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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.

March 2015
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MARCH
MAR1

Saxaphone Quartet Iarmolo
Puerto de la Cruz

The Reyes Bartlet Cultural Association ( la Asociación Cultural Reyes Bartlet) is organising the event Matinee Concerts, a series of concerts where the proceeds will fund the association´s educational projects.

On this occasion, the IARMOLO SAXAPHONE QUARTET (el CUARTETO DE SAXAFONES IARMOLO) will perform its interpretations of pieces by P.Inturralde, A.Piazzolla and J.Rivier.

MAR2

International Women´s Day (Until March 8)
Alicante

Alicante will host a program of activities to commemorate International Women´s Day, which will be celebrated this coming Sunday 8th March. This program will include cinema, debates, concerts and workshops.
On Monday 2nd March the activities will begin with a screening of themed short films in the Cines Panoramis from 18:30 to 20:00. Entry is free and tickets can be bought in the cinema´s box offices.
On Tuesday 3rd March at 18:30 the round-table conference “Equality for Women, progress for all” will be celebrated in ,the Club Información. The singer-songwriter Inma Serrano will chair the discussion. On Wednesday 4th March, the tenth anniversary of the Cultural and Joint Meeting for Alicante´s Women will take place at 18:00 in the Casa de la Música de Las Cigarreras.
On Thursday 5th March you can attend a concert by the singer-songwriter Inma Serrano. The performance will be at 20:30 in Alicante´s Main Theatre (el Teatro Principal de Alicante).
Finally, on Sunday 8th March the Centro de Tecnificación will host a new edition of the self-defense workshop for women “Zero Violence” which the Aikido Lucentum Cultural Association ( la Asociación Cultural de Aikido Lucentum) gives each year. The workshop is free and all women who turn up at 10:00 will be able to participate.

MAR3

AIDA, in the Auditorio (Until March 7)
Tenerife

On March 3, 5 and 7, the Teatro Marrucino di Chieti from Italy will present Verdi's classic opera, Aida in the Auditorio Adán Martín in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. The famed Franco Zefferelli will direct this production of which there will only be three shows which will begin at 20:30 on each day. This version of the classic story of a love triangle between an Egyption slave (Aida), a handsome general and the pharaoh's daughter.

MAR5

CADENA DIAL`s 25th Anniversary
Tenerife

The Spanish radio station Cadena Dial will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in 2015 and its annual awards ceremony, which will be celebrated on 25th March in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, will be particularly special this year because a large number of spectators and prize-winners will attend with Alejandro Sanz, Miguel Bosé, Hombres G and Manolo García being among the lucky winners.
During this ceremony twenty two artists in total will win the letter “d” , in front of an audience of 4.500 people, which acts as a trophy whilst making this broadcaster, the second most listened to in the world of Spanish music, unique. In addition to the four artists previously mentioned, the special prize for this 25th Anniversary edition will also be awarded to El Barrio, Melendi, Laura Pausini, Manuel Carrasco, Sergio Dalma, Malú, David Bisbal, Revólver, Antonio Orozco, David Demaría and Merche.
The annual awards will also be given to the Mexican duet Camila, the Argentinean Axel and the Spaniards Amaia Montero, Bustamante, Vanesa Martín and the band revelación Dvicio.
During the ceremony another special prize will be awarded to Imanol Arias in recognition of his film career.
The journalist Jaime Cantizano will host the ceremony, during which performances by Tiziano Ferro, Roco and the Ha*Ash sisters are anticipated.


MAR5

Ismael Serrano
Granada

On Thursday, 5th March, at 22:00 in Granada´s Palace of Congresses (el Palacio de Congresos de Granada) there will be a performance by ISMAEL SERRANO. He is returning to present his new work: “the call”(la llamada).

This new album is the ninth of his career. He produced it himself along with Jacob Sureda and it consists of 13 songs in which Ismael Serrano include some new sounds, but without abandoning the poetic fullness which has always been present in his music. Tickets cost start at 21,50€. Advanced ticket sales will be via the Red Entradas website and by telephone 958 10 81 81.

MAR6

The 32nd Edition of Seville´s Old Music Festival (Until March 28)
Sevilla

The director of Seville´s Old Music Festival ( el Festival de Música Antigua de Sevilla ( Femás)) has designed this XXXII edition as a monument to the Golden Age of Spanish Music. It will also create dialogues between old music and jazz, flamenco and rock music and modern dance. During the event, which will start on 6th March, 22 concerts will be performed in 7 different venues, including the Cathedral and the Royal Alcázar. To see the very extensive program of venues, times and events, we recommend that you visit http://www.femas.es/es/


MAR6

1º Festival BIG BANG (Until March 7)
Sevilla

The Sevillian town of Alcalá de Guadaíra will be the venue for the first edition of the BIG BANG international music festival for young audiences in Spain, which will be held in the Riberas del Guadaíra Auditorium on the 6th and 7th March.
There will be two days of intense activity.
The festival will begin at 11:00 on Saturday and it will last until 20:30, with more than 20 hours of live music in nine different venues. Tickets can now be purchased via the website "gliglon.com".
The Belgium company Zonzo will headline the event, alongside the other international artists taking part, with the performance “Listen to the Silence”, a journey through the vast legacy of the multidisciplinary artist and composer John Cage.
Two others proposals complete the international group of artists: “Mobile Touch”, a series of electronic gadgets which the participants can use to create surprising sounds, and “Mécaphonie,” one of Denis Brély´s musical installations.
Riberas del Guadaíra´s main stage will host two of the festival´s main performances. On the one hand, the Madrilenian band Mastretta will present “Mastretta infantile.” On the other hand, the Entenguerengue Orchestra, which is comprised of a dozen musicians onstage, will be responsible for the concert “Big Bang Impro.” It is an improvised musical performance based on contemporary classical music using three very different forms of performance which make up the three parts of the show: totally spontaneous pieces, without any prior arrangement; playing following an agreed, but always very vague structure and improvising under the baton of the director.
Three intimate concerts will round off the bill, each one offering very different musical approaches. Música Prepost will take part in the Big Bang festival with “Paraíso Tabú”, a piece of music during which Fran Torres ( Millions de Trillones) and Pablo Peña ( Pony Bravo) will shoot a film live onstage.
The band from Burgos Fetén Fetén, created by Jorge Arribas and Diego Galaz, will demonstrate how to adapt swing music, lively folk song and dance from Aragon, the waltz, chotis(a dance typical of Madrid), the paso doble, the foxtrot and calypso (a musical style of West Indian Origin) using the most unusual instruments: the chair-flute, mandolins made out of cans, phonoviolins, saws, horn-violins, metallophones,cowbells, gongs and vibrandoneons, etc.
Finally, the Sevillian duet created by Javier Hang and David Martín will end the program with “Vaivén”, a very different musical proposal thanks to the sounds of the Bouzouki, the most important string instrument used in Greek music, which is unknown in Spain and the Hang drum, an incredible and strange, metallic percussion instrument invented in the year 2000. It is only played by a handful of people throughout the world and it can be used to make a wide variety of different sounds.


MAR6

Magical Girl, protagonista en Tenerife
Tenerife

On Friday 6th March, from 19:00 onwards, in the Canary Islands' Fundación Caja, in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, you will be able to attend a free screening of the film Magical Girl, nominated at the 2015 Goya awards. There will also be a chance to chat to the lead, Bárbara Lennie, who has won a Best Actress award for her lead role in this film. She will attend the screening and she will stay around for an open discussion with the participants afterwards. Please just remember that, although the event is free, access is limited because of the venue´s capacity.


MAR6

Theater in Seville (Until February 28)
Sevilla

The Centro Internacional de investigación Teatral TNT de Sevilla will premiere three works in February: "Jantipa, la mujer de Sócrates" by Tony Tailor, "Gran misa patólica" by Leo Bassi and the childrens show"Alicia" by LaMaraña Teatro. February 6-7: "Jantipa, la mujer de Socrates" February 20-21: This versión of Leo Bassi's "Gran misa patólica" will showcase a mass full of buffoonery by the (in)famous Patólica Church founded by an illustrious clown. February 28: This work is directed towards children 5-12 years old with a story, language and music created especially for children. "Alicia" breaks with classic stories by showing how the main character considers choosing, thinking, acting and being free to act like child before becoming a princess.

MAR7

Joaquín Sabina
Granada

Joaquín Sabina is returning to the stage to celebrate the 15th anniversary of one of his most acclaimed works, the unforgettable “19 días y 500 noches” (1999). He will be performingat the Palacios de Deportes on Saturday March 7 at 10 pm. Tickets cost: €45 / €70

MAR8

Piano and clarinet concert
Puerto de la Cruz

The Reyes Bartlet Cultural Association ( la Asociación Cultural Reyes Bartlet) is organising the event "Matinee Concerts", a series of benefit concerts where the money will be donated to their educational projects.

On this occasion, Francisco Hernández ( clarinet) and Ruth Galván (piano) will perform works by J.Burgmuller, A.Piazzolla and J.Kalliwoa.

The concert will be held in the Timanfaya Auditorium(la Sala Timanfaya) at 12:00 on Sunday, with tickets costing 10€

MAR9

SABINA, In Concert. (Until March 11)
Sevilla

The Singer, Joaquín Sabina, will offer another performance in the Palacio de Exposiciones y Congresos de Sevilla (FIBES) on Wednesday, March 11. As part of the "500 Noches Para Una Crisis" tour, this singer from nearby Úbeda will commemorate the 15th anniversary of his most critically and publically acclaimed work "19 días y 500 noches". The show will consist of Sabina performing all of the songs from this landmark album together with some of his greatest hits. After the tickets for his first show on March 9 sold out in record time, a second show was added. Tickets for this new show are on sale now through www.riffmusic.es, Ticketmaster and El Corte Inglés.


MAR9

El tesoro de la Mercedes, en Alicante (Until December 6)
Alicante

The exhibit about the ship Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes will begin in the city of Alicante. The discovery of the ship, which was sunk in 1804, has caused a legal dispute between the Spanish government and the American company Odyssey. The Spanish ship was returning to Cádiz from Montevideo with valuables when it was sunk by the English. The exhibit was shown for 6 months in Madrid in the Naval Museum and in the National Museum of Archeology. The Mercedes’ cargo weighed a total of 14.5 metric tons. The ship’s treasure includes approximately 600,000 coins, of which 300 are gold, 300,400 are silver, and 265,000 are compacted silver coins.

MAR10

Granada´s XXVII Tango Festival (Until March 15)
Granada

Granada´s International Tango Festival (El Festival Internacional de Tango de Granada), the oldest in Europe, will celebrate its 27th edition with an “eclectic” program which will display tango as an urban genre whilst fulfilling a “long-established dream” with the pianist and composer José “Pepe” Colangelo performing for the first time.

The festival will be celebrated from 10th to 15th March to demonstrate a genre, tango, where urban culture takes precedence over national culture, in such a way that “all citizens can call the genre their own not matter where they come.
The program will show the different forms which tango has acquired over time: dancing, the use of instruments, and the use of songs.
The opening ceremony will take place at 20:00 on 10th March in the Council Chamber and officials, artists, enthusiasts and members of the public will be present. Later that day, the opening of Robert Durán´s photography exhibition “Granada and Tango: from the stage to the city” will be held in the Caja Granada de Puerta Real Cultural Centre (el Centro Cultural Caja Granada de Puerta Real).
The following day the first performance of this edition will take place in the Isabel la Católica Theatre (el Teatro Isabel La Católica) with the San Ildefonso Choir; “ Alycristango” ( a tango and dance performance) and “Project Tamgú” ( a sextet, vocalist and dance couple).
On Thursday and Friday the dance, instrumental and singing performances will continue, with shows such as “Ballet MalaJunta”, which includes 5 pairs of dancers.
On Saturday, the festival will echo the X Tango World Summit celebrated in Zárate, in Buenos Aires, with a performance by the artists who participated in this international event.
The closing ceremony, on Sunday 15th March, will include a concert in the Isabel La Católica Theatre (el Teatro Isabel La Católica) during which tribute will be paid to its performer, the pianist and composer José “Pepe” Colangelo, who is considered to be one of the most talented tango players. This event will finish with a performance by Luis Filipelli( a singer and guitarist),Francina Pedrini and Martín Beligni ( tango dancers), Carlos Guevara and Debora Godoy ( tango dancers) and Gabriela Rey ( a singer and pianist).
As a finale there will be a presentation of the book “Granada´s International Tango Festival:25 years of Choral Memories” ("Festival Internacional de Tango de Granada: 25 años - Memoria Coral"), which looks back over this festival and the artists and performances it has brought together. The festival, the first cultural event to incorporate the new logo “Granada, city of literature” which was created after UNESCO awarded this designation to the city, will finish with different parallel activities, such as performances in the university, round-table conferences, tango classes and urban animation. Granada´s Council is promoting the extension of the festival across the whole province which will bring performances to the administrative areas of Alhendín, la Zubia, Guadix and Loja.


MAR10

Tenerife Walking Festival (Until March 15)
Puerto de la Cruz

More than 700 ramblers from all over Continental Europe will participate in the Tenerife Walking Festival from 10th to 15th March, an event which will turn the island into the European rambling capital.
One of the most important elements of the Tenerife Walking Festival is that the ramblers who participate, whether they are members of the federation or not, will be able to pass on the experiences they have gained to their friends and acquaintances, which means that they will act as genuine promoters of the island as an ideal place to spend a few days doing your favourite hobby.
The participants will be based in Puerto de la Cruz and, over the five-day festival, they will be able to choose to do some of the 12 tracks proposed by the organisation, which are grouped into three categories: volcanic, coastal and green. They will also be able to enjoy resources and activities associated with the territories which these tracks pass through, such as visits to wineries, agricultural properties and museums and star gazing.
This event is organised by the Town hall in collaboration with the Tenerife Tourism organisation and its new adventure sports brand TENERIFE NO LIMITS, the European Ramblers Association(ERA), the Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing( la Federación Española de Deporte de Montaña y Escalada (Fedme)) and the Canary Islands Mountaineering Federation ( la Federación Canaria de Montañismo (Fecamon)). As follow-up activities, participants can enjoy scuba diving, touring by bike, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, deep sea fishing, paragliding, climbing or canyoning, among other leisure opportunities.
Tenerife has a network of close to a hundred tracks including those which are officially approved, those which are in the process of being approved and those which will be approved in the future, according to the ERA´s criteria, giving a total of 1.500 kilometers of tracks. Rambling is the second most popular activity (14% of the total) among the more than 5 million tourists which the island receives every year, only being surpassed by visits to theme parks. More than 700 ramblers from all over Continental Europe will participate in the Tenerife Walking Festival from 10th to 15th March, an event which will turn the island into the European rambling capital.
One of the most important elements of the Tenerife Walking Festival is that the ramblers who participate, whether they are members of the federation or not, will be able to pass on the experiences they have gained to their friends and acquaintances, which means that they will act as genuine promoters of the island as an ideal place to spend a few days doing your favourite hobby.
The participants will be based in Puerto de la Cruz and, over the five-day festival, they will be able to choose to do some of the 12 tracks proposed by the organisation, which are grouped into three categories: volcanic, coastal and green. They will also be able to enjoy resources and activities associated with the territories which these tracks pass through, such as visits to wineries, agricultural properties and museums and star gazing.
This event is organised by the Town hall in collaboration with the Tenerife Tourism organisation and its new adventure sports brand TENERIFE NO LIMITS, the European Ramblers Association(ERA), the Spanish Federation of Mountain Sports and Climbing( la Federación Española de Deporte de Montaña y Escalada (Fedme)) and the Canary Islands Mountaineering Federation ( la Federación Canaria de Montañismo (Fecamon)). As follow-up activities, participants can enjoy scuba diving, touring by bike, windsurfing, dinghy sailing, deep sea fishing, paragliding, climbing or canyoning, among other leisure opportunities.
Tenerife has a network of close to a hundred tracks including those which are officially approved, those which are in the process of being approved and those which will be approved in the future, according to the ERA´s criteria, giving a total of 1500 kilometres of tracks. Rambling is the second most popular activity (14% of the total) among the more than 5 million tourists which the island receives every year, only being surpassed by visits to theme parks.

MAR13

Granada´s XX Comedy Exhibition (Until March 15)
Granada

Granada´s International Comedy Exhibition will play host to more than 300 artists including young writers and participants with the main theme centering on French comedy (in light of the Charlie Hebdo massacre) as reflected on the promotional poster, designed by the Spanish artist Alfonso Azpiri.
Several invited comedic writers will perform during the Exhibition´s Comedy Trade Fair. The national designer Alfonso Azpiri, who created the event poster, will attend along with the French artists Georges Bess, Nicolas Tabary, Florence Cestac and Nawac, among others.
There will also be organised exhibitions “20 editions of the Comedy Hall,” “Humorous Drawings of flamenco”, by Eddie-Pons and “a Tribute to Charlie Hebdo.”
The exhibition “Abdel”, by two young artist from Granada, Jesús Ramírez and Pacho Vílchez, who won the annual Comedy Competition organised by the Andalusian Youth Institute (el Instituto Andaluz de la Juventud (IAJ)) will round off the Exhibition´s Schedule. “Abdel” tells us about the problems encountered by an emigrant captured by the Moroccan police and abandoned together with other sub-Saharans in the middle of the Sahara who had to embark on the return journey to Senegal together.
Granada´s International Comedy Exhibition will allow young professional as well as amateur artists to come into direct contact with prestigious editors, arranging professional interviews and thereby improving their career propects. More than 10,000 metres of space has been created in preparation for commercial areas, bookshops, publishing houses and merchandise stalls where some 40 companies will exhibit their products and where you can buy the latest releases from the world of comedy. There will also be areas for craftsmen, writers and fan magazines.

MAR14

"From Shoulder to Shoulder" ("De Hombre a Hombre")
Puerto de la Cruz

“From shoulder to shoulder” (“De hombre a hombre”) written by the Argentinian author Mariano Moro and winner of the Prize for the Best Dramatic Text at the I Visible Festival (el Mejor Texto Dramático del I Certamen Visible), in 2007, which took place in Madrid, will be performed in the Timanfaya Theatre(Teatro Timanfaya), in las Damas Street, in Puerto de la Cruz.

The performance, directed by Lioba Herrera, and with the actors Leandro González and César Yanes, will be on 14th March at 21:00.

MAR21

OSTARA PUNK
Alicante

Three bands will be kicking off the first Ostara Punk festival The first band, named PENADAS POR LA LEY, is from the Basque Countr. They’ll be presenting their new album Hirugarrena. With the purchase of a ticket to the event you get a free download of it. With over 20 years of experience in the punk scene, they’ve earned a strong following of fans. The second band is from Madrid. the DEBRUCES will be visiting the Sala Marearock for the first time, where they’ll put on an authentic punk rock performance. The third band is KULTURA DE BAR, who will present their new album La hora guarner (their fourth in 10 years). Tickets are 5€ in advance or 6€ at the door. The doors open at 10 pm. Tickets sold at: Sala Marearock, Marearock Rock-Bar and at MarearockTicket.com.

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