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Flamenco, poetry and memorial routes pay tribute to García Lorca on the 86th anniversary of his execution

August 19 arrives and, to the beat of the date, the memory of Federico García Lorca, the poet from Granada shot that day in 1936, reappears with more force. with flamenco, poetry and memorialist vindication as the guiding threads. The main act took place this Wednesday night in the Granada town of Alfacar, where the Granada Provincial Council honored all the victims of the Spanish Civil War with a concert in which Marina Heredia displayed her most intimate flamenco. The park that bears the name of the poet hosted an act that included the flamenco show lorca and passion de Heredia, who was accompanied by Pablo Suárez on piano, Bola on guitar and Paquito González on percussion.

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After a floral offering in the monolith located next to the olive tree, in the Lorca Park square the authorities intervened and, on behalf of the victims, María José Sánchez Suárez, great-niece of Rosario Fregenal Píñar, who was shot on November 1, 1936 in Viznar. The president of the Diputación, José Entrena, reminded the victims and their relatives, who work together with memorial associations, “in the search for truth, dignity and justice”. For the president, it is still “very important” to remember, at least once a year, “that Federico was assassinated, to say once again that he did not disappear during the war, but that he was killed along with many others throughout the country, for think as he thought and for being as he was”.

Entrena insisted that, “despite the wave of historical denial, there are many people protecting the memory of Lorca and the rest of the victims of repression against those who have tried to distort history”, and recalled that “thousands of people were killed and many of them continue in common graves, dug in gutters”. “This act has nothing to do with politics, but with humanity and compassion”, pointed out the president of the Provincial Council, who underlined that, in his opinion, “we will not be able to build a healthy and democratic society if we do not assume our past no matter how painful it may be.”

As for the show, Marina Heredia had already announced that it was going to be “a special day.” “For me, paying homage to Lorca is always difficult and on this day the tribute to the victims is also added,” he had previously pointed out, while defining his show as “a journey through Lorca’s life, from popular songs to some poems that we have set to music throughout our career”.

Poems buried in Lanjarón

For its part, in the town of Lanjarón, the cultural association Poeta Juan Gutiérrez Padial de Lanjarón organized a new edition of Noche con Lorca, which filled the Era of San Isidro in the town of Alpujarra with poems and music. In the event, the participants read poems by Lorca, or dedicated to him, and songs composed of poems by the poet were performed, an “intimate, emotional, heartfelt and personal event to give a little for those who gave everything.”

The texts read by the participants were placed in a glass jar that was buried under a slab from the era itself, as has been done in previous editions. This activity comes to give continuity to the centenary of the first documented presence of Federico García Lorca in Lanjarón that was celebrated in 2017 and that filled not only La Alpujarra, but the entire province of Granada with activities. In addition, it had a documentation work of the presence of the poet in Lanjarón, since it was Federico García Lorca who called the municipality Puerta de la Alpujarra in a postcard addressed to Sebastián Gasch from the town on August 20, 1927, they have explained from the Asociation.

The memory of the teacher Dioscoro Galindo

Among other tributes, this Thursday a vindictive route convened by memorial groups in tribute to García Lorca and the victims of Francoism, departing from the area of ​​La Colonia de Víznar, an event focused on supporting Nieves García Catalán, who is looking for the remains of his adoptive grandfather, the teacher Dioscoro Galindo. Also in this municipality of the metropolitan area of ​​Granada is the scene of a flamenco show in memory of the poet from Fuente Vaqueros, organized by his City Council, on this occasion presented by the singer Juan Pinilla.

The republican teacher Dioscoro Galindo was murdered and thrown into the same mass grave as the anarchist poet and banderilleros Francisco Galadí and Juan Arcollas Cabezas 86 years ago, as the organization recalled in a note on the preparations for the activity, known as last ride and coordinated by the journalist Francisco Vigueras. The tribute will be held at the arrival point of this route, the Federico García Lorca Park in Alfacar, in an act that will also feature a message from the Hispanist Ian Gibson, biographer of the poet from Fuente Vaqueros, read by Professor Juan Antonio Díaz.

A collective reading of Lorca’s poetry by Consuelo Fernández, María Jesús Peregrín, Alejandra Chenoll and Diana Molina has also been scheduled. With the expression “last walk” the coup plotters used to refer to eliminate their victims in the Civil War, they have added from this association. “Every night they made sacks of prisoners in La Colonia, who were forced to walk along the highway, between Víznar and Alfacar, and assassinated in the ravine for defending the democratic legality of the Republic”, they have indicated.

In addition, a manifesto will be read and an information poster will be placed to demand that La Colonia be declared a Place of Historical Memory of Andalusia. In addition, the archaeologist Francisco Carrión and the historian Rafael Gil Bracero will explain the exhumation work of victims of Francoism in the Barranco de Víznar. The Granada associations for the Recovery of Historical Memory participate in the organization; Truth, Justice and Reparation; Sociocultural La Desbandá, and Historical Memory April 14, together with the Zanete-Guadix Memorialist Group and the Open Granada Platform.

Flamenco at night in Víznar

As for the XXXVIII Festival Flamenco de Víznar, presented by Juan Pinilla, this year features performances by Ángeles Toledano and Alberto Raya, always in homage to Federico.

The excavations and exhumations that have been carried out on the ground in the pits of the Víznar ravine have finished this Wednesday in their field work phase, so that in this way, after these actions, they will be able to spontaneously climb to this environment Like other years after midnight, singers, fans and neighbors remember Federico García Lorca between songs and dances.

The Víznar ravine at dawn is a tribute away from the official circuits, traditionally coordinated by Curro Albaicín, which was stopped in 2020 with the start of the covid-19 pandemic and was resumed last year with restriction measures .