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Summer Festivals in the Valencian Community

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A huge number of festivals and events occur in villages throughout the Valencian Community, during the hot months of August and September. Here’s a quick rundown of some of the highlights.

Buñol – La Tomatina

August 26th — Everyone knows the Tomatina; when you think of “crazy Spanish fiesta”, the images of thousands of tomato-covered youngsters are among the first which spring to mind. Make sure to wear old clothes and goggles!
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Requena – Fiesta Vendimia

August 19th – 30th — “Vendimia” means grape harvest, which should tell you everything you need to know about the 11-day festival in this town known for its excellent wines. Don’t miss the Noche de la Zurra, during which everyone takes to the street and is soaked with wine!
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Paterna – Cordà

End of August — Paterna, just outside Valencia city, honors its patron saints at the end of August with a Christian & Moors procession and a crazy tradition known as la Cordà. Think fireworks and insanity — but you have to see it to believe it.
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Sueca – Festival of Rice

First week of September — The rice festival and international paella competition make up the year’s biggest event in this town, about an hour south of Valencia. The week-long festivities include a little of everything, from religious processions to bullfights, but the emphasis is on eating. Mampf.

Segorbe – Bull Week

September 7th – 13th — The traditional entrance of bulls and horses into Segorbe is extremely popular with the locals, and has been declared a festival of national touristic interest. The bulls run rampant through the main city streets, guided and controlled, as well as possible, by men on horseback. Men who are far braver than I. Check out this video, before you decide if you want to attend.
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Who will be Fallera Mayor for Fallas 2010?

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The race is on! The site Fallas Valencia just published all the falleras who have a shot at becoming the Fallera Mayor of 2010. We have created a list on our new online project called LISTS where you can vote for your favorite Fallera.

The list can only contain 10 items, so your favorite might not be there.

Please complete the list and either post the name of your favorite fallera or your username as a comment.

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Beach Rugby Photos 2009

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Here are a couple pictures from Beach Rugby at Malvarrosa, one of the events making up the Gran Nit de Juliol. Not too many spectators on-hand, but it was a lot of fun to watch:

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From Japan to Valencia for Fallas

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Very neat promotional Fallas video about a woman from Japan visiting Fallas for the first time.

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At the MuVIM: Valencia ABC, Hungarian Advertising

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Last weekend, we took a quick air-conditioned culture break and visited the MuVIM, where a number of interesting exhibitions are currently on display.

The best of the bunch is Valencia 1900-1936, which features ABC‘s photographs and illustrations from the turn of the century, up until the Civil War. The pictures are great, providing an amazing glimpse into the daily life, celebrations and problems of Valencia in the first third of the 20th century. A hundred years from now, will our descendants look upon our lives with the same fascination?

A much stranger experience can be found on the bottom floor, in an exhibit dedicated to Hungarian advertising of 1924-1942. Yup, I wouldn’t be able to make that up. The posters, hawking everything from cigarettes to light bulbs, are modern and share a lot of their style with Soviet propaganda. A fun exhibit.

On the main floor, there’s a collection from Maria Anguera, a Barcelona photographer living and working in NYC. Her pictures show the seedy underbelly of life in the Big Apple, and her shaky, off-focus style might not be to everyone’s liking.

All these exhibits run until September 6th, providing a nice escape from the heat of August.

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