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Los Alcázares City Council suspends the 49th edition of the International Week of the Orchard and the Sea (28/05/2020)

The coronavirus pandemic is forcing the suspension of events as important as the one that has been celebrated in Los Alcázares for almost 50 years and that highlights the importance of the folklore of the Region of Murcia in an international event. The mayor Mario Cervera, together with the councilor for Celebrations José Carlos Castejón, the director of the International Week of the Huerta and the Sea Juan García Serrano and representatives of the 8 clubs that were planning to participate on this occasion, have met to agree on the suspension of this important festival that this year would celebrate its 49th edition, in a great exercise of responsibility to continue fighting against the spread of COVID-19. This event, which is already a benchmark in terms of tradition and culture, and which your organization works to achieve being of National Tourist Interest, gathers each August in the coastal municipality about 100,000 people around Murcian history through music, music and typical gastronomy and high-level national music shows, in galas and concerts that leave no one indifferent.

Despite the importance of this event for the City Council and the municipality in general, those responsible have decided to suspend the 2020 edition due to the large number of people who congregate on the premises, until their safety is guaranteed.

. Also, other leisure plans such as musical concerts that were planned in the weeks prior to the festival in the municipality have been suspended as a result of this health crisis so as not to endanger the health of citizens. To counteract this situation, the mayor at the helm, José Carlos Castejón plans to organize smaller events related to the International Week of La Huerta and the Sea, such as different parades in the commercial areas of the town, exhibitions of traditional huertanos elements or regional costumes.

The head of the Celebrations portfolio has commented that "without a doubt this event was a very important dose of joy for all, since its celebration supposes tourism, economy and coexistence with traditions as a central theme, to which thousands of people are approach to live unique moments, so our spirits to continue striving in order to improve it remain intact " For his part, the mayor of the town, Mario Cervera has said that "for me it has been a difficult decision to make consensus with the other political groups, for what it means for our history and for the revitalization of Los Alcázares But these circumstances give us more desire to continue working on the novelties that we had already proposed, among which was the incorporation into the ventorrillos of a community and a guest country.

" Pérez Cervera concluded by commenting that, "without a doubt we will return with more force to enjoy the best folklore, gastronomy, and company like the one we found in the International Week of the Orchard and the Sea". A tall contribution to traditions In 2021 the International Week of the Garden and the Sea will be lucky to have these eight clubs that had already confirmed their participation in the 49th edition and especially with their contribution of great value to traditions, since gastronomy, crafts, and its folkloric performances are of a high level. Representation of the whole country with Folkloric Groups of Albacete, Ciudad Real and the Canary Islands.

The foreign folk groups and ballets from Daguestan, Colombia, Ireland, Russia, Uruguay, Poland, Mexico, will be part of a new program of the "International Week of the garden and the sea of ??Los Alcázares", as well as some "Culture Days Traditional, Popular and Artistic ", which will be accommodated in different stages of the municipality. The organization awaits months of intense work ahead, since in 2022 the 50th Anniversary of this most important festival will be celebrated.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Los Alcázares

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