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Andalusia Day (28th February)

On this day offices close and white and green flags are dusted down to be displayed once more with pride. But what exactly are we celebrating?


By:  Cecilia Bogaard
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Anniversary of the successful referendum vote on autonomy for Andalusia
Birth: 28th February 1980
Stands out for: being a celebration for the whole region

After the fall of Franco’s dictatorship in 1977, a group of youths flew a flag from the Giralda and demanded autonomy for Andalusia. On 4th December of the same year, the now date known as Andalusia’s first national day, approximately two million people went out into the street claiming the same right to autonomy as Catalonia, the Basque country and Galicia. Juan Gay Armenteros (Jaen, 1947) a writer and lecturer in contemporary history as the University of Granada and expert in the modernisation of Mediterranean societies, shares some of his views on today’s Andalusia with Tertulia Andaluza. We have also put together a list of the people, places, books, films and music that make Andalusia such a captivating and fascinating region.

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Q. What are we celebrating on Andalusia Day?

A. On 28th February we commemorate the 1980 referendum and the day the statute of autonomy for Andalusia was approved. This happened after a series of protests and demands.

Q. What have been the benefits of autonomy in the region?

A. Dignity, given that Andalusia has a well-defined and distinct personality. I also believe that the creation of the Junta de Andalucía(the Andalusian government) has brought the administration and the people closer together.

Q. Where do people from Andalusia originate from?

A. There isn’t such a thing as an “Andalusian race”. Andalusia has historically always been a region that embraced many cultures such as the Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Visigoths. Many cultures have come together here and the result is a very rich and diverse identity.

Q. When was the concept of Andalusia born?

A. It is an Arabic term. The concept of the al-Ándalus, which isn’t exactly what we would consider Andalusia today, came about during the Muslim invasion.

Q. And what is Andalusia today?

A. The south of Spain! It’s a region. A territorial entity. It is still an open region. It is never closed.

Q. Do you think people from Andalusia are open?

A: Very open. Despite the fact that there are now people with a more “closed character”, as they say in Granada.

Q. How will we remember this period in Andalusian history?

A. As a very good period for the whole of Spain. An incredible change has taken place over the last 30 years, much of it for the better. Living conditions have improved and materially we are all better off. We can now communicate with the rest of the world and with the rest of Spain. This was all impossible until relatively recently.

Q. How do historians celebrate Andalusia Day?

A. Just thinking about the things we are taking about now. We don’t do much else really.

Q. When I explained the idea behind Tertulia Andaluza and that we wanted to talk about contemporary Andalusia and the changes that have taken place over the last 50 years, an American writer said to me “You are going to have to twist and turn that story so that you don’t end up telling a very sad tale”. Do you agree with that?

A. I don’t believe it’s a sad story. In the past there was a lot of poverty and poverty is sad. The Civil War is sad and Andalusia suffered just as much as Valencia or Extremadura. Tell the American to take a trip around Andalusia, and he’ll see how things have changed.

 

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People

Blas Infante (politician and the ideologue for the Andalusian region), Federico García Lorca (writer), Benito Zambrano (film director), Curro Amaya (Singer/songwriter from Ronda), Juan Clavero, María Zambrano, Picasso, Joaquín Sáenz, Juan Ramón Jiménez, Manuel de Falla, Joaquín Sabina, Enrique Morente, Estrella Morente, Antonio Banderas, Luis Gordillo, María Galiana, José Monge Camarón, Manolo Escobar, Joaquín Cortés, Paco de Lucia, Rafael Alberti, Antonio Machado, la Niña de los Peines, Emilio Fornieles.

 

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Valle del Rio Genal
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Refugio de Juanar (Ojen) – La Concha
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El 2 March 2008 a las 10:12 PM, Manolo dijo...

Curso dandalú

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJgr_mwcR1g&NR=1


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El 3 March 2008 a las 10:05 AM, Lorenzo dijo...

1.-Hay que recordad que el concepto de región pertenece al pasado, al franquismo. Hoy somos una Comunidad Autónoma. O entidad territorial, que no sé muy bien lo que significa.
2.-Hay una Andalucía muy abierta, sí, y otra muy cerrada. No se trata de territorios, esta provincia o aquella, sino de la falta de formación, educación y cultura todavía grande en amplias capas sociales.
3.-Sí, hemos cambiado, evolucionado, en 30 años de democracia. De lo contrario sería muy triste, pero no lo suficiente. No comparto cierto triunfalismo, si me lo permite, del amigo Gay Armenteros. Seguimos estando a la cola de numerosos índices socioeconómicos de la Unión Europea. El retraso secular de Andalucía es palpable en muchos aspectos. Sin embargo, no soy tan pesimista como ese americano. En estos 50 años hay muchos motivos para la alegría y el optimismo en esta tierra, pero también razones para preocuparse. Tenemos un déficit educativo, cultural y de iniciativa privada muy importante. Y demasiada autocomplacencia.


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El 4 March 2008 a las 12:52 AM, Manolo dijo...

estoy contigo Lorenzo….

pero nos tiene que dar mucha rabia esta situación. Demasiada complacencia mezclada con los tópicos típicos de la tierra hacen que un 28 F debiese ser un día de Reivindicación, y no como lo que se hace, folcloreo y más María del Monte…
¿dónde está la verdeyblanca…?
¿Qué pasó con la Duquesa el año pasado?
En fin, demasiada fiesta y poca actividad.Aquí en la tierra del dame pan y dime tonto,Seguimos siendo lo último de los últimos…no?
un abrazo.
Manolo


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El 4 March 2008 a las 5:29 PM, Lorenzo dijo...

Totalmente de acuerdo, Manolo. Nos sobran panderetas, peinetas y palmeros. Menos ombligos y más horizontes, audacia y rigor en las iniciativas. No me canso de repetirlo en mi entorno, pero la actitud dominante es muy conformista. Podemos desgranar multitud de ejemplos. Uno de ellos, el cine. En fin, la cabra tira al monte (no a María del Monte), soy cinéfilo. En nuestra entidad territorial no existe todavía una buena escuela oficial de cinematografía, con recursos suficientes y profesionales de prestigio. El cine catalán (me alegro por ellos y deberíamos aprender de sus experiencias) fue el ganador de la úlima edición de los Goya. Fueron premiados numerosos creadores de la Escuela de Cine de Cataluña, entre ellos Jaime Rosales, director de La Soledad. Empiezan a recoger los frutos de más de una década de formación de calidad. Otro abrazo.


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El 16 March 2008 a las 12:23 AM, Burtugalí dijo...

No se si será tarde para recomendar peliculas y si se incluirán en esta entrada del blog, pero sugiero:

Cuento de las dos orillas de Jesús Armesto

El corazón de la tierra de Antoni Quadri


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El 16 March 2008 a las 12:31 AM, Burtugalí dijo...

Aprovecho para incluir una reseña en prensa y un enlace al trailer:

http://actualidad.terra.es/cultura/articulo/cuento_orillas_invita_reflexion_verdadera_1506861.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVPwAy1Wz4E


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El 15 August 2008 a las 6:05 PM, alejandro dijo...

soy de argentina mi bisabuelo vino de andalucia en la epoca de franco se que tengo parientes y quisiera comunicarme con ellos si alguno puede darme una mano se lo agradeceria,mi mail es alejanosorio@yahoo.es y mi apellido es osorio



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