Summer has arrived in Seville! Here are our Top 10 recommendations for cultural events you shouldn’t miss this summer in Andalucia’s capital
Seville in summer is hot and sultry, so many arts events take place outdoors and after dark. Concerts, film showings, and theatre can all be enjoyed by moonlight in the romantic medieval surroundings of this delightful Andalusian city. Note that most performances and showings start as late at 10.30pm, so follow like the Sevillanos’ example, and take a siesta beforehand. Most cultural seasons continue until the end of September.
Noches en Los Jardines del Real Alcázar
You can hear first-class musicians perform in the unforgettable surroundings of the Alcázar Palace gardens, which has UNESCO World Heritage status, by night. Jazz, flamenco, Arabic and classical music, plus Irish and Brazilian, are among the genres featured in the programme. Our top choices: flamenco singer Jeromo Segura, who won the prestigious Lámpara Minera prize last year (28 June and 1, 15 and 30 August), Celtic band Sheela Na Gig (2 August) and international quartet Cuarteto Emispherio (2 and 22 July). Balmy air, palm trees, moonlight, superb live performers – what more could you ask for?
Parque Centenario Exhibition
This year, Maria Luisa Park celebrates its centenary and this exhibition traces its history, from the private estate of 19th Century royal couple, Spanish princess María Luisa Fernanda de Borbón and Antoine de Orleans, Duke of Montpensier, to the location for the Ibero-Americano Exposición of 1929, designed by French landscape designer Forestier, to a much-loved city park. The exhibition is in the majestic Casino de la Exposición, the Seville pavilion for Expo 29.
Every summer, the University’s CICUS (Centro de Iniciativas Culturales de la Universidad de Sevilla) organises its own programme of night-time events, including film showings, exhibitions and plays, called 21 Grados (21 Degrees). In their patio in the heart of barrio Santa Cruz, you can see and hear flamenco dance, poetry readings, plays, and films starring actresses who didn’t win Oscars: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (5 August), Shanghai Express (12 August), Splendor in the Grass (19 August) and The Barefoot Contessa (26 August).
Teatro Romano, Itálica
Watch classical Roman and Greek plays by Plautus and Euripides in the spectacular setting of Itálica, one of the first Roman cities to be built outside Italy, and birthplace of the Emperors Hadrian and Trajan.
Velá de Santa Ana, Triana
The barrio of Triana, across the river from the main part of the city, is known for its independent spirit. This neighbourhood feria, which dates from the 13th Century, is Triana’s summer riverside party, complete with casetas, Sevillana dancing competitions, sporting events, live music and merry-making, Andalucia style.
21 – 26 June
Noches de Verano en el Palacio de la Buhaira
This little-known Moorish palace, located just outside the city centre in the Nervión district, hosts a season of outdoor concerts and theatre from July to September. The full programme will be announced shortly.
Nocturama, La Cartuja
In addition to offering a historic setting – Columbus stayed at this Carthusian monastery while planning his voyages, and the buildings were later used as a ceramics factory by Englishman Charles Pickman – contemporary art museum, CAAC (Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo), has its own programme of summer cultural activities. The musical vibe here is more cutting-edge pop and electronic, with plenty of home-grown talent, as well as cult American singer-songwriter Daniel Johnston (10 July), plus flamenco (13 – 27 September).
El Paseo de Arte
Take a stroll along Paseo de la O, a broad riverside walkway in Triana, for the weekend art market, where local artesans sell their wares every Saturday and Sunday. Ceramics, paintings, handmade stationery, flamenco accessories, children’s toys, wooden ornaments and other unusual goods can be found at stalls in this historic location, next to the Castillo San Jorge and Triana bridge. On Sundays some of them also show their wares in Triana market, above the castle.
Noches de Sevilla: Teatro en Espacios Patrimoniales
A rare opportunity to watch theatrical performances in three historic settings: Castillo San Jorge, the seat of the Inquisition, Espacio Santa Clara, in the 13th Century convent, and comedies at Antiquarium, the Roman archaeological remains under the Setas.
Colección MP de Arte Contemporáneo
Housed in the US Pavilion from Expo 29, this private environmental and nature-themed collection encompasses the best of current-day art, such as Spanish artists Federico Guzman, and MP and MP Rosado, as well as 20th Century greats such as Andy Warhol and Joseph Beuys. The collection is owned by architect and renowned art expert Valentín de Madariaga y Oya, founder of the Fundación Valentín de Madariaga-MP.
Looking ahead to autumn
The Bienal de Flamenco has all the biggest names in the popular gypsy music form, including singing, guitar and dance (12 September – 6 October), while SEFF (Seville European Film Festival) brings the spotlight onto Seville with this annual celebration of celluloid (7 – 15 November).