"It's the festival of the rebujito, not the caipirinha"
Francisco Garcia Pietro, chairman of the Feria de Abril de Cataluña, has said that the 42nd edition of the popular fiesta, opening today in Barcelona's Parc del Forum, will have more of an Andalusian flavor and less of a Latino presence among its 'casetas,' the colorfully decorated marquee tents temporarily set up on the Forum fairgrounds each year at this time
'It's the festival of the rebujito, not the caipirinha,' García Prieto declared after announcing the return of four Andalusian entities organizations absent in recent years, the expansion of the main caseta, the removal of one political party's stand 'for budgetary reasons' and the debut of another group of politicos serving chamomile tea -- the Democratic Union of Catalonia and the Citizen's parties respectively.
In total about 60 casetas and stands will be open to receive thousands of visitors from today until 5 May. As always, entrance to the casetas is free. Visitors have the opportunity to hear live music, see dance performances, and purchase food and drink. There are also plenty of opportunities for the public to join in the flamenco dancing fun, with locals showing visitors how to do a fandango, a granadíno, a malagueña, or a sevillana. This year scheduled performers include Guadaljarafe, Brisas, Zaira, Aromas, Azaila el Ballet Clasico Español, el Ballet Oficial de la Feria de Abril and more.
At tonight's opening the Federation of Andalusian Cultural Entities in Catalonia (FECAC) will be collecting items to donate to the local Food Bank. In addition, during the 10 days of the fair Food Bank 'solidarity tickets' will be available for 50 cents a piece. Ticket holders will be entered into a raffle for Andalusian products.
The Feria de Abril is one of the largest annual public events held in Catalonia
Website: La Federación de Entidades Culturales Andaluzas de Cataluña FECAC
Photo page: Feria de abril de Cataluña - Galeria de Imágenes