2013 San Fermín Program
The program for the 2013 edition of San Fermín contains 437 official events, with one of them happening every 28 minutes. Main novelties center around children. On a day dedicated to them called “The Day of the Child” in the Plaza del Castillo, there will be a concert by the “Coral de Cámara de Pamplona” with music by Bach and with African percussion instruments. Early morning pint-sized bull spectacles will have a more pedagogical character, thanks to an agreement between the Town Hall of Pamplona and the Casa de Misericordia. Another change involves the beloved “Giants” and their entourage who will, on some days, enter the streets from the EzpeletaPalace in Mayor Street instead of from the bus station. The budget exceeds 2.1 million euros.
Day by Day
Running of the bulls or the “encierro” begins at 8 a.m. every morning from July 7 – 14
- On July 6, municipal authorities will participate in “Visperas” or Vespers, chanted in honour of San Fermín.
- On July 7, the “Procesion” takes place. Mayor and Councilmen in ceremonial dress and others walk to and from the chapel of San Fermín in the church of San Lorenzo to accompany the saint throughout the streets.
- July 7 is also the day of the traditional Cattle Fair held in the Agustinos industrial park.
- Tuesday, July 9 is dedicated to Pamplona´s sister cities with a reception in the CondestablePalace.
- Wednesday, July 10 is Children´s Day with a presentation of flowers to St Fermín at 11 a.m. in the Rincón de la Aduana.
- Friday, July 13 is a day honouring our elders with a Mass in St Fermín´s Chapel and a special concert in the Paseo de Sarasate.
- July 14 is when the “Octava” takes place. Town Hall authorities, once again, in ceremonial dress with a colourful accompaniment walk through the streets to attend this religious act for the saint. Both the “Octava” and the “Procesion” are not to be missed.
Music fills the air in seven out of 10 acts programmed for this year´s fiesta. A total of 317 events (58 concerts, 24 evening dances, and 235 bands, regional music and music to dance along the streets) will entertain mornings, afternoons and nights of Sanfermines.
Other events – 74 for children and 30 bull-related spectacles. Eight exhibitions of rural sports and eight institutional acts.