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The Jazz festival in Cala d'Or - Mallorca

After a reshuffle, the Jazz Festival in Cala d'Or is taking place in its familiar form again, from Monday, May 19 to Saturday May 24.

Over the seventeen years since the first festival hit the scene, Cala d’Or’s Jazz Festival has become quite an institution. The original organiser was the German Rolf Wagemann, a passionate Jazz fan! Every year, he invited numerous bands to Cala d'Or in May / June. Last year there were eight bands from eight nations and the musicians played in the streets and squares for several days free of charge for holidaymakers, for the local Mallorcan and foreign residents: Dixieland, traditional Jazz and New Orleans. In addition to that there was also Rock ‘N' Roll and Latino Music. This year the municipality Santanyi has put together its own programme with local musicians.

Today Saturday 24th May:

From 21 to 24 Uhr: Long Time No Swing (Sa Marina Center, pedestrian area Cala Egos), Mardi Gras (Restaurant. Fernando), Pat Metheny Project (Avda. Bélgica), Zavellazz (Hotel Rocador).

Cultural festival in Deia

This is a must to mark in your events calendar! Due to the major success last year, this small but beautiful festival "Deia Cultural" will be taking place again this year. Extending from May 23 through to October 3 seven concerts will take place, from blues to classical guitar to the boogie-woogie. Admission to all concerts is free.

The Programme:

Friday, 23rd Mayat 6.30 pm, Hotel d'Es Puig: Music from Cuba.
Friday, 27th June, at 10 pm, Restaurant Can Quet: Blues from 1945 to 1965.
Friday, 11th July, at 10 pm, Amphitheater Deià: Flamenco Passion.
Friday, 25th Julyat 10 pm, Hotel d'Es Puig: Music for the Classical Guitar.
Friday, 15th Augustat 10 pm, Amphitheater Deià: Boogie Woogie with Biel Durán.
Friday, 5th Septemberat 6.30 pm, Hotel La Residencia: Cello-Trio.
Friday, 3rd October, at 8.30 pm, Hotel Es Molí: Classical Spanisch Music. 

Operas in the Teatre Principal

The annual opera festival at the Teatre Principal in Palma has already become a permanent fixture. By June, a total of five operas by Verdi, Puccini, and Benjamin Britten will have been staged. Some of the performances such as "Othello" by Guiseppe Verdi or "Turandot" by Giacomo Puccini are in-house productions of the theater.

"The Little Sweep" by Benjamin Britten is staged in collaboration with the Conservatory of Palma; "Tosca" is a production of the opera friends of Sabadell. The organisers have been able to commit international and national artists.

The Programme:

„Othello” by Giuseppe Verdi, Sunday, 25th May, 6pm. Conducted by: Manuel Coves. Production: Alfonso Romero. Solists: Albert Montserrat, Maite Alberola, Maria José Perelló, Angel Odena.
„The Little Sweep“ – Children’s Opera by Benjamin Britten on Saturday, 31st May, 7 pm, Sunday, 1st June, 6 pm. The String Orchestra of the Conservatory will be playing. Production: Carles Pujols. Solists are students of the Conservatory.
„Turandot“ by Giacomo Puccini on Wednesday, 25th June, 8.30 pm; Friday, 27th June, 8.30 pm; Sunday, 29th June, 6 pm. Conducted by: Santiago Serrate. Solists: Eugenia Bethencourt, Eduardo Sandoval, Maria Planas, Pablo López.
Admission fees range between 6 and 50 Euros at the Teatre Principal, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 11 am to 2pm and 5 pm to 9 pm, alternatively www.teatreprincipal.com or www.ticketmaster.es

Water Sports - and Gastro Fair

Finally, on a less cultural note, the northern resort Can Picafort is staging a Water Sports - and Gastro Fair from 23rd to 25th May for the first time. Many sporting activities such as windsurfing, paddle surfing, sailing and much more are being offered free of charge. Bars and restaurants are serving squid tapas at reasonable prices.

By Iris Gruenewald

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