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Cadiz Carnival Fascinating Facts - Fact 5

© Michelle Chaplow World beats arrive in Cadiz Port
World beats arrive in Cadiz Port.

Five Fascinating Facts about Cadiz Carnival

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Listen to beats from all over the world at Cadiz Carnaval

Cadiz was a key trading centre - it was Spain's main port in the 16th century - due to its central geographical location between Europe, Africa and South American. This cultural mix evident in the variety of music played at the Carnaval - flamenco, African, Creole, sambas, Colombian songs. Ships returning from the New World in the 16th century brought back new rhythms, in addition to silver and gold.

  • Fact 1 - Franco banned the Cadiz Carnaval, but it carried on
  • Fact 2 - Carnaval´s timing is closely tied to religious festivals, like most Spanish fiestas, but also has roots in classical times
  • Fact 3 - Costumes aren't just about dressing up
  • Fact 4 - The Venice Carnival was also a major influence
  • Fact 5 - Listen to beats from all over the world at Cadiz Carnaval

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