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Seville | Nocturama SouthPop Festival 2013

Nocturama 2013It’s the season for evening concerts in Seville. As well as the “Nights in the Alcázar Gardens” cycle, featuring more traditional and classical styles, the coming month sees this year’s edition of the SouthPop festival (Nocturama 2013) at the Andalucia Contemporary Arts Centre in the Cartuja monastery.

The concerts have been held here every year since their inauguration in 2006, and have showcased both new and established talents from the world of Spanish pop and international guest artistes.

Concerts are every Thursday and Friday evening (doors open at 9.00pm) from June 27 to July 26, with an additional concert on Saturday July 13, and a final concert on Wednesday July 31, featuring the farewell performance of The Baltic Sea, so come along and grab yourself some of that rock’n’roll atmosphere.

Tickets can be reserved by email or phone, or purchased at the ticket office on the night of the concert.

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Granada | Las Cruces de Mayo – May Crosses

Also known as La Fiesta de las Cruces (the Festival of Crosses), the Cruz de Mayo is a spring flower festival widely celebrated in Spain, most especially in the south, in Andalucia, on May 3, and in some localities also on the days around. As you might expect of a flower festival, this is one of the most vibrantly colourful events of the year, even in a country noted for being colourful.

Although the celebrations have long had an official religious justification (May 3 is said to be the date when Saint Helen, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, discovered the pieces of the True Cross), its origins are almost certainly Pagan, and probably evolved from the ancient Roman festival of Liberalia.

Although many places add their own local elements to the celebrations, the basic features are common everywhere. Groups of neighbours make big crosses out of flowers to decorate their patios, plazas and street corners, and this often takes the form of a competition, with prizes for the best displays. Red and white carnations predominate in the crosses, but other spring flowers, local ceramics, shawls (on the balconies), candles, and even copper pots may appear around them. Their may also be processions with floats and marching bands.

The Cruz de Mayo in Granada is one of the biggest and most popular, with the working class districts of the Albaicin and Realejo being the places to go to see the displays, and to join in with the singing and dancing. In the past it was traditional to set up temporary bars near the crosses, but for better or worse, in these more regimented times the custom has largely disappeared, though the tapas bars are still lively and full.

In Seville the festival of the crosses has enjoyed something of a revival in recent decades, having been eclipsed in the 20th century by Semana Santa and the April Fair, and the decline of the traditional patios de vecinos. It’s a joy to see the colour and vibrancy returned to the streets.

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Seville | Velá de Santa Ana in Triana

Triana has long had a reputation for knowing how to fiesta, and every year in late July Sevillanos flock to “the other side” for the barrio’s biggest annual street party – the Velá de Santiago y Santa Ana – which starts this Friday July 20th. The evening streets around Plaza Altozano will fill up with revellers, and busiest of all will be Calle Betis, where a small fun fair for children and a variety of food and craft booths will be set up. It’s a great place to stroll, to see and be seen, and to enjoy a beer or a glass of fino with some “pescaito frito” or the traditional green hazelnuts.

As usual plenty of concerts and activities are planned for the week-long festival, including fishing and rowing competitions, and the traditional cucaña (greasy pole).

The Velá dates back to the thirteenth century, and you can learn more about its history, and the history of Triana at the “Desvelando Triana” (Revealing Triana) photography exhibit at the Castillo de San Jorge, which is on until August 26th, opening times 10 am – 2 pm (until July 26th you can also visit the exhibit 7 pm – 11 pm).

Velá de Santa Ana
20 – 26 July 2012