THERE will be many activities for the Balearic Islands Day celebration which is held on 1 March, and while the official ceremonial events will this year be held in Mahon, most of the other events will be held in Majorca.
The Balearic Government has poured 300'000 euros into this celebration and the programme was announced yesterday by Antoni Contestí, the director general for government relations. In Majorca, most of the events will be held in Palma, except for horse trials in Son Servera and Manacor on 1 and 5 March respectively.
But the most popular event will be the old craft market, which will be held from Saturday until Tuesday, which is Balearic Day and a public holiday.
It will be held in the Plaza Dressana, off the Paseo Sagrera, and Calle Llotja de Mar, which will be packed with stalls for the occasion. Here exhibitors will be showing off their old craft skills and also a group of around twenty actors will be dressing up to represent people from the early 19th Century.
A marquee will be erected on Paseo Sagrera from 26 February to 1 March where children aged 4 to 14 years can go to learn more about science and Don Quijote. Here there will be fun and educational activities based on scientific applications and also games to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the classic by Cervantes.
At the end of Paseo Sagrera there will be an open air stage on 26, 27 and 28 February where many musical groups of different styles will entertain the crowds from 7pm to 9pm. Also on 1 March from 6 to 9pm there will be a concert that combines classical music with jazz and pop. On Tuesday, there will be a folk dancing performance in the Xesc Forteza theatre.
Other activities include three trotting races and the exhibition of a boat that is powered by solar energy.