The problem with respect to finalizing the programme of free-time activities in Gijón is usually that there is a surplus rather than a lack of such activities, especially if there all the festivities have to fit into only 28 days. In February, the city becomes even livelier with the holding of the traditional pre-Lent carnival known as “Antroxu” and the annual European Theatre Fair for Children (FETEN).
The residents of Gijón in particular and Asturians in general begin to get into gear for one of their most popular celebrations on “Comadres” Thursday. From the afternoon of the 12th February on, the light-hearted spirit of carnival permeates the city, an invitation to all those present to take life less seriously… at least during the five days that the listed regional tourist attraction of Antroxu (spanish) lasts. You should follow the example of the “Sardine” –the hostess of this Asturian carnival– and not miss out on any of the different events that liven up the weekend.
However, the merriment is short-lived and the rhythm and colours with which the city vibrates fade with the death of this maritime hostess on Carnival Tuesday. The residents of Gijón bid farewell to the Sardine until the following year in strict mourning and pay their particular tribute to her with a burial worthy of an authentic queen of the Bay of Biscay.
But there is little time for sadness! That same weekend, between 22nd and 27th February, the curtain rises in Gijón on the 24th European Theatre Fair for Children, FETEN (spanish), a gathering that presents a wide offering of theatrical productions for the smaller members of the family.
Companies from Asia, Africa, America and Europe make up a programme that leaves the stages of the city’s municipal centres, the Jovellanos Theatre (spanish) and the “Antiguo Instituto” Cultural Centre fully occupied throughout the festival. If you’d like to find out more about the line-up of shows, exhibitions and performances, click here (spanish).