Book presentations, awards and tributes on the cultural agenda


From July 26 to August 6, the municipality offers a large number of events in some of the most remarkable enclaves

The cultural agenda of this 61st edition brings together all kinds of events for flamenco lovers that will bring the municipality to life in several remarkable enclaves. In addition to the inauguration of the new decor on the 26th by the author, Esteban Bernal, and the traditional mining mass in the parish of Nuestra Señora del Rosario, sung by Francisco Severo and with Antonio Muñoz on guitar, literary events, which will be held on July 28 from start with the presentation of ‘A very flamenco encounter’, a story with which Gabriel Maldonado wants to bring young people closer to the flamenco genre and thus contribute to the legacy of this art. Two days later, the presentation of ‘Rabbit II: A life dedicated to the trovo’, a book that pays tribute to the troubadour from Union, signed by his grandson Juan Manuel Cegarra, takes a very personal and familiar look at the art of repentización in The Union.

Carlos Aguilar, historian specializing in film, flamenco and jazz, will give a conference on ‘Flamenco Jazz: Historia de un Amor’ on August 4, and on August 6 he will present a ‘Short personal chronicle of the first 11 editions of the festival” , the piece in which Esteban Bernal Velasco talks about the difficult start of the festival.

A series of awards will also be presented during the festival to recognize the work and labor of people, entities and associations for the dissemination of flamenco through their activity or talent. Union artist Esteban Bernal receives the Asensio Sáez Prize in recognition of his artistic work. The ‘Castilletes de Oro’ go to the president of RTVE, José Manuel Pérez Tornero; the guitarist Rosendo Fernández, and the former unionense councilor Ricardo Carrión. The Mining Carburos will bear the names of Enrique Arnaldos, former Head of Press and Protocol of the Regional Assembly, and two Unionenses very close to the festival, such as Enrique López Fuentes and Ignacio Pérez Péramo. All this without forgetting the Honorary Bordón who goes to the flamenco guitarist Paco Cepero.

In addition, tribute will be paid to Mariano Mascuñán Miñano, Antonio Bermejo, Joaquín José García Subirez and Antonia Sánchez García for their constant presence at the festival, every year faithful to the event that La Unión offers around flamenco.

The Pencho Cros goes to José Alfonso Pérez Sánchez in Journalism, Bodega Lloret in Gastronomy, the Manuel Ávila Flamenco Festival in Musical Diffusion, and the Peña Flamenca de Yecla and the Sierra de Arcos Region in the Diffusion of Flamenco, with a special mention of this prize for Tomás Martínez Pagan.

The prizes will be concluded with the Esteban Bernal Velasco for the Teatro Real, the Rojo el alpargatero for the Peña Flamenca de Tenerife and the Trovero Marín for the Trovera José Travel Association ‘El Repuntín’.

Source: La Verdad


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