The Patio de Luces of the Provincial Council of Almeria has once again dressed up this morning with the launch of the IV edition of the historical recreation of Macael ‘Canteros y caciques en lucha por el mármol’, which claims and spreads the culture of the municipality, the region and the province around the natural stone and which will be held from 10 to 12 June with an extensive program of activities.
More than seventy residents of the municipality and the Almanzora, with an organisation made up of 300 people, will invite the public to travel back to the years between 1919 and 1947, when the quarry dispute took place, which defined the future of marble in that context and which helps us to understand the Macael and Almanzora of today. The recreation consists of 22 scenes that take place in different enclaves of the municipality, and returns after two editions that could not be held due to the pandemic.
The presentation was attended by the deputy for the Presidency, Fight against depopulation and Tourism, Fernando Giménez; the mayor of Macael, Raúl Martínez, and the deputy mayor of the municipality, Guillermo Casquet. Also in attendance were a group of locals dressed as stonemasons and caciques, and a master craftsman who gave a demonstration of marble carving.
The deputy congratulated the town council and the other institutions, entities and volunteers who make this recreation possible for “their firm commitment to this initiative that strengthens the ties of Macael, the region and the whole province with marble, which has meant and means so much for the progress and growth of our land”.
Giménez also recalled that “from the first moment we wanted to be at the side of the City Council of Macael in this important recreation, both provincially and nationally. The highlight of this recreation, in addition to the quality and professionalism shown by the extras, costumes and sets, but the most important thing is that a whole town takes to the streets and makes this project a reality”.
Finally, he highlighted the potential as a tourist attraction of this proposal: “because it is an event that goes far beyond the cultural aspect and becomes a great opportunity for industrial tourism, another of the excellences that any visitor can find in the destination ‘Costa de Almería’. It helps us to get to know one of the most important and genuinely Almerian sectors and cultures: the marble culture. A way of understanding life that deserves to be listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site”.
For his part, the Mayor of Macael stressed that “once again this year we are going to develop our recreation, recovering this unique event that took place in Macael. Unlike other recreations, it is an event that started in 1919 and that only took place in Macael. It was an attempt to privatise the quarries of our municipality which, to this day, still belong to Macael and are managed by the Town Hall”.
In this sense, Martinez recalled that “it was a 27-year struggle of the people against the power with an outcome in favour of the people that continues to this day. And we do it in a playful, gastronomic and folkloric way to show everything that happened in those years”. He also highlighted the work of Kikín Fernández in coordinating the actors and thanked all the sponsors and collaborators for making it possible.
Finally, both the deputy and the mayor took the opportunity to invite all the people of Almería and visitors to visit Macael during these days and enjoy the recreation which, as Martínez announced, this year has another scene dedicated to the work of the grinders who “left the skin of their hands to polish the marble pieces”.