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What's on in Spain: Sept 2015

The Local · 28 Aug 2015, 15:45

Published: 28 Aug 2015 15:45 GMT+02:00

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Carthaginians and Romans Festival, Cartagena, Murcia (September 18th - 27th) 

Photo: Spain.info

Originally from Lebanon, the Cathaginians fled to the Mediterranean after they were invaded and became seafaring traders.  It was too bad that the Romans also fancied a bit of maritime trade - as well as conquering more and more land - and this fiesta in Cartagena involves re-enactments of the warfare, eventually to be won by the Romans.

Fiestas de la Mare de Deu de la Salut Algemesí, Valencia (September 7th -8th)

Photo: Juanjo Ripollés / Flickr

This festival dates back to the Middle Ages and more than 1400 people participate in the main event - a parade of giants, featuring King James I of Aragon, his wife and many figures from the bible.  as with any Valencia festival, paella is a main component and be sure to try some of the local seafood varieties.

Fiesta De La Mercé, Barcelona (September 18th - 24th)

Photo: Miquel González / Flickr

Free music concerts are held for this festival which is held in honour of the city’s patron saint, Our Lady of Mercy.  Expect the usual Catalan partying - sardana-dancing, fireworks and human towers galore. 


Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Madrid (September 18th - 22nd)

Photo: Comunidad de Madrid / Flickr

Showcasing everything from clothes to cosmetics, Madrid’s fashion week might not quite be up there with London or Paris but offers an opportunity to analyse some of Spain’s finest designers.  The show includes new designs on the catwalk from stalwart pros such as Agatha Ruiz de la Prada as well as debuts from new and upcoming designers such as Xavi Reyes.

San Sebastián International Film Festival, Basque Country (September 18th - 26th)

Photo credits: Urko Dorronsoro / Flickr

In late September San Sebastian proudly host their world famous film festival.  It will be opening with the world premiere of Alejandro Amenábar’s new film, Regression, a thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Emma Watson which is bound to draw in large crowds. On a quirkier note, the festival shall end with Rufus Norris’ London Road, formerly a musical at London’s National Theatre about the Ipswich prostitute murders, that has been adapted to film.  

Gibraltar Music Festival, Gibraltar (September 5th-6th)

Paloma Faith will be among those perfoming. Photo: Phil Richards /Flickr

Well it's not Spain but just a hop across the border for a chance to see Duran Duran, Paloma Faith and Kings of Leon in what will be Gibraltar’s first music festival.  Not a bad line-up at all for a first-time affair, so take advantage of the present as ticket prices are sure to soar year on year.

Wos Inc Festival, Santiago de la Compostela, Galicia (September 11th - 13th)

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Photo: ocioengalicia.com

Prefer Spanish music? Have no fear - amongst the many music festivals on in Spain this September, Galicia’s offering of alternative music seems very varied for the humble price of €30.


Red Bull Extreme Cliff Diving World Series Finale, Bilbao, Basque Country (September 26th)

Photo: John O’Nolan / Flickr

Red Bull are holding the final for this bonkers world series in the northern city of Bilbao.  It’s the 50th Cliff Diving World Series, meaning that Red Bull are sure to pull out all the stops.  With the Guggenheim in the background, it’ll be a feast for the eyes of spectators and an awesome view for the cliff diving elite. 

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