The Cultural Agenda for this month, October 2018, has been released early for a change. Full details below, and as always “double click” or “right click” get the full size version or download it your phone to enjoy later:
The San Miguel fiesta for the ‘Barrio del Castillo’ area (the neighbourhood up around the castle in the “old town”) has it’s annual fiesta this year staring on Friday 28th and running until Sunday 30th Sep.
Probably main points for everyone over on riding holidays are the flamenco concert at 21:00 on Friday, and the procession at 20:00 on Saturday.
Running order for the all the events is as below:
PROGRAMA FIESTAS SAN MIGUEL 2018
BARRIO EL CASTILLO ALMUÑÉCAR
Viernes 28 septiembre.
9 Horas Alegre despertar con cohetes como inicio de las Fiestas 2018
12 horas Apertura de barras en la Feria de Día
17 horas Juegos infantiles populares en la calle de San Miguel, ofrecida pro Jorge “Spiderman”
19 horas. Zumba con Evi Martin
21 horas. Espectáculo flamenco de Ricardo de la Juana y su grupo
22,30 horas. DJ Marcos Cortes (en la caseta oficial)
23 horas. Elección de la Reina de las Fiestas 2018
Sábado, 29 setiembre
9 Alegre despertar con cohetes
12 horas Apertura de las barras de la Feria de Día
12 horas Carrera Infantil San Silvestre. Organizada por el Club Sexitano de Atletismo. Colabora el Patronato Municipal de Deportes.
13 horas. Charanga
15 horas. Actuación de Kaña Sur
17 horas Concurso de Tortilla, a cargo de la Peña Bética San Miguel. Premio a la mejor tortilla: una cena en el Restaurante “La Flor”, y para la tortilla ”Más Bética”, cena en el Restaurante “Calabré”. Presentar las tortillas a partir de las 17 horas en el Centro Cueva 7 Palacios.
18 horas. Grupo de Baile Flamenco “Alma Marinera”
18 horas. Solemne Misa en Honor a San Miguel Arcángel, en el Centro de Día.
20 horas. Tradicional Procesión de la Imagen de San Miguel, con salida desde el interior del Castillo.
21 horas. Verbena popular amenizada por la Orquesta “Quinteto Da Vinci”
Domingo, 30 septiembre
9 horas. Alegre despertar con cohetes
12 horas Apertura de las barras
12 horas. Zumba a cargo de Eva Cervilla
12,30 horas. Gran Fiesta de la Espuma
16 horas Juegos Populares de mayores
16,3 horas. Pachanga de Fútbol en el Polideportivo.
19 horas. Zumba con Paco Zumba
21 horas Hipptamos
22,30 horas. Castillo de Fuegos Artifíciales en las murallas del Castillo.
The itinerary for this year’s annual town fiesta in the honour of the Virgen de la Antigua has now been published and this years runs to a full fun packed 32 page issue!
The whole running order of the main events, as well as the supporting music & bands and full events programme is contained within. The link to it is here: Almuñecar-Fiestas-2018 – and the easiest thing to do is to download to your phone to refer to as you wish during the fiesta.
The main cultural events agenda is also now out for August. These run in parallel to the town fiesta and so this month there will be even more to see and do and do in your free time – See below for a copy, which again is downloadable for easy use:
The European open underwater still and video championship starts today, 14th and runs until Sat 16th June, in the bay next to the marina. Open to professional, semi-pro and amateur underwater photographers the participants are competing for a variety of prizes this year valued at over €16,000 – A cash prize of €2000 for the best still, followed by €1000 & €500 for 2nd and 3rd placed with further prizes of €300.
In the video categories the prizes up for grabs range from €1000, €500 & €300 ijn cash for as well as two trips to the Red Sea for one person (courtesy of Blue Force), a trip to Anilao in The Philippines (courtesy of Diving Philippines), a cruise in the MSY Ondina or MSY Oceanic and 50% discount for the companion, a professional diving course sponsored by the Andalusian Institute of Professional Diving ( valued at 1600 euros), as well as diving and beach equipment prizes.
Each dive is limited to 75 mins max, using 18l air only with a max depth of 30m.
The fair will runs as usual for 3 days – Fri 8th, Sat 9th and Sun 10th June. The layout is key restaurants and tapas bars from Almunecar & La Herradura, showcasing signature dishes and wines to accompany them.
Amongst others we are expecting to see Mesón El Corzo, Gastrobar De la Flor, Restaurante La China, Yo como menú, Asador Casa La Parra, Mesón Mari y Miguel, Salitre Playa, Internacional Kelibia, Mesón Gala, La Despensa de la Abuela, Taberna Ayer, La Choza, Pizzería Da Mario, Puchero de Helena, Bar Bikini, Heladería-Cafetería Daniel and Distribuciones Gomezcor .
This year there are featured exhibitions, such as a Gin & Tonic seminar at 17:00 on Friday, 20:00 a dance group “Alma Marinera”, 21:00 a cocktail promotion and a tapas dish competition sponsored by Cruzcampo’s new “Ladron de Manzanas” cider.
On Saturday, at 13:30 there will be the prize giving for the tapas contest, 16:00 a cocktail demo and at 20:00 the dance group “Sabor a Mar” will take to the stage.
Finishing up on Sunday at 13:00 “Andalucía Baila” will be performing before the event closes circa 18:00, at which point we can reach for the Rennies and start looking forward to next year..
31st Annual Jazz En La Costa
The dates are now confirmed for this years “Jazz en la Costa” series of gigs in and around Majuelo park – Tue 17th to Sun 22nd July. As always, early booking of tickets is absolutely vital as the main events always sell out weeks in advance.
There are usually a series of “fringe” concerts as well in and around the town during this week.
All the concerts are well worth attending, as the setting in the open air in the shadow of the Castillo de San Miguel, next door to the Roman ruins, is truly magical. The concerts normally start at a civilised 22:30 in the evening, so there is time for a meal before taking your seats.
Full details of each act can be found on the official website, along with links to videos and recordings to help you choose who to see. Tickets per gig are priced at €18 advance, or €19.50 on the door – or you can buy a “bono” for all the sessions at €91.50.
This Sunday, 20th May, sees the annual Romeria de San Isidro. Now 7 years on, after being “restarted” this is now a permanent fixture and a great spectacle to see – or, of course by joining in on foot or horseback.
San Isidro (now the Catholic saint of farmers) was born in Madrid around 1070 and died 15 May 1130. He was a humble farm worker and was well known for his good works and support of the local poor and animals. Religous parades and pilgrimages (Romerias) are held in his honour and are especially prevalent in Andalucia, with those in Malaga province being particularly large and well supported.
It all starts around 09:00 at Iglesia de el Salvador in P4 with a mass. After the mass the procession will leave and head via Tetuán, Mariana Pineda, Rontoda de Andalucía, Avenida Rey Juan Carlos I, Carrera de la Concepción, Carretera Suspiro del Moro, Calle Molvízar, Camino de la Vega Primera, before dropping into Rio Verde and heading up to Torrecuevas for the serious partying.
This month we’ve got a double whammy for some reason from the Casa de Cultura, as they’ve issued a combined agenda for both May & June:
Loads to do and see as always, with theater, classical, a week long series of Nordic music recitals, piano concerts, as well as an open air jazz concert underneath the roman aqueducts in June.
As always “double click” on the image and you can download it to your phone to refer as and when you want.
The annual “Cruces de Mayo” or May Crosses competition starts today, 3rd May.
All the Crosses for this year’s Competition will be displayed from 16:00 on Thursday 3rd until 18:00 on Sunday 6th May.
The daily times this year have an end time of 02:00 apart from Sunday 6th which is 18:00. Music can only played from 12:00 to 18:00 and from 20:00 to 02:00 on the 4th and 5th,
from 16:00 to 02:00 on 3rd, and 12:00 to 18:00 on Sunday 6th.
The judging will take place from 19:00 on Thursday 3rd
As much a demonstration of pagan tradition as it is of Christian faith the origins of Cruces De Mayo are rooted in a confusion of legend and folklore. For full information on the meaning and history of the May Crosses please see our dedicated meaning of Cruces de Mayo post.
The official entrants this year are as follows, but n.b. there are usually quite a few “fringe” ones as well, as local children often make small Crosses in the manner of “penny for the guy” in the UK.
ORACIÓN DEL HUERTO Plaza de la Rosa
COFRADÍA SAN JUAN Plaza Noreta
CRUZ DE LA PIEDAD Calle Escamado. Taberna Antigua
CURRITO Ángel Gámez
COFRADIA VIRGEN DE LOS DOLORES Plaza de la Victoria
CRUZ VERACRUZ Y SEPULCRO Plaza de la Victoria
CRUZ LA ALHAMBRA Calle Angustias Moderna 5
CRUZ ARTE -SUR Casa de la Cultura
CRUZ INTERNACIONAL KELIBIA Plaza Kelibia
CRUZ COFRADÍA ESPERANZA Plaza Kelibia (Análisis Clínicos)
CRUZ LAS INFANTAS Plaza de la Victoria
CRUZ TROPICAL POKER Calle Andrés Müller
CRUZ COFRADIA NAZARENO Calle Vélez