Best events in November & December 2019

The masterpiece of the Austrian painter and one of the most famous kisses in art history will come to life in Spain,at Seville Navigation Pavilion, with Klimt’s Gold. An innovative proposal that will allow you to completely immerse yourself in the golden universe of Gustav Klimt through the latest technological advances. The exhibition offers a different perspective of Klimt’s cultural legacy, which ranges from his academic and classical steps, to the golden symphony of his unmistakable style.

The Barcelona International Jazz Festival is one of the city’s most well-established musical offerings. Music performances take place on various stages, such as Palau de la Música Catalana, Auditori del Fòrum or Conservatori del Liceu, as well as in several concert halls.
The event brings together artists representing this music genre, being recognized on the national and international arena. The program is complemented by free concerts, master classes, conferences and meetings with artists.

The event was born to disseminate lesbian, gay and transsexual movies, short films, documentaries and video art. Year after year, the festival gained popularity and became a well-known event among the LGBT community. Film screenings are followed by debates and
symposia related to the subject of the screening, with the participation of guests and the audience. Nearly 12,000 people take part in the festival.

Día de Todos los Santos or Todos Santos is a public holiday in Spain. The Spaniards visit cemeteries to pray for the souls of their loved ones and lay flowers at their burial sites. There is no custom of lighting a candle there. Some Spaniards perform the same ritual also on All Souls’ Day (November 2) and often on the weekend preceding All Saints’ Day. The celebration of this day in Spain is associated with some holidays celebrated locally (in some cities or municipalities) or regionally.

  • CADIZ (Andalusia – Spain) – Tosantos
    In the halls of the marketplaces (Mercado Central and Mercado Virgen del Rosario) are
    created separate areas, where quite grotesque compositions are created. They consist of
    peculiar puppets: animal heads (e.g. pigs, chickens, fish) and vegetables are dressed up as
    characters associated mainly with the world of politics, sport and film.
  • CATALONIA (Spain) – Castanyada or Castañada
    Much earlier, in the last days of October, on the streets of Barcelona and larger autonomy
    cities, sellers of grilled sweet chestnuts appear. According to Catalan tradition, chestnuts were
    supposed to help the waiters on the eve of All Saints’ Day to persist until morning. Currently,
    this is an opportunity for Catalans to meet in the outdoors with friends, walk and experience
    this exceptionally stirring, festive and autumn atmosphere.

The International Jazz Festival in Granada is one of the oldest operating in Europe and is a Spanish member of the Europe Jazz Network, organizing European jazz festivals. The event takes place with the participation of prestigious international characters from the world of
modern jazz. Available concerts as part of the official program also take place with unofficial sessions at various locations in the city, as well as other event-related activities.

The hero of the fiesta is a fruit typical of the season – chestnut.During the festival, which is celebrated a different day each year, more than 300 kilo chestnuts and 200 kilo sweet potatoes are distributed on the town’s main square. Every year, around 3,500 people come to this Andalusian town to try local delicacies. One of the best-known hits of Alcaucin are delicious mantecado de canela cookies.

WOMAD (World of Music, Arts and Dance), a music, art and dance festival from around the world, is a project of the British singer Peter Gabriel, aimed at presenting various musical rhythms. This year, its new edition is organized with the participation of numerous
international artists. In addition to concerts, many parallel events are planned, such as vocal and instrumental workshops for adults, gastronomic tastings and courses for children, as well as cabaret performances, conferences and audiovisual projections.

The Fiesta del Orujo takes place during one November weekend and its tradition dates back to 1984. A key element of the festival and a pretext to organize it, is the tasting of the orujo liquor (40-50% of alcohol) produced in this part of Spain. Celebrations are accompanied by musical events, concerts, folk dance shows and stalls with local products. In addition to the title drink, during Fiesta del Orujo you can also taste regional dishes such as: cocido lebaniego, borono and picón bejes-tresviso.

In November, theEuropean Film Festival takes place in Seville and gathers a large number of viewers. Its headquarters is the Nervión Plaza cinema. Pre-release screenings of many award- winning European films take place. Every year, the festival attracts the best creators of both short and feature films.

Barcelona Independent Film Festival, L’Alternativa, has its 26th edition. It offers filmgoers and professionals an occasion to discover and enjoy screenings and activities. The festival is for people who value creative freedom, diversity, innovation, commitment and thought-
provoking reflection. There are many sections of film types, including Spanish Films, premieres, little-known films, but also performances and debates.

The Davis Cup is the most important team tennis competition that dates back to 1900. To that date, cup systems are held in international and continental groups, on four three-day dates throughout the year and on the hard courts of one of the teams, this time in Spain. In Madrid, in The Caja Mágica stadium, 18 teams will be divided into six groups. The groupswinners and two final winners with the best balance from second places, will advance to the quarter-finals. From this moment, the competition will continue in the cup system.

Although stalls with Christmas gifts and food can be found throughout the city, this most famous market is located in Plaza Mayor. It is the largest square of Madrid located in the heart of the Spanish capital. Tourists visit it all year round, but in December it changes into a
noisy place full of food and handicraft stalls. The roots of the market go back to 1860. In addition to all products to buy, the fair is a place where are displayed Christmas balls and other performances, kept in a festive atmosphere.

The oldest and the best-known Christmas market, is the biggest one in Barcelona, “LaFira de Santa Llúcia”, which is a part of Christmas tradition of Spain. It takes place at Plaza de la Catedral in the shadow of the Gothic cathedral. The first fair took place in this place as early as 1786. It consists of around 300 stalls full of decorations, presents and everything that connects with celebrating Christmas. The most important days during this market are 13 (Santa Lucia Day) 15 of December, when festivals, concerts, and competitions take place. In
addition to Christmas trees, mistletoe, decorations and Christmas cribs figurines, you can also buy Caga Tió, a festive symbol characteristic of Catalonia. It is a creature whose torso forms a wooden block and has a traditional, red Catalan hat.

163 craft workshops in Madrid, with representatives of other autonomous communities, participate in this Christmas market. You can buy handicrafts from jewelry, ceramics, textiles, engraving, toys, hats, glasses, frames etc.

Coinciding with the Spanish December long weekend, from 3 to 9 December the International MadBear Festival returns to Madrid. And it’s not about teddy bears or furry predators … only about “bear-like” gays! This event invites all “Bears”, “Hunters”, “Chubbies” and devotees of this community. The fun begins during the day and lasts until late at night, and is accompanied by special dinners, parties in various saunas in the Chueca district (known as the gay epicenter of Madrid) and the Mister Madbear 2019 election.

The largest Christmas market in Seville takes place at Plaza Nueva. It is worth mentioning that in addition to the traditional Christmas markets at Plaza Nueva there are also book fairs. You can find both old and valuable copies as well as contemporary specialized books.
Another interesting proposition for lovers of sweets is combined with sales – an exhibition of various traditional cakes and pastries prepared by nuns. Another interesting point is that individual craftsmen and craft companies with craft lists and their own design and
development are taking part in this fair, showing their craft ideas.

On December 28 in Ibi, in the province of Alicante, Valencia, there is a symbolic battle for power, in which flour and eggs are used as weapons! The representatives of the New Authority, the Enfarinants, dressed in military uniforms and cylinders, are trying to impose
their justice. They collect taxes that are later donated to charity. A symbolic arrest is being mounted on the main square in Ibi; this is also where the decisive clash takes place between power-hungry teams. A merry battle begins, consuming dozens of eggs and kilograms of
flour. At lunchtime, there is a ceasefire so that participants can enjoy the delights of local cuisine. Los Enharinados is one of the funniest fiestas in Spain, full of folklore, music, fun and food!

Main celebrations in Spain throughout the year

Date Name Area
1 January New Year (Año Nuevo) Whole Spain
6 January Ephiphany (Reyes Magos) Whole Spain
20 January Tamborrada of Donostia (La Tamborrada de San Sebastián) San Sebastián
28 February Andalusia Day (Día de Andalucía) Andalusia
1 March Day of The Balearic Islands (Día de las Islas Baleares) Balearic Islands
15-19 March The Falles (Fallas de Valencia) Valencia
19 March Saint Joseph’s Day, Father’s Day (San José, Día del Padre) Whole Spain
21-24 April Moors and Christians (Moros y Cristianos) Alicante
23 April Castile and León Day (Día de Castilla y León) Castilla y León
23 April Aragon Day (Día de Aragón) Aragon
23 April Saint George's Day (Día de San Jorge/ SantJordi) Catalonia
1 May International Workers's Day / Labor Day (Día Internacional de los Trabajadores) Whole Spain
2 May Day of the Autonomous Community of Madrid (Día de la Comunidad de Madrid) Madrid
11-15 May Isidore the Farmer’s Day (Fiestas de San Isidro) Madrid
30 May Day of the Canary Islands (Día de Canarias) Canary Islands
31 May Day ofCastilla-La Mancha (Día de Castilla-La Mancha) Castilla-La Mancha
9 June Day of La Rioja (Día de La Rioja) La Rioja
9 June Day of the Region of Murcia (Día de la Región de Murcia) Murcia
13 June El Marrano de San Antón La Alberca
20-24 June Bonfires of Saint John (Hoguerasde San Juan de Alicante) Alicante
29 June Haro Wine Battle Festival (Batalla del vino) Haro
6-14 July Festival of San Fermín(Las Fiestas de San Fermín) Pamplona
25 July Day of Galicia (DíaNacional de Galicia) Galicia
4-9 August Virgen Blanca Festivities (Fiestas de la Virgen Blanca) Vitoria-Gasteiz
15 August Assumption of Mary (Asuncion de la Virgen María) Whole Spain
15 August Fiestas de la Paloma Madrid
16 August A Festa da Auga/ Fiesta del Agua Villagarcía de Arosa
27 August – 1 September Cipotegato Tarazona
29 August La Tomatina Buñol
2 September Day of Ceuta (Día de Ceuta) Ceuta
8 September Day of Extremadura (Día de Extremadura) Extremadura
8 September Day of Asturias (Día de Asturias) Asturias
11 September National Day of Catalonia (Día de Cataluña) Catalonia
9 October Valencian Community Day (Día de la Comunidad Valenciana) Autonomous Community of Valencia
12 October National Day of Spain (Día de la Hispanidad/ Fiesta Nacional de España) Whole Spain
25 October Day of the Basque Country (Día del País Vasco) Basque Country
1 November All Saints' Day (Día de Todos los Santos) Whole Spain
6 December Day of the Constitution (Dia de la Constitución) Whole Spain
8 December Immaculate Conception (Inmaculada Concepción) Whole Spain
22 December Spanish Christmas Lottery (Sorteo Extraordinario de Navidad / Lotería de Navidad) Whole Spain
25 December Christmas (Navidad) Whole Spain
28 December Feast of the Holy Innocents (Día de los Santos Inocentes) Whole Spain
28 December ElsEnfarinats Ibi (Alicante)