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Catalonia April Fair

Catalonia April Fair in Barcelona

Catalonia April Fair in Barcelona
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Apr 28 - May 07


When you think stereotypically of Spain, the first thing that will probably spring to mind are women in polkadot dresses dancing the Sevillanas whilst men dressed in a short jackets and tight trousers join in. Well... That's largely what the Catalonia April Fair is all about. Don't let the name fool you, this festival is 100% Andalusian.

Feria de Abril Barcelona 2017
Sevillanas, fun-fair and a lively atmosphere!

The fair was started in Catalonia during the '70s by a number of immigrants travelling from the south of Spain to the region who wanted to make their own version of the Seville Fair from their homeland. The result today is an area full of colourful little marquee tents where you can get some food and drinks while enjoying traditional dances from the south of Spain. In the Catalan version of the festival, these colourful huts called "casetas" are open to the public.

And let's not forget the fairground that opens up with a lovely ferris wheel beside the mediterranean sea, that's surely an experience that you don't want to miss out on!

People at the Catalan April Fair
Attendees of the fair

But attention! Flamenco and Sevillanas aren't the same!

The Flamenco is a cultural discipline from the south of Spain that includes singing, dancing and instrumentals with Arabic, Jewish, Gypsy and Andalusian origins, while Sevillanas are a traditional song and dance from Seville. The Sevillanas is a repetitive dance with defined steps — so it's accessible for everyone — that developed from the Flamenco style. Meanwhile, Flamenco is free-form and improvised, making it difficult for newcomers to join in.

At the April Fair you'll find people dancing the Sevillanas, though that doesn't rule out the possibility that someone might just stir things up a little by starting a Flamenco Jaleo! If that happens... You'll see the difference immediately!

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