April Fair of Seville 2016
This year the Fair starts with the lightening on Tueswday the 12th of April and goes until Sunday the 17th of April. Six colorfull days, with nice flamenco music, food and drinks.
The Cover of the Fair of Seville is design by the draftsman and graphic designer Eduardo Morón, it was inspired by the Pavilion of Argentina Ibero-American Exposition of 1929 and is a tribute to the dance, since this building next to the pier of Delights welcomes the Conservatory of this artistic discipline .
Curiously, in the design basis it proposed to include the logo that he designed to commemorate the fourth centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes and the commemorative logo of the 750th anniversary of the parish of Santa Ana, whose anniversaries are celebrated in 2016 .
The April Fair of Seville or the Feria de Abril is celebrated one or two weeks after the Holy Week and it coincides with the bullfight season. This fair is one of the most populous and well- known in Andalusia, it is the most visited and the one which has the greatest economic impact.
The origins of the April fair date back to 1846 when council members José María Ibarra and Narciso Bonaplata had the idea of holding an annual, three-day trading fair, to take place in April, for the purchase and sale of livestock. Once approved by Queen Isabella II, the first Fair was inaugurated 18th April 1847, in the Prado de San Sebastián. Close to 25,000 people attended.
As time went by the fair became one of the most important festivities on the city calendar, and it gradually changed from a trading to a social occasion. It was only interrupted for two years during the Civil War, and in 1973 it had to be moved to its current location on account of the large number of visitors.
The fair site now covers 1,200,000 square metres, divided into three different areas: La Calle del Infierno, El Real de la Feria and the car parks. The “Real” is divided into fifteen streets named after major figures from the world of bullfighting. On the back of the street signs you can read a short biography of the bullfighter in question. La Calle del Infierno is where you can find all the fairground attractions and rides.
During the Fair, the people of Seville make their respective marquees (casetas) their homes, entertaining and playing host to friends and family.
The marquees are simple and beautifully decked out. There is no shortage of Fino from Jerez and Manzanilla from Sanlúcar de Barrameda, ham, prawns, dancing, Sevillana music, clapping, guitars, and even bagpipes and Rocío drums… and one thing that should never, ever be lacking, is a good stew broth with a dash of fino or manzanilla to make you feel like new…
The Seville Fair, also called the April Fair, is held a week or two after Easter and begins on Monday, at midnight, with the traditional lighting. Its entrance, decked out with thousands of bulbs and lamps is switched on, becoming a brilliant array of light. After endless days of happiness, drinking, dancing, eating, of following luxurious and stately traditions, of watching horsemen and women and people riding in stunning carriages, the fair comes to an official close on Sunday, at midnight, with a fireworks display on the banks of the Guadalquivir River.
You have to distinguish between private and public marquees at the Fair. Only members and guests can gain access to the former. If you know someone it will help, and you will be able to get in without problems.
Nevertheless, there are also public marquees. There are plenty of them, open to all, from midday into the early hours. The private marquees can close whenever they choose.