April Newsletter 2023. Lliria’s Music City. San Nicolas de Bari. Paella. Flamenco Trip

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April 2023 Ideas for that special performance tour in Spain and Portugal
Talk to Vicent Sese, Lliria’s City of Music Coordinator
That special venue: San Nicolas de Bari (Valencia)
Delicious bites: Paella
Flamenco Trip to Spain
Lliria City of Music

Talk to Vicent Sese, Lliria’s City of Music Coordinator

Vicent, what are your main tasks in Lliria?

Focal Point of Llíria UNESCO Creative City. Coordination of the activities created, organized and executed by the Llíria City of Music Office for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. Representation of Llíria in the Network. Management of local cultural industries to meet the objectives of UNESCO in the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda. Artistic direction of the music festivals: eMe, Early Music of Edeta, Festival de Patrimoni Històric i Música Antiga de Llíria (Early Music Day, March 21); El DesenJazz, Festival de Jazz i Música Contemporània de Llíria, (International Jazz Day, April 30); i LLUM Fest, Llíria Universal Music, Festival de Músiques del Món de Llíria, (Fête de la Musique, June 21).

What is the scope of this appointment?

Llíria is declared Creative City by UNESCO in 2019. Since then, Llíria belongs to an International Network of 246 Creative Cities recognized by UNESCO that identify creativity as the fundamental basis of their sustainable urban development in the disciplines of Crafts, Digital Art, Film, Design, Gastronomy, Literature and Music. At the same time, Llíria has been declared City Of Music by UNESCO and is part of the cluster of 43 UNESCO Cities of Music. Llíria works with the cities of the cluster of music, with the Association of UNESCO Creative Cities in Spain and with the rest of the Creative Cities of the Network regardless of the discipline towards a common goal: to position creativity and cultural industries as a priority for local development and to cooperate nationally and internationally in the field.

What are the importance of Choirs, Bands and Orchestras in Lliria?

Llíria has two musical societies of international level, the Banda Primitiva and the Unió Musical, which have a band section, orchestra, choir, both youth and senior, and music school, and the Professional Conservatory of Music of Llíria. These musical institutions have professional musicians, facilities and instruments ideal for hosting international choirs, bands and orchestras for masterclasses, specific courses and exchange of professionals, students and music teachers.

Tell us more about the city and why it’s worth a visit

Llíria is one of the main historical cities of Valencia. It has archaeological heritage from the Iberian and Roman periods that can be visited, as well as architectural heritage from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. In addition, it has spectacular natural sites such as the Font de Sant Vicent and the Natural Park of the Serra Calderona and l’Horta Vella. It also has an exquisite gastronomic tradition recognized by the brand Aliments Tradicionals de Llíria and festivals of tourist interest such as the Festes de Sant Vicent and the Fira i Festes de Sant Miquel.

Thank you Vicent

That special venue: San Nicolas de Bari Church

The church of San Nicolás de Bari and San Pedro Mártir has recently been restored, bringing to light a pictorial sample that experts have called the Valencian ‘Sistine Chapel’. It is one of the first twelve Christian parishes of the city of Valencia after the reconquest of James I in 1238. Erected as a parish church around 1242, it was reformed at the initiative of the Borja family in Gothic style between 1419 and 1455, contracting the Gothic ribbed vault in the central nave. Between 1690 and 1693 the interior was covered with baroque decoration and fresco paintings of scenes from the life of St. Nicholas of Bari and St. Peter Martyr, designed by Antonio Palomino and painted by Dionís Vidal.

Delicious bites: Paella

Paella is undoubtedly one of the emblematic dishes of Spanish gastronomy, especially Valencian, and there is no tourist who does not succumb to the charms of this rice. According to experts, this dish emerged in the rural areas of Valencia, between the 15th and 16th centuries, due to the need of peasants and shepherds for a meal that was easy to prepare and with the ingredients they had on hand in the countryside. It was always eaten in the afternoon.

Originally, the ingredients were poultry, rabbit or hare, fresh vegetables, rice, saffron and olive oil, which were mixed in the paella with water and orange branches. Everything was cooked over a slow fire.

Flamenco Trip to Spain. 23-30 September 2023. Around New York? Contact our Partner Agency Four Winds Tours for more details about this trip.
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