Salamanca, the nerve centre of bullfighting: “It will be alive as long as there is a child who wants to be a bullfighter”

Thursday, July 4, 2024, 10:04 PM

«The bulls belong to the ranchers who work hard to care for them, to the truck driver who transports the feed, to the foreman who looks after the cattle, to the businessmen who make the posters, to the printing presses that print them, to the bullfighters who dream of being stars, to the bullfighters who become stars, to the fans who travel around the country to attend the fairs, to the accommodations that receive them, to the restaurants that feed them, to the merchants». This is how bullfighting has been defined by the Councillor for Celebrations and Traditions of the Salamanca City Council, Carmen Seguinon the afternoon of this Thursday, July 4. He did so remembering “those merchants” who made Salamanca have that “magnificent Glorieta” more than 130 years ago. “This square is a focus of economic generation, employment and opportunities for families,” he said.

Under the title ‘Salamanca defends the festival’ and the Moderation by journalist Marino Hernándezhe International Center of Spanish has hosted this Thursday afternoon the penultimate day of ‘The soul of our land’which, since Monday, has organized debates on various topics related to the culture of Salamanca and its municipalities, jointly promoted by LA GACETA and the Junta de Castilla y León and is sponsored by the Salamanca City Council, the University of Salamanca, Unicaja, the Ciudad Rodrigo City Council and the Béjar City Council, in addition to the collaboration of the Salamanca Casino, the International Center of Spanish and the DA2 museum.

The event was attended by the bullfighter from Ledesma, Domingo López Chaves; the bullfighting entrepreneur and agent José Ignacio Cascón; and the councillor of the Salamanca City Council, Carmen Seguín.. The round table discussion addressed how bullfighting is being attacked from various political fronts and by animal rights groups. In the face of this hostility and the attempt to put an end to bullfighting, Salamanca defends the festival as a cultural and identity value and as a province that is the birthplace of great bullfighters and the best bullfighting farms in the world. Ranchers, bullfighters and fans have presented their arguments for maintaining and promoting bullfighting culture and festivals as a hallmark of Spain and Salamanca.

Bullfighter Sunday Lopez Chaves He has defended “his own”. He has done so by explaining what being a bullfighter means to him, his dream since he was a child, and recalling some of his moments in the ring. He has also expressed his pride in being from Salamanca. “Here, the fighting bull is king. In Salamanca, right now there are 170 bullfighting cattle farms, more than 14,000 breeding cows, 40,000 hectares dedicated to the world of bullfighting… Thanks to these, there is a lot of flora and fauna. Bullfighting will be alive as long as there is a child who wants to be a bullfighter and another who goes to the ring.”

The bullfighting entrepreneur’s vision of the bullrings of Béjar and Guijuelo has also been conveyed, Jose Ignacio Cascon“I like contact with the fans and I am lucky that in Salamanca there is bullfighting. When a bullring is full, the bullfighters feel the warmth of the public and, for that reason, it is important that we continue going to the bullrings. If there is a fan base, bullfighting will continue to live on.”

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