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Balearics' big day

No work on 1st March!

demons of soller

We'll be putting the flags out quite literally this week in the Balearics as we celebrate the four islands; Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera constituting an autonomous community and province of Spain. Yes!!!! we all get a day off work on 1st March and if this wasn't reason enough to be happy, there are also lots of activities and entertainment put on by the authorities to mark this sacred day.

Pretty well every little town and village has something going on, but needless to say, Mallorca's capital Palma has the biggest events, many of them with more than just a local 'Catalan' emphasis. If you're on holiday in Mallorca on Thursday then you'll be interested to know that all train travel on the day is completely free, no tickets are required to go anywhere you please, so make the most of the opportunity.

Here in the capital, the celebrations extend beyond the main day and kick off, as we know, with Peccata Minuta on the 28th February in the HQ of Bodegas Saua and there's also a concert of Blues, Jazz and Swing by the Bluesmafia Big Band in the Sa Feixina park at 21:00.

I've picked out some of the best of the rest for an international audience, so here it is:-

1st March

12:00, 16:30 and 18:00 Menorcan horses and the return of King Jaime I and his Knights in front of the city walls between the Lonja and Es Baluard.

18:00 Concert by the Menorca Chamber Orchestra in the Principal Theatre.

19:30 Funk and folk concert with the Lemon Emigrants and Leonmanso in the Paseo del Borne

20:00 Concert by Dr. Zhaska i la banda Misteri (funk) in the sa Feixina Park.

20:00 concert by Biel Duran in the Music Conservatory

2nd March

11:00, 13:30 and 16:30 Folk dancing from Ibiza in the Parque del Mar by the cathedral.

12:00 Show by the Royal Factory Dance Academy in the Paseo del Borne.

16:00 and 18:30 Concert by the Open University Choir in front of the city walls between the Lonja and Es Baluard.

20:00 Rock concert with The Claps in the sa Feixina Park

3rd March

20:00 ACDC tribute rock concert in the sa Feixina Park

4th March

12:00 Human castle making with the Castellers de Manacor in the Paseo del Borne

13:00 Clown show in the Plaza Porta Catalina

19:30 Demons of Soller (photo) in front of the city walls between the Lonja and Es Baluard.