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European Cultural Festival

Once again this year many singers, musicians, choirs and musical bands have come together to offer an extensive and varied programme of entertainment to celebrate the Day of Europe on 9th May. This festival extends from mid-April to mid-May and underlines the international flavour of Torrevieja.

Thanks are due to those artistes and volunteers who have freely given of their time to participate and, in doing so, help raise funds for many local non-governmental organisations.

Children can participate in a Treasure Map Hunt, and once again walkers can amble along the seafront in an organised charity sponsored walk. Pensioners have their own fun day in the park. Nine nations will complete in the annual International Petanca Competition.

Charles Cole. Toca Band and Shani.
Monday 16 April: Teatro Municipal 3 euros 20.30 pm Country & Rock Nite:

A night of rock music in two different styles. Firstly, modern country music in a foot tapping style by the renowned Charles Cole, who sings and plays guitar, accompanied by local line dancers. Torrevejense singer, Shani, links the country rock with another type of modern pop rock music played by the band Toca.

‘Coros y Orquesta ‘Ricardo Lafuente de Torrevieja’.
Tuesday 17 April: Teatro Municipal
3 euros 8.30 p.m. Hispo-American music night:

This well-established torreviejense choir, accompanied by typical string instruments of the Mediterranean, offer a taste of our traditional ‘Habaneras’.

Rancheras and Boleros.

(SPONSORED by ‘CAM Obra Cultural’)
Wednesday 18 April Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre 3 euros 20.30 pm
Music – the international language.

This well-known Crevillente based band offers a spectacular night of this muched-loved style of music and song, ‘Rancheros and Boleros, typical of the Spanish speaking world.

Alpengold Showband
Keith Monk Band

Thursday 19th April Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre 3 euros 20.30pm.
Music for all- a meeting of choirs.

Two international groups play music in their own different styles, demonstrating some of the talent and versatility of musicians based in Torrevieja.

Jose Hodar Choir and Crescendo
Friday 20th April: Teatro Municipal
20 euros 20.30 pm Swing Night

Two vocal groups offer a splendid evening demonstrating how the human voice is itself a musical instrument. The mass choir of José Hodar is one of the oldest choral groups of Torrevieja and Crescendo is an international mixed voice choir singing light music.

‘Glenn Miller Big Band’
Saturday 21st April Teatro Municipal 20 euros 20.30pm Swing Night

The Swing music of the 1930’s and 40’s needs no introduction, and the music of the legendary Glenn Miller is brought to you on two consecutive nights by this marvellous band from the United Kingdom.

‘Glenn Miller Big Band’
Sunday 22 April Teatro Municipal 3 euros 20.30 pm Music is the Variety of life

A second opportunity to hear the music of the celebrated Glenn Miller.

Just Brass, Roy Taunton at the piano Nick Gold
Wed 25th April: Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre 3 euros 20.30 pm
Music for everyone

An explosive mixture of the concert music band Just Brass that plays Showtime, traditional brass, jazz and classic music, plus the veteran and brilliant virtuoso pianist Roy Taunton, who received so many plaudits last year. Young singer and musician Nick Gold adds another dimension to this variety bill with numbers of Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Joe Cocker.

Saturday, 28th April: Sponsored Walk in aid of the Cancer Association (AEEC).

European residents organise and participate in the annual sponsored walk along the seafront from the ‘Nautilus’ Rte. at Rocio del Mar to Playa del Cura (and back!).

Velvetones, Barbershopper and All That Jazz
Monday 30 April: Palace of Music 3 euros 20.30 International Sing together

Tonight’s two choirs are experienced vocalists harmonising in the traditional Barbershop style famous throughout the world. Both the ladies’ Velvetones and the male “Harmonisers” bring a sense of fun into serious singing. The international “All that Jazz” band add another American style of music with their Dixieland melodies.

Norwegian Gospel Singers, Allegro and Cantabile
Tuesday 1st May. Pensioners in the Park

These international groups demonstrate three completely diverse manners of using the human voice. The stage is set by the rousing gospel music of the Norwegian singers: Allegro is a quartet of ladies who offer a delightful mix of music. Cantabile is an international choir with a vast repertoire of songs in various languages.

Here is an open invitation for pensioners of all nations to enjoy a day of music and fun in the Torrevieja Aquapolis grounds. Live bands will grace the stage whislt there will be a Giant paella, BBQ and drinks available for everyone.

A Photographic Exhibition
by the media of Torrevieja. Through the eyes of the international press and by means of photographs, this exhibition offers an interesting visual look at some of the events that have occurred in Torrevieja and surrounding area.
(This is the very first such competition for the regional press of whatever language.)

10th - 31st May (inclusive) Exhibition Los Aljibes, Jardin de las Naciones.
“Ojos de Torrrevieja”

Wednesday 9 May Plaza de la Constitución

Once again in the plaza de la Constitución there will be a folklore presentation by members of the European Union. This includes the raising of the EU flag in front of the town hall around midday.

Folkeloric presentations:
From 11.00h – 14.30h.
12.00 - Flag Raising ceremony.

The ‘Keith Meyer Big Band’.
Evening 20.30 Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre 5 euros 20.30

Drummer Keith Meyer leads this recently formed international band that has a large repertoire of music familiar to everyone who loves the ‘Big Band’ sound.

Sociedad Musical Ciudad de Torrevieja “Los Salerosos”.
Sat. 12th May Virgen del Carmen 3 euros 21.00 Musical Europe.

One of Torrevieja’s principal bands with over fifty talented musicians who offer a repertoire that includes well known pieces from various European countries.

The Annual International Petanca
Daytime: Jardin de las Naciones:
The Annual International Petanca
16.30h. Sun. 13th May

Championships featuring nine nations. The presentation of trophies will take place after the tournament at around

Short Story in English Competition Awards.
31 May Palace of Music, 19.00h

The announcement of the winners by the jury and the prizegiving ceremony of this, the third international short story in English competition. The event will include the presentation of the book containing a selection of the best entries and those attending the ceremony will be offered their own personal copy.

31 May, Centro Cultural ‘Virgen del Cartmen’ 20.00h ENTRADA: 7 euros.

This lively group of talented local
residents dedicate their time, energy and enthusiasm to those more in need. The ‘European Cultural Festival, 2007’ culminates with a variety show presented by these prolific fundraisers.


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