, Spain
GAUCÍN: Balcony of the Ronda Mountains where the Holy Child appeared to St. John of God.
The illustrious, always noble, very hospitable village of Gaucín.

FlamFest709smlBy Francis Prieto


The anual flamenco Festival “del Corcho Valle del Genal” of Gaucín that is usually held the last weekend of July, is being postponed until September, and as of yet the exact date has not been fixed. The new Counselor for Culture in the Town Hall, Manolo Moreno Godino, advises that the Festival is being postponed because the new government which just took possession of the Town Hall last month, has not had time to organize it for July.

Manolo Moreno says that the Festival will be in the same format as past years: there will be two days, the first day the clássic flamenco Conference will be held in the Casa de la Cultura de Gaucín (the old Carmelite convent), and on the second day the tradicional Flamenco performance will be held at the fair grounds. This year will be the 15th year the Festival has been put on. These past years our Festival has gained fame not only in the Serranía de Ronda, but on a national level as well, due to the many foreigners from all over the world who attend. Over the years many reknowned artists have appeared, such as Terremoto de Jerez, Aurora Vargas, “Duquende”, “Potito”, Carmen Linares, “El Pipa”, Juan Moneo “El Torta” , and many others..

The versatile local artist Francisco Benítez Márquez, better known as “Paco Benítez”, is making the poster for the event..

The Festival Flamenco “del Corcho Valle del Genal” has been declared “Fiesta of special interest” by the Excelentísima Diputación Provincial de Málaga. Also, the Diputación is collaborating with the Town Hall to make the Fiesta a success.

VirgNievesChapelSmlThe Schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, 3 August: The Virgin Mother of the Church – 7:30 p.m. praying of the rosary; 8 p.m. Mass
Thursday, 4 August: The Virgin Mary, Pilgrim in the Faith – idem
Friday, 5 August: Solemnity of Our Lady of the Snows – 12 noon: solemn ringing of the church bells to announce the feast of Our Lady
7.30 p.m. praying of the rosary; 8 p.m. Mass
In the photo: the chapel of Our Lady of the Snows in the parish church, San Sebastián. 

AsocMujeresSmlIt will be Friday, August 5, at 10 p.m. in the Caseta Municipal at the feria. Price is 20 euro. If you wish to attend, please inform any member of the Junta Directiva (Andrea o Pepa) before July 31. It is sure to be another great time. In the Photo: the Christmas dinner of the Women´s Association at the Convent.

riding_with_corbacero711smlIn April, Family Hammond, two boys aged 8 and 10 and their mother Georgina, set out on the Via de la Plata to ride part of the way to Santiago de Compostela on little horses from Gaucin. See photos entitled "Pilgrims" of them riding through Extremadura. The ponies, Currito and Galleguito are now safely installed in their new home which is a raining centre near Chantilly.

Next cam Ruben Gama and his Arab stallion, dropped off on the beach at Tarifa a few days earlier and on their way to Ruben's home province of Murcia. They were made welcome at the Gaucin Picadero by Antonio Andrades and took advantage of a shower and a good night's sleep before setting out agin into the heat next day.

On Sunday, Peter Ritz from Germany rode in the dark at 5am, accompanied in the cool dark by some Gaucin riders who put him and his PRE stallion Corbacero on the road to Ubrique. His is the greatest marathon of all as he plans to ride the Via Regia all the way to Germany and his home town hear the Polish border. In the photo: Peter Ritz and 'Corbacero'

FuentePlSNio611smlIn the Plaza del Santo Niño, the main square, the market will begin around 10:30 a.m. and will go until 1:30 p.m. Artesanal work, clothing, jewelry, books, food, etc., will be on offer, and the market is an ideal place to meet up with friends and neighbors.