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April Fair of Seville 2020

April Fair of Seville 2020

The traditional Seville's April fair will be held from April 26 to May 3, 2020 at the Real de la Feria.

The origin of the Fair comes from the old cattle market that was celebrated annually in the Sevillian capital. However it was not until 1847 that the deals of buying and selling cattle reached with an agreement were celebrated with songs and dances. With the passaging of the years the cattle market moved and the Fair became one more event of the Spring Festivals.

This year after the success obtained in the referendum organized by the City Council of Seville in 2017 that asked about the beginning of the Fair a couple of days before than normally, the duration remains as last year in 7 days, from Sunday to Saturday.  During the "Saturday of pescaito" the gala dinner is celebrated and at 00:00 hours with the traditional "alumbrao" of the Real de la Feria the Fair officially starts which ends the following Sunday at 00:00 with a Fireworks show.

 

SEVILLE’S APRIL FAIR 2020

Portada.

The Fair’s portada is an arch that symbolizes the gateway to the Real de la Feria and each year represents a symbolic element of the city. This year's Portada recreates the regionalist building of the Alfonso XIII Hotel and pays tribute to the figure of the traveler on the V Centenary of the First Circumnavigation to Earth. The Portada will also refer to the centenary of the military base of Tablada, to the 350 years of the founding of the Real Maestranza de Caballería, and to the Asturian Center of Seville, as well as a tribute to José Espiau y Muñoz. The Portada is designed by the Sevillian architect Francisco Javier Navarro de Pablos. The work, of 50 meters of frontal and a height of 39.50 meters, will have around 25,000 light bulbs. 

The Real de la Feria.

The Fair is made up of different parts: El Real de la Feria is the enclosure where the casetas are located and consists of 25 blocks divided by 15 streets with names of legendary bullfighters illuminated with paper lanterns. The "Street of Hell" is where all the attractions are located, and finally the Parking area.

Casetas.

Casetas are ephemeral structures coated with striped canvases with the form of houses where visitors gather to eat, drink, sing and dance. The Real de la Feria has a total of 1040 mostly private casetas.

Horse Riding and Carriages.

This year marks the XXXV Exhibition of Carriages of the Seville’s April Fair. The date of the event is on April 26, 2020 at 12:00 in the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza.

Numerous horses and carriages walk through in the fairgrounds every day  for the benefit of the visitors. Men and women are dressed in the typical costumes, in the case of the man 'de corto' and in the case of the woman 'riding suit' or 'flamenca'.

Sevillanas and flamenco dresses.

Sevillanas are the traditional singing and dancing of the Fair. Sevillanas comes from the Castilian ‘seguidilla’ and the dance consists of 4 parts. It is danced in couple and is normally accompanied by traditional ‘palillos’ o castanets.

Bullfights.

The bullfights of the April’s Fair are the most important of the bullfighting season. Sunday April 19 to Sunday May 3, 2020 bullfights are held at the Real Maestranza de Caballería de Sevilla.

 

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