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PICK OF THE WEEK: Andorra (Pyrenees)

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Andorra la VellaEscaldes-EngordanySan Julia de LoriaLa MassanaOrdinoEncampCanilloPas de la Casa

PICK OF THE WEEK: 19TH – 26TH JUNE 2017

This week it is seriously hard to know where to begin. We have no less than 11 Festivals for a start! (For the full programme of events ask at your hotel or nearest tourist office to download this week’s Cultural Events in English sent to their computers by email.)

OPERA

THE ABDUCTION FROM THE SERAGLIO by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Tonight, Monday, 19th June at 20h at Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. (Opera direct from La Scala de Milan). La Scala is staging GORGIO STREHLER’s  celebrated  ‘silhouettes’ production. The dizzying role of Konstanze will be sung by LENNEKE RUITEN, with the emerging Mozart tenor MAURO PETER in the role of Belmonte.

MUSIC

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MUSIC: Wednesday, 21st June from 17h – 21h throughout the streets of the Principality. (Free) Open to all amateur and professional musicians, encompassing a wide mix of styles and aimed at popularising the actual playing of music.

PETIT CANTORS DEL PRINCIPAT D’ANDORRA: Wednesday, 21st June at 21h at the Church of Sant Esteve, Andorra La Vella. (Free) Traditional Summer Concert of the Petits Cantors who have sung at the UN in New York and at the Vatican for the Pope.

DAVID SIX – SOLO PIANO: Thursday, 22nd at 21.30 at the National Auditorium, Ordino. (15€ buy online 4tickets.es/AccioCultural/public/janto/) Six is an Austrian pianist, composer and instrumentalist brought to Andorra in collaboration with the Cultural Forum of Austria. The composer has created a piece entitled ‘Andorra’ (op. 72), to be released worldwide on the same day. David Six alternates the genres of contemporary jazz  and classical music.

SHUFFLE EXPRESS IN CONCERT: Thursday, 22nd at 22h at the Caldea, Escaldes-Engordany. (Free) A band of four play swing, rock, shuffle, cover versions of songs by classic and contemporary artists such as Eric Clapton and Muddy Waters.

FESTIVALS

ANDOSINOI: 1st FESTIVAL RECREATING ANDORRAN HISTORY. Friday 23rd – Sunday, 25th June at the archaeological site, Jaciment de la Margineda. Immerse yourself in the Middle Ages! Workshops on herbal medicines and minting medieval coins, demonstrations of medieval combat and clothing, it’s all on display as well as guided tours of the actual archaeological site. Open FRIDAY 17h – 21h, SATURDAY 10h – 21h and SUNDAY 10h – 15h.

THE EVE OF SANT JOAN/MIDSUMMER’S EVE: Friday 23rd June. This celebration of fire is one of Andorra’s most popular festivals. (See this week’s blog for more information.) Events throughout the Principality: fire shows, bonfires, parades of burning torches, music, cake and Muscatel and dancing into the small hours will start at the following times: CANILLO: 22h. ENCAMP: 22h. PASS DE LA CASA: 21h. LA MASSANA: 22h. ANDORRA LA VELLA: 19h in front of the Consell General (Parliament) with all the Authorities present followed, at 22.30, by a host of events. SANT JULIÀ DE LÒRIA: 22.30h also lays on major performances of fire dancing and parades with swirling balls of fire.

ENCAMP FESTA DEL POBLE from Friday 23rd – Sunday, 25th June. Pick of the events. FRIDAY: 17h – 24h (and Saturday) Celtic Market in the Plaça Sant Miquel. 19h Parade leaving from the Plaça dels Arínsols (PDA). SATURDAY: Junglepark for children at the PDA followed at 12h – 13h Vermouth and traditional games. 17h Children’s spectacular by the TRRR3S and foam party in the PDA. 22.30 Night time dance with the Loca Histèria in the Plaça del Consell. SUNDAY:13h Esbart Sant Romà folkdance group at the PDA followed at 13.30h Omelettes and sausages. 16h Crash Car at Grau Roig. 17h Foam party at the PDA followed at 19h Havaneres (sea shanties) by the Alta Mar. 20.30 Celtic group Irish Corner at the Plaça del Consell. 21h WITCHES MARKET in the Carrer Major. Witches consult their crystal balls, throw the cards and read the hands of all that offer them. Also candles, incense and esoteric decorations on sale.

ANDORRA LA VELLA: FESTA DEL POBLE. Pick of the events. Saturday, 24th June at 11am in Sant Esteve Church, Solemn Mass accompanied by the Petits Cantors del Principat d’Andorra. 12.30 Aperitif Rumbero in the Plaça del Poble (PdP). followed at 13h Rumba Concert by Los Manolos. 17.30 Sardana dance gathering in the (PdP). 18h Children’s entertainment show: Que peti la plaça! by the CIA. Xip Xap in the Plaça Guillemó. 22h Musical fireworks show by the Pirotècnica Igual in the (PdP).

FESTA MAJOR AT PAL: from Friday 23rd – Sunday, 25th June. Pick of the events. FRIDAY: In the Plaça del Poble: 21h Supper for all (20€ pax) 23h Orquestra Aquario. 24h Coca and Muscatel. 2.30 Discomobil. 4.45 Breakfast. SATURDAY: 16h Grand Pal Obstacle Race. 17.30 Race ends with the traditional paint fight. 21h Barbecued sausages for all. 23.30 Orquestra Sarau. 2.45 Disco 4.30 Breakfast for the valiant! SUNDAY: 13h Solemn Mass in the Church of Sant Climent de Pal. 13.30 Parade around the village. 14h Aperitif. 16.30 Foam party and Holly Party. 18h Coca and Muscatel. 19h Festa closes.

CINEMA

THE MUMMY: Tuesday 20th – Thursday 22nd June at 19.45 at the Cinemes Illa Carlemany, Escaldes-Engordany. Starring:  Tom Cruise,  Sofia Boutella,  Annabelle Wallis. The Story: An ancient princess is awakened from her crypt beneath the desert, bringing with her a malevolence grown over millennia, and terrors that defy human comprehension.

PICURT SHORT FILM FESTIVAL D’ANDORRA 2017

Wednesday, 21st June from 17h – 24h at the Centre de Congressos, Ordino. (Free). UNHOLY HOLY RIVER; ALASKA,  and ORDINO, ANOTHER ANDORRA.

SPORT

UCI BTT Masters World Championships 2017: Monday 19th – Saturday, 24th June at Vallnord Bike Park and La Massana. The best mountain bike riders in the world aged 30 and over compete to be cross-country and downhill world champions. Tuesday and Wednesday are for the cross-country races. Saturday at 12h will see the big Downhill Final and prize giving.

Culturally yours,

Clare

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