When school is out for summer and the campus is emptied of students, it could happen – and does – that music would flow into the vacuum, calling people back that they might give a listen to music. This is what’s happening at the Complutense University now. With its 86,000 students gone for vacation, the university’s Alfonso XIII Royal Botanical Garden is converted to an open-air auditorium during the warm and fragrant nights. Forget the classrooms! Let the music flow. Rock. Soothe. Vibrate.
Spain was the springboard for World Book Day, at the initiative of Vicente Clavel Andrés who proposed designating a Spanish Book Day to honor Miguel de Cervantes, author of the world’s first modern novel, Don Quixote de La Mancha. It took decades but in the end UNESCO took up the gauntlet.
Vicente Clavel proposed the designation of the 7th of October as Book Day to honor Miguel de Cervantes of the DON QUIXOTE fame on his birth anniversary. As a result, in February 1926 King Alfonso XIII signed the Royal Decree for the purpose. Decades later, UNESCO waded in and moved Book Day (World Book and Copyright Day) to 23 April, both Cervantes and Shakespeare's death anniversary. But the original idea behind Clavel's Book Day remains.
It is said that Columbus stopped by the Guadalupe monastery to pray for the success of his expedition before setting out in what resulted in the unexpected discovery of the New World