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GAUCÍN: Balcony of the Ronda Mountains where the Holy Child appeared to St. John of God.
The illustrious, always noble, very hospitable village of Gaucín.
As part of the Art Gaucin Open Studios event, a children's art contest will be held on Saturday 28 May. Children between 6 and 16 years old who would like to take part can register on the day, between 10:00 and 13:00hrs, at the Old Convent in Calle Convento.
Childrens art competition
A collection of short stories by Gaucín writers will be presented at the Casa de la Juventud on Friday 20 May at 19:30hrs.

Escritores de Gaucin
Just a reminder that Art Gaucín Open Studios 2016 takes place on the weekends of 20-22 and 27-29 May. Come and visit and see the artists and their work in their studios!

Art gaucin 2016 new
An exhibition of artwork by Jim Rattenbury, entitled 'The Hidden Library', will be held in El Cuartito, Calle Nueva, 70, Gaucín from Friday 13 - Sunday 29 May 2016. The opening will be on Friday 13 May at 19:00hrs.

Jim Rattenbury expo May 2016
Learn to cook bread and pastries in the wood ovens of Hermanos Guerrero, Benalauria. For more details contact Maite on 667 661 658 (English spoken).

Panaderia taller
Here are some photos from the Toma de Gaucín festival celebrated in wonderful sunshine last weekend. The event was a great success with many people joining the 'action' dressed as either French soldiers or local bandoleros. Many thanks to Maria Jose Marquez Calvente for her photos!

The bandoleros march into the village:
Toma 2016 1

French soldiers:
Toma 2016 2

The bandoleros stand firm!
Toma 2016 3

Under fire from the French:
Toma 2016 4

And again!
Toma 2016 6

There were skirmishes across the village:
Toma 2016 10

The Mayor is free and the Spanish flag flies once again:
Toma 2016 7

But not before many bandoleros are lost:
Toma 2016 11

The French soldiers of Gaucín (in the uniforms they made!):
Toma 2016 9
"La Posada", a new gourmet shop, has opened in Calle Los Bancos, Gaucín. The shop will sell wines, cheeses and specialist meats as well as other delicatessen products. Good luck to Tere Guillen Morales and Paco in their new venture. We need entrepreneurs like them! Congratulations!!

La Posada 1

La Posada 2

La Posada 3
Friday 29 April

16:00hrs – Walk to the threshing circle of ‘Los Hinojales’. Leave from Paseo Ana Toval (opposite the petrol station); head up Sierra del Hacho and return to Gaucín.

20:00hrs – Presentation of costumes made at the ‘taller de bandoleros’ that will be worn during the ‘Toma de Gaucín’.

21:00hrs – Presentation of traditional costumes from the ‘romantic era’ and the Serranía de Ronda - by Faustino Peralta Carrasco.

Saturday 30 April

13:00hrs – We welcome our friends from the historical-cultural association ‘Villa de El Bosque’ who will be joining us as the ‘French Army’ during the ‘Toma’ celebrations.

18:00hrs – The celebration will begin as the Municipal Band ‘Villa de Gaucín’ passes through the village streets.

20:00hrs – The ’invading’ French troops will enter the village and march from Calle Convento to the ‘Town Hall’ (Calle Larga) which they will occupy. During their journey there will be battles between the French soldiers and local residents! Once the town hall has been taken the French troops will set up guard posts and the Mayor will be paraded through the village centre to humiliate the locals.

All residents are invited to dress up in costume and fight against the French invaders!

Sunday 01 May

11:00hrs – We welcome our friends from Montejaque and Estación de Gaucín who will meet with local residents in Paseo de Ana Toval to form the army of guerrillas from the Serranía de Ronda.

12:00hrs – The guerrillas of the Serranía will enter the village and pass through the streets. On their way to the town hall they will be involved in several skirmishes with the French troops.

13:00hrs – The town hall will be re-taken from the French and, after the Mayor has been freed, the Spanish flag will be hoisted once again on the castle tower.

14:00hrs – Party in the centre of the village attended by both the French soldiers and the guerillas of the Serranía!

The 7th Toma de Gaucín, the celebration of the French invasion and subsequent re-taking of the village by local bandoleros, will take place from Friday 29 April - Sunday 01 May. This fiesta is now well-established and has become a firm favourite with Gaucineños and visitors alike. More details to follow......

Toma cartel 2016
Since January, Josefi Corbacho, in partnership with the Ayuntamiento de Gaucín, has run the 'taller de los bandoleros' workshop with the aim of developing the collaboration and participation of Gaucín residents in the re-enactment of the 'French invasion' or 'Toma de Gaucín'. The workshop was organized to help the people Gaucín produce uniforms for those participating in the event helping to foster a sense of ownership whilst saving the costs of hiring outside participants.

Urbano, a designer who has been involved with the Ronda Romantica festival since its inception, has been running workshops for the creation of hats and other headwear.

Some of the amazing hats and uniforms for the 'Toma de Gaucín' created by the 'taller de los bandoleros':

Toma hats1

Toma french hat

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