Category Archives: Spanish Culture

The best of Spanish cinema: Mar Adentro

Since its release in 2004, Mar Adentro (translated as ‘The Sea Inside’) remains highly regarded as one of the jewels of contemporary Spanish cinema, thanks to its extremely perceptive yet unflinching take on a social issue more polemic than almost … Continue reading

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Españoles en el Mundo

Big Brother, Take Me Out, Come Dine With Me… The list goes on. There are those reality TV programme formats that go from unknown to national obsessions almost overnight. As we are bombarded with ever greater choice in television, viewing … Continue reading

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Spain: ¿Quieres Ir de Tapas?

From our international perspective, Spanish cuisine and the culture of tapas are inextricably interwoven. The word tapas itself describes not only the type of food, and not even just the way that it is served, but rather evokes an entire … Continue reading

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Catalonia: What does the Scottish referendum mean for Spain?

It was not only the UK where the public and the media were fixated on the outcome of the Scottish referendum. As you probably know, there are political influences within autonomous communities of Spain that are advocating an equally fervent argument for … Continue reading

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The spectacular Spanish gypsy wedding

Whilst not specifically categorised in census terms, the Spanish Romani gypsy community, usually known in Spanish as gitanos numbers around a million. Thought to largely originate from present-day northern India, the Romani found their way to Spain more than a … Continue reading

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Rodrigo Y Gabriela: Taking the Hispanic scene by storm

Rodrigo y Gabriela are one of the most distinctive musical duos of recent years, with their classical guitar-based popular music based on an eclectic assortment of styles. Their music truly evades categorisation under one genre, but rather draws on new … Continue reading

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Spain: Brace yourself for San Fermin

In a nation like Spain that takes its local festivals quite so seriously, it is difficult to isolate one event that stands out as the almightiest. However, by measures of size, duration, uniqueness and general lunacy the festival of San … Continue reading

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Spain: More than a million bring pride to Madrid

Last weekend and the days running up to it, Madrid put on its best going out gear for the annual celebration of Gay Pride, el Día del Orgullo Gay in Spanish. Madrid’s own take on the event has grown to … Continue reading

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Latin America: For the love of books

Latin Americans are a distinctly literate bunch. Names like Borges, Allende, García Márquez and Neruda tend to sit atop the lists of national heroes – political leaders are often polemic but authors universally cherished. The Latin American novelistic tradition really … Continue reading

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Fly to Spain and see your Spanish take off!

Spain has long been a top destination for Londoners. If you are thinking about a weekend break your only dilemma will be deciding where to go to take your Spanish to the next level. Spain is a versatile holiday destination … Continue reading

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