One thousand euros for the winners of this year’s Carnival group contest

carnaval2014This year Rincon de la Victoria will repeat the carnival group contest. It will be celebrated from the 10th until the 15th March and a prize of 1000 euros will be given to the winning ‘murgas y comparsas’, according to the mayor, Francisco Salado, in the press conference.

The songwriter David Santiago, will inaugurate the event. He is known as ‘el poeta’ and is one of the most prize-winning songwriters of Malaga Carnival according to the president of the ‘Fundacion Ciudadana del Carnaval de Malaga’, Rafael Acejo.

The contest, supported by the board of ‘la Fundación Ciudadana del Carnaval de Málaga’ through signed agreement of collaboration, has as its objective ‘to strengthen Rincon’s carnival in order for it to have its own personality and to encourage greater participation and public abundance’, according to the councillor of culture, ‘Ferias’ and ‘Fiestas’, Antonio José Martín.

The provincial representative of culture, Juan José Bernal, stated that since his administration he is committing himself to promoting the province’s carnival in order to make it stand out. As a consequence, this year Vélez Málaga, Ronda, Benalmádena and Alhaurín el Grande are supporting it, in addition to the Rincon municipality.

As well as this, Santiago showed his pride in announcing a carnival for the first time and he already finds himself writing something, he progresses, that will send out a message ‘in order for the people of Rincon to fall in love with the spiritual part of the carnival’ as he did himself.

The Programme

The group contests are performed in categories of ‘Murga y Comparsa’, on two emblematic stages: ‘La Sala Las Musas de La Casa de la Cultura de La Cala del Moral’, that will host the semi-final from the 10th until the 13th of March; and ‘el salón de actos del Centro del Folclore de Benagalbón’, where the final and inauguration will be held on the 14th.

The carnival’s street party will be carried out on the 15th March in the ‘Al Andalus’ square, with a children’s party and fancy dress contest taking place from 12.00.

At 14.00 there will be free carnival cabbage tasting that will make way for the adult fancy dress contest and the performance given by the group contest finalists.

The group contest offers big money prizes for the winners. For the first prize; 1000 euros and for the second, third and fourth prizes; 750, 500, and 250 euros respectively, for each category. There will also be a special prize of 150 euros for the best song written about Rincon de la Victoria, as well as prizes for the adult’s fancy dress contest of 100, 75 and 50 euros.

The application window in order to sign up for the carnival’s group contest will remain open until the 26th of February. You can follow the contest on Twitter through the hash tag #coacRincon.

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