Saint John Fiesta Photography Workshops, offered during May and June of each year, provide exclusive insider access to an enigmatic event that is celebrated every year in Ciutadella de Menorca at the summer equinox.
The Saint John fiesta delivers a blast to the senses: an edgy mix of awe, emotion, elation, inebriation, and equestrian spectacle. These summer solstice celebrations complete and re-commence the year-on-year the cycle of life and traditions that have driven this remote little island for centuries.
Taking center stage are the magnificent horses of Menorca and their riders, with their ceremonial circuits around the city and countryside and the medieval games of jousting. Barefoot, dressed up like and carrying a live sheep, a peasant and his entourage visit 120 selected houses in the town. There are bonfires, palaces, an important donkey and a hazelnut battle. These are unforgettable images of the fiesta. Underlying the spectacle is a rich history, living remnants of a lost time, strictly observed social hierarchies, religious customs and a wealth preserved traditions.
With unique behind the scenes access to the people and places central to the event, this “by-appointment only” fiesta photography workshop experience in Menorca will introduce you to the ancient mysteries behind the modern extravaganza. Among the most enigmatic of all European fiestas, it is definitely challenging to figure out if you are just a casual observer, with its baffling events like the “Sheep Show”, “Horses in Living Rooms” and the “Medieval Games”.
The Saint John fiesta (known locally as “Festes de Sant Joan”) is celebrated all over Spain. But the event that takes place in Ciutadella de Menorca is by far the most spectacular and most difficult for an outsider to penetrate.
The Saint John fiesta photography workshop experience offers a chance to get an insider’s local view and access to key spots. You´ll experience the energy of an event that veers towards chaos and at the same time celebrates the locals’ complex and timeless devotion to its traditions.
The Saint John fiesta photography workshops take place annually during May and June in and around the ancient town of Ciutadella on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Menorca.
Your guide is Janet Greco, is a local who first began photographing the fiestas in Menorca in 2003. She won the official fiesta poster prize in 2008. She was appointed personal photographer to the Caixer Senyor, lead rider of the fiesta, in 2017. Janet has deep experience and personal contacts in the town and countryside. She knows where to go behind the scenes to get the best shots and can provide you with hands on advice on how to improve your shooting. With Janet’s guidance you will have insider access to the exceptional imagery that outsiders cannot easily access and all the interesting details that make the event so special.
The Saint John fiesta photography workshop offers unique behind the scenes access to the people and places central to the event. This “by-appointment only” photography experience will provide extraordinary cultural insights into the heritage, traditions and customs of a society that prefers things to remain as they are.
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