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.
Alicante Duathlon 2014 (Until April 6)
On April 6th, 2014 The Bico Alicante duathlon will take place in part of the circuit that was used in 2013 for the World Cup Triathlon. It will be competed in the form of INDIVIDUAL MINI SPRINT (2km footrace, 8.8km cycling and 1 km footrace) and SPRINT DISTANCE- INDIVIDUAL OR IN TEAMS (4km footrace, 17.6km cycling and 2km footrace.) The registration period ends on April 1st. On Saturday, from 17:00 to 20:00, numbers will be given to participants. On Sunday at 09:00 the longer challenge will start, with the Mini Sprint starting at 11:00. For information and registration look at wwww.bicoduatlon.com
Ceramic Museum of Triana
The Ceramic Museum of Triana, in the old factory in Santa Ana, will be open to the public from April, and will feature ceramic pieces designed by Aníbal González and those that decorated the Plaza de España. This museum intends to preserve the memory of one of the last active ceramic factories in the city. After careful restoration, this free museum preserves many original elements of the factory, and also opens a number of spaces for a variety of activities. On the ground floor, there are several historic kilns, some dating back to the sixteenth century, the well, clay deposits, the mineral mills, containers to store the pigments, the pottery wheel, tables for airing and drying moulds, and the board where painters decorated the large tile panels.
Concert of a young, incredibly talented pianist
The prestigious Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang will be performing in the Auditorium of the Provincial Council of Alicante (ADDA) on Sunday April 6th, a concert that will include the work of composers such as Brahms, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy y Stravinski. It is undoubtedly one of the most important cultural events of the season, given the quality and talent of this young artist alongside his sensitivity, imagination and musical virtuosity. Haochen Zhang was born in Shanghai, China in 1990, and was the youngest performer to win the Gold Medal at the thirteenth International Van Cliburn Piano Competition, in 2009.
Granada goes MONOPOLY (Until September 30)
The internationally popular game of MONOPOLY is going to have a new edition featuring the city of Granada. Streets, squares and landmarks from this emblematic city will be the properties that line the game board. As always, each player will try to outdo the other by purchasing properties and adding houses and hotels in attempt to bankrupt their competitors. This will surely be a great souvenir for those who don’t want to forget this city, home to the Alhambra.
Exhibition: Bernard Rudofsky (Until June 8)
An exposition featuring the architect, designer, photographer and researcher Bernard Rudofsky (Moravia, 1905-New York, 1988) will be open to the public at the Centro José Guerrero on Oficios Street (next to the Capilla Real) until June 8. This is his first monographic exhibition in Spain and only the second one to be held in Europe. The exhibit will display 200 pieces that include photos, drawings, blueprints and other media employed by this artist. You can visit the exhibit between 10:30-14:00 and 16:30-21:00 Tuesday to Saturday and Sunday between 10:30-14:00 and 16:30-21:00. Closed Mondays. Entrance is Free.
XVI ZEMOS98 (Until April 12)
In Seville, from April 8 to 12, the 16th festival of art and creativity ZEMOS98 will be held. This year live concerts will play a special role in this festival with the likes of B-Flecha, Zoë Irvine with her project “Magnetic Migration Music”, Antropoloops and the premier of “€urovisions”—the new live-cinema spectacle from the European Souvenirs.
Puppet Theater (Until June 29)
The season for the puppet theater La Tía Norica officially opens this Wednesday, 9 April at 21:00 with the play “The 1,000 Nights of Hortensia Romero”, an adaptation by the La Torrent Theater Company of the novella written by Fernand Quiñones. Other shows scheduled this season will be: “Acrometria” by Psirc: “Potted” by the Trócola Circo, “la Tía Norica. El Sainete” by La Tía Norica Company; “A Pie” from the Daniel Doña Company; and “Cesc Gelabert V.O. +” from the Gelabert Azzopardi Company. The year the season is scheduled from April to June.
Alicante Manga Convention (Until April 13)
The IV edition of the Alicante Manga Convention will be held this weekend at the Instución Ferial Alicantina (IFA) convention center in Alicante. This convention will also celebrate the 400th anniversary of commercial relations between Spain and Japan. The convention will occupy 15 different areas of the convention center with over 150 events featuring videogames, workshops, conferences, exhibits and host of other activities.
Weekend events to satisfy everyone (Until April 13)
Singer-songwriter, Quique González, will present his new álbum “Delantera Mitica” at the Auditorium Manuel de Falla in Granada on Saturday at 21:00. Tickets on sale for 18€. Andy and Lucas will sing songs from their hit album, celebrating more than 10 years together, “Más de 10” at the Forum Plaza in Granada this Friday at 23:00. Tickets on sale for 15€. The band Pony Bravo from Seville will be in Granada playing songs from their breakthrough album “De Palmas a Cacería” this Friday at 21:00 at the Planta Baja. Tickets on sale for 10€. The tribute Beatles band, Los Escarabajos, plays once a month at the Boogaclub. Every performance is dedicated to an album in the discography of the Fab Four and this Saturday the concert will play the songs from the “Rubber Soul” album. The concert will be at the Boogaclub at 23:00. Tickets on sale for 10€.
Antoni Wit directs the Tenerife Symphonic Orchestra
The Tenerife Symphonic Orchestra (OST) will offer this Friday a concert in the Adán Martín Auditorium in Tenerife. Under the direction of six-time Grammy nominee Antoni Wit, the concert will include Ravel’s ‘Ma mere l’Oye’, Lalo’s Cello Concerto in D minor and Beethoven’s Symphony No 6 in F major "Pastoral", op 68.
Holy Week in Cádiz (Until April 20)
Here are some recommended processions(Start time/Finish time)and starting point: Palm Sunday: Procession of The Peace(14:30–22:00). Leaves from the Our Lady of Carmeny and Santa Teresa Church. Fig Monday: Procession of Jesus of Nazareth(17:00–23:00). Leaves from San Francisco Plaza. Tuesday: Procession of Fallen Jesus(16:45–23:00). Leaves from Veracruz Plaza. Spy Wednesday: Procession of Our Lady of Anguish(19:30–00:50). Leaves from Isabel la Catolica Street. Maundy Thursday: Procession of The Prayer in the Garden(17:00–03:15). Leaves from Tolosa Latour Street. Good Friday: Procession of The Lowering of the Cross(00:00-05:00). Leaves from Sagasta Street. Holy Saturday: Procession of The Holy Sepulchre(15:00-21:30). Leaves from Fray Félix Plaza. Easter Sunday: Procession of The Resurrection(17:00-20:15). Leaves from San Antonio Plaza.
Holy Week in Seville (Until April 20)
Here are some recommended processions(Start time/Finish time)and starting point: Palm Sunday: Procession of The Donkey(15:00-19:30). Leaves from Salvador Plaza. Fig Monday: Procession of The Prisoner(11:30–01:50). Leaves from Pedro Romero Avenue. Tuesday: Procession of The Holy Cross(20:00–01:45). Leaves from Mateos Gagos Street. Spy Wednesday: Procession of The Seven Words(20:20–02:30)Leaves from Zurbarán Plaza. Maundy Thursday(night)--Good Friday(morning): The Processions: The Silence, The Great Power, The Macarena, The Hope of Triana and The Gypsy.(Friday 00:00-11:30)All over Sevilla. Note: These dawn processions are the most important preocessions during Holy Week. Good Friday(Day): Procession of El Cachorro(15:45-02:30). Leaves from Castilla Street. Holy Saturday: Procession of The Holy Sepulchre(19:00-23:00). Leaves from Alfonso XIII Street. Easter Sunday: Procession of The Resurrection(04:45-14:15). Leaves from Santa Marina Street.
Holy Week in Granada (Until April 20)
Here are some recommended processions(Start time/Finish time)and starting point: Palm Sunday: Procession of The Donkey(16:00-22:15). Leaves from The intersection of San Andres and Elvira Streets. Fig Monday: Procession of The Prayer in the Garden(19:00-00:20). Leaves from Realejo Street. Tuesday: Procession of The Bitterness(18:-23:00). Leaves from San Juan de los Reyes Street. Spy Wednesday: Procession of The Christ of the Gypsies(16:45-03:45). Leaves from the Gran Vía. We recommend that you view the procession from the Sacramonte neighborhood. An incredible experience! Maundy Thursday: Procession of The Aurora(18:00-01:35). Leaves from San Miguel Bajo in the Albaicín neighborhood. Good Friday: Procession of The Christ of the Favors(18:45-00:30). Leaves from Campo del Príncipe. Holy Saturday: Procession of Saint Mary of the Alhambra(17:50-00:40). Leaves from the Puerta de la Justia. Easter Sunday: Procession of Christ Resurrected(09:00-03:45). Leaves from Primavera Street in the Zaidín neighborhood.
Holy Week in Alicante (Until April 20)
Here are some recommended processions(Start time)and starting points: Palm Sunday: Procession of The Arrest of Jesus(17:45). Leaves from Doctor Goméz Ulla Plaza. Fig Monday: Procession of Ecce Homo/Behold This Man(19:15). Leaves from Santa María Plaza. Tuesday: Procession of The Holy Cross(19:00). Leaves from the Santa Cruz Hermitage. Spy Wednesday: Procession of The Eucharist(19:45). Leaves from Catedrático Ferré Vidiella Street. Maundy Thursday: Procession of The Silence (23:30). Leaves the Cloister of San Nicolás. Good Friday: Procession of The Holy Sepulchre(20:30). Leaves from the Concatedral of San Niclás. Holy Saturday: There are no processions this day. Easter Sunday: Procession of The Resurrection(11:30)Leaves from Concatedral of San Nicolás.
Holy Week in Puerto de la Cruz (Until April 20)
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Here are some recommended processions with start time. NOTE: With the exception of Palm Sunday, all processions listed leave from the plaza of the church of Nuestra Señora de la Peña de Francia. Palm Sunday: Procession of The Blessing of the palms(10:30). Leaves from San Francisco Church. Fig Monday: Procession of Christ Tied to the Cross(20:15). Tuesday: Procession of The Lord of Humility and Patience(20:30). Spy Wednesday: Procession of The Great Power of God(20:15). Maundy Thursday: Procession Jesus of Nazareth(20:15). Good Friday: Procession of Christ Crucified(05:00)/Holy Sepulchre (20:15)/Silence(22:00). Holy Saturday: There are no processions this day. Easter Sunday: Procession of The Resurrection(11:00)
SanSan Festival (Until April 19)
The SANSAN FESTIVAL of Alicante, is the first and only indie, pop and electronic music event that will get a huge crowd of festival-goers and will be held on the Wonderwall Music Resort site of Gandia, on the 17th,18th and 19th of April. Groups Lori Meyers and Love of Lesbian will be playing amongst many others. Admission for all three days costs 35 €.
Isla Mágica (Until November 30)
The theme park Isla Mágica will be opening its doors on the Isla de la Cartuja. This relaxing, family friendly place gives visitors and Seville residents the chance to enjoy countless attractions and the legacy left by Expo ´92; fun is guaranteed.
XLIV Alicante Book fair (Until May 4)
The 44th edition of the Alicante Book Fair will be held this year on the Paseo de Federico Soto. From the April 23 to May 4, there will be more than 30 stands featuring over 60 authors signing their books for buyers and visitors alike. Amongst the writers participating will be Vicente Molina Foix, Luis Cremades and Clara Janés.
FicZone 2014 (Until April 27)
April 26 and 27 Granada will be home to the comic, animation and game convention: Fic Zone. This year it will be held in the Palacio de Deportes in Granada. With more than 7,000 visitors expected this year, the convention will host more than 30 national and international guest speakers specializing in cultural issues. The convention will offer more than 150 fun and cultural activities along with more than 30 conferences and professional workshops
Concerts in Granada
Joaquín Sabina, Miguel Ríos, Paco Ibáñez, Estrella and Soleá will be giving a concert by the name of “Lorca para la Vega” (Lorca for la Vega) which is intended to help defend and protect the rural area la Vega, a place that inspired the poet Fuente Vaqueros. Granada’s Palacio de Congresos will host the event on April 26, beginning at 9 a.m. Other participating artists include José Enrique Morente, Lara Bello, and the group Lagartija Nick. The Canadian Leonard Cohen may also be present.