Art Exhibits, Events and Festivals in Seville

Paintings on display in the Cathedral

Sevilla is a great place to take in an exhibit, whether you want to see painting, sculpture, architecture, or photography. There's always something to see thanks to the Ayuntamiento and Cajas which sponsor such events. Private studios can be found throughout the center with rotating collections by local artists. The pieces displayed differ in form and quality. Of course you can take in a permanent exhibit by simply walking around Sevilla or hitting one of the many museums. There's always something on display! Sevilla also attracts a great number of events and festivals. Music, food, sports, theatre and dance are just a few festival themes you'll see annually, if not more often. The topics below will change according to what's going on in Sevilla every month or so. Listed below are my favorites - most I've been to see, will be seeing once they start, or have been informed I should see and will never make! So I'll try to give you a little insight into what they're all about.

Topics in this section

Semana Santa in SevilleSemana Santa in Seville
Location: Seville
Dates: 28 March - 4 April

Semana Santa is Holy Week and Sevilla’s celebration is likely the most famous in the world. Whether you are religious or not there’s something to enjoy and I guarantee you won't see anything like it anywhere else. There are more than 55 church brotherhoods, some dating as far back as the 13th century, which take part in Semana Santa, carrying over 115 different floats, or pasos, through the streets of Sevilla. Nazarenos accompany the pasos in the march and in some cases number more than 2,000.


Feria de AbrilFeria de Abril
Location: Fair Grounds (Los Remedios)
Dates: 19 - 25 April

The Feria de Abril is a great time to see what many consider the typical Andalucia - sherry, Sevillanas, toros, flamenco dresses and horses. Giving the people who live in the center a break after trampling through their streets for a solid week, the Feria takes place on the other side of the river and breathes a little life into Los Remedios. You can learn more about the event in my guide to the Feria de Abril.


Los Toros - Bullfighting Los Toros
Location: Plaza de Toros de La Maestranza
Dates: 4 April - 12 October
web: Exploreseville
guide to Toros en Seville
A bullfight, or corrida de toros, is something enjoyed or loathed by visitors and Spaniards alike. Think of it what you may bullfighting is a tradition in Sevilla and the Plaza de Toros de la Maestranza is perhaps the best venues in all of Spain to watch the event. The season begins on the last day of Semana Santa (4 April) and marches full steam through Feria. In May there is something every weekend, then the schedule slows down, with sporadic events up until 12 October.



Casa de Alba Collection
Location: Museo de Bellas Artes
Dates: 16 October - 10 January
Web: Museum Page

The Casa de Alba, a wealthy Spanish noble family dating back to the 14th century, has one of the most impressive private art collections in all of Spain. Some of these, including one by Goya, will be on display in Seville's Museum of Fine Arts. Six centuries is a long time to collect, weather it's art or names. Consider the current Duchess of Alba's first name is María del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva. Whew... thankfully I could copy and paste.


50 Years of "El Carambolo"
Location: Museo Arqueolóico de Sevilla
Dates: 3 October - 10 January

The exhibit in the Archeological Museum of Seville focuses on the development of the interpretations and history surrounding the discovery of this treasure (El Carambolo), as it relates to the civilization of Tartessos. The discovery was made about 50 years ago in the hills outside of Seville, and represents proof of the oldest civilization known to this region (dating between 8th and 3rd centuries B.C. The highlight of the exhibit is the display of the original / actual treasure. Previously only replicas were on display in the museum.



Iglesia Salvador Restored
Location: Plaza del Salvador
Dates: now

The renovations and excavations in Sevilla's most famous baroque church are finally over, with the exception of a few pieces here and there. The ruins of a mosque and other very important historical items were uncovered below the church. But now, after five years of excellent overall restoration work, the church itself has returned. Not only are the altars and important pieces of art restored, but there is much more light to see the details. The church almost feels like a small cathedral, and certainly rivals many of those in nearby cities.


Iglesia del Buen Suceso Restored
Location: Plaza del Buen Suceso
Dates: now

This little baroque church is just a few blocks away from the Plaza Alfalfa and Plaza Cristo de Burgos. With works by Domingo Martinez, impressive red marble columns and similarities to Iglesia Salvador and Iglesia San Luis (two of my favorite churches in Seville), this 18th century church is worth a visit. It is only open in the morning and afternoon during misa (mass).


NCAA TourneyNCAA Tournament
Location: on ESPN America / Internet / Canal Plus
Dates: March/April
Of course there are no tournaments being held in Seville, but if you find a bar with ESPN America (formerly NASN), you may be in luck finding a game from this weekend's tournaments. Bars with the channel include Flaherty's, Tex-Mex, O'Neill's and Merchants Malt House. Many games will be live. After visiting several establishments, looks like the Tex Mex bar does the best job. Others once again turned me away because of futbol matches! Keep in mind the start times - most bars will be closed for early morning games!

Liga Profesional de Fútbol
Location: Seville
Dates: Aug 2009 - May 2010

The Spanish first division schedule is brutally long, especially when there is no World Cup or European Championships to be played during the summer. This is good news if you are visiting and want to catch a match. While you should pull for Betis, I realize some of you may have a weakness (and it is a very sad weakness) and need to see a match no matter what. The benefit of having two first division teams in Seville means there is a match almost every weekend. Schedules coming soon!

Flamenco Shows in Seville
Location: Various venues
Dates: Every day
There are a wide variety of daily flamenco shows in Seville, with locations in different parts of the city center. They range in size from large theatre style (El Palacio Anadaluz) to smaller tablaos (Tablao El Arenal) where a meal is included. Then there are smaller venues with just a drink, from Los Gallos in Santa Cruz to Auditorio Alvarez Quintero and the Flamenco Museum. You can buy tickets in advance through flamencotickets.com.


AC/DC in Seville
Location: Estadio Olimpico
Dates: 26 June 2010
Maybe the only way I can convince some friends to come visit us! Tickets for AC/DC go on sale 22 April, and while the stadium is big I would expect it to sell out eventually. If you will be traveling up north you can also catch them in Bilbao. Online ticket sales will be through ticketmaster.es.


Flamenco Shows in Seville
Location: Various venues
Dates: Every day
There are a wide variety of daily flamenco shows in Seville, with locations in different parts of the city center. They range in size from large theatre style (El Palacio Anadaluz) to smaller tablaos (Tablao El Arenal) where a meal is included. Then there are smaller venues with just a drink, from Los Gallos in Santa Cruz to Auditorio Alvarez Quintero and the Flamenco Museum. You can buy tickets in advance through flamencotickets.com.

Private art galleries are another great way to see some local artists and of course out of the ordinary works. Some are more traditional while others offer more "cutting edge", if you will. The following galleries almost always have something on display:

Galería Álvarez Quintero
Location: c/Álvarez Quintero 48

Galería Álvaro
Location: Plaza de Doña Elvira

Galería Nuevoarte
Location: c/San Vicente, 32

Galería Pepe Cobo
Location: c/Cardenal Cisneros, 5

Galería Haurie
Location: c/Guzman el Bueno, 9

Galería San Vicente
Location: c/San Vicente, 31

Galería Isabel Ignacio
Location: c/Velarde, 9

Galería Rafael Ortiz
Location: c/Marmoles, 12

Galería Full Art
Location: c/Madrid, 4, bajo 1

Galería Margarita Albarrán
Location: c/Meson de Caballeros, 2


More places where you can regularly catch a good show are below but I don't keep up regularly with the schedule of all of them. In many of the bars there's no cover - just pay for your drinks! In some of the smaller concert halls expect anywhere from 6-20€ depending on the show. More recommendations to come soon as I spend a few late nights out looking for the music scene:


El Cafetal
(Avda Ciudad Jardin, 5)
A little further out and now in their tenth year of carrying live acts.

El Perro Andaluz
(Santa Catalina - c/Bustos Tavera, 11)
Rock, blues, flamenco, country-rock, reggae - they do a little of everything in the recently renovated local. Nice bar frequented by local actors and artists in the heart of Santa Catalina.

La Carboneria
(Santa Cruz - c/Levies)

More flamenco than anything else, but you can find other acts in both the front and back room. This bar is famous and frequented by tourists as well as Spaniards. The front room often houses works by local artists. In the summer the back patio is a cool place to be. In the winter the front room with two fireplaces offers a cozy place to warm up.

Jazz Corner
(Buhaira - c/ Juan Antonio Cavestany)

Jazz as Lisa Simpson would like - the "saxamaphone". But it doesn't stop there, so stop by and check out what they've got going.

La Buena Estrella
(Alameda - c/Trajano , 51)
More jazz in Alameda with weekly jam sessions.

Cafe Naima
(Alameda - c/Conde de Barajas, 2)
Another place in the Alameda to listen to jazz, although I guess not live. While I received reports that there was some live stuff going on, I received a correction that it's only the atmosphere, and never a band, you can find in this bar.

Pub Taifa
(Centro - Plaza Gavidia)
Live jazz and blues on Friday and Saturday nights.

Azucar de Cuba
(Centro - Paseo de Colon)

Right before the bridge to Los Remedios it's another great place to take in some live Cuban music, sip on a daiquiri and smoke a cuban cigar. Dinner and lunch is also served - an authentic Cuban dining experience.

Small "Concert" Halls

Sala Fun Club
Local, regional and larger acts. Hip-hop to metal, funk and alternative.

(Centro/Torneo - c/Torneo)
As well a good mix of acts - neighbors have complained for years about the noise, so they put on some loud shows.

Sala Salvation
Heavy to alternative and a little of everything else.

Casas Ocupadas
Alternative music - some punk, some rock.

Larger Venues

Estadio Olimpico
(across the Puente del Alamillo)

Large acts have made their way here, including Mana. A first rate outdoor venue where they hope to one day host the Olympics, if the heat ever dies down.

El Palenque
(La Cartuja)

Closer to the center of Sevilla than the Estadio Olimpico and an indoor place for off weather nights
. El Palenque hosts international and national acts frequently.

Teatro Central
(La Cartuja)
A mix of the arts with mainly theatre and music performances. Generally plenty of flamenco and other contemporary music each month.

Teatro Lope de Vega
Aside from opera, theatre and the symphony you'll find an occasional flamenco performance by some of the best artists in the world. Very convenient to the center.

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