SPRING’S Programme of Cultural events was launched last week in Torrevieja. It’s cock full of things to do and see with the highlights for the expatriate community surely being performances by Richard Street and the Temptations plus The Commitments, the sound of good old soul music, from the Alan Parker film of the same name. There are 298 activities with a budget of just under €200,000.
For the majority of events, entrance is free or priced under €10:00, with the exception of the bigger name artists. Highlights of the programme include performances from Hombres G, Pasión Vega and the comedic brothers Los Morancos” in the Municipal Theatre, plus concerts from Pastora Soler, Manu Tenorio, and Valderrama at the May Fair and “40 El Musical” at the Municipal Theatre-Auditorium.
The 298 varied activities include: 68 music concerts, 43 workshops, 34 theatre works, 20 talks and conferences, 10 galas, nine children’s performances and five competitions, with the participation of 35 associations during the months of April, May and June 2011. Torrevieja’s Councillor for Culture Eduardo Dolón announced that 20,000 copies of the cultural programme, as well as the special discounts of 20% for the tickets of the shows available for youngsters with “Carnet Jove”, pensioners and the unemployed, are now available from Torrevieja’s public facilities and Tourist offices. The cultural budget for Spring’s programme is €196,447.
The most outstanding events include the 17th Habaneras Youth Contest from April 8 to 10 in the brand new International Auditorium of Music; Spanish comedic duo, the brothers “Los Morancos” known as “Más Morancos que nunca” on Saturday 16th April; the 25th International Choir Meeting “Ciudad de Torrevieja” from 28th April to 1st May organised by the “Francisco Vallejos” Choir, in the International Auditorium of Music; the short film exhibition “Primera Edición Torrevieja Audivisual” dedicated to “Los Goya” awards, from May 5 to 7, in the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre; the concert by Spanish singer Pasión Vega, on Wednesday 18 May, Hombres G on Saturday 21 May and the famous Spanish play “Amar en tiempos revueltos”, on Saturday 11th June, all in the Municipal Theatre.
This year’s May Fair will run from May 11 to 15 with Chaskio performing on Wednesday 11, Pastora Soler on Thursday, Valderrama on Friday, Manue Tenorio on Saturday and Antonio “el torero” and Raquel Morey on Sunday May 15.
There are a few different and special activities offered during the Spring Cultural Programme including: the first Book Day Gala (24 April in the Municipal Theatre); the first Local Theatre Exhibition, from May 2 to 8, with the participation of five theatre groups from Torrevieja; the first European Theatre Exhibition, from June 30 to 5 July; different animation activities for children in the different Plazas of the city, from May 3 to 6th “Baila con Bob Esponja”, and “El secreto de la Isla Mágica” from 24 to 27 May. These performances for children will be held in the Plaza de la Constitución, Plaza de Oriente, Plaza de la Habana, Plaza de la Estación and Plaza de Garpar Perelló in La Mata.
By Keith Nicol