Aragon Festivals - Highlights
In Aragon festivals, folklore and tradition are an essential part of culture and community.
The Aragon Pyrenees are a land full of legend, myth and magic.
Cultural heritage and time-honoured tradition still run deep in the veins of inhabitants here.
Witnessing Festivals and ancient ceremonies, passed down for centuries from generation to generation, is the best way to get an authentic glimpse into the past and rich history of the mighty kingdom of Aragon.
Here's a list of Aragon Festivals:
International Festival of Music at the Castle of Aínsa - Festival Castillo de L' Aínsa
Held in the Castle and square of the medieval village of Aínsa, in Huesca, of the Aragon Pyrenees.
From July 11th to the 26th.
There are a wide variety of groups from all over the world giving concerts, doing theatre, holding workshops and displaying at markets.
Folkloric Festival of the Pyrenees
The folkloric Aragon festival of the Pyrenees takes place in the village of Jaca, in Aragon between the end of July and the beginning of August in years with odd numbers.
In years with even numbers it takes place in Oloron, a village in the French Pyrenees.
In this Aragon festival, folkloric groups from all over the world come together in the congress hall to perform traditional dances and concerts.
There are also various conferences held, along with exhibitions and markets of handicrafts, instruments and other objects from the participating countries.
However, the best part of this festival takes place on the street where performers from the different countries give improvised shows of all kinds
This Aragon Pyrenees festival has been declared as one of 'National Interest for Tourists.'
Festival of the Camino de Santiago - Festival Internacional en el Camino de Santiago
Held from August 5th to the 30th.
This festival has a focus on traditional music with lots of concerts, street theatre, medieval fairs, markets and more.
It's held simultaneously in the villages of : Jaca, Santa Cruz de los Serós, Berdún, Bailo, and in the monastery of San Juan de la Peña.
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The Pyrenees South Music and Culture Festival - Pirineos Sur Festival Internacional de las Culturas
Held in the pretty Pyrenean village of Sallent de Gallego, and on a stage floating in a mountain lake in front of the abandoned village of Lanuza, in the Tena valley.
From July 9th to the 26th.
Every year this festival has a theme, some past themes include; Cuba - the Island of Music, Rhythms of Latin America, the frontiers of North America, Rivers, Africa etc.
This is definitely one of Europe’s best world music festivals.
PIR - Festival of Music and Culture of the Pyrenees- Festival de Música y Cultura Pirenaicas
Takes place from June 30th until July 2nd.
Held in the valleys of Ansó, Echo, Jasa and Aragüés del Puerto.
This festival celebrates and displays a wide range of talent and traditions from the Pyrenees mountains.
Artists come from all over the Spanish and French Pyrenees to illustrate many facets of popular Pyrenees culture.
There are all kinds of activities, everything from concerts, dances and street theatre to to artisan cheese making workshops and markets.
Jazzetania - Jacetania International Jazz Festival
This Jazz festival is held in the Pyrenees town of Canfranc.
This Aragon festival is held in summer, from June 28th to July 17th.
There are workshops, courses, art exhibitions, and concerts put on by artists from all over the world.
Carnival is a popular festival that's celebrated all over Spain, including the Pyrenees mountains, and Aragon.
It takes place in February, from the 19th to the 22nd.
This traditional Aragon festival has just as many varieties as the villages that celebrate it.
The town of Bielsa, in the community of Sobrarbe, retains the traditional rites, characters and costumes during Carnival.
Locals dress up in typical Carnival costumes, which are meant to welcome the spring and new life, symbolizing fertility, growth and purity.
The young men, known as 'trangas', wear skirts and checkered shirts, with sheepskins on their backs, large horns on their heads, with cowbells tied to their waists and their faces painted black.
They also carry sticks which they bang on the ground in order to encourage seeds to sprout.
The 'madamas' are played by the single young women, whose white dresses with coloured ribbons represent purity.
In the evening, the 'trangas' go to collect the 'madamas' from their houses to escort them to a dance which is held in the main town square.
Other characters of the festival are the 'amontato', an old woman made of cardboard with a man on her back, the 'caballe'; a man on a cardboard horse, the 'goluchos'; and 'garretes'; men dressed in colourful clothes, meant to be animal tamers that recreate 'onso'; the hunting of the other man who is dressed as a bear.
The most important day of Carnival is the last one, on which 'el Cornelio', a doll which symbolizes the carnival, is burnt in a ceremony to ward off misfortune.
Other Aragon Pyrenees villages which have a similar celebration of Carnival are: San Juan de la Plan, Plan, Gistaín, Nerín, Campo, La Fueva, and Torla.
Morisma of Aínsa
This festival takes place every two years, usually in mid-September, in the main square of Aínsa, in the county of Sobrarbe.
It's a reenactment of an 8th century battle between the Christians and the Muslims.
The Christians are said to have seen the mysterious appearance of a burning red cross (the symbol of Sobrarbe) on an oak tree, which in turn gave them the courage to defeat their conquerors.
Details of this traditional theatre have been passed down for generations in Aínsa.
It's an age-old performance which was first acted out in the year 1678.
Over 300 people from all over the county of Sobrarbe take part in the festivities.
There's also a medieval market and meal held in the streets of the old quarter.
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