The Stars Shine Again at Spain’s 34th Goya Film Awards

February 4, 2020 - Sin comentarios

Academia de Cine   With awards season winding toward culmination in this coming Sunday's Oscars (which will include two high-profile Spanish nominations; see below), in late January the Academy of the Cinema Arts and Sciences of Spain held i...Leer más

The Princess of Asturias Awards – Spain’s Version of the Nobel Prizes – for 2019

October 21, 2019 - Sin comentarios

Fundacion Princesa de Asturias   Just as the Prince of Wales is the heir apparent to the throne of the United Kingdom, in Spain it's the Prince of Asturias (or rather, now for the foreseeable future, the Princess of Asturias). And in 1980 wh...Leer más

Beyond Flamenco: Spain Kicks up its Heels in 6 Colourful Regional Dances

July 11, 2019 - Sin comentarios

  leonovo   ¡Olé! When it comes to Spanish dances, who hasn’t at least heard of flamenco? And if you've witnessed it being performed, you're inevitably hypnotised by its sinuous moves; rapid, hypnotic shoe tapping; staccato hand-cl...Leer más

15 Spanish Entertainers Who’ve Made the Splashiest Splashes Worldwide

February 22, 2019 - Sin comentarios

Eloi_Omella   Moviedom's biggest annual night is upon us with the 33rd Academy Awards being handed out this Sunday. And for years Spanish movies have punched well above its weight in the world (for example, with past Oscar winners including ...Leer más

The Stars Come Out for the Goya Awards, Spain’s Oscars

February 4, 2019 - Sin comentarios

Miguel Córdoba/Academia de Cine   This past Saturday in Seville, the Academy of the Cinema Arts and Sciences of Spain held its 33rd Premios Goya gala awards (named after one of the country's most famous painters, depicted in the prize sta...Leer más

Tilting at Windmills in La Mancha

January 25, 2016 - Sin comentarios

Thanks to Miguel de Cervantes and his immortal creations Don Quixote and Sancho Panza, the whitewashed brick molinos de viento of Spain’s central plateau are among this country’s better-known icons in the world imagination (though this is far...Leer más

Zarzuela – Spain’s Homegrown Operetta

October 7, 2015 - Sin comentarios

If it’s autumn, it must be zarzuela season in Spain! An engaging hybrid that can include spoken drama, operetta, folk music, popular ditties, dancing, and comedy, it dates back to the early 17th century, and is believed to take its name from th...Leer más

In the Footsteps of Spain’s Literary Giants

June 30, 2015 - 1 comentario

June 11, 2015 marked something of a landmark in Spanish cultural history: the ceremonial reburial in Madrid of the recently discovered remains of the “Shakespeare of Spain”, Miguel de Cervantes, 399 years after he shuffled off this mortal coil....Leer más

Getting to Know Spain’s Most Distinguished Composers

March 20, 2015 - Sin comentarios

When it comes to the fine arts in Europe, Spain has produced a phenomenal wealth of painting and literature, while in terms of music - the glories of flamenco notwithstanding, its classical composers have not become household names, tending to ta...Leer más

What Do You Get When You Cross Spain and Chicago?

February 11, 2014 - 1 comentario

America’s famous “Windy City” might not be the first to leap to mind when it comes to vacation travel, compared to, say, New York, Miami, or Los Angeles. But Chicago, the country’s third largest metropolis, offers a lot to the visitor – ...Leer más

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