documentary has exceeded all expectations – it’s been sold out in cinemas for 14 consecutive days’

– Jaume Bauzà, Diario de Mallorca, 19 February 2019