This event is bringing its famous Andalusian carnival spirit back to London’s Southbank. Taking place this year in Spain Gardens, from 25th to 27th May, it will once again line the banks of the Thames with colourful stalls serving up Flamenco dancing shows, interactive workshops and live Spanish music.
Inspired by Southern Spain’s traditional Spring fairs, “Feria de Londres” is a celebration of Spanish cuisine and entertainment.
Such fairs date back to the Middle Ages and over time have evolved into huge regional events. Spanish cities, towns and villages come alive as hundreds of locals take to the beautifully decorated streets, brimming with food and drinks stalls, in celebration of Andalusian culture.
“Feria de Londres” will recreate the scenes seen at many of Spain’s local festivals, or ferias. Throughout the weekend entertainers will be dressed in their traditional costumes and festival goers will be encouraged to immerse themselves in the fair as though they were in Andalucia rather than Southwark.
There will be many opportunities for everyone to get involved with celebrations. From Sevillana dance lessons to flamenco rhythm workshops, family-friendly activities and activities for children, such a face painting, hair styling, and arts and crafts. To celebrate the richness of Spanish cuisine, guests will be able to taste tapas, some seafood paella, and regional wines, all while enjoying the live spectacles on offer.
At the heart of every Spanish festival and celebration lies song and dance. Flamenco dancers will give dance performances,creating the authentic feria party atmosphere. There will also be live bands that will take to the stage, capturing the essence of Spain through songful guitar, percussive cajon and rhythmic hand claps. The party will finish with a rousing DJ set.
This free festival is a celebration of all things Andalusian and is the perfect place for families and groups of all ages.
“Feria de Londres” will transform Bernie Spain Gardens to give Londoners an exuberant taste of Spain
Dates: Friday 25th May, 4 pm to 9 pm. Saturday 26th May – 12 Noon to 9 pm. Sunday 27th May – 12 Noon to 8 pm. Location: Bernie Spain Gardens, Southbank, London, SE1 9PH. For further information, please click here.