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The Villanueva Maruxa Award for theatrical interpretation began in 2001, in commemoration of Maruxa Villanueva, a singer early in her career, whom a few years later becomes a great theatre actress primarily in Argentina, where she spent several years of her youth. In the late 60´s she moved to Santiago de Compostela, and made contact with the Rosalia de Castro Foundation, whom she assists in getting funding for the restoration of Rosalia´s house now known as the Museo Rosalia de Castro (Rosalia de Castro Museum) She becomes a connoisseur of the life and work of this local Padron Author and therefore naturally becomes the person responsible to attend the House-Museum from its opening.

Maruxa Villanueva was able to achieve many distinctions in her lifetime, among some that we will highlight is the tribute received in her native village of Barrela in 1991, the same year that the Galician Government gives her the Castelao Medal. Already in 1993 she was named Honorary President of the Association for Galician Migrants Rights in Buenos Aires. She also receives the Maria Casares award for theater.

Therefore, after her death, Padron created a theatrical acting award in her name.

The award is given to those actors or actresses that participate in a Galician theatrical show during the current year, or for their proven track record by any given actor or actress in this area. The award has a monetary prize, with the delivery of a diploma and a bronze figure of the bust of Maruxa Vilanueva the actress.

The award is given by a jury appointed by resolution of the Honorable Mayor of Padrón town Council, which will consist of at least four persons qualified in Galician theater proposed by the Department of Culture of Padron´s town council and one appointed by each of the political groups of the Municipal Corporation

The winners to date by year are:

  • 2001: Roberto Vidal Bolaño
  • 2002: Susana Dans
  • 2003: Rosa Lavarez Cabo
  • 2004: Manuel Lourenzo Perez
  • 2005: Xan Cejudo
  • 2006: Ana Valles
  • 2007: Luisa Merelas
  • 2008: Xose M. Olveira “Pico”
  • 2009: Gonzalo M. Urugarte
  • 2010: Victor Mosqueira
  • 2011: Patricia de Lorenzo


Poetry award Eusebio Lorenzo Baleirón is today one of the most famous and ancient of Galicia, year after year it has broad participation, since apart from the economic endowment, it supposes to the winners the public recognition and the publication of his/her work.

The contest was instituted by the municipality of Dodro in 1988 at the request of Avelino Abuín de Tembra, in order to honour the memory of the poet Eusebio Lorenzo Baleirón, natural of this municipality and prematurely disappeared and to contribute to the reaffirmation of Galician poetry, so important in the cultural history of Galicia. Since that date, it has been called every year without interruption.

In this award can compete all the poets who wish to do so, provided the works with which they participate in the contest are unpublished and written in Galician language. The awarding depends on a jury appointed by the municipality of Dodro, this jury is formed by renowned people in the world of poetry and literary criticism; Avilés de Taramancos, Ramiro Fonte, Bernardino Graña, Iolanda Castaño, they are just some examples of the authors who deliberated on the award throughout the different editions.

From 1991, in the Fourth edition the winning book of poems began to be published by Ediciós do Castro within the poetry collection Eusebio Lorenzo Baleirón, the first title of the series is Nas hedras de Clepsidra of Helena Villar. In 2007 the rewarded works were published by Sotelo Blanco Edicións in lieu of Ediciós do Castro, keeping the poetry collection Eusebio Lorenzo Baleirón.

The people responsible for the coordination of the poetry award Eusebio Lorenzo Baleirón were, in the first place, Avelino Abuín de Tembra, later Anxo Angueira and at present Helena Villar Janeiro.

The relationship between authors and rewarded works as well as the publishing houses in which they were published, throughout the life of this prestigious contest, it is the following:

  • 1988 Xosé Manuel López “Ardeiro”, O matiz esmeralda na sombra.
  • 1989 Gonzalo Navaza, Fábrica íntima.
  • 1990 Xavier Rodríguez Barrio, Alborada no muro.
  • 1991 Helena Villar, Nas hedras de Clepsidra.
  • 1992 Palmira González Boullosa, Asoladamente, o teu nome.
  • 1993 Xavier Cordal, Fruto do Teixo.
  • 1994 Xosé Manuel Millán Otero, As palabras no espello.
  • 1995 Xosé Miranda, Amantes e viaxeiros.
  • 1996 Isidro Novo, Dende unha nada núa.
  • 1997 Emma Couceiro, As entrañas horas.
  • 1998 Estevo Creus, Teoría do Lugar.
  • 1999 Emma Pedreira, Grimorio.
  • 2000 Carlos Penela, Acaso o inverno.
  • 2001 Xosé Lois Rúa, O tránsito da Auga.
  • 2002 Eduardo Estévez, Caderno apócrifo da pequena defunta.
  • 2003 María Comesaña Besteiros, Zoonose.
  • 2004 Lupe Gómez, Azul estranxeira.
  • 2005 Mariña Pérez, Fanerógama.
  • 2006 Rafa Villar, Escoración dos días.
  • 2007 Nieves Soutelo, Código Poético.
  • 2008 Xabier Xil Xardón, Cando menos a derrota.
  • 2009 Xosé Daniel Costas Currás, Conservas.
  • 2010 Luís Valle Regueiro, Fedor.
  • 2011 Issac Xubín, Con gume de folla húmida.
  • 2012 Serxio Iglesias, Viaxe ao interior da fenda.


The Camilo José Cela literary prize for narratives takes place as a perpetual tribute to the illustrious human figure and eminent literary writer, Nobel Prize for Literature winner in 1989 and a native of this land.

It has been held since 1990 with great success and participation both nationally and internationally as this important figure studied in various parts of the world.

The stories for the literary contest have to be 12-25 pages, and must be unpublished and original, written in both Galician and Castilian.

Being a Jury, appointed by resolution of the Honorable Mayor of Padrón town Council, which under the principles of openness, transparency, equality, non-discrimination and objectivity, will issue its ruling, making it public for the media.

There is € 1500 monetary prize and a statuette given of the writer Camilo José Cela for the work selected by the jury.

The winners to date are :

1990 Manuel Riveiro Loureiro Caladamente
1991 Carlos Arias Iglesias O Barco do Seixo
1992 (Deserto)
1993 Antonio Rivero Coello Valquiria
1994 Luis Manuel García Méndez La guerra de los escribas
1995 Xoan Piñeiro Cochón Estromil
1996 Luis Manuel García Méndez Sueños
1997 Carmen Paya Ferrando Dos latidos
1998 Antonio Manuel García Méndez Sñick
1999 Antonio Luis Vera Velasco Hacedor de patria
2000 Miguel López Crespí La inundación
2001 Francisco Rozados Rivas Unha campá na congostra de Rebordechao
2002 Lorenzo Luengo Regalado Porque esta es mi sangre
2003 David Couto Mallou La vereda de los justos
2004 Enma Pedreira Lombardía Silencio polas sereas
2005 Juan Casas Rigall As sombras de Perseo
2006 Beatriz Olivenza Bernardo Los que habitan la noche
2007 Francisco Alfaro Mora Dicen que dicen
2008 David Nieto Rodríguez Perros en libertad
2009 Félix Juan Jerónimo Beltre Variaciones del frío
2010 José Manuel Moreno Pérez Mutación
2011 Javier Alejandro Mariscal Crevoisier El perseguidor
2012 José Luis Castro Lombilla Aviso importante



The World Book and Copyrights Day is held every year on April 23, it is a day to celebrate the role that books play in the society of our time. In Galicia, this date also coincides with the Galician Literature Day, May 17, which is the day that Galicians honor their literary works and their language. These celebrations are the reason why every year an artistic competition is held for literary short stories and poetry.

Participation in the Contest is open to all ages and it established in the following categories: up to 6 years, 7-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-14 years, 15-17 years and over 18.

Participants must submit an original and unpublished single text in Galician, with a maximum of ten pages (narrative) or from 10 to 60 lines (poetry). It is an essential requirement to incorporate some element or characteristic of any reference to the Council of Rois.

The award is given to the two best works in each category and it takes place May 15, the day of San Isidro, the patron of Rois. On this day all of the submitted entries are exposed to the public.