Contraband Festival in Alcoutim

Contraband Festival returns to Alcoutim in March

The full programme is due to be announced later this month

Alcoutim Council has confirmed the return of the Contraband Festival between March 24 and 26.

The event is held every year in Alcoutim and the Spanish town of Sanlúcar de Guadiana and harkens back to a time when contraband was key to survival in these communities.

The goal is to show how life was so hard for local communities that late-night smuggling was seen as an opportunity for a better life and future.

An “eclectic programme” is promised, featuring everything from street entertainment to art exhibitions.

“This new edition will represent the resurgence, renovation and invigoration of an iconic festival for the town, with the presentation of a programme with enormous cultural quality,” the local council says.

There is no word yet on whether the festival’s iconic footbridge which is set up between the two towns over the Guadiana River will make its return, as the complete programme is due to be revealed later this month.

By Michael Bruxo

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