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June events in Mallorca

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Selva hosts its Herb Fair this coming weekend, with a mixture of agricultural and traditional events taking place during the day and the evening. You can enjoy exhibitions, cooking demonstrations and tastings of all things herbal.
Also this weekend you can see Carmen at the Teatro Principal if you’re craving some opera.
The following weekend there is the street food festival at Port Adriano from June 16th to the 18th where you can try out various food trucks serving international junk food!

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The Women’s Tennis Association Mallorca Tennis Tournament will run from June 18th to June 25th at Santa Ponsa Tennis Club, it’s considered a warm up event for Wimbledon and this is the second year it has been held.
The Beach Boys will play on June 18th at Son Fusteret, plus don’t forget that we also have Tom Jones and George Benson playing in Port Adriano this summer, and Michael Bolton will visit the island on August 12th as well.
63958377June 21st is the International Yoga Day and it will be celebrated in style at the Cal Reiet hotel and retreat in Santanyi. They have several free activities on offer including yoga, a talk on nutrition, a guided meditation and a concert of Hawaiian mantras.
If you’re into big old boats then be sure to hang around in Palma for the Superyacht Cup from June 21st to June 24th. You may be lucky enough to get invited to some of the exclusive invite only events organised by the sponsors.
June 23 be ready to enjoy the Nit de Foc in Palma where all of the islands best Demonis get together for the night of fire!
The following day is the Sant Joan on June 24 where everyone dresses in white, has a picnic on the beach and goes into the sea at midnight to cleanse themselves of sin.
Marratxi hosts its annual fiesta during the last week of June. Something for everyone, with live music concerts, sports activities, and a comedy evening.
Finally for June the Atlantida Film Festival will run for a week from the 26th with free cinema screenings and concerts around Palma. The film festival will include 18 films, 4 conferences and 7 concerts, all free of charge to the general public. The star guest this year will be Vanessa Redgrave, who will present her first film as a director “Sea Sorrow”. The venues are CineCiutat, Bellver Castle, Ses Voltes (the area in front of the Cathedral) and the Museu de Mallorca.
And that’s your lot for June.

It takes a village

(L) Nick, Dr Stoma, Sebastian and Brad

(L) Nick, Dr Stoma, Sebastian and Brad

Remember the summer of 2013? It seems such a long time ago now doesn’t it? Remember those two crazy boys who sailed around the island in their little dinghy to raise money for Mediterranea and Associacion Ondine? Nick and Sebastian (only 15 and 16 years old) hopped into their sailing boat called Rocky and circumnavigated the island in eleven days. They will never forget the summer of 2013 as they raised awareness for the charities and went through a rite of passage themselves. They made their parents, families and friends very proud, and they enlisted the help of 563 people who sponsored them, supported them, and encouraged them.

What’s that saying about it taking a village to raise a child? It takes more than one person to teach a child the ways of the world. It’s the idea that this influence, the impact that individuals and groups outside of the family have on young people, for better or for worse, is a crucial part of growing up. Some people say that it only takes a family to raise a child, not a village. But there does come a point in your life when however much you love your family you need to learn from other people as well. This is one of the wonderful things about bringing a child up in Mallorca: the community around you as a parent, again for better and for worse (I can do without some people’s opinions, but then I guess they can probably do without mine, sometimes they spill out of me against my will)., is incredible.

This is one of the reasons that I find Sail Aid so moving. Two young men got in a dinghy and sailed around the island. They had to rely to some extent on their wits, and on their ability to meet (in their words) Very Nice People. Of course their families were there backing them up, driving to meet them at the end of the day to check they were okay, but there was a definite elasticizing of the apron strings as they sailed further away from their mums. However all the way on their journey they found people who wanted to help them, who wanted to give them a meal or a shower or help them with the boat, so the village, or in our case, the island was teaching them about some of the best parts of human nature.

I proudly count myself amongst the ranks of Very Nice People, as I helped them to set up their blog and Facebook page, and helped them to initially get in touch with the newspapers. And I am very happy to announce that on Thursday December 5th at 7pm the Sail Aid guys will give a talk to The Supper Club at Mood Beach. They will be selling the book that they have written about their amazing summer of 2013. Hope you can join me and them and encourage these two remarkable young people.

 

 

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