HUERCAL-OVERA has unveiled the municipal Easter Week celebrations poster, which this year has been designed by the Paso Negro association.
Speaking at this week’s presentation at the Town Hall, Heritage councillor Jose Lopez said the image is a bit of a departure from past years.
“The characteristic embroidery in golds and silks which distinguish our Easter, and are a clear example of the influence of Lorca, the Levante and of Cartagena, are highlighted through the figure of a penitent”, he explained.
Lopez reported that the council is currently working on the Easter Week preparations and continues to collaborate with the Paso Negro and the municipality’s three other Easter associations, “not only with financial contributions, but also in the installation of terracing to watch the processions and acts, the lighting of our streets, the decoration of our streets and plazas, and to which has to be added the assignment of festival marquees and support and collaboration on other activities.”
Paso Negro president Jose Uribe said the poster presentation represented the start of the countdown to Easter and encouraged residents and visitors to be part of celebrations “worthy of admiration.”
Two representatives of the commission responsible for creating this year’s poster were also at the presentation. Salvador Asensio and Jose Luis Gomez said they had decided to go for something different from previous Easters.
The photograph by Joaquin Zamora featured in the design, which came from the council archive, shows “the emotion and devotion of this Nazarene looking at the spectator, with the visual impact, the play of colours and a direct look”, they commented.
Mayor Francisca Lourdes Fernandez congratulated the Paso Negro for a poster which she said shows the sentiment, devotion and faith of Huercal-Overa residents.
She particularly called on the younger generations to participate in the Easter Week events, affirming “it will continue to be what it is if we all play an active part.”
Huercal-Overa’s Easter Week is among the largest and most important in the province and has had national Fiesta of Tourist Interest status since 1983. The Easter programme will officially get underway on Saturday March 14.