Culture in the streets this summer

The Diputación, the county council has been busy organising some 350 street shows from July until September for the streets of the towns and villages of the province, under a programme called “Cultura en la calle” (culture in the streets). Public spaces such as squares and parks in villages everywhere will be appropriated for fun and games aimed at all ages this summer. There will also be live music sessions, with local jazz, rock, classic Continue reading Culture in the streets this summer

A trip to the Vera Photo Club exhibition in Mojácar

I was secretly disappointed not to be an exhibitor at the Vera Photo Club’s exhibition ongoing in Mojácar. As a Professional Photographer (I once sold a print…) this, I felt, was the sort of thing that I should Be In. Of course, having nobody to blame but myself for my own disorganisation and incompetence for not getting around to join the club, I couldn’t really complain. Although I did. Trouble is, I’m spreading myself too Continue reading A trip to the Vera Photo Club exhibition in Mojácar

VAT on bullfighting could drop to 10%

Currently, VAT (IVA) on all cultural activities is taxed at 21% (luxury). This includes theatre tickets, entertainment values, works of art, etc. The government has confirmed it is studying reducing the VAT on works of art to 10% in order to help Spanish artists. However, the tax break would only be on handcrafted individual works of art. Another item that could be dropped is the cost of going to a bullfight, as part of Madrids Continue reading VAT on bullfighting could drop to 10%

Guitar museum opens in Almeria

A major new guitar museum, the “Antonio de Torres”, has opened in Almeria city. This despite the fact that we don’t make guitars, don’t really play them, and have no tradition of flamenco in this area. Anyway, it seems that the famed guitar maker “Antonio de Torres” (1817-1892) was originally from Almeria.  His Wikipedia entry says that “Torres is as revered among guitarists as Antonio Stradivari is revered among violinists.” Can’t say I’d ever heard Continue reading Guitar museum opens in Almeria

Hey, we’ve got new government delegates!

Finally, 50 days after firing the provincial delegates for Tourism and Culture, President Griñán has gotten around to naming two new delegates for these jobs. Did the tourists stop coming? Did the local artists all suffer writers block and flee to pastures new? No? Guess we could have gone a bit longer saving these salaries, then. You will remember that Griñán had a fit of pique with the previous holders of these jobs (Yolanda Callejón Continue reading Hey, we’ve got new government delegates!

Report from the Mojacar ballet

Roving Reporter Hudson Stubbs has reported back from the recent Mojácar ballet – the Gran Ballet Las Cuentas – which he attended over the weekend: I attended this my first Mojacan cultural experience yesterday evening (Saturday 4th) at the Multi use wotsit centre. The ticket said 9 – the poster 9.30 nice and perplexing for all and sundry. My Spanish suggests a programme of the great ballet stories and that’s what we got. I recognised Continue reading Report from the Mojacar ballet

The Junta encourages visitors to enjoy our many tourist attraction (whilst you can)

How lovely. So, after spending umpteen millions in getting people over here (did I tell you about the flashy “I love españa” and “come to Andalucia” signs on London double decker buses I saw last week? No? I wonder how much they cost) the Junta has decided to save a few pennies by closing down tourist attractions (so there’s nothing cultural to do once the poor sods arrive). The Alcazaba in Almería will now close Continue reading The Junta encourages visitors to enjoy our many tourist attraction (whilst you can)