Albox has hosted this Sunday the Meeting of Traditional Music and Dance organised by the Culture and Film area of the Diputación de Almería and the Town Hall of Albox. In the town’s main square, the Folkloric Group ‘Virgen de la Salud’ from Vélez-Rubio, the Folkloric Group ‘Antonio de Torres’ from Cañada de San Urbano and the group of choirs and dances from Baza performed. The event was presided over by Francisco Torrecillas, Mayor of Albox and the Deputy for Culture and Cinema, Manuel Guzmán.
The provincial deputy recalled that “this project around traditional music and dance was conceived two years ago in Vélez-Rubio, as a reflection of the wealth we had in the province of Almería. There is nothing more beautiful than remembering our past, there is nothing more beautiful than recovering our traditions and our history. In the Provincial Council we had the obligation to do so because it is precisely these signs of identity that distinguish our villages and help to fix the population”.
“We have a long tradition of dance and music that without initiatives like this will end up being lost, because much of that music is in the memory of the older people of the province of Almería. We have the obligation to gather all this knowledge and put it in value and to feel proud of what we are and of our past”, stressed Manuel Guzmán.
He also stressed that Albox is the fourth municipality where it is held because “it is a cultural reference point in the province of Almería. It is one of the municipalities that takes the best care of traditions and dance” and thanked the Albox Town Hall for the great effort it is making”.
For his part, Francisco Torrecillas, Mayor of Albox, thanked the Diputación de Almería for holding this event in the municipality. “Thanks to all the groups participating in this event. It is an honour to have these groups to show us part of our past. We must not forget the past”. Torrecillas has announced that the period to enjoy the exhibition of traditional costumes from Spain, which will be open until next Sunday at the Water and Health Centre, has been extended.
Exhibition of traditional Spanish costumes
The Water and Health Centre is hosting an exhibition of traditional Spanish costumes until Sunday 21 November. The Spanish Federation of Folklore Groups has produced this catalogue of reproductions, to scale, of regional costumes from all over Spain, with the aim of making it an important element that shows the great variety of pieces and richness of the traditional costumes of Spain, given that at the moment there is no didactic text with these characteristics that brings together all the Autonomous Communities in our country.
All the costumes that are exhibited in this fantastic collection are faithful copies of original models, of the highest degree of authenticity, and are the result of a selection process carried out by a technical committee that has been created for this purpose. These costumes, which were made in 1998/1999 by different groups of the F.E.A.F., were also included in the first catalogue of the exhibition.