On 17 December 2021, the Madrid Symphony Orchestra is offering a very special solidarity concert for the victims of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano on the island of La Palma, the Canary Islands archipelago. Here's your chance to show your concern for the people of La Palma. Be at the concert!
In the Spain of the post-Franco era, secularism has been steadily gaining ground. One might say, at an alarming rate. Then why, despite the steady waning of Catholicism, are the belenes (Nativity scenes) still profoundly popular in Spain? Read on and find out!
From 1 to 3 December, Madrid will host the 24th General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization. Says WTO Secretary-General: "In difficult circumstances, Spain has stepped forward to host this important General Assembly. In UNWTO's host city, Madrid, the world's tourism will come together to plan for a future in which our sector fulfills its unique potential as a pillar of inclusive growth and opportunity for all."
This probably won’t come as a surprise to the great majority of consumers but prices do go up on Black Friday week. The Organización de Usuarios y Consumidores (OCU), Spain’s largest private non-profit consumer organization, warned that instead of getting great pre-Christmas deals, you could end up getting fooled. Of the 2,500 products that OCU monitored on Black Friday week, only 19% had their prices down. The prices of 27% of the other products rose. The prices of the rest were unchanged. Think about all this when you go shopping on Cyber Monday!
The 18th edition of the Seville European Film Festival was held with an impressive calendar of screenings which exceeded the geographic limits of Europe. Inaugurated on November 5th, the Festival included the world premiere of seven feature films along with 15 shorts, in addition to highly varied programming with the following categories: The New Waves, Endless Revolutions, Extraordinary Stories, Family Cinema, Special Sessions and Andalusia Panorama, among others.
Dr. Hans Kluge, World Health Organization regional director for Europe, is all praises for Spain’s handling of the COVID vaccination during his meeting with Spain’s Minister of Health Carolina Darias on 8 November. With 90% of the target population (over 12 years of age) already fully vaccinated, Spain has made quite a record. And yet, Kruger notes that the country isn’t sleeping on its laurels. Instead, "Spain, despite having a very high level of vaccination, continues to put pressure on the virus and does not give up despite the [admirable] figures" it has achieved.
"The Consular Section of the United States Embassy in Madrid is conducting as many visa interviews as possible. However, given the overwhelming demand for work and student visas, continued Covid-19 crowding restrictions, and staffing limitations, we regret that we will not be able to interview all applicants before their desired travel dates. We will keep adding more appointments in the following weeks as capacity allows."
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If the province of Cáceres preserves the architecture and atmosphere of medieval Spain, Salamanca is the keeper of Renaissance Spain. Ancient even as Spanish cities go, the city, ideal for a weekend visit from Madrid, was of importance as early as 222 B.C.