Bella Jarifa Nights Festival in Cartama – September 2018

Las Noches de la Bella Jarifa, also known as Luna Mora of Cartama, arrives as every year in this municipality in late September.

If you’re in the mood for a lively, candlelit medieval town, or if you missed Guaro’s Luna Mora, you can’t miss it.

In 2018 it will be held from 28 to 30 September in the downtown streets of Cartama.

This event will begin on Friday from 8:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday it will begin at midday; as a new addition this year will be held the Minerals Fair on Saturday from 10.00 am.

What is it about?

The aim of the Noches de la Bella Jarifa (Nights of the Beautiful Jarifa) is to make known the Andalusian culture. Enjoy animated shows through the streets with oriental melodies and dances, fights of the Arab army, juggling with fire or knives and witches that predict the future. All this under the moonlight and candles that will illuminate the entire route with spice stands, handicrafts, decoration, food, henna and tea shops.

There are workshops, parades, belly dancing performances, Falconry exhibitions, Arab costume competition and many other activities that are waiting for you.

What is the Bella Jarifa? The inspiration for this event comes from the old story “Abindarráez y la Bella Jarifa”, a romance that can be read for free in Spanish here.

Activities programme

The activities of the Noche de la Bella Jarifa (Night of the Beautiful Jarifa) are aimed at audiences of all ages:

Programación Noches de la Bella Jarifa el viernes y sábado

Friday 28 September

The first night of the Bella Jarifa begins at 8 pm with an archaeologist to learn about the Muslim past of Carthima (Cartama). This activity begins in the Plaza de la Iglesia.

The courtyard of the Town Hall of Cartama will host a Moorish restaurant from 8 pm onwards.

  • 8.00 pm – Opening of the Arab souk.
  • 8.30 pm – Thematic parade with oriental dances, camels and jugglers.
  • 9pm – 0.00am – Medieval children’s corner in Pilar Alto.
  • 9.30 pm – Musical performance at Plaza de la Iglesia.
  • 10.30 pm – Oriental dances at Plaza de la Iglesia.

Saturday 29 September

Saturday begins with the new inauguration of the Minerals Fair in Santo Cristo from 10.00 am. (Map)

The restaurant in front of the Town Hall will open from 01.00 pm.

  • 12.00 am – Opening of the Arabic souk.
  • 4.00 pm – Cooking workshop where you will learn to cook authentic Moroccan couscous.
  • 4pm to midnight – Children’s Medieval Corner at Pilar Alto.
  • 6 pm – Puppet theatre in the Plaza de la Iglesia.
  • 8.30 pm – Themed parades about the Romance of the Beautiful Jarifa with oriental dances, camels and medieval entertainment.
  • 9.00 pm to 11.00 pm – Guided visit to the Water Tower in Cartama Castle from the ascent to the Hermitage. (Map)
  •  9.30 pm – Flamenco Festival with Jose Merce, Ramoliche Hijo and Ana Pastrana in the Santo Cristo Auditorium.
  • 11.00 pm – Belly dance performance in the Plaza de la Iglesia.

Programación Noches de la Bella Jarifa en Cártama

Sunday 30 September

The Moorish restaurant will open from 01.00 pm in front of the Town Hall.

  • 12.00 am – Opening of the Arab souk.
  • 4.00 pm to midnight – Opening of the Medieval Children’s Corner in Pilar Alto.
  • 4.00 pm – Reading of Arabic stories in the courtyard of the Casa del Rapsoda Gonzalez Marin.
  • 5.30 pm – Children’s Arab costume competition.
  • 6 pm – Reading of stories and songs in the courtyard of the Casa del Rapsoda Gonzalez Marin.

Children’s activities

Throughout this weekend, children’s activities will take place in the old town of Cartama.

Workshops for children

Workshops with swords, coats of arms, pottery and wreaths of flowers, among other activities.

  • Friday from 9pm to 11pm
  • Saturday from 9pm until midnight.
  • Sunday from 6pm to 10pm.

Falconry

Falconry exhibitions and flights of birds of prey at Pilar Alto Square.

  • Friday and Saturday at 9 pm
  • Sunday at 01.00 pm.

Camel rides

The rides will take place in the Arab souk of Bella Jarifa.

  • Friday from 9pm to midnight.
  • Saturday from 4pm until midnight.
  • Sunday from midday to 9 pm.

Micro-theatre

The comic narrative of “La Leyenda de la Bella Jarifa y la madre que la parió” (literally: The Legend of the Beautiful Jarifa and the mother who bore her*). It will take place at Casa del Rapsoda Gonzalez Marín.

  • Friday and Saturday from 8pm until midnight.
  • Sunday from 7pm to 10pm.

*This is a Spanish expression that can be used to emphasize an insult or praise.

How to get to Cartama and the Nights of the Beautiful Jarifa

Raúl G.T

Developer and content editor at Malagaweb.com
Travel blogger, web developer and content editor. Author of many of the travel guides and tips available online about Andalucia, Malaga and Spain.
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