Since the beginning, the main purpose of the association was to increase the cultural level of the district” affirmed Lola Boloix, the head of the recently defunct Resident’s Association of the Lower Albayzín. Without any doubt, one of the most activist residents.
Thankfully, this association organises many cultural activities. The flamenco, for example, is one of the activities that represents the association the most, not only for its history, but also for its future.
“The Sacromonte district was a thriving tourism industry during the fifties, sixties and seventies. Many important people from all over the world visited the caves. The residents achieved this by themselves. We used to have breakfast at Casa Pasteles where we usually found the dancers that performed the night before. Women predominated in this business because they used to run the caves. That’s why we know what a tourism industry is. Everybody strived to disregard the people from here, its folklore and its way of life”, she affirmed.
Because of this heritage, every summer during the last 18 years the Association has organized flamenco shows with kids from the Sacromonte and the Albayzín and with children of people born in these districts which had to leave. “We have so much to thank the Flamenco singer Curro Albaicín because of his collaboration with us.”
Faithful to her activist spirit she added: “I wonder why people from Granada don’t go to the caves. They can also have dinner there.”
In addition to flamenco, this association collaborated to publish several works which are already a good example of the cultural heritage of the district: El Albayzín contado por sus mujeres (The Albayzín told by women) and El Albaycín. inspiración de pintores (The Albaycín. An inspiration for painters).
“By now it is impossible to collaborate to publish other works because the resources are scarce. However, we have organized over the last 12 years a photo contest in collaboration with the Council of the Alhambra. We have collaborated many times with them. This institution is made up of good people” she pointed out.
One of her imminent wishes is to pay tribute to Antonina Rodrigo, a writer and historian from Granada, who is more than 80 years old. “We put forward to the City Council to name a square after her.”