Xàbia reveals strong cultural programme for first quarter of 2023

The proposals range from opera with a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti to theatre and festivals of folk, blues, swing and photography

Friday 13th January 2023
Mike Smith

The year in Xàbia begins loaded with culture. The town hall has presented the cultural programme for the first quarter of 2023 this week, a powerful combination of theatre, music, art and literature organised into special seasons and weekend festivals.

The councillor responsible for Culture, Quico Moragues, revealed details of the packed programme which kicks off this Friday 13th January at 8.00pm with a concert by siblings María José and José Ángel Hevia, both skilled in traditional Asturian music, who will perform “La Conferencia” in the Sala Polivalente in the Portal del Clot municipal complex, a free event that will transport the audience to the landscapes and fiestas of Asturias through a repertoire of traditional music accompanied by image projections.

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The cultural programme offers a series of themed seasons such as ‘Els Colors de la Música’, which will feature a performance by the choir of the Generalitat Valenciana on Friday 10th March and a special tribute to the renowned operatic tenor Luciano Pavarotti on Saturday 29th April.

The ‘Jazz a 100’ winter season return with four concerts of the highest quality featuring Sergio Pereira, Ales Cesarini, Kontxi Lorente & Latino Blanco, Eva Catalá and Joan Soler & Sara Dowling.

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The popular Thursday night stand-up comedy season ‘Dijous de Comèdia’ will feature performances from Toni Pons, Pepa Cases, Carol Tomás, Mau Badenes and Pepi Labrador, whilst the theatre season continues with three acts: ‘Professor Lazhar’, ‘Els Villalonga’ and ‘Lázaro’. There is also a Valencian cinema season, children’s theatre and the return of the weekly afternoon storytelling sessions at the public libraries in the historic centre and the port.

‘Xàbia Folk’ returns over the weekend of May 5th-7th with four performances, two in the Plaza de la Constitución, one in the Casa de la Cultura and the festival brought to an end as always with a cosy concert inside the chapel of Santa Llúcia on top of the hill overlooking the town.

There are also two new music festivals making their debut in 2023. ‘Arenal Blues’ will enliven the promenade of the Arenal beach over the weekend of March 17th-19th whilst ‘Swing Sun-Day’ offers a monthly dose of lindy hop dancing and music on the Plaça Comare Maruja Varó in the port.

There will also be a special festival of photography lovers with the popular ‘Ojos Rojos’ season featuring Peru as one of the guest countries as well as one of the best photographers in the country, Isabel Muñoz. In addition, there will be a series of art exhibitions as well as a Book Week featuring authors such as the poet Jaime Siles and Rafa Lahuerta.

Councillor Moragues explained that, in order to ensure that the cultural programme is available to the entire population, many of the programmed activities will be free to attend whilst a small number will have a very affordable entrance fee of between 3 and 5 euros. He added that his department has created a programme of quality and diverse proposals that should attract all interests.

Mayor José Chulvi highlighted that Xàbia has presented another quality cultural programme and praised the councillor as well as department specialist Pepa Roig for their commitment to doing so.

All the programming can be found in a small magazine that also includes a directory with all the associations and cultural entities of Xàbia and how to contact them.