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Event Calendar – Spain & Latin America Culture

Spanish holidays. Find the most important holidays in Spain & Latin America 2011. Las Fallas, San Fermin, Holy Week, Cervantino, Tomatina...

In Spain and Latin America there are celebrations in every month of the year. When we plan a trip to another country we want to submerge ourselves in the culture and learn about its traditions. This event calendar includes all of the most important holidays so that you can plan your trip and live Spanish.

August 2014
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Electrobeach 2014 (Until August 2)

Electrobeach is part of an event celebrated in the urban surroundings of Benidorm, which also takes place along the beach. It’s a massive celebration with an array of performers, amongst these; Miss Kittin, Ben Sims, Deep Dish, Apollonia, Chris Liebing, Álvaro Martín, Alan Fitzpatrick and Paul Kalkbrenner. Day tickets cost between 35 and 40 Euros, with season tickets between 48 and 70 Euros.


V! SummerJazz (Until August 15)

The VI edition of the SummerJazz Festival in El Campello (Alicante) starts on 1st August at the Villa Marco. The first concert will be from the Hispanic-Dutch group, BvR Flamenco Jazz Sextet on Friday 1st August. The Refugio Swing Band will be performing on Friday 8th, while Friday 15th August will see the culmination of the festival with a performance from Agustí Burriel Swing 5. The concerts start at 23:00 and tickets can be bought online as an Instant Ticket (www.instanticket.es), by telephone +34 902 444 300, or in person from the Lobo Marino pub, which can be found on the El Campello promenade.


Windsurfing World Cup (Until August 10)

El Médano, in Granadill de Abona, will host the Windsurfing World Cup, which takes place between the 3rd and 10th August. The best windsurfers in the world will compete in the categories: male, female and junior. The competition will open on August 3rd August. If wind conditions allow the competition will begin on the 4th. At the same time, and as a continuation of the main competition, a jump competition will take place in the wave pool at Siam Park, where the highest ranked competitors will take part in a "super session" for the event in Médano.


XXX Subida al Pico Veleta

The Subida al Pico Veleta (Ascent of Pico Veleta) celebrates its 30th edition with a record number, over five hundred, of ultra-long distance runners. The event will take place on August 3rd beginning at 7:00 from the Paseo del Salón Granada, at 640m altitude. From here the athletes will run 50 kilometres, climbing 2,600m steadily until the finish near the top of Pico Veletam at 3,395m altitude.


Gran Noche del Carnaval

Next Tuesday 5th August at the Baluarte de la Candelaria, the Gran Noche del Carnaval (Great Night of the Carnival) will take place, organized by the Organisation of Cadiz Carnival Authors and Cadiz City Council. Tickets cost 15 euros and can be bought from the ticket office at Baluarte de la Candelaria or online from the website: www.ticketentradas.com. The first performances will be from the winners of the four categories from the last Carnival Competition (COAC): the Dictators Choir; the comic carnival band: Is this really a joke; The Pepe Gim quartet and the Song of Cadiz troupe. The Basque comic carnival band will also give a performance of the story: “I’m sorry Patxi, not everyone can be from the Basque Country”. During the interval of the Noche del Carnaval, and in association with the Festival Me Rio in Janeiro in it's 29th edition, the best collection of works, as selected by the Memorial Pedro Romero from the past COAC, will be announced. In addition, the historic carnival participant José Payán Pavón, “El Pillo”, will receive the “Más chulo que un ocho” (“Prouder than a peacock”) prize, awarded by the Association of Authors.


VIII Festival de Jazz & Blues de Las Alpujarras (Until August 9)

The eighth Festival of Jazz & Blues in Las Alpujarras will take place in the Villa de Busquístar on 7th, 8th and 9th August 2014. The concerts will take place in the Colegio Público from 22:30. PROGRAM: Thursday 7th August, JACKY TERRASON TRIO. Fridy 8th Augsut, JORGE PARDO: "Historias de Radha y Krishna" Guest Artist: Miguel Hiroshi. Saturday 9th August, VARGAS BLUES BAND & DANI WILDE. Tickets cost 7€, but a ticket for entry to all three concerts costs 15€.


Electromar 2014

The Electromar Festival 2014 takes place on 15th August 2014 from 18:00 in the Antonio Soria de Torrevieja Park (Alicante). This event is the biggest electronic music concert of the summer. Thefestival line-up includes performances from the best international and national DJs, such as the French metal group DIRTYPHONICS, the bass and funk producer SOLOMUN, the newest sensation from the USA, STEVE AOKI, the veteran British DJ STEVE LAWLER, BEN SIMS, NIC FANCIULLI, British house music producer, one of the biggest growing names in the deep house scene: HOT SINCE 82, the Brazilian PET DUO, the kings of hard techno, the hiphop group SFDK from Seville and the female DJs LAURA JONES and CANDY COX amongst others.


1º Festival de Cine Pequeño (Until August 20)

The first edition of the Aspe Short film festival in Alicante already has 823 short films in the running for the competition, which will take place between the 17th and 20th August, which coincides with the main festivals in Aspe. The organization has received short film entries from all over the world: Argentina, Argelia, Corea del Sur, Brazil, Chile, Australia, Venezuela, France, Taiwan, Italy, Morocco, Bolivia and Cuba. It’s also received works from Belarus, Turkey, Switzerland, Belgium, Serbia, Canada, Portugal, Germany and Spain. The Alfredo Kraus concert hall will be host to the short film screenings. On the 17th August, the festival will begin with its opening event known as the “Celebration of cinema in Alicante”, and the screening of the full length feature film “Operasiones Especiales” by director Paco Soto.


Festival Internacional de Música Alternativa de la Costa Tropical MONA FEST (Until August 23)

The Costa Tropical's first International Festival of Alternative Music (MONA FEST), hosting both music and sport, will take place on 21, 22 and 23 August in Salobreña (Granada). Throughout the day, attendees can take part in a variety of sport on MONA BEACH, Between 12:00 and 18:00, festival-goers can kite surf, paddle surf or go diving, while enjoying a continuous program of DJ sets on the Playa de la Guardia. At night, Mona Fest will showcase the most-promising new artists with varying styles. Thanks to an alliance with NOISE OFF FESTIVAL, the first online festival of live music, attendees will discover the newest wave of national artists. The festival combines two very different concepts to ensure that the audience will never forget the 44 scheduled concerts. On 21 August Mona Fest will open its doors with LOS PLANETAS. After this band from Granada has performed, "Vallellano & The Royal Gypsy Orchestra: Una Ópera Flamenca" will take to the stage, performing their show which was specially created by Fernando Vacas (Flow, Russian Red, Prin). The night will then continue with Aril Brikha, who is one of the world's greatest exponents of techno music. August 22 and 23 will see famous national and international pop and electronic bands, such as the prestigious Belgian DJ and producer, The Magician take to the stage. Psycedelia will also have a place at Salobreña with performances from English group, Toy. International groups, such as Is Tropical and The Soft Moon, will also be performing. El Columpo Asesino and Dorian have also confirmed their attendance, and groups like Oso Leone, León Benavente and Eme DJ have done too.

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