Seville 05

Seville Episode 05 Semana Santa and the Feria de Abril

Seville’s two biggest annual festivals

For two weeks every spring, it seems as if the world has come to Seville and this episode explains why. Semana Santa, or Holy Week, sees sombre processions by 50 different ‘brotherhoods’ to re-enact the events from the last week of Christ’s life, the culmination of months of preparation and weeks of rehearsals. In late April, it’s party-time at Seville’s six-day long ‘Feria de Abril’, thought to be the liveliest in Spain. After afternoons of carriage-riding or perhaps a paseo on horseback, the long nights are for revelling Seville style which means flamenco, tapas, funfair rides and dancing till dawn.