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Es Baluard FES'17

Art and Soul on the ramparts this summer

es baluard courtyard

The wonderful Es Baluard museum and gallery built into the old city walls of Palma is a fascinating and interesting place to visit. Its designers have managed to juxtapose the imposing ancient walls and bastions with ultramodern architectural design which gives a truly awe inspiring setting not only for the museum, but also for its rather cool cafe and restaurant with great views of the harbour and particularly the special events which are held there.

This summer, the warm balmy evenings will be illuminated with a series of musical concerts combining art, technology and food in a festival called FES'17 which lasts from early June to early September. It embraces different styles of music in some imaginative settings against a backdrop of architecture and film displays.

So what's on?

First up is the Summer Pie Festival which highlights music with American roots; Folk Rock, Power Pop, Alternative Country and so on. It starts on 6th June when folkster Julie Doiron give a concert in the Aljub, the vast underground water storage vault in the depths of the museum and is €10 on the door.

On the 16th June Summer Pie continues with Lava Fizz (20h), Emily Barker (21h), The Wheels (22h), and Evening Hymns (23h.) On the 17th you can see Marcos Gonzalez & Los Nice Bambas (20h), Co-Pilgrim (21h), Zinedines (22h), The Wooden Sky (23h.) Both nights cost €20 and are held in the courtyard (photo)

Next comes my favourite, the Mallorca Soul Weekend where some top Spanish bands and DJ's play some of the best music in the world – Soul, Funk, and Jazz – on 30th June (Saxophobia Funk Project and the Groovin Flamingos) and 1st July with Shirley Davis and the Silverbacks. It'll cost €12 per day or €20 for two, both start at 8pm.

For a taste of some avante garde electronica fused with startling visual images projected onto the walls, Neo Tokyo takes place on 29th July, starting at 8pm, and Mecal Air play the 4th, 11th, and 18th of August, again at 8pm and all are free entry.

The summer rounds off with, FIVA, a video art festival on 25th August and Van Big, a foodie fest with the famous food trucks of Mallorca which promises to be a gastrocultural event which interrelates all five senses. Sounds interesting, that's on 1st (17 to 00) and 2nd September (11 to 00) and is free to enter.

I must admit, my interest has been piqued by this, and it sure makes a change from karaoke at El Leon Rojo, so I may just stroll along. Will you join me?