Jerez is Sherry, Horses and Flamenco
Located inland, 20 km from Sanlúcar, Jerez holds worldwide acclaim
for its sherry and brandy production. The word Jerez is derived from Arabic and has now become synonymous with the English word ‘sherry’. The city is equally famous for its fine horses as well as Flamenco music and dance.
The town dates back to Moorish times and possesses a charming
old town, casco antiguo, with beautiful palm-lined squares.
The 11th century Moorish fortress, or Alcazaba, has
been partially restored. Of special interest is its church,
originally built by the Arabs as a mosque. The Sacristy of the
Cathedral del Salvador is home to a lovely painting by Zurbaran,
The Sleeping Girl. Today the city of Jerez has a remarkably
aristocratic air with wide streets, squares and magnificent
rows of jacaranda trees during spring.
Ronda’s Magical Feria Goyesca
By Owen Thomas
is an ancient mountain town of scenic vistas, romantic plazas,
and historic treasures. Once a year, Ronda also sees a return
to tradition with its annual Feria Goyesca. A fairly
recent festival, at least in Andalucian terms, it has become
an event that has captured the imagination of Spain with its
traditional dress, important bullfights, and its ageless glamour.
The Feria Goyesca (properly called the Feria de
Pedro Romero) stems from the inter-relationship of three
main personae which spanned over three centuries, all with strong
connections to Ronda. They are the famous 18th century bullfighter,
Pedro Romero; the extremely influential 18th century Spanish
painter, Francisco de la Goya; and finally, the great 20th century
bullfighter, Antoñio Ordóñez, to whom the vision of the Ronda’s
modern Feria Goyesca can be attributed.
Andalucia.com 2008-2009 Calendar:
Some Interesting Facts
As you may know, the 5th Limited Edition of the Andalucia.com 2008-2009 calendar is about to go to press. However, what you might not know is some of the more interesting facts and figures that go into putting together such a monumental effort.
- Although it is a labour of love, making such a calendar
takes a great deal of work and planning. Photographer Michelle
Chaplow tells us that during its creation, she recorded over
50 gigabytes of raw photographic files. Hundreds of images
were collated for the pre-selection, yet only 25 images will
make their way into the finished product.
- Up until now the calendar has always been shot on traditional transparency but for the first time in this edition, 90% of the photographs have been digitally created.
- During its inception, over 4000 travel kilometres were logged
scouting for and shooting in locations that best epitomise
the depth and the breadth of the region of Andalucia. The
calendar depicts some strikingly beautiful scenes that would
grace any home or office.
- A support crew of eight joined forces to make the calendar. It was comprised of the photographer and her assistant, stylists, production assistants, art direction, and make-up artists. Cheryl Gatward and her team at New Image are responsible for the vibrant graphic design of the Andalucia.com calendar. In addition, over 50 individual models posed for the 2008-2009 calendars with two models returning from the 4th edition.
- The Andalucia.com calendar has also fostered romance. A few years ago, a German tourist saw the 2004 edition and became especially enamoured with the young woman that was featured for the month of September. He came to Andalucia with the aim of seeking her out and after some time, he managed to locate her. They fell in love and are still together today.
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Creamfields, Then and Now
By Stacy Prendeville
Over 10 years after its birth, the now global superbrand, Creamfields,
is still packing in the punters!
After being launched in Liverpool in 1992, Cream became one of Britain's best-known clubs, with sold-out events every week, featuring house music heavyweights such as Paul Oakenfold and Seb Fontaine. It drew crowds from all over the UK and paved the way for the era of the “Superclub”. As Superclubs fell out of favour within the UK house scene, Cream diversified rather than die out and launched “Creamfields, the Festival”, on the August Bank Holiday of 1998.
Creamfields went international on its first anniversary and has now become a main feature of the clubbing scene, in not only the UK and Ibiza, but also in Ireland, Argentina, Turkey, Mexico City, Moscow, Prague, Santiago (Chile), Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba (Brazil), Poland, and of course, Spain where Creamfields Andalucia began in 2004 and quickly consolidated itself as one of the main dance festivals in Europe.
So is Creamfields Andalucia just a UK party held in Spain? The line-up, featuring headliners of Basement Jaxx, The Prodigy & John Digweed with only the odd inclusion of national DJs and acts would suggest so; however, on arrival at Creamfields Andalucia 2007, it became apparent the Spanish version of Creamfields is, well, pretty Spanish.
From the thousands of people celebrating a botellón (open-air drinking party) on the half-mile walk to the entrance gate to the people camped out on Playa Villaricos, it was clear that Creamfields Andalucia was an event and even if you didn't have a ticket to enter, you could still join the party. It’s all a far and refreshing cry from the clampdown in England where over-zealous security and a mountain of procedural issues force a festival out of the price range of its crowd (anyone hear the echo of Glastonbury?), and discourage anyone from travelling to the vicinity of the event to soak up the atmosphere and join in the spirit of things, without actually going into the venue.
Matthew Wittering Joins Andalucia.com
Wittering is our latest placement student from Loughborough
University’s Computing and Management Programme. His day-to-day
responsibilities at Andalucia.com will include adding and updating
information to the Andalucia.com website, creating solutions
to fulfil a myriad of requests, and implementing web design.
Matthew’s professional interests involve Web 2.0 and user-generated content, database design, Content Management Systems (CMS), Really Simple Syndication (RSS), and business systems.
He hopes to learn many valuable skills about design and the maintenance of websites while here at Andalucia.com and to use this newfound knowledge to help our portal serve the public even better. We all wish Matthew a hearty welcome on board!
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