Category: Spain festivals

Essential Guide to Sonar Festival

Barcelona’s Sonar International Festival of Music and Art is one of the biggest events of the summer for electronic music and digital arts fans alike. Here are just a few reasons why Sonar should be at the top of your list of things to do this season, along with a couple of helpful tips on how to get there and what you need to bring. Continue Reading

Masdanza Canaries International Contemporary Dance Festival

Masdanza, the Canaries International Contemporary Dance Festival, has been held on the island of Gran Canaria since 1996. An event consolidated over the years, it gained international status for its sixth edition and is now open to creators of all nationalities. Over the course of several days, audiences can see a variety of dance performances as part of the contemporary choreography competition. Dates from Oct 20, 2012 to Oct 27, 2012.
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Ibiza Creativity Festival

Artists from a variety of disciplines (painting, music, sculpture, theatre…) come together for over a week in Ibizatown. Dates from Oct 17, 2012 to Oct 19, 2012.
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Marbella International Film Festival

The Marbella International Film Festival brings together artists and their films from all corners of the globe to display their talents to the commercial world. The festival is the flagship project of New World Trust, the non-profit organisation created to provide support for talented artists across the globe. October 3rd – 7th 2012.
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Fuencaliente Caballos Fuscos y Fufos festival

On the last Sunday of August in even years, at the entrance of the festival dance in Fuencaliente, horses can be heard neighing and the band strikes up the Horses’ Polka. This is the start of the caballos fuscos parade. It consists of horses, made out of cane covered by coloured papers, ridden by smart men wearing dark suits, a tie and a hat. They dance to the strains of this polka, surrounded by the smoke from torches, sparklers and fireworks.
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Tijarafe Fiestas del Diablo

On the night of September 8th, everybody is entertained while dancing in the verbena in Tijarafe and waiting impatiently in the La Candelaria square, next to the church, for the El Diablo (the Devil) to burst in. El Diablo arrives stealthily. Then he bursts in, blazing with fire and colour, music and much fun.

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Seville International Theatre and Scenic Arts Festival

Theatre, dance, clowns and circus acts, amongst others, come to different venues in Seville. The aim of the festival is to turn Seville into a real celebration of the arts for a few days. Many shows are organised, combining different arts such as music, drama, dance and humour.
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Valencia July Fair

The first July Fair was held on 21st July 1871, with a colourful cavalcade, pavilions, a botanical exhibition and the sale of all kinds of local products.
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San Sebastián International Film Festival

For another year the capital of Guipuzcoa province will host the San Sebastián International Film festival, an event that has been held every year since its began in 1953. Dates from Sep 21, 2012 to Sep 29, 2012.

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San Antonio fiestas

On the Saturday closest to 13th June, San Antonio del Monte blesses the cattle of Garafía in a fair where both Palmeran and foreign cattle breeds compete, as do Pastor Garafiano, the local shepherds’ dog also a wide range of the different local cheeses. Goats, sheep, horses are also included in this fair. This celebration dates from 1925 and thousands of visitors and palmeros meet to enjoy themselves.
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Cazalla de la Sierra International Nazarene Folk Sessions

The Nazarene International Folk Sessions are held annually in Ciudad de Dos Hermanas (Seville province) over one week between the end of June and the beginning of July. The event is funded and organised by the “Ciudad de Dos Hermanas” dance group.
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Palma de Mallorca: The Procession of the Beata, St. Catalina Thomas

The city of Palma demonstrates St. Catalina Thomàs’ popularity with Palma residents and Mallorcans in general with a traditional profession of floats, music and dances on the third Saturday in October.
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Cadiz International Folk Festival

The “City of Cadiz” International Folk Festival is held in the second week of July. It lasts six days and features concerts by six foreign groups and four Spanish ones. Continue Reading

Santa Cruz de La Palma Bajada de la Virgen

Every five years, in June, July and August, Santa Cruz de la Palma celebrates the Bajada de la Virgen de las Nieves, its most important celebration in honour of the Patron Saint of the island, the Virgen de Las Nieves. This celebration repeats the order given by the bishop Bartolomé García Ximénez in 1676 to take the Madonna of Las Nieves in procession from the Church of Las Nieves to the town centre to implore her to end a devastating drought which had destroyed harvests and killed people and animals.  In gratitude for the end of the drought, it was decided that this celebration would be repeated every five years from 1680 onwards.
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