Calvià 26th August 2019
REI EN JAUME FESTIVITIES 2019
On Thursday, the institutional act will take place with the reading of the festivities' announcement that this year will be carried out by Manel Suárez, coordinator of the study of 'Les fosses de la repressió a Mallorca' and author of the Calvià grave pit report
The rei En Jaume Photography Awards 2019 will be presented on Wednesday
David Bisbal will offer the central concert of the festivities
The rei En Jaume Festivities 2019 start on Thursday 29th August, with the institutional event commemorating the 790th anniversary of the landing of Jaume I in Santa Ponça. At 8 p.m., at the Santa Ponça Cross, the speech of the mayor of Calvià, Alfonso Rodríguez Badal, and the festivities' announcement that this year will be in charge of the 'calvianer' Manel Suárez, coordinator of the study 'Les fosses de la repressió a Mallorca' and author of the report on the Calvià grave pit. Suárez, teacher and head of studies at Bendinat College, was councillor of the Calvià Town Hall and is author of numerous publications related to his research role and the history of the municipality.
On Wednesday, prior to the institutional event, the rei En Jaume Photography Awards 2019 will be presented, to which in this edition 20 artists have been presented with more than 80 photographs with the theme «Arquitectura de Calvià, de las torres de defensa a la última vanguardia» (Architecture of Calvià, from the defence towers to the last avant-garde). The awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday 28th August at the Calvià Town Hall's exhibition hall, at 7.30 p.m., coinciding with the inauguration of the rei En Jaume Awards 2019 Photo Exhibition, which can be visited from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., until 20th September.
The 'Molí de Santa Ponça' premises will host on Saturday 31st August, this year's central concert that will be offered by singer David Bisbal, winner, amongst others, of three Latin Grammy.
Also on Saturday, the 20th Anniversary of the 'Trobada de Gegants' (Giants' gathering) will be celebrated and the new figures, the copies of the king En Jaume and queen Violant giants, will be used for the first time and presented in society.
Tradition: parade and final battle
Tradition will meet, first, on Sunday 1st September, at the plaça de la Pinada, with the delivery of banners and the presentation of the kings of the festivities, Jaume I, which this year has fallen on Mario Cano, from the Colla Real, and Abu Yahya, which this year will represented by Fernando Morilla from the Colla Al-Madina. Then, the Municipal Music Band of Calvià will perform 'La joia en el sí de la Mar' concert, which tells the events that took place during the conquest of Mallorca.
Jaume I troops will disembark at the Cross of Santa Ponça on Saturday 7th September to parade, later, along with the Saracen 'collas', and preparing for the 'Moorish and Christians' final battle that will take place on the beach of Santa Ponça.
The 'correfoc' (fire performance), workshops and children's entertainment, theatre and historical tours, humor with Txabi Franquesa, party and sports, with the amusing Elements Reis, along with the traditional Medieval Market, which will be installed from 5th September, complete the programme of activities of the rei En Jaume Festivities that will end on Sunday 8th September.
In this edition of the festivities there are two novelties with regards to previous years.
On the one hand, on Thursday 5th September, will take place, for the first time, the Walk of the Spanish Association Against Cancer, a 4-km route to promote the importance of prevention and healthy lifestyle habits.
On the other hand, the festivities will have a sustainable character since the concessionary bar will offer reusable cups, sponsored by Mallorca Live Festival, and biodegradable dishes and cutlery.