As October gets into full swing, I’m sad to see the last strains of the summer disappear – not that that means I don’t love the autumn just as much. Despite how the trees lose their leaves and plants scale back in preparation for bracing out the winter, it’s this time of year that I really think nature has a chance to shine. However, the colder air is one of the things I’m decidedly less keen on, and all I’ve been dreaming about recently – aside from what I would enter in our Superbreak win a dream break competition – is ways I could extend the summer.
I heard about an event that takes place every year in Malaga, a city in Andalusia, Spain, which celebrates the birth and life of one of Spain‘s most famous artists, Pablo Picasso. All across the world, people are familiar with Picasso’s surrealist works, as well as his contributions towards cubism, a painting style Picasso was very involved in founding.
Born in Malaga on October 25, 1881, Picasso showed an aptitude for drawing and painting from a very young age. It’s said that his first ever word was the Spanish word for pencil and, from seven years old, he was already en route to becoming the artist he grew into when his painter father began Picasso’s formal training in art. His father was a staunch believer in the idea that great art comes from learning from the masters, and taught Picasso to copy their styles during the development of his own. I wonder if this was where Picasso’s leaning towards creating his own versions of master artworks in his later years came from? I’ve seen several; they range from straight copies with the most intriguingly subtle subversions to more obvious critiques – I’d recommend viewing his extraordinary artwork to anyone.
The festival in Malaga lasts for the bulk of October and involves a growth in festivity every day, with parades stocked with colours and energy like only the Spanish can do, huge concerts with all the best local, national and international music, with dancing, drinking and all the other events you’d expect from a festival of this scale.
And, of course, that’s what’s available for those who aren’t big Picasso fans. If you’re really interested in the artist and his incredible life, many museums and galleries open their doors to the public with special Picasso exhibitions, and myriad tours assemble visitors to take them across the city on a discovery trip of some of the most important places that impacted Picasso’s life.
As October 25 is the big day itself, it’d definitely be worthwhile considering a trip to the south of Spain for the big celebration of Picasso’s 128th birthday. With fantastic fiestas taking place all across town and the party atmosphere in the air, I bet that’s one place where it won’t feel like the end of the summer!