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THE GROUP’S PATH

“SARAU ALCUDIENC”: ITS PATH

Sarau Alcudienc” is a Majorcan Traditional Culture Centre created in 1978 in Alcudia (Majorca, Balearic Islands). As an heir association from the Obra Cultural Balear, it is the stimuli for everything which represents the traditional culture of our land, also understanding as one of the basic aspects the promotion of the oral use of Catalan language. What started in 1978 as a traditional dance school is today an association recognised for its stubbornness in the defence of the elements that make up tradition and the historical features of the Balearic Islands. In recognition of this path it was awarded with the Golden Medal “Ciutat d’Alcudia”.



With the word “sarau” we mean a nighttime gathering of a group of people to carry out a party based on music and dance. As well as giving “ball de bot” (traditional dance) and traditional music courses, it covers other aspects of popular culture. Here we have a brief summary of the group’s path, shown in chronological order:


The year 1979 it recovers the “FESTA DE LES LLANTERNES” (torch celebration) in Alcudia, place where the association can be found. Old and young make small torches from melons, watermelons, pepper...and the night of Saint Bartholomew (24th of August) all gather at the town’s historical centre to carry out a massive parade through the medieval streets with the lit torches, while they sing traditional children’s songs...from this year onwards, this celebration has spread to other many towns in Mallorca. (See Traditional Culture Section).


Ten years later, in 1989, the characters of SANT ANTONI I ELS DIMONIS, (Saint Anthony and the Daemons), which had disappeared from Alcudia many years before, were also recovered. The management of the group is led by our Traditional Culture Centre, whilst the ownership belongs to the Town Hall. They roam the streets every 16th of January amidst the hustle and bustle of the townspeople (see Traditional Culture section).


In 1990 the bank Caixa de Colonya sponsored the project to create a group of street celebration characters, named S’ESTOL DEL REI EN JAUME. It was fully designed by the president of Sarau Alcudienc, and nowadays it enjoys a wide popular support. This group, which is also property of the Town Hall, consists of nine characters from the historical and popular background. It is managed by our association and it has represented Majorca at the Manresa Traditional Culture Fair, one of the most important for the genre in the Mediterranean. Also, it has performed during the Mercè celebrations in Barcelona and in the Santa Tecla celebrations in Tarragona (see Traditional Culture section).


As a Traditional Dance and Music Group, with more than 30 years of existence, it has performed in many places: Galicia, Murcia, France, Alacant, Basque Country, England, Andalusia...and others. The year 1987 it obtained the Second Prise (Silver Cup) at the World Folkdance Festival.



In December 2005 the ESCOLA DE CANT AMB XIMBOMBA, is created with the objective of preserving the local traditional singing with the ximbomba (a kind of rustic drum) style, and so securing a new generation of young performers, before the last old men that now sing disappear. Around thirty young students (of between 5-7 years of age) form part of this school.



In the last years a wide investigation task has been carried out under the title “Traditional majorcan costume in the 18th century and during the first half of the 19th century: a cientific glance” it was presented in August 2004. The project has been unanimously praised and has enjoyed wide divulgation by the communication media of the Balearics. The study has been based on (as well as field work) engravings, notarial inventories, drawings, paintings, ex-voti, private and public collections either from the islands of from abroad...etc. The current result of this investigation is shown to the public as a fashion show with “INDIANA” as its title, an historical journey through the clothing worn during the 18th and 19th centuries.


Nowadays Sarau Alcudienc is one of the senior traditional cultural associations in Mallorca. More than 30 years of full activity give proof for it.