Abracadabra… and you’re there!
The annual Hocus Pocus Festival fills the Spanish city of Granada with fascinating magical spectacles and a celebration of cinematic arts. You can enjoy events for both the public and professionals, including HocusNights (magic shows), lectures and workshops at venues throughout the city.
The honored guest this year is Ramon Mayrata, and this quote of his sums up the festival pretty well (translated to English): “Since the Renaissance, magic has been secularized and converted into a stage art that will play a crucial role in the configuration of the way of perceiving and feeling the reality of modern culture, in the technologies that enable the society of the spectacle, in the appearance of cinema and in the development of the virtual reality that invades our physical space. ”
This year’s Hocus Pocus Festival will feature performances by magicians and masters of illusion from Canada, the USA, Japan, Venezuela, and South Korea. There will even be gala performances and a movie screening as well!
The festival runs in late November every year (this year it’s the 17th to 25th). Come to Granada and be mystified by illusions beyond your wildest imagination.
How to Get to Granada by Train
You can travel to Granada by train from Madrid (about 5 hours with 1 connection in Antequera) or Seville (about 3.5 hours, no connections). If you’re planning to take many trips by train in Spain, you should look into the Renfe Spain Pass, which is a print-at-home document that is convenient and cost-efficient for multiple trips. Almost as magical as the festival itself!
For all of you who attend this amazing festival, we’d love to hear what you think of it, be sure to leave us a comment!