A Second Opinion: Remembering “La Movida Madrilena”!

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La Via Lactea in the heart of Malasaña, variously touted as “Woodstock Bar”,  “upbeat lounge offering
drinks & dancing in a cozy space with a pool table & a vintage vibe”, etc.
By Mary Foran

Discotheques, “cool” cafes, famous Art Galleries, Cultural Festivals galore, “watering holes” on every street, bookstores and stalls for the avid reader, comfortable pubs and traditional taverns, MALASAÑA, “El Rastro”, Quevedo, San Bernardo, THE GLORIETA DE BILBAO, Las Cibeles, La Famosa Telefonica, Colon and its waterfalls–ah, those were the days!

Who can describe “La Movida Madrileña” without a Metro Map in hand?

Madrid is a Senorial City with a rhythm that never ceases, like the traffic on the “M-30”. . .

Pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona, an all too familar sight these days

Nowadays, Barcelona, a beautiful city in and of itself, gets all the action, all the attention and all the notoriety in “La Prensa”. And poor old Madrid has to pretend that it is a serious place to be.

Young people still like to go out and have a good time with their friends and meet new people. And tourists still like to peruse all the Capital’s wonderful monuments and museums.

Olvido Gara “Alaska”, iconic punk rock vocalist of the Movida, an electrifying cultural phenomenon in the 1980s

I don’t know who first coined the phrase “La Movida Madrileña” but I know from my own experience that it was a real phenomenon in the city of Madrid. If the young are allowed to have their own voice, they will create new cultural phenomenons continuously.

Sort of “kicking up their heels”

By the way, “old fogies” can dance and “kick up their heels” too!




Featured image/Roger Casas Alatriste, CC BY-ND2.0
Catalonia independence  demonstration/Robert Bonet, CC BY-SA3.0
Alaska, inthesitymad, CC BY-SA3.0
Dancing old couple/rawpixel on unsplash