Sunday, March 29, 2015
During the time of the Franco dictatorship, these processions seemed a natural outcropping of the conservative, reactionary times of the dictatorship. However, forty years after the demise of Fascist Spain, Seville and its Holy Week processions are more popular than ever, and the role of women is stronger these days than it was ever thought possible in the long history of this event.
Those knowledgeable of Scripture understand that the mystical trajectory of the week from darkness to light is a very special time for believers. For the majority of people crowding the streets of Seville, it is a week of cultural tradition rather than religious fervor, and it is marked by seven days of little sleep. At its conclusion most "Sevillanos" just get sad that the greatest week in their calendar has come to an end. Luckily, their sadness does not last for long. The beginning of the April Fair, another fabled cultural event, tends to dispel the gloom rather quickly.
If you would like to experience Holy Week in Seville, it is being broadcast live. Just follow this link: http://elcorreoweb.es/elcorreotv/
Friday, March 20, 2015
The photograph by Richard Burbridge on the left, which accompanies The New Yorker article, has prompted many in social media to exclaim "would you buy a used opera from this man?"
For a short while, the article is available for free at this link: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/03/23/a-fight-at-the-opera