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Cultural Heritage

Folk dance and music

Folk dance and music

The musical repertoire of Sobrarbe County is varied and diverse, including an ancient legacy of ritual dances, such as o cascabillo, the Trespuntiau or the palotiaus, and also some others with foreign influences, like mazurkas, polkas and waltzes.

The Paloteau dance is very interesting, since it is an ancient dance of shepherds and warriors. There are dancing groups devoted to this traditional dance in the villages along the Ara River, such as Boltaña, Broto, Torla, Oto, Buesa, Sarvisé and Linás de Broto.

Biello Sobrarbe (Old Sobrarbe)

This dancing group has been inspired by the research work by Anchel Conte in the 1970's, about traditional dances in Sobrarbe. They have recovered and performed many of the ancient dances of this county.

Corro de Bailes de San Chuan de Plan (Circle of Dances of San Juan de Plan)

La Orquesta de Sobrarbe (The Sobrarbe Band)

At the beginning, José Mª Campo and José Costán Higinio started playing being known as "the Gypsies", they were joined by Félix, the saxophonist. After some years without playing, they joined again, with Higinio and Martín, also playing the saxophone, and from then on, they were known as La Orquesta de Sobrarbe.

It is one of the most emblematic bands in our county, preserving the band tradition with a repertoire adapted to the character of our people.

La Ronda de Boltaña (The Boltaña Serenade)

The well-known Ronda de Boltaña is a male group of serenaders playing traditional folk music around the streets in Boltaña during its major festivities. Its players got to know each other in that way, but now they play as a band in every village in Sobrarbe.