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Rural Andalucia in the 1930s: La Memoria de los Olivos

Thursday, November 21st, 2013

[caption id="attachment_12566" align="aligncenter" width="177" caption="The Memory of the Olive Trees is a moving film about a humble Andalucian family at the outset of the Civil War."] [/caption] As anyone who reads this blog regularly will know, I am very interested in Spanish history. I've reviewed books for Books4Spain, watched films, and ...

Summer cultural highlights in Seville

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

As always in the hot months of the Andalucian summer, the cultural programme in Seville moves outside and into the sultry late night. Here are some of the best events taking place in Seville this summer - outdoors, long after the sun has set, in historic settings. Also don't forget to ...

The Goyas, Eva Hache and Grupo 7

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Last night was the biggest night of the year for the Spanish movie industry: the Goya Awards 2013. The nominations for the 27th awards focussed on a few movies, one of which was Grupo 7 (Unit 7), a police thriller set and filmed in Seville. Considered the joint-favourite along with silent ...

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 Noche en Blanco – late-night culture-fest in Sevilla

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

This Friday night, 26 October, Seville is holding a "Noche en Blanco", a night-time cultural festival. It's a full evening programme of events being held throughout the city, embracing all disciplines: literature, music, art, sculpture, at over 30 locations. Just to the north of the Setas, otherwise known as Metropol Parasol, is a group ...

Wild, wild west

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

This October, Western movie fans will be excited to hear that Almeria is hosting Europe's only film festival dedicated to the genre. The lunar landscapes of Tabernas desert, with its dramatic, barren slopes and rocky outcrops which so resemble the North American Wild West, were the location for such classics as ...