Cultural Days of Charles V in Laredo

They will take place from 17 to 21 September and will be the prelude to the festivities of the emperor’s disembarkation

Laredo Town Council has organised the Carlos V Cultural Days, which will be held from 17 to 21 September. They will include two musical performances and a conference, and will serve as a preamble to the emperor’s disembarkation.

The programmed activities will begin on Saturday 17th with a performance by the Gaudia Música choir, which will give a concert in the church of Las Trinitarias, at 20.30 hours, under the title ‘Music in the time of Magellan-Elcano’. Precisely when these days marks the fifth centenary of the arrival of the remains of this expedition to the port of Sanlúcar de Barrameda.


This activity, also related to that expedition, will be followed by a talk to be given on the 19th at the Casa de la Cultura by the researcher and historian Elisa Gómez Pedraja on ‘The first round the world voyage, what is not yet in the books’.

Finally, the activities prior to the emperor’s disembarkation will end with a concert of «world music» by the Palencia-based group Amalgama folk. In their case, they will offer a repertoire entitled ‘Circumterra’, which will bring the public closer to the music of the different lands and seas that the first round the world voyage, five centuries ago, took place.

It should be noted that all the activities are free and open to the public until full capacity is reached.

Disembarking of Emperor Charles in Laredo.

These activities will take place before the arrival of Emperor Charles V to the town, which recalls the moment when Charles V set foot on land after weeks of sea voyage and kissed the sand of La Salvé beach, assuring that he was returning to his homeland as naked as he left his mother’s womb, before setting out on the road to his final retreat in Yuste.

SOURCE: Alerta Newspaper

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