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10 things to do in Andalucia when it rains

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

- Contemporary art at the CAC Malaga. While we are lucky to have sunshine most of the year round in Andalucia, paradise is never perfect. We need rain to feed our lakes, rivers, reservoirs and our precious crops of olives, grapes, almonds and many more besides. The rainiest months are November and ...

Asian Festival and Seville Orange Days February 2015

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_16151" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="The cultural festival of Asia in Seville."] [/caption] This month, after a chilly January, two events - one cultural and one gastronomic - are trying to tempt us out into the orange-scented streets of Seville. The first is the Cultural Festival of Asia, which is on until 22 February ...

La Isla Maxima – Andalucia scoops the Goyas 2015

Monday, February 9th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_16129" align="aligncenter" width="450"] The Goyas 2015 saw Andalucian cinema triumphant.[/caption] As I mentioned in my last blog post, several films shot in Andalucian were nominated for a total of 29 Goyas this year. In the glamorous ceremony, on Saturday 7 February, they won a total of 17: El Niño: Best Special Effects, Best ...

Andalucia’s celluloid gold: Sherry and the Mystery of the Palo Cortado

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

We read a lot about budget cuts to cultural events and activities as part of the government's austerity measures these days, so it's good to see that celluloid culture in Andalucia continues to hold its own, despite these challenging times. Cinema is already having a good year - three movies shot ...

30 Años de Oscuridad (30 Years of Darkness)

Monday, November 5th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8724" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="A scene from 30 Años de Oscuridad, which shows Manuel Cortes inside his hiding place."][/caption] A few months ago, ex-guest blogger Rebekah wrote about a new edition of a book called In Hiding: The Life of Manuel Cortes, by the late Ronald Fraser. It's the extraordinary story ...

Busy autumn in Sevilla

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Life in Seville - cultural life, that is - has definite seasons: January and February are both cold and dull, lit up only by Carnaval and the Dia de Andalucia puente (bank holiday). Then comes the holy trinity of Semana Santa, Feria and El Rocio, followed by months of school ...

La Gran Ruta de Cine

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Over the years, many hundreds of movies have been shot in Andalucia, due to the extraordinary variety of its landscapes - mountains, deserts, beaches; its magnificent cities, with beautifully preserved period buildings; and its reliable sunshine. Think of the spaghetti westerns of the 1960s and 1970s, shot in Almeria; Hollywood blockbuster ...

The intangible and the edible

Thursday, November 18th, 2010



An International Film ‘Festival’?

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

A couple of nights ago I went to an event organised by The New World Trust, a non-profit organisation created to support talented young artists all over the world. The event was The Marbella International Film Festival which is an annual free outdoor screening of various award winning short films ...

The many faces of Carmen

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

Seville is famous for many typically Spanish, and Andaluz, things: tapas, flamenco, bullfighting, Semana Santa - and Carmen. Bizet's 1875 opera, based on a novella by Prosper Merimee, has been a firm favourite for years, with its tragic story of the beautiful, fiery gypsy girl who works in the cigarette ...