Trafficking Arts over the Guadiana
The Contraband Festival focuses on a cultural and historical legacy that is collectively remembered throughout the region and the area, and which is part of the local heritage – Contraband in the late 1930s and early 1940s. This was a significant era along the Spanish Luso-Spanish border, due to the not so distant Spanish Civil War and the start of the Second World War.
The Festival is an event that re-creates a rural market of the era, combining all the activities of contraband, guards, and ancient crafts, with a street art festival and historical recreations that focus on themes like rurality, desertification, aging, customs and traditions of the region and beyond linked to smuggling.
One of the great attractions of this event is the Floating Bridge over the Guadiana river that allows local communities to see a longstanding dream fulfilled; allowing pedestrians to cross between the two banks of the river, during the three days of the event.