The Sierra International Festival lasts one week and has been held in the village of Fregenal de la Sierra (Badajoz province), since 1980.
It is meeting point that brings together artists from all over the world, centred around music, dance, and other elements of traditional culture. Dancers and musicians offer a range of different performances for audiences at the festival’s nighttime shows. The event features folk groups from all over Spain and the five continents. The programme is completed with a series of parallel activities held during the day.
Fregenal de la Sierra celebrates the Festivity of Virgin Mary on August 15th. They took advantage of their feast and organized a few years ago a small festival which showed typical dances, songs and other cultural expressions of Extremadura. As time passed the number of participants increased as well as the cultures: not only people from Extremadura or Spain but from other European, Asian or African countries. Nowadays the festival is celebrated along a whole week. The groups use to show their best cultural features and dresses and live together with people who have gone to Fregenal to watch them.
At night, groups dressed with traditional costumes and show their popular dances and songs. In these performances the groups invite members from other groups to join them to singing or dancing. The last day the inhabitants of Fregenal decorate their houses and streets with flowers and flags to embellish the parade of all the groups.
More information: http://www.festisierra.com
Category: Spain festivals