Each 15 August sees the return of Cómpeta’s annual fiesta ‘Noche del Vino’. Always a very special event, it was made even better this year by the visit of my daughter and grandson, and of course my son-in-law, for a week’s holiday.
As forecast the day was rather overcast but still very hot and humid. We didn’t catch the full programme of events which start with a mass at 11am, after which the fun begins.
At 12 noon traditionally dressed farmers carry baskets of grapes on their heads through the assembling crowds towards the treading platform. This is followed by dancing and singing by local groups and professional troupes. Free food and local Cómpeta wine is provided for one and all. The winding streets are bedecked with bunting and craft stalls to provide a feast for the eyes.
After a late afternoon break in activities, the fun starts again at around 10pm with a programme of professional flamenco performances on the pretty stage set up in the main Plaza Almijara. I made a full report of the day’s events last year which you can see here, complete with a couple of videos.
This year it was not possible to join in with all the fun because my grandson didn’t have the stamina to keep going all day (in truth, neither did I), but I have put together a slideshow of some of the entertainment we caught during the day, and I have found the following beautiful photographs posted onto the Cómpeta townhall Facebook page.
I have never seen so many people packed into the square for the first evening performance, all wanting to see the ‘wunderkind’ – 9 year old Raul “El Balilla” who has an incredible voice and has become something of a phenomenon after appearing on a spanish TV talent show. As he left the stage he was followed by a procession of gaggling young girls hoping for a final glimpse of their hero. The crowds dissipated a little after the mini maestro departed and we were able to find a seat down in the square and spent a few hours in the cooling night air before leaving the square at 3am and walking home along the goat track in light rain.
Please take a look at this slideshow – there are some lovely photos of the dancers throughout the day – and a few less expected sights, like a couple of random piglets. The music that accompanies the slideshow was written and performed by our very own Mitch France otherwise known as the front guy of our local band ‘The Rooters’.
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