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Come to Cullera and enjoy the festival
Publishing date 9/04/2013
This is a big week for Cullera as it holds its annual festival in honour of La Virgen del Castillo (Virgin of the Castle). Music tops the festival menu this year, with a series of events that includes musical shows, concerts and Cullera's traditional 'night of the Aurora' festival on Saturday. This year's programme includes Muixeranga (or human towers) performances, despertàs (morning fireworks to wake everyone up), evening firework displays, traditional Valencian folk dancing, heifers, monologues, gastronomy events and themed walking tours through the town's history. Come to Cullera and see the festival for yourself!
Cullera, known as the "balcony of the Mediterranean", is holding its annual festival this week in honour of La Virgen del Castillo (Virgin of the Castle), the town's patron saint. If you come to this beach destination only 25 minutes' drive from Valencia, you'll be able to enjoy a long list of events taking place up to Sunday 14 April, and there's sure to be something to suit everyone, regardless of age and preference.
Music tops the festival menu, with concerts featuring artists such as Merche on Thursday 11 April at 10.30 pm on Paseo Doctor Alemany, plus musical shows such as Nino Bravo on Saturday 13 April at Casa de la Cultura. On Saturday from 11 pm, teen audiences have the chance to see the likes of Danni Romero (from the Juan Magan factory), David Cuello, Aitor Galan and Toni Arribas (from Coco-Loco) plus others. They'll all be gathering on Saturday night in Calle Enrique Torres to be part of the 'Cullera Viu la Nit de la Aurora' festival.
The 'night of the Aurora' is the most emblematic and emotional night of the whole festival, in which Cullera's Virgen María del Castillo is taken to the town's San Antonio neighbourhood, where, at first light of dawn, the image is carried down to the seashore by fishermen and seafarers. The sight of all the boats anchored of San Antonio beach, the fireworks and the rising sun on the horizon makes this a really spectacular event.
All through the night, San Antonio beach is packed with young people, who light bonfires, eat and drink until dawn breaks. The event ends with a huge firework display, while answering fireworks are sent up from the fishing boats.
This year's programme includes Muixeranga (human towers) performances, despertàs (morning fireworks to wake everyone up), evening firework displays, traditional Valencian folk dancing, heifers, monologues, gastronomy events and themed walking tours through the town's history. Are you going to miss out? Don't let this pass you by, come to Cullera and experience the festival for yourself.
TOURIST INFO CULLERA
C/ del Mar, 93 - 46400 Cullera (Valencia).
Tel: 96 172 09 74 - Fax: 96 173 80 62