Semana de Cultura, Alhabia

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Concert in the square, Alhabia

For the last week there have been cultural events in the town of Alhabia. Most of the activities were for children but there were two musical events that we attended.

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The two bands

The week opened on the previous Saturday with a concert in the lovely square performed by the town band joining with another band from the town of Villanueva de Arzobispo in Jean.

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Enjoying the concert

The young musicians performed brilliantly in front of an appreciative audience on a beautiful summer night.

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Sensi Falán

Last night, the week closed with a concert by the singer from Almeria, Sensi Falán in the municipal theatre of Alhabia.

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Sensiu Falán

Her performance was titled “Las Mujeres de La Chanca” and she recited anecdotes of the women from this old barrio of Almeria City in between singing traditional songs, such as ‘Los Cuatro Muleros’ by Federico Garcia Lorca.

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Sensi with her props

Her only props were a table, a chair and a basket filled with objects relating to the different characters she portrayed.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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