En Frente Arte, based in Ronda, was founded in 1997 with the idea to set up distinctive cultural projects in Andalucia. Our guesthouse has welcomed many artists, production companies, and travellers who came to work out new ideas or just to escape from hectic city life. This guide is a compilation of impressions, experiences, stories, and tips in Andalucia compiled by the local people and musicians En Frente Arte met on the road, as well as the stories of several pioneers who lived and travelled this region in the recent past. By no means do we pretend to be a complete guide of Andalucia; for that, it is far too personal. The reason why, for example, Sevilla, Cadiz, Almeria, and other cities are not included is because En Frente Arte simply didn’t set up any projects in these regions.
You will find three sections in this guidebook, of which musicians who recorded or toured in Andalucia between 1997 and 2004 have written the first section. Some musicians came over for a couple of days, while others stayed for more than a year. They were asked to write about Spain in general. This could be an influence in their work, a touring experience, or basically anything to do with Spanish social and cultural life. This section has become a wide palette of opinions and impressions by musicians from northern Europe on this southern country in the same European Community. On the CD, you’ll hear a track by every participating band, accompanying you on this trip.
Young entrepreneurs in the socio-cultural sector who live in Andalucia and who guide you through “their” city compile the second section. No, they don’t send you to all of the typical monuments you’ll find in all of the other travel books. They do tell you where they go for a drink and where they take their friends.
There are six cities included in this guide: Malaga, Marbella, Ronda, Granada, Cordoba, and Tarifa, as an extra reviewed by one of the musicians. The good thing is that, for each city, there are several different local guides, offering a wide variety of advice and tips. Now it’s up to you to find out the personal taste of each of these local guides. If one of them sends you to places you like less, it means it’s time to change local guide and explore someone else’s personal recommendations. Some of the recommended places are mentioned more than once, and this simply means that different local guides, probably indicating the popularity of the cited place, suggest them. None of the participants suggests the establishment of one of the other participants, because this would lead to insiders’ favouritism. It’s advisable to go to the local tourist office and ask for a street map, as this will help you a lot in finding the proposed places.
Last, but never least: The third section will introduce you to some 20th century Andalucian artists and their encounters with other international pioneers who travelled and created in this area somewhere in the 1900s. We take you back to the rough, unexplored Andalucia, where time sometimes stood still.
Today, Andalucia is facing a completely new phenomenon: Apart from travelling, many foreigners decide to stay here and start a new life, converting this southern stretch of Europe into a key territory for the new Europeans.
The selected pictures and images are closely related to the participants of this guide.
First of all, we show you a variety of Andalucian hydraulic tiles, present in houses, bars, and public spaces during most of the 20th century, but nowadays, sadly enough, massively replaced by “elegant” white marble flooring.
Today, nobody realises the aesthetic massacre of these jewels of contemporary craftsmanship, and tomorrow it will be too late…
In the second section, we show you the slides that were projected at the start of each film session in Cine Ideal, one of the participants of this guide. It is a collection from the fifties, representing the start of public marketing, here in the south of Spain. Watch out for the details on these slides, for example telephone numbers such as 123, giving you a good impression of how many people had a telephone in those days.
The third section’s historical pictures of Welles, Hemingway, and Ordonez were given by the kind permission of Antonio Ruiz Munoz, who owns the archive of legendary Andalucian photographer Miguel Martin. Pictures are for sale at Calle Espinel 18.
More info: Updated cultural agenda of Andalucia, but also any remarks and questions about this guide: www.enfrentearte.com.
Thanks: Everybody who collaborated to realise this guide, the musicians and the local guides, Crisse, Wim, Tom, and Eric at Musickness, Marcel, Neeltje, Mare, and Wendy at Idol Media, Virginia Quero and Diputacion de Malaga, Pascual del Rio, Mari Paz Fernandez, Curro Troya, Gebke and Diego, the En Frente Arte team, Luis, Ana, Curro, Manolo, Roberto,
Santi, Javi, Paco, Odilo, “ons Jenny,” and the “Paulo Waulo.”