Popular vote to decide who plays Palma's big fiesta
With less than three months to go until Palma's big fiesta of San Sebastian in January, preparations are well underway. Last year the shindig to celebrate the city's patron saint lasted for 15 days and cost hundreds of thousands of Euros spent on entertainment, fireworks and all round fun and games, modern and traditional during the period.
However, there were complaints about the standard of some of the bands and musicians who played on the main night of the celebrations - 19th January – when the whole city resounds to music in no less than eight of its main plazas where stages are set up and concerts held. Each plaza hosts a different type of music and the crowds can stroll between them, eating and drinking along the way.
This year's concerts had lower attendances than usual and the standard of the bands chosen by the council organisers was blamed. So this year, the town hall has put the ball firmly in the people's court by giving each adult citizen the chance to vote for who they want to see on stage.
So, until Thursday of this week, Palmesanos can choose which of the 328 groups and artists put forward by 37 promoters that they wish to see. According to the council 424,081 people are registered to vote, so it will be interesting to see how many use their democratic right.
If you are thinking of a short break somewhere to beat the post Christmas blues, then Palma is the place to be. Lots of free entertainment, fiestas, fireworks and fun as well as the usual offer of shopping (it's sales time) gastronomy and culture.