This Saturday there will be a real treat in store for you because the Asociacion de Familiares de Enfermos de Alzheimer y Otras Demencias Bigastro have organised their 1st Feria de Sevillanas to take place in the Parque Huerto del Cura.
For those who are not familiar with Ferias de Sevillanas, they are very popular throughout southern Spain, including the famous Seville Fair, La Feria de Sevilla. Locally, Formentera del Segura holds one each year and the May Fair at Torrevieja is another good example.
To accompany the music, there is an associated dance called the "Baile por sevillanas", consisting of four different parts. You find schools teaching "baile por sevillanas" in nearly every town in Spain including of course Bigastro.
Those of you who have attended the May Fair in Torrevieja will know that horses also form a major part of the week’s attractions.
Now to the one in Bigastro
At 12am there will be an exhibition of horses with the bonus that children who arrive in fancy dress can enjoy a free pony ride. There will also be tapas available to stop you from feeling hungry.
Then at 4pm there will be Sevillanas dancing classes for those of you bold enough to try this form of dance.
Finally at 7pm the Association have arranged for a spectacular display by the Estefania Selfa School of Dance to take place along with other flamenco dancing displays and a continuation of the Tapeo.
Worthy of your support
The Association, of which my neighbour Eladia Grau is a key member, does an enormous amount of work to help local families who have to care for Alzheimer suffers. Without their support, these families would struggle to cope with the problems that having a person with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia poses for them.
The Association deserves our full support to help them with their programme of work. Pam and I hope to see you all down in the park.