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Hola Valencia’s Top Five: Festivals

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Well, I bet you’ve already guessed one of the festivals on our list! Sorry, Assumption Day, it’s not you. Here are the five festivals we loved the most during our time in this party-loving city!

Fallas

Fallas is the Valencian festival, for an entire week turning the city into a exploding, singing, marching, crying, drinking madhouse. We love it. If you visit Valencia during Fallas, you will never, ever forget it.

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Wine Festival in the Turia

Not really a traditional festival in the sense of the others on this list, but a great time regardless. The annual wine festival in the Turia seems to grow in popularity every year and, why not? With an incredible selection of cheeses, sausages and wines, and a great atmosphere which seems to buzz with the joy of spring, this is an event which no one should skip. Unless you’re one of those teetotaling losers.

Heaven on Earth? The Wine Festival

Virgen de los Desamparados

Possibly even crazier than Fallas is the celebration of Our Lady of the Forsaken — Valencia’s patron saint. The Sunday morning parade is the shortest, most intense religious freak-out I’ve ever seen.

The Traslado de la Virgen

Corpus Christi

In May, Valencia’s second most important festival gets underway, with bizarre parades, towering dancing figures and la moma — the lady dressed in white. It’s all tied to religion, of course, but what a giant-headed dancing Moor has to do with the body of Christ is anyone’s guess.

Paseo de las Rocas 2010

9 de Octubre

Get out your Valencian flags and head down to the Ayuntamiento, where the city will be celebrating itself in a grand fashion. This is the most nationalistic of Valencia’s holidays, and there’s often trouble as black-clad (and perhaps slightly fascist) Spanish nationalists come up against Valencian separatists. A good time!

Separatist Shenanigans at the Lowering of the Senyera

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September 2, 2010 at 8:49 am Comments (2)

Where Have All the Fibers Gone?!

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The Festival Internacional de Bencassím gets going this week. Organizers are speculating that the number of party-goers is going to be greatly reduced this year… losing perhaps as many as 80,000 attendees this year.

But even if the “fibers”, as they’re known in Benicàssim, are staying at home this year, the musicians are not. Once again, this tiny seaside village is putting on a music event that rivals anything else in the world. 100 artists take the stage over 4 days, starting Thursday. And there are some great names.

Kasabian, The Prodigy, Gorillaz and Vampire Weekend are the headliners, and even the most cursory glance at the program will make an indie rock lover’s mouth fill with saliva. Klaxons, Hot Chip, Dizzee Rascal, Four Tet, DJ Shadow, Brendan Benson, etc. etc. And at least one of those bands is going to sing a song about Valencia’s most famous beverage.

So, if you’ve always wanted to check out the famous FIB, but been scared off by the big crowds, this might be your year. More information can be found at FiberFib.com.


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July 13, 2010 at 2:21 pm Comments (0)

Concerts of the Feria de Julio

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It’s always exciting to see who’s going to be performing during the summer concert series in the Viveros Gardens, part of the Feria de Julio. So, let’s see what we’ve got here:

July Concerts in the Viveros Gardens
8th Muchachito Bombo Inferno 18th Deep Purple
10th Revolver 19th The Wailers
13th David Bisbal 20th Serrat
15th Pereza 21st Paco de Lucía
16th Calle 13 + La Mala Rodríguez 24th The Cult
17th Estrella Morente

The Cult? Deep Purple? COME ON! The Spanish-speaking world is a little more modernly-represented with Pereza, Muchachito Bombo Inferno and Valencianos Revolver.

The highlight (for me at least) is Puerto Rican reggaeton group Calle 13 — one of the coolest bands anywhere in the Americas:

What do you think? Anything you’re especially excited about?

More Feria de Julio events: Batalla de FloresBeach FireworksPublic Ballroom Dancing

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June 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm Comments (0)

The 25th Cinema Jove – 2010

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On Saturday, Valencia’s summer film festival got underway — Cinema Jove. This is it’s quarter-century anniversary, and they’ve got an awesome line-up of films for viewing.

Cinema Jove shines the spotlight on foreign cinema, with 9 films from 9 different countries competing for the top prize. Denmark’s Submarino an is supposed to be excellent, as is Eamon from Ireland.

The official selection films are playing at the Teatro Rialto, but the festival visits over 10 other screens throughout the city. Our favorite are the open-air screenings in the Viveros Gardens. It’s free, and fun movies are always chosen for these popular viewings. Here’s a run down of the films at Viveros.

Saturday, June 19th
Celda 21120:30
Juan Oliver wants to make a good impression at his new job as a prison officer and reports to work a day early, leaving his pregnant wife, Elena, at home. His destiny is forever changed by this fateful decision, as during his tour of the prison, an accident occurs that knocks him unconscious. He is rushed to the empty but visibly haunted walls of cell 211. As this diversion unfolds, inmates of the high security cell block strategically break free and hijack the penitentiary. Spain, 2009
Sunday, June 20th
20:30The Beguiled
While imprisoned in a Confederate girls boarding school, a Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women’s hearts. USA, 1971
Monday, June 21st
20:30The Elephant Man
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity. USA, 1980
Tuesday, June 22nd
20:30Paths of Glory
When soldiers in WW1 refuse to continue with an impossible attack, their superiors decide to make an example of them. USA, 1957
Wednesday, June 23rd
20:30The Tenant
A quiet and inconspicuous man (Trelkovsky) rents an apartment in France where the previous tenant committed suicide… France/USA, 1976
Thursday, June 24th
20:30Frenzy
A serial killer is murdering London women with a necktie. The police have a suspect… but he’s the wrong man! UK, 1972
Double SessionPaths of Glory
Friday, June 25th
20:30King Kong
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. USA, 1933
Double SessionJaws
In 1975, director Steven Spielberg brought Peter Benchley’s best-selling novel to the screen with stunning power and unbearable suspense. Jaws left an indelible mark upon the movie-going (and beach-going!) public, distilling a sea of fear from these five words: “Don’t go in the water.” Once the terror begins, Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw must join forces on a desperate quest to destroy a killer embodying nearly three tons of white death. USA, 1975
Saturday, June 26th
20:30The Thing
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. USA, 1982
Double SessionThe Devil Doll
IPaul Lavond was a respected banker in Paris when he was framed for robbery and murder by crooked associates and sent to Devil’s Island. Years later, he escapes with a friend, a scientist who was working on a method to reduce humans to a height of mere inches (all for the good of humanity, of course). Lavond however is consumed with hatred for the men who betrayed him, and takes the scientist’s methods back to Paris to exact painful revenge. USA, 1936

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June 21, 2010 at 9:50 am Comments (0)

July’s Jazz Festival Shaping Up to Be Hot

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Jazz fans, listen up!

Melody Gardot, Natalie Cole, Nikki Yanofsky, Dr. John, Maria do Céu Whitaker Poças (CéU), Joshua Redman and Avishai Cohen are some of the big names that will be visiting Valencia in July during the XIV Jazz Festival at the Palau de la Música.

Last year, there was an awesome free performance in the gardens of the Palau… They’ll be doing it again this year. A background of jazz, blanket, bottle of wine and the presence of your random summer fling makes for an incredible evening in the Turia.

The festival is on from the 8th to the 17th of July.

June 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm Comments (3)

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