By Nancy Todd
Get out your fan, put on your espadrilles, grab a bottle of rioja, and head to events which include famous festivals bouncing this summer all over Spain. Regina gave you a beginning of the festival rundown for May. Events in June happen every weekend. Oh, it’s heaven to live here in Spain.
1. Get Wild! – San Juan Festivals, June 20-24. This noisy bash is celebrated in cities all over Spain to cheer in the Summer Soltice. Firecrackers and fireworks start three weeks before, and continue two weeks after the holiday. In Barcelona, people stay up all night on the beaches, drinking, dancing, dodging fire spewers and fire dancers. It is friggin’ wild. Ok, one day is enough. Ultimately all the noise is royal pain in the eardrums.
2. Dance and listen - International Festival of Music and Dance of Granada, June 24 – July 12. Dozens of performances sound out from plazas, street corners, performing art centers. Music, dance, poetry, art. Classical music, flamenco, comedy, the National Ballet Company of Spain, Boston Ballet Company. And the Alhambra overlooks it all. You can too.
3. Watch budding talent - International Film Festival for Young Filmakers, June 15 – 22. New and experienced filmakers show their stuff in Valencia. Professional meetings. Competitions. Get your hotel rooms early.
4. Wear old clothes - Batalla del Vino, Battle of Wine, June 29. Haro, a city in La Rioja, is where the one day madness starts with a mass. Or A Mass. Depending on your perspective. People lug containers of wine, are supposed to put it in their botas – wineskins. Then they squirt wine all over each other. Wine from Rioja of course. Hair, clothes, and shoes turn pink. Music. Horses parade with riders dressed in white with red scarves. Magic.