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A Guide to Easter in Andalucia – 2014

 A Guide to Easter in Andalucia

Holy Week in Andalucia is one of the most extraordinary events in the cultural calendar. Deep-rooted in tradition, both social and religious, the processions that take place throughout the region are well worth including on your holiday to Spain.

The largest and most spectacular processions take place in Seville and Malaga. Seville is most famous for its ‘Madrugá’ procession with the Macarena and Triana virgins who appear in the small hours of the morning. In Malaga, it’s the procession led by the Legionnaire soldiers (complete with their goat mascot) who take centre stage.

But all towns and villages, whatever their size, celebrate Easter with processions. You’ll often find that these smaller, less elaborate events give you the chance to soak up the atmosphere without the crowds in the larger cities.  Probably the best place to see all this in the Axarquia region is in Nerja where the pretty, narrow streets add even more mystique to the occasion.

An Easter Procession Guide

For the uninitiated a Spanish Easter procession can be a confusing affair raising plenty of questions.  It’s always better to know a little about what you will see prior to the event so this guide will help give you a general idea of who is who and what is what in a typical Andalucian Easter procession:

  • Brass band: The local band accompanies the procession and plays most of the time. The music is usually slow and solemn except on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday when it’s more upbeat to match the happier occasion.
  • Brotherhoods: Local religious associations who own and look after the statues and floats that make up the main part of the procession. It’s considered a great honour to belong to one of the brotherhoods (most towns have several) and membership is traditionally passed down the family.
  • Floats: Called tronos or pasos in Spanish (literally thrones), there are usually two floats in each procession (one with a statue of Christ and the other of his mother in mourning, the Virgin Mary). The floats are decorated with hundreds of flowers and candles that surround the statue centrepiece.
    Each float is massive and weighs several tonnes. Members of the brotherhood (known as costaleros) stand at each side of the float and walk along supporting it on their shoulders. The weight and effort involved in this means they can usually walk no more than a few paces before having to rest, the reason why processions last hours. Some bearers walk blindfold and/or barefoot.
  • Nazarenos: Men, women and children dressed in dark robes (usually black or purple) parade in front of the floats and they usually carry a candle or lantern. They also wear a long pointed hat that covers their face and has just two slits for their eyes. (It’s believed that the Ku Klux Klan adopted this outfit after seeing it during Easter in Spain.) On Easter Sunday, nazarenos dress in green, red or white.
  • Penitents: Men and women dressed in black (the women usually wear a black lace mantilla) and carrying lighted candles and rosaries, walk in front of or behind the float. Those doing actual penitence walk barefoot or even crawl along on their knees.
  • Saeta: This is an improvised song, part of the flamenco cante hondo (deep song) genre, in honour of the statues. It’s sung by an onlooker when the floats get to certain points in the itinerary and forms one of the most moving parts of the procession.

Easter Dates

This year Easter week falls between 11th and 20st April. The key processions include:

Palm Sunday (13th April): A joyful celebration involving floats with statues of Christ on a donkey, this procession is joined by children and families who carry typical palm decorations.

Easter Monday-Thursday (14th-17th April): Mournful processions that increase in solemnity as they approach the small hours of Good Friday. Many that take place on the Thursday evening are silent except for the occasional saeta.

Easter Sunday (20th April): In stark contrast, this is a happy event with upbeat music and church bells. Floats depict the Resurrection of Christ.

Reproduced with kind permission of Explore Nerja.

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Mark Knopfler to perform in concert in Malaga in July

As part of his European summer tour, Mark Knopfler will be performing on Saturday 27th July at the Malaga bullring, starting at 22.30 h.

Prior to this, he will also be in Barcelona on the 25th, Madrid on the 26th and afterwards at Gijón, on the 29th, and San Sebastián on the 30th July. In total, Mark Knopfler will be playing 72 destinations in 25 countries this summer.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.es (902 150 025), Halconviajes.com, www.malagaentradas.com at Centro Comercial Málaga Plaza, and El Corte Ingles. Prices are between 28€ and 95€.

Mark Knopfler will be on stage with Richard Bennet (guitar), Jim Cox (piano), Guy Fletcher (keyboard), John McCusker (violin) y Mike McGoldrick (flute), Glenn Worf (base) y Ian Thomas (drums). The songs will be a mix of some of his classics from when he was with Dire Straights such as ‘Money For Nothing’, ‘Sultans Of Swing’, ‘Romeo And Juliet’ or ‘Walk Of Life’, as well as new compositions from his latest album, Privateering. It’s now twenty years since he performed his last concert together with them in London. He last played in Spain in 2010.

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Granada International Jazz Festival 2012

The International Jazz festival in Granada is one of the oldest in Europe, and is member of the Spanish and European jazz networks.

This annual concert, in its 33rd year, has been celebrated since 1980 bringing together some of the world’s best names in Jazz, such as Miles Davis, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Haden, Art Blakey, Tete Montoliu, Dizzy Gillespie, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and Chano Domínguez.

This year’s concert at the TEATRO ISABEL LA CATÓLICA (theatre) Granada,  runs from the 8th November through to 18th November. All concerts start at 21:00 h:

Thursday 18th November 2012.

MILES SMILES with Wallace Roney, Larry Coryell, Omar Hakim, Rick Margitza and Ralphe Armstrong

Friday 9th November

PAOLO FRESU & OMAR SOSA

Saturday 10th November

JORGE PARDO SEXTETO HUELLAS

Sunday 11th November

ROY HARGROVE QUINTET

Saturday 17th November

VIJAY IYER TRIO
Best artist, best album, best group, best Pianist and Composer in 2012 (DownBeat)

Sunday 18th November

PAQUITO D´RIVERA & EL QUINTETO CIMARRÓN

Tickets:

At the theatre “Teatro Isabel La Católica”, from 11:00 to 14:00 and from 17:00 to 20:00 h.

Telephone: 902150025.

Internet: ticketmaster

Official web: http://www.jazzgranada.es

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Guide to the city of Granada.

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Folk & Tango Show in Motril (Granada)

The Argentinian national dance orchestra, Arcos de Buenos Aires, will be performing again on the Costa Tropical at the “Calderon de la Barca” theatre in Motril (Granada) on Saturday 10th November 2012 at 8.30 pm.

The Company is conducted by the prestigious violinist and conductor Walter O. Tejeda Carranza, introducing a unique combination of music and dance with 16 artists on stage performing Argentinian Tango and Argentinian Folk Music and Dance. Arcos de Buenos Aires is a unique string chamber orchestra combining Argentinian Folk music and ballet. A trip to Argentina´s heart.

Arcos de Buenos Aires has performed in many of the most important International Festivals and Stages like Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Bosforous International Music Festival (Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall – Istanbul), Oldenburg International Festival, 2nd International Music Festival “Inessa Galant” (Dintzari Concert Hall – Jurmala, Letonia) and Istanbul – 2010 Culture Capital (Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall – Istanbul).

Tickets can be obtained calling tel. (0034) 654 57 63 63, and also 2 hours before the show in the theatre. Tickets: 8 and 10 Euros.

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Guide to the town of Motril.

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53rd Edition of the Nerja Caves Festival on YouTube

The 53rd edition of the Nerja Caves Festival commences today, 17th July.

The chances of any unsold tickets are extremely low, but from experience they can sometimes be obtained by queuing on the day an hour or two prior to each concert at the ticket office outside the caves.

If you simply can’t attend this year, the Nerja Caves Foundation will be showing each night’s concert in HD quality on their official YouTube channel the morning afterwards:

Nerja Caves Foundation on YouTube.

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Salobreña To Tango in July

The Argentinian national dance orchestra, Arcos de Buenos Aires, will be performing on the Costa Tropical at the “Jose Martin Recuerda” auditorium in Salobreña on Saturday 21st July 2012 at 9.00 pm, organized by the Culture Department of Salobreña Town Hall.

The Company is conducted by the prestigious violinist and conductor Walter O. Tejeda Carranza, introducing a unique combination of music and dance with 16 artists on stage performing Argentinian Tango and Argentinian Folk Music and Dance. Arcos de Buenos Aires is a unique string chamber orchestra combining Argentinian Folk music and ballet. A trip to Argentina´s heart.

Arcos de Buenos Aires has performed in many of the most important International Festivals and Stages like Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Bosforous International Music Festival (Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall – Istanbul), Oldenburg International Festival, 2nd International Music Festival “Inessa Galant” (Dintzari Concert Hall – Jurmala, Letonia) and Istanbul – 2010 Culture Capital (Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall – Istanbul).

Tickets can be obtained calling tel. (0034) 654 57 63 63, and also 2 hours before the show in the theatre. Tickets: 10 Euros.

RELATED TOPICS:

Guide to the village of Salobreña (Granada).

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Sting in Concert – Marbella – 30th June 2012

Sting is to perform in Marbella on 30th June 2012 at the tennis club of the 5 star Hotel Puente Romano.

This concert was originally scheduled for Tenerife but was cancelled due to production problems. Doors open at 8.00 pm with the concert starting at 10.00 pm. Tickets are priced from 90 € to 250 € and given the intimate and not very large location for such a concert, should sell out very quickly.

Sting will be playing some of his classic songs as well as those from his latest album ‘Back to Bass Tour’.

 Tickets available from El Corte Ingles or online at www.ticketmaster.es.

Or, go to the Sting official website.

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Almuñecar Summer Jazz Festival – 25th Edition – From 14th – 22nd July 2012.

Almuñecar celebrates the 25th edition of its annual jazz festival in one of the most emblematic locations for an open air summer concert on the Costa Tropical, the botanic gardens of El Majuelo Park beneath the Arab fortress overlooking the town.

Considered as on of the most important jazz concerts each year in Spain, the event has always attracted some of the best jazz musicians from all over the world. This year is no exception with daily concerts each night at 22.30 running from 14th – 22nd July.

The program consists of a series of concerts requiring tickets, and some free parallel events. More info below…

OFFICAL PROGRAM

(Tickets required)

Limited Seats
Price per concert: 15 euros.
Subscription: 75 euros + Cd Gift.

Tuesday 17th July:

PLAYING FOR CHANGE

A group of musicians, Playing For Change, performing “Songs Around The World”, the band is made up of vocalist Clarence Bekker (Netherlands), vocals/harmonica Grandpa Elliott (New Orleans), vocals/percussionist Mermans Mosengo (DRC Congo), guitarist Louis Mhlanga (Harare, Zimbabwe), guitarist Jason Tamba (Kinshasa, the capital of DRC Congo), vocalist Titi Tsira (Gugulethu, African township in the Western Cape), guitarist Renard Poché (New Orleans, LA), and keyboardist Tom Canning (Rochester, NY).

Wednesday 18th July:

LIZZ WRIGHT & RAUL MIDÓN

From gospel singing she made the transition to jazz influenced by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Gladys Knight and Joan Wasser, and has had rave revues since her Verve debut, Salt, back in 2003. Her latest album “Fellowship” is now on sale.

Thursday 19th July:

JACKY TERRASSON TRIO

Jacques-Laurent Terrasson, born in Germany, made his way up the musical ladder playing the clubs in Chicago and New York, coming to fame in 1993 when he won the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition and went on to lead one of the defining jazz piano trios of that decade. He’s on stage with bassist Ben Williams and mind-reading drummer, Jamire Willams.

Friday 20th July:

NINETY MILES with STEFON HARRIS, NICHOLAS PAYTON and DAVID SANCHEZ

Ninety miles is the distance between the United States and Cuba and is the inspiration of the band, formed by Stefon Harris (vibes), David Sanchez (sax), Nicholas Payton (trumpet), Edward Simon (piano), Ricky Rodriguez (bass), Terreon Gully (drums), Mauricio Herrera (percussion).

Saturday 21st July:

KENNY BARRON TRIO

The younger brother of tenor saxophonist Bill Barron, and is known for his lyrical and flexible style. He rose to fame when he played the piano music in the quartet of Dizzy Gillespie in the sixties. He has worked with hundreds of first-rate musicians like Yusef Lateef, James Moody, Joe Henderson, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy Rich, Ron Carter, Chet Baker, Benny Carter, Stan Getz, Regina Carter and Ornette Coleman. Co-director of the group Sphere and has led his own groups in performances and recordings.

Sunday 22nd July:

MARÍA ROMERO and The KIKO AGUADO QUINTET.
Bossa Nova Jazz Special from the GRANADA BIG BAND with ANTONIO SERRANO

Kiko Aguado, from Granada, is not only the director of the Granada Big Band, one of the few surviving renowned orchestras in Spain, but also an arranger, composer and guitarist. This concert also presents his latest album, After All We Gave, recorded in English with Mary Romero, black soul singer together with the deep voice and lyrics from Anthony Paul.

TICKETS

are available throughout Spain and online at www.ticketmaster.es.

Sales Points:

Granada:
Teatro Isabel La Católica: Acera del Casino s/n.
Riff Raff: Verónica de la Magdalena, 29.
Carrefour: Ctra. de Armilla, s/n.
Melgamusic: Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, 40
Agencias de Halcón Viajes: Arabial, Avda. Dílar, Dr. Olóriz, Recogidas, Cuesta de Gomerez y Centro Alcampo

Almuñécar:
Halcón Viajes: Calle Madrid, 1.

Motril:
Halcón Viajes: Centro Comercial Alcampo y Avda. Andalucía

Antequera:
Halcón Viajes: Plaza San Francisco, 9

Fuengirola:
Canal Ocio Rambo: Avenida de Nuestro Padre Jesús Cautivo, 23
Halcón Viajes: Juan Gómez Juanito, 11

Estepona:
Halcón Viajes: Las Flores, 1

Marbella:
Fnac. Centro Comercial La Cañada.
Halcón Viajes: Carretera de Ojén s/n y Avda. Ricardo Soriano, 27

Málaga:
Carrefour Rosaleda. C.C. La Rosaleda, s/n
Carrefour Los Patios. C.C. Carrefour, Crt de Cadiz km. 241
Discos Gong Málaga. Avda. de la Aurora, s/n C.C. Larios
Fnac Málaga. C/ Armengual de la Mota 12
Librería Luces. Alameda Principal, 16
Agencias de Halcón Viajes

and for any unsold tickets, one hour before the concerts at the ticket office in El Parque El Majuelo in Almuñecar.

FREE EVENTS

In addition to the above concerts there are also some free events, tickets available from the Almuñecar town hall or the Casa de Cultura, including the projection of one of the best animated jazz films, Chico and Rita, on 14th July at 22.30 at the Palacio de la Najarra, Almuñecar; FUNKDACIÓN on 14th July at 22.30 at the Palacio de la Najarra, Almuñecar, and the GRANADA BLUES BAND on Monday 16th July at 22.30 at the Plaza Nueva, La Herradura.

RELATED LINKS:

Guide to Almuñecar (Granada).

Boney M to perform summer concert in Almunecar in July.

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Boney M to perform summer concert in Almunecar in July

The legendary band of the seventies, Boney M, will be performing this summer in Almuñecar football stadium on 28th July at 9.00 pm.

Ticket prices will be between 30 and 70 Euros and are available together with seating plan from the official:

Boney M website.

Unlike many bands that have copied their name, this is the original and authentic band, according to Frank Farian, the German producer who founded the legendary band back in the 70s.

Boney M had massive hits around the world including their most famous songs like Daddy Cool, Rivers of Babylon, Ma Baker, Sunny or Rasputin.

 

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Almuñecar Summer Jazz Festival – 25th Edition – From 14th – 22nd July 2012.

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Spring Music Concerts in the Nerja Caves

A series of Spring Concerts in the Caves of Nerja commenced 27th May and will run through until 17th June.

This is a new initiative by the Nerja Caves Foundation to promote the Nerja Caves with a series of music concerts in addition to the traditional summer concerts each year in July.  

The next concert in the series is this Sunday 17th June, at 11.00 am and again at 1.00 pm, in the “Sala de la Cascada” with classical music dedicated to Antonio Vivaldi. Nerja residents can gain free entrance to the concerts.

The Nerja Caves Museum is also open on Sunday from 4.00 pm with free entrance and can be found in the Plaza de España situated behind the Nerja town hall in the centre of town.

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Tickets for the 53rd Edition of the Nerja Caves Festival now on sale

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