The Cante de las Minas International Festival (La Unión, Murcia) has recognized the relevance of Bembibre’s National Festival for the Exaltation of Botillo. The festival was awarded with the Pencho Cros in the Gastronomy category.
This event, which has just turned 60, is focused on the spread of flamenco art and mining songs. Bembibre’s Botillo Festival received the award for its dissemination of this typical dish from the mining region of Bierzo”, Bembibre’s Botillo Festival dedicated its XLVIII edition to the mining culture.
The mayor of La Unión and president of the Cante de las Minas Foundation, Pedro López Milan, presented the award to the mayor of Bembibre, Silvia Cao, who thanked the recognition and highlighted the twinning it has with Cante de las Minas since 2019, when the singing contest took place in Bembibre.
“We knew that we were linked by blood lines, by mine, by feeling and by your cante (mine songs); for the quejío, the dance, the guitar and flamenco”, said the mayor of Bembibre when receiving the Pencho Cros Award, which was held on July 30th in the Joaquín Costa de La Unión square. “Because all of them are united to the feelings of the miners when he enters the mine and does not know if he will leave it alive, united to the feelings of the families who were waiting for them at home and the feelings of a people that owes the past, the present and the future”.
The mayor did not overlook her direct link with mining, not only because Bembibre is one of the mining municipalities par excellence, but also because she is the daughter of a miner “who lived and died by the mine.”
Silvia Cao attended the Pencho Cros Award ceremony with the president of the Bierzo County Council and first deputy mayor of Bembibre, Gerardo Álvarez Courel.