Hundreds of years ago Palma was in the grip of a terrible plague
Hundreds of years ago Palma was in the grip of a terrible plague which was finally ended when the bones of St Sebastian were brought to the city. To give thanks St Sebastian was proclaimed the
patron saint of Palma on 20th January 1524. These days Palma celebrates this date with a mighty fiesta featuring live music, feasting and fireworks which lasts for days and now also encompasses the
Fiesta of San Antonio too!
So what's happening? The fiesta officially opens on 15th with live music performances in the Plaza de Cort, on the 16th you can see vintage cars at the Parc de Ses Estacions from 10.00 until 16.00
and on 17th the Blessing of the Animals to honour San Antonio takes place in Calle San Miguel.
The 19th, the eve of San Sebastian is traditionally the big day for celebrations with live music all over the city. Each of the 10 squares has a different style of music so there's
something for everybody. Here's what you can see
Plaza Mayor, 19.00 – parade of giants and big heads, music and fireworks an live music with Balladors de Lluc, Caliu, homage to Bel Cerdà and Soler, Xaloc and Loquillo.
Plaza Joan Carles I, 20.30 - Hijos de Kaky, Kausa, Gran Sol, Hypnotize me, Lax´n´busto and Dover
Plaza de Cort, 21.30 - Setze Cordes, Berth and Pelucón Flowers
Plaza de Sant Francesc, 22.00 - La Carrau, Aiaiai y Kiko Veneno
Plaza de España, 21.30 - Concierto Palma 40 Pop (40 principales) with Soraya and Nena Daconte
Plaza de Santa Eulàlia, 21.00 - Aniki&Kiffa and Carmen Jaime Jazz Caffe.
Plaza de la Reina, 21.00 - (Europa FM) Tetrasonic, Goodfellows, Joaquín Padilla and la Trampa
Plaza del Olivar, 21.30 - Justagame, Eixuts, DJ's
Costa de la Pols, 20.15 – DJ's Mavier SM, Marcial Bardolet y Miquel Viló
Passeig per l´Artesania, 20.30 - Tonino Carotone, Orgasmo Tropical y Sudamerican Rockers
The big concert for the fiesta features well known Spanish band El Mago de Oz and takes place in the Plaza España on 21st at 22.00, there's another concert there the following day at the same
time featuring Pignoise and finally the spectacular fireworks to signal the end of the fiesta can be seen at the Parque del Mar in Front of the Cathedral on the
22nd from 20.00 onwards.
Have a great time if you're lucky enough to be in Palma for this!