the feria is the week long fair celebrated in Andalusian towns with sevillanas but not much flamenco singing
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La Feria feria de caballos de jerez de la frontera

the week long fair celebrated in Andalusian towns

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sevillanas, sherry, fairground rides, but little flamenco...but a socially interactive event each year

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Each town in andalusia has a week long festivity called the feria
Feria del Caballo
Jerez de la Frontera

HORSE FAIR in Jerez de la Frontera

feria homepage for years 2010 and 2011

JEREZ 10th to 17th May 2009

feria de caballo jerez

Del 10 Mayo al 17 Mayo 2009 - Feria del Caballo with some 250 casetas all open to the public.
  feria de caballos de jerez  horse and carriage

feria 2009
caseta los pollitos first prize caseta facade  
 

JEREZ April/May 2008

sevillanas dress style

HORSE FAIR in Jerez de la Frontera

Del 27 de Abril al 4 de Mayo 2008 - Feria del Caballo with some 250 casetas all open to the public.
Sevillanas dancing in the caseta   horses and couples at the feria

 

SEVILLE April 2008

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Del 7 Abril al 13 Abril - Feria de Sevilla

A deluge of rain dampened the whole feria and even caused the suspension of bullfights this year, yet festivities gathered pace by the end of the week when the weather brightened. There were over 1000 casetas though many were private. You have to know people...and dance Sevillanas...

sevilla  portada

 

JEREZ May 2007

 

 

caballos feria de jerez romance on horseback

 

 

JEREZ 7th to 14th May 2006

poster feris jerez 2006

couple riding   Romate caseta

caseta   caseta municipal

 

JEREZ 2005

sevillana girls chatting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the large municipal caseta feriasMunicipalCasetaDancing  

horses carriage adorned horses and carriages

 

JEREZ May 2004

sevillanas

sevillanas dancing

the best poster yet....

jerez feris poater cartel

 

JEREZ May 2003

click to the feria 2003 in Jerez

 

JEREZ 2002

Buy a dress for the feria

 

children clap to the sevillanas rhythms

 

The feria de caballos is well known as the horse fair in Jerez de la Frontera. These are scenes from the feria 5th to 12th May 2002.

 

 

Jerez feria 2003 click here

riders stop for a sherry and a chat

jerez may 2002   horse and sevillana ladies

   

A viewpoint

 

 

 

 

 

Visitor figures for year 2002 in Jerez: about 240 casetas, a record 2 million visitors, some 500 horses and 400 horse and carriage paraded around the feria (from Diario de Jerez 14th May 2002)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crash course...

There are three verses to each of the four sevillanass that are danced as a set.

To be cool, you need to know when to begin (just after the introductory melody line), when to pass your partner (like a bullfighter), and when to stop (it must be everyone at the same time.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

click here to the sevillanas maths table (only for the initiated!)

The feria is always enjoyable for its variety of movement, costume and noise... Somehow I was left disappointed with my experience this year (2002) in Jerez. I missed the good old days when casetas employed groups to sing and dance sevillanass for the entertainment of the clientele. Now we only hear a competition of noisy disco sevillanas and rumba CDs between casetas and very few people actually dancing sevillanass properly if at all. Perhaps the bar owners were more worried about covering the enormous cost of constructing a caseta just for the week after which it is pulled down. They have to take enough money to make it worthwhile. To give you an idea one owner admitted it was tough - his family spent half a million pesetas (about 3000 Euros) on building the caseta, for a return of some 1.5 million pesetas (about 9000 Euros) excluding paying the waiters and other expenses. So this gives you an idea. No wonder he refused to have any live sevillanas group this year.

crowded casetas at the feria dressed up sevillanas style

It also seemed that more were concerned with how they looked (especially the rich on horseback) and where they were seen. Meanwhile the younger generation went clubbing around their own pop music casetas.

To be correct the mayor of Jerez, Pedro Pacheco, did require all casetas to open their doors to the public, but old-fashioned elitism has crept back! It is still important to know the right people (nothing wrong with that) but when the fun is limited to social etiquette, then essence is lost!

It is also noticeable that so few men know how to dance sevillanass. Even the Jerezana women are sloppy about their steps (I am sorry to say.) It is as though Jerez is only interested in "its" Bulerias de Jerez, but not the folklore of sevillanass. This lazy approach to dancing sevillanass has actually spawned an inbetween layer of teaching known as sevillanass para la feria. I know of at least one teacher in Jerez who gives such classes in the run up to the feria. It is a watered down version of the sevillanas, made simple, so that at the right time the man can posture like a torero while the lady twirls around him. But you still have to know the rhythm!

The only time I saw sevillanass clasicas properly danced was in the municipal caseta which was reserved (or excluded) for TV slots of invited singers and groups. Upon enquiry one night, I managed to speak to the dance teacher (an older dignified lady from a neighbouring town, Puerto Real), whose girls danced an elegant set of sevillanass with fans in one hand.

the third sevillana - somewhere... the man poses like a torero while the women do all the work... sevillanas are fun for a couple

A sevillanas is a courtship dance with three verses, and danced as a set of 4 sevillanass together. You have to take some sevillanass dance classes and get to know the structure of the music, in order to have some idea when to start and when to stop...! My advice is to learn at least the paso de sevillanas, the basic step so characteristic of the sevillanas. This can help get you through the rest.

 

   

Children enjoy both the traditional fairground activities as well as the casetas.

 

 

 

 

children lride   family outing


Malaga 2001

 

The Malaga feria in August 2001 was brimming with activity, sometimes spontaneous in the street - in the picture a group of ladies start up with tangos until a lot more people are infected by its sensuous swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dancing and clapping   lady singer

The Verdiales are typical of the Malaga region. They are sung and danced with the accompaniment of guitars, hand drums, violin and finger cymbals.

cymbols in verdiales  verdiales musicians

 

   

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and of course there are the horses

see the equestrian web pages

impromptu verdiales dancing  instruments used for verdiales

 

horses carriage and flamencas sipping sherry

 

The feria is much grander than a nightime verbena or local street party, where sevillanas can be sung and danced as well.

 

 

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