Main events on the socio-cultural and sports circuits.
The amazing 76th Mercedes–Benz Fashion Week Madrid (MBFWMadrid) kicked off at Ifema on the 14th of September, and the curtain was rung down on the 17th. The entire four-day Spanish fashion extravaganza fascinated and delighted professional buyers, designers, clients, invited guests, and the over one thousand national and international press who gave excellent coverage to the 41 runway shows and all the other aspects comprising the production of MBFWMadrid 2022. Needless to say, the sponsors got their money’s worth. And everyone is holding their breath for the next extravaganza!
The success of the trade fair and its numerous support in the sector, the diversified products, the all-out support for the “ecological” products, chefs, and restaurants amongst numerous others have caused an amazing stir in the movement of organic food and eco-living.
Seville´s interpretation of food as an essentially social phenomenon is what makes it one of the supreme exponents of the tapa. Tapas recipes are redolent of the several cultures that have left their gastronomic mark on Seville down the centuries, from the Roman taste for sausages to the Arabic Moors´refined use of spices.
Puy du Fou Theme Park narrates the history of Toledo and, broadly, Spain in a spectacular manner, sparing no expense to give us a unique experience we won’t forget in a long long time!
After a two-year hiatus made mandatory by the pandemic, Madrid Fusion 2022 outdid itself, breaking its previous records on participation, public attendees, and accredited journalists. It was as if Fusión just had to make up for lost time, as well as reassert its acclaimed position as the leading influencer at gastronomy trade fairs of premier rank.
There's an excellent exhibit of graffiti artist-turned-mainstream-painter, Jean Michel Basquiat, in downtown Manhattan. The artist died at 28 of an overdose; his works are sobering. It would have been a hard transition from this intense show to our ultimate destination, the Little Spain eatery, (thought-provoking art makes us hungry), but the High Line was nearby. Little Spain has a magnificent selection of Spanish food. The diner prides itself on being purely Spanish but the Latin-American waiter did not know what a "pincho" was and they played Mexican music. Small complaints. We enjoyed every morsel, raised our "thimbles" and toasted Basquiat!
Oscar Terol is arguably the comedian who has made Spanish audiences laugh the most these past couple of years. His career started off inadvertently when it occurred to him to send out a video to his family for laughs. And what do you know? In just a matter of hours, the video went viral! Terol’s shows highlight the funny side of the surrealistic situations people are confronted with. Terol’s new show, staged at the Teatro Marquina in Madrid on 1 and 2 July, is titled “Mundos Para Lelos (Worlds for Fools)” which is about the incomprehensible world in which people struggle incessantly to hide their “yo tonto (Me, the fool)” from public view.
An extraordinary retrospective exhibition “Antonio Gades. Tierra, Mar y Fuego” has been inaugurated in the Teatro Fernán Gómez del Centro Cultural de la Villa dedicated to the internationally renown dancer Antonio Gades. The exhibition traces Gades’s triumphant performances and brilliant choreographies from the very beginning of his career to the legacy he has left behind, which revolves around three basic concepts: Earth, Sea and Fire, the latter symbolic of his passion for his art.
A highly versatile intellectual who developed an intense cultural activity in a variety of areas, Antonio Cánovas del Castillo Vallejo, a.k.a. Dalton Kâulak, was passionate about photography. More than 160 of his works are on exhibit at the Biblioteca Nacional till 28 August 2022. The exhibition is a must-see!
Buffoons, hunchbacks, rogues, squires in their fineries, alchemists with their magic formulas, quack doctors, ogres, blacksmiths, innkeepers who once peopled medieval towns will come back to El Alamo to haunt the visitors. It's all part of the witching game! Concerts, culinary, arts, and crafts stands, and general fun and games in the Middle Ages will be all over town.