On the 27th of January the Centre for Catalan Studies co-hosted a workshop about Sant Antoni festivities in Mallorca and a “gloses” battle
Celebrated on the 17th of January, Sant Antoni festivals evoke the not so distant agricultural past of the island. Full of typical elements such as demons, foguerons (bonfires) or the Beneïdes (animal blessings), its music (“gloses”) and instruments (“ximbomba”) make this celebration one of the most loved by Majorcans. Of all the municipalities that celebrate this festival, Sa Pobla stands out the most. That is why we had some invited speakers from “Col·lectiu Sa Negreta” to tell us how this day is celebrated in Sa Pobla.
After their talk, we enjoyed a prerformance by two “glosadors” (“gloses” singers): Miquel Àngel Adrover “Campaner” and Miquel Servera “Boireta”. “Gloses” are popular, rhymed, oral compositions, usually improvised at the same time they are recited. They explained how the “gloses” sound and what their structure is. These singers also performed a “gloses” battle.
You can see the whole session here:
Foc, fum i gloses: de Mallorca a Europa – YouTube
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Centre for Catalan Studies / Queen Mary University of London
Institut Ramon Llull