Tamboradas drum-playing ritualsSpain
Representative List 2014
EN: Boys and girls from the "turba coliblanca" (white-maned group), Baena (Córdoba), playing their drums during Holy Week. They wear a metal helmet with a white horse's mane hanging from it, which is their symbol of identification.
EN: The black-maned squad playing the drum in the historic centre of Baena (Córdoba), during Holy Week. These people wear the traditional colourful attire with an embroidered jacket, trousers and helmet, with the distinctive black mane.
EN: Albalate del Arzobispo (Teruel), Holy Thursday, midnight, the authorities mark the beginning of the collective drum playing, the village "breaks the hour". They wear black tunics and white scarves around their necks.
EN: Good Friday in Calanda (Teruel). In the procession of the opening speech drums and bass drums are heard. Purple tunics and hoods are worn. Women, children and men of all ages perform a drumroll in unison.
EN: The "Tamborada" (drum festival) of Holy Wednesday, from 3:00 o'clock in the afternoon on, drummers of both gender and all ages flood the streets of the historic centre of Hellín (Albacete) for hours. Here they can be seen going down "Rabal" Street.
EN: The end of the "Tamborada" in Tobarra (Albacete), next to the Drum Monument, just minutes before midnight of Easter Sunday, the moment when everyone will stop playing the drum at the exact same time, falling into silence until the following year.
EN: Children and adults running through the streets of the village of Alzira (Valencia) accompanying with their drumrolls and drum beats, the festivities which are held during Holy Week.
EN: The breaking of the hour, a demonstration of sound of drums and bass drums, in Alcora (Castellón) at 12 o'clock midday on Good Friday. The people, dressed in tunics of different colours, a symbol of union and fraternity, play with feeling.
EN: The Friday before Holy Week ("Viernes de Dolores"), in Moratalla (Murcia) a children's "tamborada" (drum festival). The children carry on the tradition and show what they have learned at drum school, carrying the same drums and wearing the same clothes as the adults.
EN: The Night of the Drums, this takes place on Holy Tuesday at midnight in the Square of the Town Hall, Mula (Murcia). Thousands of drummers, dressed in black tunics, sound their drums seamlessly until the evening of Holy Wednesday.