Sevilla is a cultural centre of southern Spain. It lies on the banks of the river Guadalquivirand, and it is the capital of the province of the same name. With its over 700 thousand inhabitants, it is the 4th biggest city in Spain.|
Sevilla is an exciting city with a long history dating back from 9th century BC. For that reason, it has been an inspiring place for many artists from many generations. The art made in Sevilla has a unique background all around the world based on its genius loci (magic spirit of the place) that combines Arabian, Antique Roman and European Christian styles with contemporary diction.
Art & Galeries
There are plenty of small private art galleries in Sevilla. However, the best-known galleries are:
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo (Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art)
Address: Monasterio de la Cartuja de Santa María de Las Cuevas.
Entrances: Avenida Américo Vespucio, 2 / Camino de los Descubrimientos, s/n.
Phone: (+34) 955 037070
The centre contains many large and colourful modern collections of paintings and sculptures.
- Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am to 9pm
- Sunday: 11 am to 3 pm, Monday: closed
Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes (Hospital of the Venerable Priests)
Address: Plaza de los Venerables
Phone: (+34) 954 562 696
No, it is not a mistake! The building, which was built in the end of 17th century, served originally as a home and hospital to many old priests.The extraordinary hospital has been decorated with beautiful fresco paintings and a large dome. That is probably why, it serves as an art gallery nowadays.
- Monday – Sunday: 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm
Holidays & Festivals
Sevilla is home to big religious and colourful fiestas, flamenco and blood sports such as bullfights. It is said thatrelics of Christopher Columbus are deposited here (however, another legend says that they are deposited in Santo Domingo in Dominican Republic). This is the place where stolen gold of Incas was brought to! And it is also the place where Murillo (a famous baroque painter) painted his famous bright faces of saints.
Anyway, there is not a better way to get to know the local people than through their fiestas. Hereby some examples of what you can enjoy:
Date: it takes place on Thursday the sixtieth day after Easter Sunday (for example, 23rd of June 2011).
Corpus Christi, the religious festival dates back to the 16th century as a celebration of the Eucharist. Altars are built up around the city centre and decorated with many flowers and candles as well as all shop windows and house balconies are elaborately decorated. Early in the morning, there is a procession leaving from the Cathedral through Plaza San Francisco where a large gate is constructed for the processions to pass.
The procession consists of religious associations and public corporations that accompany giant portable pedestals carrying statues of saints such as Saint Just and Saint Rufina, Saint Isidore, the Immaculate Conception, Baby Jesus, Saint Thorn, Saint Leandro, Saint Ferdinand, nun Angela de la Cruz (canonizedby John Paul II in 1982), and the golden monstrance (consist of stolen gold of Incas). A silver altar is installed in the facade of the city hall for the procession. You can see dancers in original customs coming from 16th century and taste churros (a typical very sweet fried bakery) that are sold during the festivity.
Semana Santa(Holy Week)
Date: a week before Easter Holidays
Semana Santa offers an imposing show every year when 52 members of Catholic Church associations carry giant platforms with mounted statues of saints from their own churches to the Cathedral. You can see many amazing allegories, bootless confessants carrying crosses on their shoulders while having their feet chained, boys playing drums and figures draped in high hoods of medieval inquisitors in the large Semana Santa procession. This is how Sevilla has been celebrating the triumph of Christian religion over Islam since the Middle Ages as Sevilla was under control of Moors until 1248 AD.
Noches en los Jardines del Real Alcázar (Nights in the Gardens of Real Alcazar)
Date: end of June to mid-September
75 concerts for 75 nights. It is a music festival combining different music genres that takes place at the lovely gardens of Alcazar.
Date: 30 June – 1 September
The Nocturama is a festival of music and expositions with music concerts of various styles (antique, classical and modern music), conditions and bands coming from Sevilla, all Spain or abroad. The festival enables its visitors to see exhibitions of contemporary art located in the Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art during evening hours as an intention to bring it closer to people when they are in a relaxing atmosphere and end enjoy the pleasant city weather.
Address: anywhere in the city centre
Local people as well as tourists love flamenco. For that reason, you can find many flamenco shows around the centre every day. Let’s name at least some of the places where you can find regular programs:
El Tablao Flamenco Palacio Andaluz (probably the biggest flamenco space that you can find in Sevilla)
Address: Av. Maria Auxiliadora, 18-B
Phone: (+34) 954534720
El Tablao Flamenco Los Gallos (one of the oldest)
Address: Plaza de Santa Cruz, 11
Phone: (+34) 954216981
El Tablao Flamenco el Arenal
Address: Calle Rodo, 7
Phone: (+34) 954216492
El Tablao Flamenco Patio Sevillano
Address: PaseoCristobal Colon, 11-A
Casa de la Memoria (traditional show without being focused on tourists)
Address: CalleXiménez de Enciso, 28 (Barrio Santa Cruz)
Phone: (+34) 954 560670
Address: Calle Crédito, 13
Phone: (+34) 954 900 164
The theatre proposes to entertain children, and young people as well as all family.
To bring theatre closer to children, the theatre performs special programs such as the Feria Internacional del Títere de Sevilla (the Sevilla International Fair of Marionettes) that has been held every year since 1981. The Fair also contains spectacles for adults, street theatre, courses and expositions.
The Alameda Theatre intends to satisfy cultural needs of young people and adults by means of programs called “Área Alameda” that involve, for example, the Jazz Festival of the Sevilla University, the university program “El Flamenco que Viene” (the Flamenco That Will Come), the South Pop Festival, the “Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla”, the International Theatre of Scenic Art” (FEST) orthe audio-visual festival Zemos98.
Teatro Lope de Vega
Address: Avenida María Luisa, s/n
Phone: (+34) 955 472 828
The theatre was built in 1929 for a purpose of the Ibero-American Exhibition like a part of the Sevilla pavilion.
Centro Cultural Santa Clara
Address: CalleBecas, s/n
Phone: (+34) 955 471 302
The culture centre, which was inaugurated in 2011, is located in the Santa Clara Convent that was built in 1289 AD. For that reason, this space is full of history and one can feel a combination of tradition, culture, art and religion. The culture centre houses poetry presentation, historic music concerts, conferences, expositions. The space is supposed to serve to cultural needs of wider public. It is intended to finish renovation of its last parts and open a new library and a specialized archive too.
- Tuesday – Friday: 10.30 am to 2 pm and 5.30 pm to 8 pm
- Holidays: 10 am to 2 pm