The Festival Mundial de Danses Folklòriques (World Folk Dance Festival) is being staged these days in Palma, until Saturday, April 30th. The first World Folk Dance Festival was held in Munich, Germany, in 1985. Ever since 1987, the event has been held bi-annually in Palma de Mallorca with participants from all over the world.
This year, there are participants from Russia, Austria, France, Poland, Bulgaria, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Senegal, Armenia, Taiwan, England, Scotland, Wales, mainland Spain and, of course, Mallorca. Performances can be seen tomorrow morning as well as in the afternoon in Plaça d’Espanya, Plaça de l’Olivar, Plaça Major and Plaça de Cort, and on Saturday morning in Plaça de Cort and Plaça Major. On Saturday at 18h00, there will be a farewell parade with all participating groups at the amphitheatre of the Parc de Sa Riera, where prizes, diplomas and trophies of the Competició Internacional del Festival Mundial de Danses Folklóriques 2011 will be awarded.
For further information, consult the http://www.worldfolkdance.com website.
The photo (top) was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of uknorthernlights.com, showing performers of Northern Lights Youth Dancers from the UK, who won a Silver Medal in Palma, in 2005. I think they are from Yorkshire.
Thank you very much, Northern Dance Centre and Humphrey Carpenter, the photographer.