“Outside Almeria the world is less worldly but more humane” . This was the presentation of the capital that Jose Luis Villalobos, the herald of the Fair, made to his newborn daughter, Luna. The journalist and monologuist, better known as Pepe Céspedes, was in charge of announcing the Fair, showing, in the form of a letter to Luna, a different perspective, an Almeria capable of “abstracting itself from its cornered truth”, of “overcoming its island reality”.
In an unusual opening speech, he wanted to show “all the talent that overflows this corner of the world and that few know, but those who make him fall in love”. To do so, he surrounded himself with Paco Calavera, Nadia Torrijos and Alvarito Vera, to show, by means of humour, the particularities of the Feria del Mediodía and, as Villalobos pointed out,”his agility”.
The speech had its own soundtrack, and the first verses in which he’ defended’ joy through Mario Benedetti, were accompanied by Pablo Mazuecos’ piano.
The voice of poetry emerged from Juanma Gil’s verses, dedicated to the province and its “Cabo de Mar, o de Gata”. He also contributed brief musical touches of Milonga Flamenca, in a separate section in which the town crier reminded “the guajiros, eternal sons of the mixture of a thousand cultures” that promote art at the foot of the Alcazaba. Flamenco singing was also present with the performance of Ezequiel Pasamontes’ Zarrita’, while the speaker took the opportunity to recall the quarry of artists who guard the neighbourhoods of Almeria.
Sensi Falán’s harmony filled the English Cable and Lumaga sang to the Moon, both contributing to an important part of the artistic vision of Almeria that the town crier wanted to show his daughter. This show was completed by the Dixieland, Abelardo and the rhythms of Diego Cruz and Pepe Lee that made the public dance.
There was also room for Calavera,”Siamese wrapped in laughter”, who sang a very Almeria version of’ You are so beautiful’ by Joe Cocker, dedicated to the little Luna:’ Tú eres mu’ bonica’. He also thanked his parents and his wife for their dedication.
The journalist and monologueist, who received the city’s Golden Shield, also recalled the victims of the attack in Barcelona last Thursday. Between the emotional message and the jokes, there were also criticisms:”We are proud of our city”, but “of course, it is not because of its fast trains”. And he continued with a funny touch:”There are people who have had several reincarnations and all of them have been in the Talgo”.
He concluded as he began, appealing to the spirit that flows from the Fair, to the verses of the Uruguayan poet and doing honor to his office as a comedian to “defend joy as a trench, as an ideal, joy, consonant rhyme, Luna, with your land, Almeria”.