Ninety professionals of the culture have signed a manifesto in which they ask the cessation of the director general of Culture of the Government of Aragon, Humberto Vadillo, to consider his writings and declarations “insulting” towards the different artistic manifestations that occur in the Community. Writers, editors, historians, academics and average lessons, scientists, filmmakers, actors, producers and photographers have signed this manifesto, including Angel Guinda, Julian Casanova, José Luis Corral, Manuel Vilas, Jesus Bondía, Vicky Calavia, Margarita Barbáchano, Pedro Arrojo, Javier Anós and Antonio Altarriba.
In the letter, demanding the dismissal or resignation of Vadillo, who they accuse of having excelled in a short time by their “hostility” towards representatives of culture, which he calls “puppeteers” and into the languages of Aragon, and Defend, with arguments “devoid of all logic”, the non-intervention of the public or the State in cultural projects. The signatories consider these statements “very serious” because Culture, they affirm, “is civilization, as well as a broad concept that includes science, arts, literature, education, theater, music, cinema, dance and Progress”.
“His words have caused discomfort they assure rejection and contempt shown towards creators and the stubborn defense of a model of culture without state intervention” and above these circumstances, they wonder why has accepted the position.
In his view, the “extremist” positions Vadillo are “incompatible” with the serenity and the amount of effort required to manage such an important part of the Aragonese society topromote and stimulate the culture of Aragon and to collection and defend the rights of professionals from different areas involved and therefore believe that it is not worthy of holding public office.