Two “armies” on the warpath are dressed in traditional uniforms – white shirts – look at each other menacingly, their weapons standby… The fight begins and the whiteness of outfits gets mixed with maroon – thanks God, it isn’t blood but nice Spanish wine! Today in one of Spanish provinces annual Battle of Wine is held.
People who reverently care about every drop of heady ruby liquid spilt in vain may get numb on realization of the fact that for more than a hundred years in a row the day comes when over 50 thousand liters of the merry drink from La Rioja region are purposely poured out. Just like that, for fun… At a specified time – as a rule, starting from 8 a.m. – and in a specified place – nearby so-called Cliffs of Bilibio – two rival teams gather from neighboring cities Haro and Miranda de Ebro. Their armament in the shape of bottles, buckets, bowls, watering cans and stuff like that is loaded with liquid alcohol “bullets”. City authorities, who encourage the festival, are the fist ones to make their strikes…
However alongside the main motive – entertainment – large scale merrymaking has a second, historic, component. According to one of the versions, some three hundred years ago one true war broke out between inhabitants of the villages over the territory where those Cliffs of Bilibio are now situated. After the territory had been divided the festival was founded in the sign of reconciliation.
In merely 15-20 minutes after the battle begins, “confrontation” of clans is forgotten about and any participant can become subject to an attack. “Every man for himself” instantly becomes a motto of the action. Liters of wine are sprayed and gushed on foes, on friends, on unarmed journalists and on 50 000 of watching tourists. Some of them, when obtaining ammunition from locals, instantly try to make off running away from the battle’s epicenter to use the drink conventionally – i.e. orally. But should extremely “furious” and already fairly tipsy “warriors” find a fugitive, all the weapons will be used against them…
With the battle slightly faded, happy hellbenders in wet red t-shirts head to the second stage of the celebration – to dinner at the cliffs’ foot. Now that we mention it, several dishes made of snails are must-be items in the menu of the feast. Glorifying Bacchus, belting out folk songs and “fraternally” sharing the remains of “rioja”, participants rest here till sunset. But don’t let your guard down, wine rumble isn’t over yet! The most desperate fighters group into detachments and go outside the area of military actions at their own will. Wandering around the cities, radicals “shoot” harmless civilians. So, should you happen to be in Haro or Miranda de Ebro on this day, you by no means crank down car windows, sit near windows in cafes and most importantly don’t put on light expensive clothes…
Today Outlook travels along the cities and countries that are considered as the most interesting from the point of view of geography and administrative management. Moreover, they are enclaves as they are located within the territories of other states.
As a child I could spend hours gazing at the sky and spying majestic flocks of birds winging their way south. For a kid this movement was a real magic. Today my bookshelf hosts almost no books about magic, though I am still excited about feathered tribes travelling in hope to land on their winter grounds.
Spain is lavish in architecturally rich cities. But there are special among them: the ones where monuments of the past and daily life of contemporaries are intertwined so tightly and unexpectedly at times that the city seems to be living in two worlds. Today OUTLOOK suggests you enjoy one of them – Salamanca: the city where frog brings all kinds of luck.
With the support of the Embassy of Spain in Ukraine and personally the Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador Sylvia Cortes Martin, cognitive events for demonstrating the cultural diversity and heritage of this country were organized for the residents of the capital.
Should we have a look at notes of those who plan their trips to Spain, next to the darling of all hearts, Barcelona, Montserrat is bound to rank second. Also, the mountain of the abbey is a must-visit spot for local dwellers, too – they believe it necessary to visit Catalonia’s religious heart at least once a year.
On the 13-th of December in National library of Ukraine for children the ceremony of giving books happened. Afterwards, in the residence the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Spain to Ukraine Silvia Cortes Martin organized diplomatic reception.
We are infinitely grateful to all of you - our guests - for sharing this holiday with us! We express special gratitude to all embassies-participants, diasporas, artists, craftsmen, volunteers. Without you, this holiday would not be so bright and memorable. Today we offer you a colorful video that will take you back to the atmosphere of our unforgettable holiday.
Looking through thousands of photos capturing the bright emotions of our guests, again and again we recall that day, filled with vivid colours, pleasant meetings and merry laughter. Today, together with you, we would like once again recall the OUTLOOK WORLD CULTURE FESTIVAL 2017.
Perhaps, nothing could make the event organizer happier than thousands of radiant smiles of the festival visitors. As you know, out events always cause big interest, but we could not expect for such a number of people who wanted to celebrate the festival with us. It inspires and encourages to expand the scale and square every time.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Spain to Ukraine Herardo Bugayo Ottone represented in one of the capital cinema theaters the flick ‘Queen of Spain’ directed by Fernando Trueba. Among the guests of event there were Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mexico, temporary charge d’affaires of Cuba, representatives of cinema industry, public, and mass media.
On the 30-th of March under the support of Embassy of Spain to Ukraine in Cultural center Cinema theatre ‘Kyiv’ the XV Week of Spanish cinema opened. The official opening of cinematographic kaleidoscope was visited by the diplomats of Embassy of Spain to Ukraine, representatives of Ukrainian movie industry, community, and mass media.
During the days of the famous Carnival, romantic Venice gets rebirth. Its streets are shining with premonition of holiday, and all the eyes show a whole range of joyful emotions: from euphoria to the familiar thought "Is this happening to me?" Noteworthy, that according to estimates of very punctual travellers, more than half a million tourists come to event.
Ice and snow has long been used by artists to create different figures and objects, and only 1960, this age-old skill became a new trend of a land art! The largest number of winter artworks is created during special festivals about which we will tell our readers.
The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona is not only a resort area, but historically rich city with its own unique style, lively atmosphere and southern temper. Probably every visitor is sure to enjoy a leisurely promenade on Las Ramblas - a broad pedestrian boulevard, which is our topic today.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Spain to Ukraine Gerardo Ángel Bugallo Ottone arranged an official reception in honor of National day established in memory of the first arrival of Christopher Columbus in America in 1492.
Visiting Spain, probably every tourist at least once heard about an intention of the inhabitants of a successful Barcelona and its neighbouring towns to declare independence. From time to time this topic comes up in international news, dragging attention and overshadowing history of the Basques - another special people in the Pyrenees.
Dwellers of this island whiten their houses like crazy, treat every plant with love and can watch birds of passage for hours. Emerald valleys get shifted with desert landscapes there and precipitous cliffs border with azure and ruby beaches. Minorca is like the most precious stone in the neckless of Balearic Islands.
To build a settlement on flatland - is this such a hard trick to pull off? A completely different story is when land is self-willed and rock-ribbed both directly and metaphorically speaking. People have been trying to master land and have own say in in-rock urban development for centuries. But only those who succeded in finding common ground with Earth managed to create true novels in stone. Collection of works of Spanish authors strikes with diversity and beauty - today OUTLOOK suggests you have a cursory glance at pages of the library, cherished and treasued by Felipe VI.
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