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World Footvolley Tournament at Las Arenas

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Soccer meets volleyball at the 4th annual footvolley tournament at Las Arenas beach, in Malvarrosa (location).

A 21st century mixture of sports (some may call it a ‘mashup‘; very Sport 2.0), footvolley is extremely fun to watch — it’s almost best viewed as an exhibition of skill. Check out some of the footage from 2006’s world tournament, also held in Valencia.

This is the 4th annual tournament… and Brazil will be looking to pick up their 4th consecutive title. Damned Brazilians! What with their samba, partying and domination in all things soccer, they get on my nerves.

Other teams invited this year come from all over Europe and South America. Our sympathies will be with the Germans. The footvolley championship would be a nice consolation prize after the heartbreak of the Euro 2008.

More Info at Spain’s Footvolley Site (in Spanish)

July 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm Comments (0)

La Batalla de Flores

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Marking the end of Valencia’s Feria de Julio is the famous flower battle (la batalla de flores), established in 1892. Basically, falleras ride on parade floats, equip themselves with tennis rackets, and allow onlookers to pelt them with heavy little flowers. It’s great fun, and if you’d become sick of seeing the Fallera Mayor’s pretty, blond face everywhere… well, this was your chance to smack it with a flower. (Though, it must be said, while most her court was quickly overwhelmed by the onslaught, the Fallera Mayor never lost her composure, swatting away every flower with ice cold precision … perhaps it was this skill that won her the coveted position in the first place)

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The battle was proceeded by a small parade on La Alameda, which went up and down the street 4 times before the warfare began. The girls on the floats all looked a little nervous regarding the warfare to come, and the public was impatient.

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After the battle had finished, spectators ran into the street to gather up armfuls of flowers to throw at each other. Some of the more eager didn’t notice (or care) that they were picking up horse manure with the flowers.

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The night ended with fireworks over the Turia.

July 29, 2008 at 9:19 am Comments (13)

Open Air Films at the Jardines del Palau

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Get ready for yet more open-air, original version cinema in Valencia, courtesy of l’IVAC-La Filmoteca and l’Aula de Cinema de la Universtat de Valencia. This time, the films are being shown at the Jardines del Palau de la Música (location)…

And the program is great! It’s like a master class in Cinema Classics… Godard, Lubitsch, Fellini, Wilder, Tarantino, Bergman. Every genre is covered, from animation (Ratatouille) to art house (Seventh Seal). In our day jobs, we run a popular film website and can verify that every movie in this program is worth seeing.

It runs from July 28th to September 7th. The films start at 11pm and entry is €3 (or you can get 10 entrances for €20).

Here’s the full lineup. I’ve listed the English names of the films, but keep in mind that everything is being shown in OV, with Spanish subtitles. Feel free to bookmark this page, for easy reference!

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Jul 28 Jul 29 Jul 30 Jul 31 Aug 1 Aug 2 Aug 3

France, 1973

USA, 1939

American Gangster
USA, 2007
Aug 4 Aug 5 Aug 6 Aug 7 Aug 8 Aug 9 Aug 10

France, 1959

Sullivan’s Travels
USA, 1941

The 400 Blows
France, 1959
Aug 11 Aug 12 Aug 13 Aug 14 Aug 15 Aug 16 Aug 17

The Seventh Seal
Sweden, 1956

La Soledad
Spain, 2007

Be Kind, Rewind
USA, 2008
Aug 18 Aug 19 Aug 20 Aug 21 Aug 22 Aug 23 Aug 24

Argentina, 2007

Planet Terror
USA, 2007

Death Proof
USA, 2007
Aug 25 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 31

Germany, 1982

Arsenic and Old Lace
USA, 1944

USA, 2007
Sep 1 Sep 2 Sep 3 Sep 4 Sep 5 Sep 6 Sep 7

La Notte
Italy, 1961

Some Like It Hot
USA, 1959

There Will Be Blood
USA, 2007

July 25, 2008 at 5:29 pm Comments (0)


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The small triangular barraca is a sight which is quickly disappearing from the Valencian landscape. These homes, popularized in Blasco Ibáñez’s novel of the same name, have been popular with Valencia’s fishermen and farmers for centuries, but are now becoming endangered — another victim of modernity.

Barraca in El Palmar

Barracas are rectangular, about 9×5 meters, with a steep triangular roof to fend off rain. Traditionally, they’re made of clay, canes & reeds, and have a small top floor which might be used for the storage of silk worms. Entrances on either side allow air to circulate.

The best place to see barracas is in the communities of the Albufera, particularly El Palmar. There, you’ll even have the chance to go inside one — there’s a museum dedicated to them.

If you can’t be bothered to leave the city, there’s another option… but you’ll have to hurry. The last surviving barraca in the city center can be found in Carmen, but the city council is threatening to remove it in favor of a police station (all in the name of progress and modernity, of course!) The address is Calle San Miguel 22 (location).

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July 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm Comments (2)

T-Shirt Festival Lineup Announced

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We wrote about the T-Shirt Festival a couple weeks ago, and the line-up has just recently been announced. Looks pretty exciting… Primal Scream, <<rinôçérôse>> and Groove Armada are all appearing.


It looks like there will be three stages. Here’s the full lineup:
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Primal Scream, <<rinôçérôse>>, Najwajean, Fangoria, Jet Lag, Poet in Progress, Polar, Erick Morillo, Groove Armada (dj set), Fedde Le Grand, Mark Knight, Todd Terry

escenario M (Defected in the House)
The Shapeshifters, Sandy Rivera, Copyright, TFC, Roog (Hardsoul), Simon Dunmore, Shovell (live on percussion)

escenario S (Playboy Cabaret)
Jay-J, Danny Marquez, David Gausa, Southmen, Simone, Geena

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2-day tickets cost €94, and the festival takes place on the 19th and 20th of September.

More Info at the Official Website
Our Earlier Post about the Festival

July 24, 2008 at 5:04 pm Comments (3)

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