At begginings of September, Begur transforms itself in order to celebrate the Fira d’Indians and relive a period of history that has left a profound mark on the town and its identity. For three days, Begur offers a wide range of leisure and cultural activities whose common theme is the emigration of people to the Americas and their subsequent return.
The Fira d’Indians celebrates the intense relationship between Cuba and Begur whose origin lies in the emigration of many people from Begur to the island in the 19th century. On their return to the town, those who had prospered built ostentatious houses that still grace the streets of Begur today. It was these popular “Americans” who tried to recreate their lifestyle in Cuba and who left us an important cultural legacy.
During the festival, Begur’s central streets and squares host a market of overseas products, craft demonstrations and musical performances. Caribbean rhythms, with internationally famous Cuban groups, mean that even the most demanding of audience members will let go and enjoy themselves; at the same time there’s no shortage of “havaneres” (a cappella groups singing sea shanties brought back from Cuba by Catalan sailors) or street shows involving period reconstructions.
All of this is rounded off with a series of cultural activities, such as exhibitions, interviews, conferences, documentaries and round tables analysing and explaining this “American” legacy.
In addition, during the summer season you can find a huge range of leisure activities both in the town centre and on the beaches and coves of Begur: “havaneres”, local town festivals, the renowned Begur Festival of Music, traditional dancing, craft and painting fairs, children’s activities and displays of “sardanes” (Catalonia’s folk dance), amongst other activities for people of all ages.