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A frenzy of flamenco at Horsham’s first Spanish festival

Sunday’s first Horsham Spanish Festival, Feria de Horsham, played out to an enthusiastic audience who packed the town and enjoyed exciting displays of Spanish music, dancing and street food in the Carfax from noon to the early evening.
Organised by Horsham District Council with a new partner, Feria de Londres, the show came down from London’s South Bank and really captured the spirit of the spring Spanish festivals.
Throughout the day, various styles of hugely impressive Spanish dance and music were enjoyed across both bandstand and ‘amphitheatre stages’ with many colourful costumes and audience participation much in evidence.
Local Spanish business, Vacalola, ran a popular children’s craft activity which, together with face painting, a caricaturist and a dress up photo booth, meant there was plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
There were queues at the food stalls for most of the day, with several of the traders selling out before the end.
Tropical foliage was again provided by Big Plant Nursery of Ashington, adding to the setting.
The Council is asking for event feedback with an opportunity to win a bottle of Cava from The Horsham Cellar – access to the survey is via the event page on www.horshamtimewellspent.co.uk
The Feria was the fourth in a series of four Horsham town spring events billed as ‘Horsham – Life’s a Beach’ supporting Horsham District Year of Culture 2019. Based on feedback received by the Council, so far, many who visited would like the Feria to return, along with the new Caribbean festival which took place a few weeks earlier.
Commenting on the event, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Horsham Town, Cllr Peter Burgess, said: “Feria de Horsham was another great event for our town centre which got everyone involved.
“It was something different for the town and created a real buzz for both visitors and local businesses alike. All our cafes, restaurants and bars were full to bursting and the Spanish themed street food stalls had a great trading day.
“During this special Horsham District Year of Culture for 2019, it was an event which really captured the vibrant culture of Horsham.
“Please give us your feedback as we’d love to bring it back next year.”
Next up on the town’s event programme are the royal British Legion Armed Forces Sunday on 30 June, Horsham Rotary’s Park based Funday Sunday (and Year of Culture Children’s parade) on 7 July and Horsham FrenchFest on Sunday 14 July.
Also, stay tuned for more information on the launch of the St.Catherine’s Hospice Heart to HeART Trail on 4 July with nine “hearts” scheduled for the Horsham area.

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