Due to its geographical location, Antequera is a crossroad, what explains why all kinds of people and cultures have gone through it over the centuries. However, despite this coming and going, it still remains intact, from old times, a dance that defines its folklore: the fandango antequerano.
As it happens in most traditional dances, the fandango antequerano came up to help the flirting between men and women, with the subsequent love conquest, always with a happy end.
The fandango antequerano is a quiet and formal dance that, despite its popular character, it is more like a ballroom dance. Usually, it is danced in two parts, of three verses each, which, in turn, consist of one dance step and one paseíllo (through a corridor made by the dancers) to be repeated in each part. Both the music and the lyrics and instruments accompanying this dance are also popular. In this sense, it must be emphasized the use of a home instrument, the metal mortar (almirez), which beats the fandango time.
The costumes used to dance the fandango antequerano are elegant. Women wear a black velvet bodice with short silk sleeves of the same color than the skirt, which it is adorned with one or two strips of black or beige lace. They also wear underskirts, a pucho (loose-fitting pants) and white panties, which are usually hand-sewn. They also wear black heel shoes with ribbons that are tied to the legs. And, to top it, a lace headdress adorned with carnations.
Men wear white shirt with a red sash around their waist and a discreet colored short jacket adorned with trims and fleur-de-lys made of felt. The trousers, tight and short, are of the same cloth than the jacket, and it is worn with ankle boots and gaiters. The costume is completed with a headscarf, tied around their head, like a bandit, plus the black traditional hat (catite).
Besides the fandango, there are two songs that are part of our folklore: the zapatilla, a song for family meetings and celebrations, and the feliciano, a typical song for trips and country walks which goes together with a dance similar to passacaglia.
There are also many popular songs and children’s games gathered by local specialist in the matter.
The splendid history of the Flamenco and the Copla singing includes many people from Antequera who are helping to make better the already good contribution of Andalucia in this field.
Since a few years ago, Antequera has been developing a very interesting movement around Blues. Every year, in July, the well-known and prestigious Blues Festival inundates different spaces of the town with the embracing and suggestive rhythms of this music.