Diá de Andalucia is celebrated each year on 28th February and is a holiday here in Andalucia. The day marks the anniversary of a referendum held in 1980 when Andalucía became an autonomous community in Spain. I am a bit miffed this year as it falls on a Saturday, I don’t get a day off!!! For the lucky school kids of the Malaga province, they get the whole week off …known as semana blanca.
The event is often marked with celebrations in each town within Andalucia. This year in Manilva, the celebrations will start on Thursday 26th and run through until Sunday 1st March.
The programe for this years celebrations are as follows:-
Thursday 26th February
6pm – A childen’s play will be performed in the Centro de Interpretación las Viñas (above the wine musuem)
Friday 27th February
9pm. A performance by Juan Pinilla Martin, an award winning Flamenco singer from Granada, again in the Centro de Interpretación las Viñas
Saturday 28th February
11.30 Manilva band march through the streets
12.00 Civic ceremony in front of the town hall, followed by the raising of the Andalucian flag. This will be accompanied by the singing of the andalucian hymn by the choirs of Manilva and Sabinillas and also this year, the Luisana association (disabled association) will also be performing the hymn in sign language. Traditionally, everyone dresses in green and white -the andalucian colours – for this event.
13.00 – Performances by the Manilva Band, Sabinillas Church Choir, Manilva Church Choir, and Eva Cabrera Dance School.
13.30 – The events move to the sports centre with a childrens play and tastings of tradational Manilva food and the local wine.
15.00 – Performance by the Municipal Dance School.
16.30 Performance by the pupils of the municipal music school
17.30 – Performance by pupils of the Cristina Seguín Dance School
18.30 – The Music School Orchestra close the show with a performance of “El Secreto Thomas Onfield”
Sunday 1st March
19.30 A performance by the municipal theatre school in the Centro de Interpretación las Viñas.