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Is the future of bullfighting, and other taurine events, in doubt?

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

If you've been following the Spanish news over the summer - wherever you may have spent the last couple of months - or indeed if you've been reading the international press, you may have noticed a glut of stories on injuries and deaths from bull-related events here in Spain. A total ...

Cultural events in Seville for summer 2015

Monday, June 29th, 2015

In visitor figures released last week for May, Seville's position as number one destination in Andalucia was confirmed, with overnight stays by foreign visitors who stayed a night in the city up by almost 10%. Visitors to the Alcazar are up year on year by 11.5%, with the best May ever, and ...

Madonna goes torera

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Madonna's bullfighter-themed Grammys 2015 performance, in Givenchy outfit. Photo: madonnaphotos/Flickr The world of bullfighting in Spain, especially here in Andalucia, is one which provokes strong reactions. From the breeding of toros bravos, fighting bulls, specifically for la corrida (bullfighting), to the brave men themselves, and the actual fights, visitors to Spain ...

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 ...

Review of 2014’s blog posts

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

This year, here on the Blog, as always, we've covered a wide variety of topics - from culture and gastronomy to local news - everything from International Sherry Week to the Seville Film Festival, Spain winning top place as the world's number one wine producer, and Andalucia as Trip ...

Christmas in Seville

Friday, December 19th, 2014

This Christmas visitors are spoiled for choice for things to do and see in Seville. From traditional nativity scenes to delightfully original handicrafts – which make ideal Christmas presents – as well as camel rides and ice-skating, together with the pretty Christmas lights which make the centre into a magical wonderland. ...

Spain NOW!

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

[caption id="attachment_15391" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="See the best of Spain's contemporary cultural scene this autumn in London."] [/caption] From next Thursday 9 October until Tuesday 25 November, you can see the best of Spanish creative talent in London, in the sixth annnual season of Spain NOW! - Contemporary Spanish Art and Culture. The season, which ...

The season of romerias

Friday, June 13th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14103" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="A flower-festooned wagon passes the Giralda in Seville."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14116" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The simpecado visits the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall)."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_14105" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The insignia of the Seville hermandad of El Rocio."] [/caption] Groups, or hermandades[caption id="attachment_14106" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Groups of rocieros are always accompanied by drummers ...

Building an open-air theatre in the mountains

Friday, March 21st, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13404" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "Anna Kemp, director of the Open Air Theatre Project in Laroles, on the threshing-floor stage."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13370" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption= "An idyllic setting for the theatre: olive and almond groves, backed by snow-capped mountains."] [/caption] During my ten-plus years in Spain, I have met a large ...

Noche en Blanco Seville 2013

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12053" align="aligncenter" width="408" caption=" Noche en Blanco is a night of cultural events and activities on Friday 4 October"]