REHEARSAL time has run out for the 50 groups taking part in the carnival song contest, which starts tonight (January 24) at the Alameda theatre in Malaga city.
The contest, beginning at 8.30pm, is the start of celebrations of the 2015 Carnaval, with seven stages of competition to be held at the Alameda before events move to the Cervantes for the semi-finals on February 1-4 and the final on February 6.
Of the street bands, troupes and quartets preparing to walk the boards of the Alameda stage, 22 are from Malaga city, while the rest have come from various parts of Malaga province, the Campo de Gibraltar area and Cordoba.
On a purely competitive level, the carnival song battle looks to be a fierce one although five of last year’s 10 finalists will not be taking part in 2015.
Electronic ticket sales have been a great help this year, reducing typical queues outside theatre box offices.
The few tickets left can be obtained at the Alameda (for preliminary stages) or Cervantes (for semi-finals and finals) or on the theatres’ websites. The foundation has maintained last year’s prices with tickets ranging from €60 to €100.
Organisers are particularly excited about celebrating the 35th anniversary of the modern-day version of carnaval.
President of the Carnaval de Malaga Foundation, Rafael Acejo, said that carnaval is going through one of its best moments, having established itself as the main winter event in the city. Therefore he wants to encourage everyone to join in activities and parties in the streets.
“Our work at the theatres is done, now we need to concentrate on the streets and help the public make this party their own,” Acejo said.
Following the song contest, Malaga Carnival itself will begin on February 7. Theatres will stand back and the carnival will take to the streets and the Plaza de la Constitucion for a party with music from La Mari of Chambao and coronation of the Carnival God and Goddess, with the party expected to last well into the night.