SOLLER opened the 27th edition of its International Folk Dancing Festival on Monday with a crowd which completely filled the Plaza Constitucio.
This year the festival has incorporated new items which will be taking place over the week, with the aim of encouraging the participation of the public.
Nine groups from four continents are taking part in this edition of the Festival, with groups from Peru, Easter Island, Mexico, Argentina, Burundi, Portugal, Albania, Asturias and Soller.
After the parade of all the groups, the Bartomeu Ensenyat presentation was made, which this year went to the Santa Cirga Canonge cultural association, directed by Mateu Llodra, for its work in the field of folklore.
Merce Ensenyat, Bartomeu's daughter made the presentation to Mateu Llodra and Felipe Munar, who received the prize and gave a speech of thanks on behalf of the association.
The Mayor of Soller, Guillem Bernat inaugurated the Festival and in his speech, his first as Mayor, he said that, I never would have imagined that 28 years after proposing that the town should have an International Folk Dance Festival, I would be opening it as Mayor.
The dance demonstrations which followed the opening were greeted with enthusiastic applause.