Feria de Abril - Spanish Spring Festival in Riga

Feria de Abril - Spanish Spring Festival in Riga

Yesterday, on the sunny Saturday of April 25, we attended improvised Spanish Spring Festival in the independent theatre "Skatuve" (www.skatuve.lv). Here's a little insight into this event.

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The concert's motto - ¡Ven y disfruta el Ambiente de Flamenco! (Come and enjoy flamenco ambience!)

"Feria de Abril" - Spring Festival that is annually celebrated in a southern province of Spain - Andalucia. This festival is especially popular in Seville, where flamenco parties last for days and everyone`s dancing sevilliana. Also the traditional bull fights and horse-trading takes place there. Spanish culture in its most popular forms - hot-blooded music, flamenco dancing, sincere discussions.

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The programme of the festival consisted of the performances of the flamenco dance studio "Duende" and the Spanish music of "Los Daugavas Nens". The dancers performed sevillana, rumba, tango with castanets, alegrias, farruca, bulerias. These names, that seem unfamiliar and initially incomprehensible for the untrained ear, are different types of flamenco. More about them here - http://www.duende.lv/index2.php?cat=kas-ir-flamenko

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At the beginning of the concert it seemed that the dancers cannot drop the Latvian self-conscious, sincere and gentle movements, but, encouraged by the Spanish music and the applause of the audience, they revealed the true flamenco temperament in the course of the event.  It is not that easy to perform the complex taps, maintaining a straight back and a head held high. They don`t have the Spanish and Gypsy mentality in their blood, thus they lack rapid and self-confident moves. (I can say so because being in Spain I saw the Spanish performance of flamenco ). But the girls did a great job!

How much effort and training were needed for preparing the performance was demonstrated by a short class which was offered to the most courageous part of the audience, who climbed on stage to try out flamenco steps.

A real Spanish mood was created by the performance of Latvian speaking Spanish musicians - singer javi, guitarist Alejandro and cajon player Curro.


Interesting websites about Spanish events in Latvia:

Dance Club "Duende" - www.deunde.lv
Spanish Learning Center "Centro Picasso" - www.centro-picasso.com
Society "Spanish horizon" - www.spanuhorizonts.lv
Sānijas fan club Latvian - www.spain.lv
IINUU of flamenco - http://www.iinuu.lv/?id=216

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The april feria is all the years in Riga, i mean in the same place?
Spain Tourism 2018-09-16 02:23
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