From 12 to 15 May Madrid will hold festivities in honour of its patron saint, with music, shows and an endless range of activities for all members of the public, in a comprehensive culture and leisure programme that blends the traditional with the modern.
The San Isidro festivities will begin on the 12th at 6pm in Plaza de la Villa when the Giants and Big Heads Troupe of the City of Madrid starts the ball rolling with its traditional parade. The opening speech will be held in the same place, at 8pm, after which revellers will want to head to Plaza Mayor, which will be the main hub during the festivities. In 2017 the square is celebrating its 400th anniversary, so it’s one of the places not to be missed during the celebrations.
This will be clear right from the first event: on the same day, the 12th, at 10pm, the singer Martirio and the Municipal Symphonic Band of Madrid will kick off the square’s programme of performances, which will continue on the 13th with some festive commotion sparked off by the Giants and Big Heads (10.30am) and the Festival of Madrid Dances (12 noon). At night audiences can enjoy performances by Guinean artist Nakany Kante (8pm), Soleá Morente, who fuses flamenco with rock ‘n’ roll (9.20 pm), and the National Orchestra of Barbès (10.40pm).
On the 14th, at 11am, the regional associations headquartered in Madrid will pay tribute to San Isidro (St. Isidore the Labourer) in Plaza Mayor, which will later host the ever-lively Mastretta orchestra (8pm), Guadalupe Plata (9.20pm) and her unique sound, and Meute (10.40pm), with its original repertoire of electronic, techno and deep house music.
Another regular San Isidro venue is Las Vistillas Gardens, where there will be environmental games and activities devoted to raising environmental awareness as well as storytellers, children’s workshops and more. And at night… more music! On the 12th there will be performances by Mateo Kingman (9pm), with that sort of futuristic ritual that comprises his unique creative universe, by Dengue Dengue Dengue (10.30pm), the great ambassador of Tropical Bass, and by Columbian DJ duo Guacamayo Tropical (12 midnight).
On the 13th in Las Vistillas there will be performances by Colombian artist Ela Minus (9pm), French duo Leska (10.20pm) and Pional (1am), one of the biggest names in Spanish electronic music. On the 14th the spotlight will turn to Rafael Lechowski (9.30pm), who combines jazz, slam, poetry and rap onstage, MC Juancho Marqués (11.10pm) and Delafé (12.50am), who will present La Fuerza Irresistible, which is full of vitalistic messages. On the 15th, tradition and innovation will come together in performances by folk singers Mari Pepa de Chamberí (8pm) and Olga María Ramos (9.30pm), as well as La Shica (11pm), who draws on copla, urban beats and much more