Madrid brings Spanish Golden Age to life at Fiesta Corral Cervantes
Madrid is bringing the Spanish Golden Age back to life with Fiesta Corral Cervantes, a cultural event organised by Fundación Siglo de Oro in the popular thoroughfare Cuesta de Moyano, home to theatrical shows, concerts, an arts and crafts market, a carousel roundabout and food stands set in three areas next to the traditional book stalls.
The festival, to unfold from 24 August to 24 September, is complete with a faithfully recreated corral de comedias, a seventeenth-century open-air theatre, housing performances of Golden Age plays and Golden Age-inspired shows:
- Mujeres y criados (Women and Servants), Lope de Vega. Monday to Saturday at 7pm.
- Los espejos de Don Quijote, Alberto Herreros. Monday to Saturday at 9pm.
- La Calderona, Rafael Boeta. Wednesday and Thursday at 11pm.
- A nadie se le dio veneno en risa, Impromadrid Teatro. Friday and Saturday at 11pm.
- El coloquio de los perros (The Dialogue of the Dogs), Miguel de Cervantes. Theatre for families. Saturday at noon and 5pm.
- Y los sueños, sueños son, based on La vida es sueño (Life Is a Dream), Calderón de la Barca. Theatre for families. Sunday at noon and 5pm.
But there will be more than theatre to Fiesta Corral Cervantes. In the music department, we can mention the Baroque Concerts by harpist Sara Águeda (Sunday at 7pm) or by guitarist Xavier Díaz-Latorre and soprano Lucía Martín-Cartón (Sunday at 9pm).
The stage is also used to house morning amateur performances by Distrito Retiro ensembles, as well as cultural activities organised by the Cuesta de Moyano Booksellers’ Association.
Other open-air attractions include food stalls, a winery, an ice-cream and fruit juice parlour (serving cocktails in the evening) and a carousel roundabout. There is also an art and crafts market comprised of 24 stalls. The whole area is easily accessible in the heart of town, a pebble’s throw from Paseo del Prado, the Reina Sofía Museum, Atocha Station or the Botanical Garden.