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Contemporary Photography Show in Seville

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

by Fiona Flores   [caption id="attachment_17676" align="aligncenter" width="578"] (From top, L to R) Eduardo D'Acosta - curator of the Spin Off exhibition, the artists, Michelle Chaplow with the Pool of Life, and the facade of the Fundacion Valentin Madariaga[/caption]   Seville is not known for its contemporary art scene – Malaga has long had ...

Route of Casas Palacio in Seville: the “New Rome”

Sunday, March 27th, 2016

[caption id="attachment_5025" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Casa de Pilatos, one of the casas-palacio on the new route in Seville. Photo: Michelle Chaplow[/caption]   After the excitement of the opening last week of Las Duenas, the Duquesa de Alba's palace, a new route in Seville has been announced of palaces and casa-palacios. Individually, these 23 palaces ...

Tony Bryant: Gitanerias, the Essence of Flamenco

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Tony Bryant's third book focuses on the writer's time in Utrera, a small town in Seville province known for its gypsy flamenco dynasties. For those of us who choose to live in Spain, many aspects of the country and its lifestyle and culture are powerfully seductive. The weather, the tapas, the ...

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 ...

Semana Santa, Podemos, and an unfortunate gaffe

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

[caption id="attachment_2796" align="aligncenter" width="563" caption="Semana Santa in Seville - the city's most beloved festival. Mess with it at your peril, politicians."] [/caption] Earlier this week a news story took Social Media in Seville by storm. But it wasn’t about anything that had actually happened. Instead, it was the perfect example of ...

El ronqueo – from whole tuna to tasty tapas, in minutes

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14288" align="aligncenter" width="455" caption="Diagram of a blue-fin tuna, showing all the cuts. Picture: El Campero restaurant (Barbate, Cadiz)."] [/caption] As a self-confessed foodie, and with an avid interest in all things Andalucian, I was excited to be invited to a ronqueo. For anyone who doesn't know what this is, the concept ...

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 ...

Games of Thrones fifth series to be filmed in Andalucia

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13871" align="aligncenter" width="396" caption="Game of Thrones is watched by millions worldwide."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13834" align="aligncenter" width="515" caption="One of the three possible Andalucian locations for Games of Thrones Season 5: the Alhambra in Granada, which the production team visited last week."] [/caption] The media here in Andalucia has been abuzz with excitement ...

Festival of Colors in Sevilla!

Monday, May 19th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13772" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The crowd at the Festival of Colors in Seville last Saturday."] [/caption] [caption id="attachment_13788" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Poster advertising the Festival of Colors - the second-ever in Spain."] [/caption] Spain, and especially Andalucia, is well known for its colourful festivals, with clothes and adornments in a range of bright ...

New app for Seville

Friday, February 7th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_13141" align="aligncenter" width="320" caption="Contents list for the new Seville app."] [/caption] A large majority of people have smart phones these days, and apps have become part of our everyday lives, especially for finding out information when travelling. So if you're planning a trip to Seville, you'll be pleased to read ...