Torrevieja’s Summer 2012 Cultural Program

TORREVIEJA’S Summer Cultural program has been announced and during July, there is lots on offer to keep you busy. The weekend starts today, as the slogan goes, with a performance tonight, July 12, in the Teatro Municipal at 8.30 pm, featuring the Union Musical Torrevejense and from Belgium, Koninklijke Harmonisint Cecilia Schelle.

This weekend, Friday July 13, the tradition of Habaneras is celebrated in one of Torrevieja’s most fun events, the twentieth edition of Habaneras on the Beach. The event is free and attracts thousands of spectators who are treated to an evening of the most popular Habaneras songs. Bring your deck chair, your blankets, your picnic basket and enjoy the spectacle. All takes place at Playa del Cura starting at 10.30pm.

Saturday July 14, music of a very different kind is on offer at the Virgen del Carmen Cultural Centre at 10.00pm. Jazz-Rock group Andromeda are on stage playing their special blend of music, and entrance is also free. At noon the next day, fresh from performing at a royal garden party for Charles and Camilla, one of the UK’s top school Big Bands, the award winning Helson School Jazz Band make a welcome return to Torrevieja, with a free performance in the Parque Doña Sinforosa, one of three shows during their visit.

Starting on Monday July 15, the Mediterranean Synchronised Swimming Championships take place in the Infanta Cristina Sports Place. The fantastic Helson School Jazz Orchestra perform again in the Teatro Municipal at 8.30pm with tickets priced at only €3.00. They are also performing in La Mata on Thursday at 10.00pm. On Friday July 20 there is a very special performance by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Torrevieja celebrating a unique style of Spanish music the Zarzuela. The show starts at 10.00pm in the Teatro Municipal with tickets priced at €10 and €15.

Torrevieja Open Saturdays features on July 21 from 5.00pm until 9.00pm. Remember that all day parking from 10.00am until 10.00pm is available in El Arco, Marina Salinas, Virgen del Carmen and Marina Internacional for just €1.00. Lots to see and do, not to mention the shopping!

There is a quick change of bands in the Teatro Municipal as at 9.00pm on July 21, for the ‘Concierto Extraordinario’, featuring the Alicante Youth Orchestra under the direction of Francisco Maestre. The evening will feature classical pieces from Mozart, Bizet, Korsakov and others. Tickets are €10.00. And for a complete change of scene, you may wish to head over to Disco Oz, because at midnight there is a special disco featuring ‘Imparable’. Two more musical performances for you on Sunday July 22 with the Benefit Gala for the Cofradía del Cristo de la Flagelación in the Virgen del Carmen at 8.30pm with over in Teatro Municipal at 9.00pm there is the V Aniversario del Orfeon Municipal Ricardo Lafuente, organized by the Patronato Municipal de Habaneras.

Torrevieja’s major music festival starts on Monday July 23 with the opening of the 58 Edition of International Polifonia and Habaneras Competition. This week long competition features choirs from all five continents, along with local performances from Torrevieja choirs, outside of the competition. The event takes place in the historic and iconic Eras de la Sal with performances starting each evening at 11.00pm. Another choir, this time from Wales will bring the month to a close on Tuesday July 31, when the ladies choir Cor Merched Persain perform in the Cultural Casino of Torrevieja at 9.00pm.

The Sunday Drivers Club returns after a month’s break, moving to the cooler evening schedule, combining it with Noche del Coche, Car Night. It’s a fun and informal event open to owners of all kinds of interesting cars, vans, trikes, motor bikes and scooter from classics, through exotics to tuned and customised cars. The Tuning boys and girls are more than welcome to bring along some neon lights and lambo doors along with American Muscle cars, Italian Exotica, Hot Hatches, Classic British, Mini Coopers, Radical Racers, Harley Davidson, Choppers and Cafe racers; all are invited to a fun night out.

On July 29, 2012, they are meeting at The Tropical King, in Torrevieja. close to the Fire Station, Policia Local, and Mercadona. Cars start to arrive about 6.30pm and at 7.30 the owners of The Tropical King are offering a €5.00 BBQ platter and a Karaoke at 9.00pm. It’s a very informal affair; an opportunity for car owners, who drive something that little different, to display their cars, chat and meet others with similar interests plus offer the general public the chance to see some interesting vehicles before the sun sets. Visit the Sunday Drivers Club website. Entry for cars and visitors is free.

The quarterly Cultural program also consists of dozens of workshops, classes, parades, and exhibitions and more information about all of these events will be found in the new Cultural Program. Those who wish to look even further ahead and into August will find details of major artists such as Manuel Carrasco and Isobel Pantoja, the Electro Mar and International Big Band festival and host of other information. Apart from the beach and the pool and the occasional frosty libation, plenty to keep you occupied during the summer in Torrevieja.

Courtesy of Keith Nicol Please contact him for further information. © Keith Nicol 2012