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SUMMER
FESTIVALS
2017

HOME > WHAT TO DO > FESTIVITIES AND FESTIVALS > SUMMER FESTIVALS 2017
A THOUSAND SOUNDS TO ENJOY IN THE SUMMER
Summer is almost here and so are the Region of Murcia's festivals, blending history, nature and culture with a great atmosphere.
Have a look at some of the season's most interesting suggestions, including musics and performers from throughout the world. Just choose your favourite one and take the chance of enjoying your best summer ever!

FLAMENCO MAGIC AT UNIQUE SPACES

In August, the highlight is the Cante de las Minas de La Unión Festival, one of the most important cante jondo and flamenco events in the world. Performances by flamenco prime examples such as Lole Montoya, Juan Carmona, Paco Montalvo, Juan Pinilla, Manuela Carrasco and Jesús Méndez will be combined with performances by candidates for the Lámpara Minera award. The art nouveau Old Public Market is a magical space that will be shared by both flamenco experts and non-experts.

The 57th Cante de las Minas Festival also includes additional activities and performances at different stages such as the one at the La Unión Mining Park: with 50,000m of surface, it serves as example to show how heritage restoration can help a region be on the cutting edge of tourism and culture.
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JAZZ BY THE SEASIDE

The first big international event is the 20th San Javier International Jazz Festival, from 3rd to 30th July. Some of the big names this year are JGeorge Benson, Tajmo: The Tak Mahal & Keb'Mo' Band, Charles LLoyd Quartet, John Pizzarelli & Daniel Jobim; Ramsey Lewis Electric Band, Stacey Kent, Toni Lynn Washingtong & Luca Giodano Band, Charenne Wade, Jorge Pardo, Patax Con Maureen Choi, Funkistep & The Sey Sisters, Allan Harris

The festival's quality and history make it one of Spain's best jazz festivals. If you choose this option, you'll enjoy jazz summer evenings just a few minutes away from the sea.
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A COCKTAIL OF STYLES

Also in July, Cartagena's port is wide open to an endless number of musics, plastic arts, photography, cinema and literature. The La Mar de Músicas Festival takes place in the city between the 14th and 23rd July. Very different styles such as boogie, futuristic jazz, techno, singer-songwriter music, neofolk, joik and fusion will shake the foundations of old Carthage. Get ready to travel around the world thanks to its sounds.

The two main stages are the Parque Torres Auditorium -from which the locality's port and the impressive archaeological remains of the Roman theatre can be admired- and the El Batel Auditorium -an exceptional watchtower by the Mediterranean-. Other stages for the festival are the Arab castle, the City Hall square, the Icue and the San Francisco squares, La Mar Chica, and the ruins of the Old Cathedral, all of them strategic locations to enjoy your leisure time while diving into history.
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A SINGING STYLE OF ONE'S OWN

The Lo Ferro Flamenco Singing Festival, one of the flamenco festivals in a great traditional atmosphere, is celebrated from 24th to 30th July. Lo Ferro, a small town of less than 500 inhabitants, enjoys flamenco with passion and even has its own flamenco singing style called La Ferreña, which was specially created for the festival by Antonio Díaz 'Fosforito' in 2003.

Flamenco concerts, recitals and performances can be enjoyed at the 38th Lo Ferro Flamenco Singing Festival, including new and consummate artists as well as contestants.
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DRAMA IS HUMAN NATURE

Please sit down, the show is about to start. The Festival Internacional de Teatro, Música y Danza de San Javier brings together the best music, drama, dance and comedy.

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HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS

In a region where parties are held every month of the year, it's more than likely that your visit will coincide with at least one of them, and if not, there is bound to be a festival. Music, theatre, dance... whatever takes your fancy, we have something for you.
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HOLY WEEK
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CABALLOS DEL VINO FESTIVAL
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SPRING FESTIVAL
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LA MAR DE MÚSICAS FESTIVAL
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WAM FESTIVAL
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JAZZ FESTIVAL
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CANTE DE LAS MINAS FESTIVAL
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CARTHAGINIANS AND ROMANS FESTIVAL
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ÁGUILAS CARNIVAL
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LA PURÍSIMA DE YECLA FESTIVAL
HOLY WEEK
In Murcia, the Holy Week typically conjures up images of light, diversity, passion and colour. Although it is celebrated differently in every city, there are only three which have been declared of International Touristic Interest: Cartagena, with its organized parades of the Californio and Marrajo brotherhoods, Lorca with its large theatrical productions and Pasos spectacular (street processions retelling the Passion of Christ), and Murcia with the beauty of its Salzillo sculptures and local produce. These are the most popular locations for the regions' celebrations.
CABALLOS DEL VINO FESTIVAL
Caballos del Vino is one of the most outstanding, yet deafening festivals in Spain. The sound of the horses galloping, the beauty of the embroidered cloaks, the music, and the thousands of people dressed in white and red, transform the city every 2nd of May. The race is considered the most important event within the Fiestas de la Vera Cruz de Caravaca, which also include Moorish and Christian celebrations. If you want to blend in like a true local, don't forget to wear a red handkerchief around your neck.
SPRING FESTIVAL
Murcia welcomes in the spring by hosting a variety of festivals and parties. The most important days, which have been declared of National Touristic Interest, are undoubtedly Bando de la Huerta which takes place on the Tuesday, and Entierro de la Sardina, on the Saturday. During Bando de la Huerta locals and visitors alike dress up in typical huertano costumes, (those historically associated with agricultural workers), and flock to the streets to make the most of the parties; the day culminates in a great traditional parade. The Entierro de la Sardina Festival sees dozens of floats filter through the streets distributing thousands of toys to all the children. A spectacular parade leads the floats, filling the streets with the magic of the Carnival and all of the incredible colourful outfits.
LA MAR DE MÚSICAS FESTIVAL
La Mar de Músicas Festival kick starts in Cartagena during July, featuring artists from every corner of the planet. Throughout more than two weeks the city celebrates the individuality of other cultures through their music, choosing a different guest country every year. The festivals' stages are strategically placed throughout the city, so you can not only enjoy the performances and culture, but do so with the most beautiful views of the Mediterranean.
WAM FESTIVAL
In May, Murcia hosts WAM, considered one of the most popular festivals among young people in Spain. The show offers 48 hours of non-stop music and contemporary art, turning the La Fica showground each year into a multi-use space ready for some of the biggest acts to perform.
JAZZ FESTIVAL
The International Jazz Festival, which takes place in San Javier each July, is considered to be one of the best jazz festivals in Spain. With performances from some of the biggest stars in the jazz world, concerts are held throughout the entire month. What better way to enjoy your summer than by experiencing the best music, live and in open air, just minutes away from the sea?
CANTE DE LAS MINAS FESTIVAL
Every August the town of La Unión hosts one of the most important flamenco competitions in the world. Here, the most renowned dancers alternate their performances with those competing for the Lámpara Minera singing award, which descends upon the modernist setting of the Antiguo Mercado Público (Old Public Market) and the Agrupa Vicenta mine. It is a truly magical space to enjoy the show, as much for experts in the field, as for amateurs alike.
CARTHAGINIANS AND ROMANS FESTIVAL
As if it were the set from a blockbuster movie, the Carthaginian and Roman Festival transforms this port city during the month of September into a spectacular scene from the Segunda Guerra Púnica. Throughout the year thousands of revellers plan the festival carefully, which consists of ship landings, , gladiator fights, chariot races and a great battle which finishes off with the conquest of Qart Hadast at the hands of General Escipión.
ÁGUILAS CARNIVAL
If you love to party, fireworks, fantasy, and fancy dress you cannot miss the Águilas Carnival. Experience some of the craziest days of your life at one of the most spectacular carnivals in Spain. The festival, declared of National Touristic Interest, invades the streets of the small town with fantasy, music, dance and quirky costumes for two weeks. It is particularly well known for the battle between Don Carnal and Doña Cuaresma, as well as the Cuerva (traditional fruit and alcohol based drink) contest. However, equally as special is its street procession; a seemingly never ending selection of groups take part in their colourful and spectacular carnival costumes.
LA PURÍSIMA DE YECLA FESTIVAL
La Purísima de Yecla Festival recreates an atmosphere that will transport you back to times of the 17th Century military shows. A deafening display of arquebus and drums announce the arrival of one hundred tiraores (shooters), kitted out in dress coats and bicornio (an archaic form of hat widely adopted in the 1790s by military and naval officers). This celebration, declared of National Touristic Interest, is steeped in more than 350 years of history and takes place every December in honour of the Virgen Del Castillo and appreciation for the safe return of all the people of Yecla who went to fight in the War of Succession.
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