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Events & Fiestas in Pollensa and Majorca Do you know of any forthcoming events or fiestas? Have you visited any? Let us know.

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Old 21-11-2014, 13:15
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Default Sa Pobla autumn fair.

Once again, many thanks to Andrew and The HOT guide AlcudiaPollensa: SA POBLA AUTUMN FAIR 2014 .


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The fair itself takes place over the weekend of 29/30 November, but beforehand there is the weekend of giants, xeremiers (bagpipers) and of the "lutier" fair.

From Friday, 21 November to Sunday, 30 November:
"Menjar Bé" (eat well, gastronomy specials at various bars and restaurants).

Saturday, 22 November:
16.30: Giants meeting to celebrate 30 years of the Sa Pobla giants. Plaça d'es Metge Duet.
17.00: Procession from the Plaça d'es Metge Duet to the town hall, greeted by the town's pipers for a commemoration of the 30 years of the giants, followed by a dance by the giants and music from the town's music band.
21.00: Concert by the Xeremiers Orats from Pollensa (pipes, whistles, tambourines and percussion), L'home del sac from Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona, Cassandre Balbar from France, Mùsica populare siciliana from Sicily and Gaiteros del Centro Gallego. Parish church.

Sunday, 23 November:
Normal Sunday market plus
09.00: Meeting of pipers and the Fira de Lutiers (string instruments). Plaça Major.
12.00: Procession from the Graduate School to the Plaça Major, featuring the pipers and the big heads, grif, dragon and eel of Albopàs (the demons' gang).
18.00: Folk dance led by Marjal en Festa and with the group Cofre Antic from Inca. Plaça Major.

Friday, 28 November:
21.00: Wine-tasting 2014. Mustiguillo Viñedos & Bodega (Valencia). Can Quic. Price, 28 euros.

Saturday, 29 November:
17.00: Official opening of the fair. Town hall.
From 17.00 and also during Sunday -
Exhibitions by Sa Pobla associations. Placeta de l'Església.
Exhibition of embroideries. Casal Can Verdal.
Grand variety of attractions. Plaça del Mercat.
Agricultural vehicles and machinery. C. Mister Green.
Animals' show. Old railway station square.
Bonsai exhibition. Sa Nostra centre, C. Mercat.
Tombola on behalf of the Caritas charity. Plaça Major, number 16.
18.00: Exhibition of painted bottles. C. Plaça, 14.
18.15: Exhibition of other hand crafts. C. Crestatx, 9.
18.30: Taekwondo exhibition. Plaça Alexandre Ballester.
21.00: "Mamaaà!" Comedy show. Sa Congregació. Price, 5 euros.

Sunday, 30 November:
Regular Sunday market, C. Gran.
09.00: Exhibition of scooters and motorcycles. C. Plaça.
11.00: Trial bike exhibition. In front of Bar Sa Placeta. (Also at 12.30.)
11.05: Exhibition of junior taekwondo. In front of the town hall.
11.30: Horse show. Old railway station.
12.00: Folk dance. Front of the town hall.
20.15: Autumn concert. Sa Pobla band of music and Sa Pobla choir.
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This weekend is the weekend of giants, xeremiers (bagpipers) and of the "lutier" fair and here is a very interesting post from Andrew Ede's blog alcudiapollensa: The Revival Of The Xeremía, i hope you don't mind me sharing it with our members Andrew .



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The Revival Of The Xeremía.

Maybe it's the name. It can be confused with "poble". The village. The people. It doesn't mean that, and indeed there isn't a truly satisfactory translation. Sa Pobla: the colony, the settlement, the inhabitation, the populace. Perhaps the last of these is the most satisfactory, a derivation from the passive verb - to people - while there is the assertiveness of the Mallorquín definite article, "sa", a powerful linguistic symbol of distinction with Catalan that is rooted in ancient Latin. Maybe it is because of the name that Sa Pobla became the spiritual heartland of a cultural hybridism that followed the conquest of centuries ago and which nowadays might be termed Mallorcaness, a place on which was conferred the Catalan-Aragonese cult of Sant Antoni and which has thus become the location for the annual gathering of the tribes of Mallorca for the fearful night of witches, demons and fire.

In some ways it is an unlovely town. Anonymous ring-road and low-rise factory and showroom units are the external non-descript artifacts typical of many Majorcan towns. The interior is a confusion of equally anonymous roads and streets criss-crossing in a Romanesque grid formation. Yet within this town beat the hearts of Mallorcaness, of tradition and of revivalism.

As with so much of the island's tradition and culture, the intervention of war and political dogma and then the industrial revolution of tourism, allied to the migration to the coasts and to employment in the new industry, undermined the long history of the xeremía, the Mallorcan bagpipe. Among traditional instruments, it wasn't alone in falling into disuse and silence. Its fellow x-instrument, the ximbomba, underwent a similar decline. This, the xeremía, is a bellow from the past that fades way back into the antiquities of Mesopotamia and Egypt, of pre-Middle Ages France and of the conquering King of Aragon. Jaume I and his successors brought more than just language and the cult of Sant Antoni, they also brought a bagpipe, and it moulded its sack into the Mallorcan xeremía, the word itself having been handed down from the French, "charamie".

It was, perhaps inevitably, Sa Pobla which led the revival of the xeremía, and to the fore was the cultural association known as Albopas. Where does it get its name from? Think about it for a moment, or if not ... Sapobla backwards; going backwards in time in revivalist terms. The association covers much of the traditional life of Sa Pobla; demons and what have you are all Albopas. It was not so very long in the past - twenty or so years ago - that the number of bagpipe players, the "xeremiers", numbered only around fifty in all across Mallorca. The number is now over 500. And whereas xeremier troupes were not so long ago confined to a limited number of towns and villages, now every village has its xeremiers.

The Albopas association is this weekend celebrating the twentieth meeting of xeremiers in Sa Pobla, an occasion which has, since the mid-1990s, contributed greatly to the revival of the local bagpipe and its accompanying flute-whistle and drum. The meeting has also been central to broadening the appeal of the xeremía to a more youthful age group. Twenty or so years ago, those few recognised xeremiers were getting on, thus endangering the tradition's future even more.

The success of the revival, demonstrated by the formation of xeremier troupes across the island, has also been recognised internationally. Seven years ago, Albopas went to New York for the World Fair of Mediterranean Music. Demons, xeremiers, they all flew off, and the pipers played Central Park along with other troupes from Palma, Sencelles and Sineu.

At midday today there is a procession in which different elements of the Albopas association will take part. In addition to the pipers, there will be the "caparrot" big heads as well as the Sa Pobla "Grif", dragon and, somewhat strangely perhaps, eel (though this is not strange as far as Sa Pobla is concerned; eels, farmed in Albufera, form a key part of the local cuisine).

It is odd to realise that many Mallorcan folk traditions which are nowadays firmly established and all but taken for granted are the result of revivals which have their origins only some thirty or so years ago. And they are with us thanks largely to the efforts of local cultural associations like Albopas, which have ensured that rather than die out and allow centuries of culture to be discarded, they are alive and, in the case of the bagpipes, making one hell of a welcome racket.
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Thanks Andrew and Sparkles for keeping us informed of these great cultural activities. ...sorry we are not there to see it.
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