STAFF REPORTER CELEBRATIONS for Sant Sebastian, the patron saint of Palma will be held in ten different squares of the city on the evening of 19th January, the festival programme issued by Palma City Council confirmed yesterday.

Some 30 artists have been invited to perform, including the legendary figures of rock ‘n roll band Loquillo from Barcelona and Kiko Veneno, along with Dover and Nena Daconte.

The closing concerts will be given by Mago de Oz and Pignoise.
Also on the programme will be music introduced by well-known local disc jockeys and popular dancing.
In fact the celebrations for Sant Sebastian will begin this Saturday with a preliminary reading by versatile comic Agustin El Casta at Palma City Hall.

On Sunday, there will be a classic car exhibition in the Parc de ses Estacions by Plaza España between 10am and 4pm, and on Monday 17th there will be the traditional Sant Antoni animal blessing in Calle Sant Miquel. The grand festival on 19th January will begin at 7pm in the Plaza Mayor with a parade of giants and folkloric figures sporting giant paper-mâché heads. “Human towers” of people forming a pyramid by standing on each others shoulders will precede the lighting of a huge central bonfire. This will give the green light for the lighting of satellite bonfires across the city.

In Plaza Mayor, spectators will be able to see Dancers from Lluc, a special tribute to Bel Cerda i Soler, the folk group Xaloc and Loquillo.
In Plaza Joan Carlos, Hijos de la Kaky will be playing, along with Kausa, Gran Sol, Hypnotiza me, Lax ‘n' Busto and Dover.
At City Hall in Plaza Cort, Setze Cordes, Beth and Pelucon Flowers will be playing; La Carrau, Aiaiai and Kiko Veneno will be performing in Sant Francesc; Tonino Carotone will be live in Paseo de la Artesanía; Aniki & Kiffa and Carme Jaime Jazz Café are on stage in Plaza Santa Eulalia; Justagame and Eixuts are scheduled for Plaza del Olivar and the public can hear electronic music in Costa de la Pols.

As is the case ever year, Plaza España will be reserved for a concert sponsored by the “40 Principales” music channel which will have a musical agenda topped by two ex-participants of the Operación Triunfo talent show: Nena Daconte and Soraya. In Plaza de la Reina, broadcasters Europa FM will be stealing the show with Teatrasonic, Goodfellows, Joaquin Padilla and La Trampa.

However, the Sant Sebastian “Grand Concert” will be held two nights later on Friday, 21st January, featuring Spanish folk metal group “Mago de Oz.” The final musical event of the festival will be on Saturday 22nd January in the Plaza España when media channel Cadena 100 will present the group Pignoise.

The climax of the Sant Sebastia festival will be the “Atiarfoc” firework and costumed devil display scheduled between 8 and 9pm, with a special projected display against the frontage of the Cathedral.

The whole of the celebrations, said Citizen Participation Councillor Eberhard Grosske yesterday runs to 890'000 euros, a downturn of 23.5 percent in comparison with expenditure last year. He thanked all sponsors who have contributed to the careful planning of the celebrations, including El Corte Ingles, Sol Melia hotel group, power supply company Endesa, 40 Principales, Europa FM and Cadena 100.