Day: May 4, 2016

Meditations on the Mediterranean

Two new exhibitions of art and history open in Torrevieja this week Two new exhibitions open in Torrevieja this week, both with the sea as a common thread. On Thursday, May 5th at 8pm in the Exhibition Hall of the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre, will be the inauguration of “Una visión del Mediterráneo” (A Vision of the Mediterranean). This is a collection of 17 paintings by the students of Victor García with the themes of landscapes, still lifes or folklore in the surroundings of this sea that we know so well and has inspired so many artists. Victor García is a well known and renowned local painter and sculptor, who teaches his students, aged between 17 and 70, to develop their own style and this is the result. The exhibition is open until May 15th. Another marine-themed exhibition will be inaugurated this weekend, on Saturday, May 7th at midday in the Vista Alegre Exhibition Hall. This is a large collection about the history of the Real Club Náutico (Royal Nautical Club), to mark its 50th anniversary. They include photos, handwritten documents, trophies, models, etc., which reflect the enormous transcendence this institution has had on the development of the town. The exhibition was put together with the help of researchers from the Municipal Archive and the Exhibitions Department and it is open until June...

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Music returns to the streets of Orihuela

Free outdoor urban concerts every Saturday in May There will be eight free concerts held in different plazas in Orihuela on Saturday nights this May in the 11th edition of “Con la Música en la Calle” (With the Music in the Street), announced Councillor Mar Ezcurra. There will be bands playing styles like reggae, pop, rock, swing and music of the 1960s, and if you don’t like one then it is only a short walk to see different one. All the performances will start at 9:30pm. BANDS May 7th – Los Escorpions (Malecón del Río). Veteran Orihuela band who play a tribute to pop-rock of the 60s, 70s and 80s, playing Spanish versions of the classic hits from these decades. – Milchakas (Obispo Rocamora) The street has always been his stage, touring Spain, Portugal and Italy with his roots reggae, ska, rock steady and dub. May 14th – Riverside Blues (Pasaje Pepe Baldo). A band of great Murcian musicians who play versions of Jazz and Blues classics from all periods. – Elsa Böhr (Plaza San Sebastián). This musical project was born in the streets of Granada and brings a style of rumba, funk and Latin music they describe as being like a friendly mongrel. May 21st – Vintagers (C/ Mayor Plaza de las Cadenas). Veteran Alicante band who play versions in a very personal style of classic all time...

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A dozen of the best bull leapers to compete in Benejúzar

Fiestas bring back traditional bull fair for first time in 30 years 12 of the best bull leapers (recortadores) will be in Benejúzar on Saturday, May 14th to compete for the national title in the first of the heats to be held in Alicante province this year. It is one of the main events of the bull fair that the municipality will hold from May 14th-22nd, the first it has put on for 30 years. Despite the controversy that it has generated, the event is going ahead and the organisers this week published the poster of recortadores who will be competing: Rober Alegre, Alberto Cózar, Juan Francisco ‘Panchito’ and José Antonio ‘Chiti’. The specialists will be testing their skills against bulls from an accredited cattle breeder and they will start at 6pm. The fair will continue with a release of heifers from the Hermanos Cabello on May 21st and 22nd and there will also be a release of heifers for the general public and a children’s show. No animals will be harmed in the course of the shows. Tickets are on sale now from the Town Hall and will also be available from the ticket office at the fair from two hours before the...

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Prizes for street art in Pilar

Mural painting competition with the theme of the municipality’s independence Pilar de la Horadada is recreating a museum of urban art on its walls with a competition on the theme of the municipality’s independence from Orihuela. Entries must not have political, irreverent, obscene, xenophobic or any other offensive content. Any technique can be used and they will be painted on a flat wall that has been painted white and the measurements will be provided to the artists whose entries are selected. The Town Hall will provide the sprays and caps and the colours will be black, white, red, blue, green and yellow. The entries can only contain drawings and images but no text, except the artists’ signatures when they have finished their work. All entrants must present a sketch of the projects they want to do before May 30th at 9pm in the Casa de la Cultura. The sketches must be originals and in colour and on A4 size paper or card. All entrants must be at least 16 years old and can enter as individuals or in a group. All the paintings will be filmed or photographed for reproduction and exhibition by the organisers. The jury will include Pilar’s Councillor for Culture and qualified professionals who will value the inspiration, appeal for tourism and skill involved. The first prise is €1,200, second is €500 and third is €200,...

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Tours of Orihuela by day and night

Wide range of visits in May and June including villages and San Isidro murals The programme of guided tours to “show visitors the hidden corners of Orihuela both by day and night” this May and June has been revealed by Councillor Sofia Álvarez. The first will be on Saturday, May 7th at 8pm of the Murals of San Isidro, which “will include a flamenco performance to bring atmosphere to the visit”, as well as a tasting, all for €5 per person. The next one will be on Saturday the 21st of May at 10pm to celebrate International Museums Day. The month of May will finish with a walk up the Monte de San Miguel, which will “introduce our mountain with a hiking tour on Sunday May 20th at 9am”. In June, the tour will focus on the rural areas, taking in La Matanza during its fiestas and La Murada from 10am and will also include a tasting for €5. The dates of this tour have not yet been announced. If you are interested in participating in any of these tours, which at the moment are only available in Spanish, you can get more information and make bookings by visiting the Orihuela City Tourism Office or telephoning 965 304...

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