It’s that time of year again!

So this week is the week of the Fería de Almería, lots of bars set up in the street filled with merry-makers drinking, eating, shouting, singing, clapping, dancing… so how is this different to any other day one wonders, especially a cynic like me who just sees this as another booze-fest? Well for a start, it great to see people dressed in their flamenco dresses with flowers in their hair, it’s great to see everyone in a party mood and it’s great to see how different age groups celebrate – the older generations possibly remembering days-gone-by and to some extent, still celebrating in the same way; drinks with friends, enjoying the atmosphere of conviviality and then there is the generation who bar-hop and see how much they can drink, the generation who like to visit a few select bars to try the different tapas, the generation (like me) who loves to go and see live music and visit a few select bars for drinks and tapas… do you notice a theme here? Yes you have it! ALL activities are accompanied by drinks and in some cases, tapas also.

Merry-Makers

Merry-Makers

Plaza de Pablo Cazard

Plaza de Pablo Cazard

Flowers & Fans

Orange Flower & Fan

Just a fan!

Just a fan… and a coke!

Just a flower and a knitted one at that!

Just a flower and a cool knitted one at that!

This woman was handing out flyers for the bar we were drinking in, I loved the flower she had in her hair and as I was taking photographs of her, some of her friends stopped by and in huge voice, sang happy birthday to her… in Spanish of course.

Cumpleaños feliz
Cumpleaños feliz
Te deseamos (I didn’t get her name)
Cumpleaños feliz

Cumpleaños feliz

Cumpleaños feliz

It was a lovely beautiful moment🙂

I then started to become interested in the wall texture & graffiti and the fans that the women were carrying and could see potential for some lovely juxtaposes.

Political Slogan

Political Slogan

Note the year on this fan

Note the year on this fan

Fan & Political Slogan

Fan & Political Slogan

Two fans & political slogan

Two fans & political slogan

Flamenco Dress & Political Slogan

Flamenco Dress & Political Slogan

As far as I can make out, the BAF Almeria are an anti-facist / anti-racist party and the BAF network is active throughout Spain. The Oi! are a skinhead organisation that based themselves around pop culture of the mid 70s and is associated with racism and therefore surely opposed to the BAF. I do not pretend to know about Spanish politics and therefore am not in a position to comment – I just liked the juxtapositions.

My favourite fan holder photo

My favourite fan holder photo

But what of its significance? La Fería de Almería is the largest festival in the city of Almería and takes place in the second half of August in honour of the patron saint of Almería, the Virgen del Mar. The festival lasts seven days and small stage events are held all over the city mostly featuring live music of one type or another. The main events of the festival are the Fería de Mediodia, where all these photographs were taken, the fireworks, which take place at midnight on the Saturday and Wednesday, equestrian activities, Popular Pottery Fair, running from Wednesday until the end of the festival and the “fun-fair”, with its large number of booths,  rides and stalls. In parallel to the activities above, there are important cultural events that take place such as the nationally renowned flamenco festival, and the Folk Festival of the Iberian and Mediterranean, where global origin groups meet during the week to represent their dances and customs to Almeria population.

Posters

Posters

Street Vendor Resting

Street Vendor Resting

Preparing for the evening rush

Preparing for the evening rush

Flamenco Shop

Flamenco Shop

Our evening entertainment was to be held in the bar of the Baños Arabes in Almeria. Our good friend Carmen, from the Almeria Language Club, was playing with her band. Whilst waiting to enter the bar, I noticed even more things worthy of a capture and in particular, there were three guys with red hats which I thought looked magnificent!

Three Red Hats

Three Red Hats

Street Art

Street Art

So time to go into a nicely steaming-hot bar… oooer!

Woman Dancing With Fan

Woman Dancing With Fan

Flower

Pink Flower

Flower & Blue Fan

Flower & Blue Fan

Enchanted Cymbal of Mambrino (Quijote reference)

Enchanted Cymbal of Mambrino (Quijote reference)

Girls with Fans

Girls with Fans

Cuatro y Nos Vamos

Cuatro y Nos Vamos

Time now to leave Baños Arabes and have a quick look at the night-life before heading home.

Friends waiting to enter a club

Friends waiting to enter a club

Flamenco Trainee

Flamenco Trainee

Friends enjoying wine & tapas

Friends enjoying wine & tapas

Street Lights

Street Lights

Traffic Queues

Traffic Queues

Going to the fair... and coming back!

Going to the fair… and coming back!

I’d like to thank all the people who have given their permission to be photographed and especially those that pretty much demanded the cameras attention! To all others, I have made my best effort to preserve the integrity of the event and of the moment they were photographed. I don’t know how to contact any of these people but if there is any objection to any of the images appearing on this blog, please tell me ASAP and we can do something about it. None of these photographs will be used for commercial purposes, only used in the context of this blog entry, i.e. to show the wonderful colourful event as I saw it.

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2 responses to “It’s that time of year again!

  1. That looks like a lot of fun! I love all the Spanish fairs, but it’s true that they’re all big drinking events like you said. Your photos are fab, I spent ages looking at them. Can’t imagine going to a discoteca in a flamenco dress…..that girl must have been boiling!

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