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Thursday, March 03, 2022 at 14:34 p.m.

The URJC sardine puts an end to the Aranjuez Carnival

The URJC sardine puts an end to the Aranjuez Carnival The URJC sardine puts an end to the Aranjuez Carnival

A sculpture of the fish that signifies the end of the carnival, made by professors and students of the Fine Arts degree, stars in the closing of this traditional festival.

Raúl García Hémonnet/Editor

Aranjuez put an end yesterday, March 2, to the Carnival festivities of this year 2022. As always, the protagonist of the brooch was the sardine, whose burial marks the end of these ancient festivities.

As has been the case for several years, the responsibility for the design and preparation of the sardine has fallen to the teachers of the URJC Fine Arts degree. The project has been directed by the teachers Emma García-Castellano, Marta Linaza and Ana Balboa, who have had the collaboration of the teachers Ruth Remartínez, Tomás Zarza and Miguel Sánchez Moñita. Each year, as the members of the project explain, "an immersion in ephemeral sculpture, rooted in popular culture, is carried out."

The sardine of this edition is the product of the work, during 4 weeks, of a group of students of the degree of Fine Arts, who have had the advice of the teaching staff.

Return of the parade

This year 2022, the Aranjuez carnival has seen the return of the traditional parade, in which these students have walked the sculpture. The sardine that has traveled the streets of the Arancitana town has been the winning design of a contest, created by the student María Torres Heras.

According to those responsible for the project, “the day passed in a festive and relaxed atmosphere and, at the same time, responsible. In which all the people who participated: citizens, students and teachers were witnesses that the collaboration between institutions and creativity and ingenuity configure something more than a party”.

La Sardina del Carnaval de Aranjuez is one more example of the close collaboration between the URJC and the town council.