Three Items that Represent the Spirit and Culture of Spain
The sombrero, the guitar and those sparkly red dancing shoes are perfect symbols to take home with you on this cheerful fridge magnet as a souvenir from Spain. There is nothing that could quite possibly be so representative of the passionate and celebratory nature of the Spanish people than items that stand for their music and dance.
Historically, Spaniards of various districts have celebrated Saints' days with festivals of music, with dancing in the streets, lots of food and plenty of wine. This culture of celebration has evolved in contemporary times with festivals of modern music, but the dancing in the streets, the great food and the steady flow of libations continues to be part of the traditional carnival scene.
Modern Music Festivals in Spain that You Won't Want to Miss
Summer music festivals in Spain are exuberant celebrations that offer days packed with great bands and lots of dancing. The Primavera Sound Music Festival in May and the Sonar Festival in June are both held in Barcelona and are two of the most popular music festivals in Europe. Previous years' festivals saw bands like Pet Shop Boys, Smashin' Pumpkins, and Scissor Sisters at these shows. Classic rock is the theme of the Azkena Rock Festival, and in June 2013 the show features old greats like Lynyrd Skynyrd, Twisted Sister and Ozzy Osborne.
Looking for some more traditional Spanish music festivals? Flamenco is always celebrated in Spain, but it gets the spotlight in June in Madrid in the capital city's biggest flamenco festival, Suma Flamenco. Barcelona doesn't neglect the old for the new just because it also loves its modern music: the city celebrates Cuitat Flamenco every May, and in the winter it's De Cajon Flamenco Festival. And Granada hosts international flamenco dancers every summer for the International Festival of Music and Dance.