Take that back, please

Take that back, please
ALL AGREED: Spokespeople from all parties back Javea town hall’s asking Ministry to redefine Valencia’s bands Photo credit: Valencia town halls

SPAIN’S Ministry of Culture recently designated the Valencian Community’s brass and silver bands an Intangible Cultural Heritage.

So far, so good, but members of the bands themselves, many town and city halls as well as members of public, have objected to the Ministry’s decision to describe them as  “mimicking Catalan choral groups.”

Despite similarities between the Valencian and Catalan languages, Valencia has always claimed historic superiority over Cataluña, culturally and socially,


Its music and bands are their own, all concerned have now argued.

Spokespeople for all the political parties on Javea council voted in favour of backing the town hall’s formal addition of its name to the Valencian Community’s Federation of Music Societies (FSMCV) request to the Ministry of Culture, asking for a rectification.

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Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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