Le Fogueras 2011

Fogueres de San Joan 2011. Receive the fire’s hug, that of the gunpowder and the music.

‘Observe how the festival likes that you participate. You know, foreign friend, that the foguerers appreciate you even though you don’t speak the language, nor does it matter the colour of your skin. Receive the fire’s hug, that of the gunpowder and the music. We’ve got a world of festival for you to discover, you’re in the best of hands, don’t be embarrassed and join us, you will always be an equal in this most beautiful of festivals.’

June 24, 2011. Alicante, Spain. The night of June 24th is the climax of the highly anticipated festival “Hogueras de San Juan” celebrated in Alicante, part of the Valencian community in Spain. The cultural event joins friends and family together through out the entire town to celebrate the burning of the Hogueras. Hogueras: enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different parts of Alicante are burned on the summer solstice, June 24th. Burning these structures on the longest day of the year represents cleansing the city of negativity. The hoguera ritual begins at 12:00 a.m. as gunpowder and fireworks explode inside the official hoguera of Alicante “La Tierra Prometida.” After, the other 90 hogueras in the neighborhoods begin to burn as well.

Alicante, Spain. June 24, 2011. Friends and family gather on the beach with small bonfires and music while celebrating the Bonfires of San Juan, one of Spain'€™s largest and most highly anticipated festivals.

 

Alicante, Spain. June 24, 2011. A few of Los Indignados: advocates of the M15 movement in Spain, gather with their own hoguera while singing songs of political freedom and happiness during the "Hogueras de San Juan" festival. The M15 movement is a youth movement pacifically fighting against Spain's current political and social system.

 

Alicante, Spain. June 24, 2011. The official hoguera of Alicante "The Promised Land" burns at midnight on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.

Alicante, Spain. June 24, 2011. A resident watches the official hoguera of Alicante burn during the Bonfires of San Juan festival.

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Mounting of La Tierra Prometida

Alicante celebrates its biggest and most important annual festival ¨Hogueras de San Juan¨ on June 23rd and 24th. The cultural event, ¨Bonfires of Saint John¨ consists of musical performances, bull fights, food contests, and most importantly, hogueras. Hogueras are enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Despite the fact that hogueras take up to year to create, they are all burnt the night of the 24th, the longest day of the year. According to the residents, burning the hogueras during the summer solstice represents cleansing the city from negativity.  There are 6 categories, and over 90 hogueras all around the city of Alicante.

Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The crowd in City Hall stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. The mayor of Alicante, Sonia Castedo Ramos stood in silence as the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.

City Hall, Alicante, Spain. June 18, 2011. Rafa Gomez Fonseca hugs his brother after the final, most crucial stage of the hoguera mounting took place. At 2:15 a.m. 3 cranes placed the crown on the base of the hoguera and the entire crowd celebrated with shouts and applauses. The palm shaped crown weighed over 13,000 pounds.


Hogueras Preparations,

Alicante, Spain. June 19, 2011. Children walk in El Barrio, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Alicante with a model of an Hoguera. Days before the festival officially begins residents walk around with costumes and masks and other preparations for the festival.


Hogueras de Ceramica

Alicante celebrates its biggest and most important annual festival ¨Hogueras de San Juan¨ on June 23rd and 24th. The cultural event, ¨Bonfires of Saint John¨ consists of musical performances, bull fights, food contests, and most importantly, hogueras. Hogueras are enormous and detailed art structures built by families in different provinces of Alicante. Despite the fact that hogueras take up to year to create, they are all burnt the night of the 24th, the longest day of the year. According to the residents, burning the hogueras during the summer solstice represents cleansing the city from negativity.  There are 6 categories, and over 90 hogueras all around the city of Alicante. For more photos of The Hoguera de Ceramica visit: https://natalieedgar.wordpress.com/2011/06/01/the-making-of-hogueras/

Alicante, Spain June 20, 2011. Noelia and other artists works on the finishing touches for the Hoguera de Ceramica. This hoguera was the winner in the “Special Hogueras” category. The prize is part monetary, but according to the workers “Its beyond the money and prize, we just want to be acknowledged for our beautiful art piece.”

Alicante, Spain June 20, 2011 The Hoguera de Ceramica was the winner in the “Special Hogueras” category. The prize is part monetary, but according to the workers “Its beyond the money and prize, we just want to be acknowledged for our beautiful art piece.”


Primera Mascletà de les Fogueres 2011

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. A week before Les Fogueras: Alicante´s largest and most celebrated festival, the town gathers for Mascletàs. The 5-7 minute shows consists of rhythmic sounds made with gunpowder and fireworks. The entire week is celebrated with Mascletàs in various squares of the city, each one directed by a different engineer.

 

Alicante, Spain. June 16, 2011. A week before Les Fogueras: Alicante´s largest and most celebrated festival, the town gathers for Mascletàs. The 5-7 minute shows consists of rhythmic sounds made with gunpowder and fireworks. The entire week is celebrated with Mascletàs in various squares of the city, each one directed by a different engineer.