Organized by the Celebrations Area in collaboration with the Carnival Peñas Association
The Miguelturra City Council decided to suspend the 2021 Carnivals due to liability and announced it at the official press conference on September 22, chaired by the Councilor for Celebrations, Diego Rodríguez and the president of the Association of Carnival Peñas, Raúl Domínguez.
Thus, for the first time in the history of Miguelturra in democracy, “our festivals of National Tourist Interest will have a break due to COVID-19, which out of responsibility and in compliance with current regulations, we ask for caution, that we take care of ourselves and stay at home” explains Rodríguez.
However, as a Councilor for Celebrations, he knows that Miguelturra would be finishing the last stitches on the suits, opening the trunks and preparing “everything that makes us feel like the happiest people in the world, a time in which we all lose shame, where criticism and satire leave no one indifferent and preparing our voices so that the cry Why don’t you know me!” rings out loud.
For this reason, the Department of Celebrations has decided to pay a great tribute to this Carnival thanks to the project called “Carnival Walls” so that the carnival spirit accompanies us all year round. Specifically, there are three murals that will see the light of day during these 2021 carnivals.
These allegories to the carnival will be located on Calle Carnaval 1, on which work is being done, another in Plaza Pradillo de Clavería, and the last one will be found at the end of Calle Cervantes with Plaza Pradillo de Clavería. This great work of urban art by artists Gela and Javi Ponsada will be completed by February 12.
This initiative, together with the fifth edition of the Shop Window Contest, which still has the registration period open, aims for the street mask, the carnival brand and all traditional elements of the Churriego carnival to take over the walls, walls and shop windows of the town for the enjoyment of the neighbors.
The idea of the carnival street murals arises from the “We Propose” project of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, where our schoolchildren propose ideas for the improvement of our cities through innovation, sustainability and education, and in the that the CEIP “El Cristo” has been awarded and distinguished.
Rodríguez explains that in January 2020 he attended a talk in the fifth grade classroom at CEIP “El Cristo” to listen to various projects and discuss them. There are four students: Alba Rebato, Jorge Mohíno, Clara Rivas and Sergio Martínez, who proposed painting some elements of the carnival on buildings or walls.
After the debate, the councilor explains, the idea of ”Carnival Walls” emerged, a project that is having a great impact on social networks and that from the Celebrations Area “we invite citizens to learn much more about our carnival as a differentiating element of Miguelturra within Castilla-La Mancha. We consider that the mix of urban art and popular traditions positions us at the cultural forefront in the region and generates added value to our carnival”.
Finally, Diego Rodríguez thanks the Association of Peñas del Carnaval for their constant support to spread the word about our big party and our brand “Conóceme” of the carnival, to the Trujillo and Barco family, for granting the use of said walls to be able to painting the graffiti, to the professionalism of the urban artists Gela and Javi Ponsada, and to the involvement of the four schoolchildren in the project, “thanks to students like them the future of the carnival is more than assured” concludes the councilor.