HPA2015  Performance Award

Rafael Rivas (Spain)

Time: March 8, 2011

Place: Lantz Town, Navarra Region, Spain

Nationality: Spanish

Lantz carnivals are Navarre and Basque Country’s popular and ancient carnivals. This traditional celebration takes place the day before Ash Wednesday. Monday and Tuesday of Carnival, streets are full of people who dress up in different characters. The aim is to capture the thief, Miel Otxin, a huge doll; it’s believed it was a bad reputation thief of the region. It is also believed to be a representation of the evil spirit. The doll is full of straw and a boy who plays the bagpipe and the Basque flute makes it dance around the streets.





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