Yesterday, the Huetor Vega City Council announced this year's Youth Festival, which will be held in Jardines De Siddharta, on Thursday, July 28th. It will feature performances by Christian Garcia and the Zoniche group as well as DJ 4Beats. This event is for those over 18 years old. It will feature the traditional San Roque election of the'miss' or'mister. For registered persons, the entrance fee is 20 Euros. This includes a cocktail and half an hour of open bar.
Tickets can be purchased on the Town Hall's third floor, Monday through Friday, at 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The Consistory points out that there is limited capacity, so they encourage young people who are interested to purchase tickets. They say that there will be lots of surprises, fun and of course the election of Queen and King of San Roque 2022 celebrations.
The Huetor Vega City Council issued a statement today to address "the doubts that arose following the publication of the Youth Festival on Social Networks." "The Department of Youth decided to host a party for young people in a new format, which is very different from the ones that were used previously, with the goal of adapting to today's tastes and preferences, as the previous formats did not appeal to this sector of the population," they say.
The Department of Youth requests patience in assessing the results. Until the Youth Festival takes place on the 28th of October, it won't be possible to determine with certainty how successful this new format of events.
They point out that the admission fee, which is 20 euros for registered persons, is almost symbolic for all that is offered to young people attending the event. They mention that the City Council is responsible for the costs of the actions, private security (which will supplement the work of Local Police and Civil Protection), rental of equipment, animation, and many other surprises that young participants will discover.
They state that the open bar offers a wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages, so that all attendees (of legal age), can choose what they want to drink. They also stated that the open bar is a party where attendees are encouraged to wear dress clothes. This is not a requirement. Similar to when other governments organized Ibizan parties in which people had to dress in white, this will not be mandatory.
The Huetor Vega City Council is also mentioned in the statement. Siddharta Gardens was chosen to celebrate the event, as it has an infrastructure that specializes in events. Similar to how other celebrations have been or will continue to be celebrated in El Guerra or El Lucero, La Estrella also includes 'Jovenes carrozas, elders, and the Wine Days>>.
The City Council states that most of the reactions to the announcement of the poster were positive and that they have received many messages of support from young people about the new party format>>. They add that they want to express their gratitude to the government team for changing the format of this event. "In the past, the Youth Festival led to an uncontrolled environment" in the past.
Huetor Vega City Council stated that almost a quarter of the negative comments on Facebook are from people who claim they don't live in Huetor Vega. Moreover, and most importantly, these commentsators are not young so they are not targeted.
The government team regrets that some opposition groups are using the issue to gain political gains (some of the 'negative commentators' are active politicians, or were candidates in the last elections). They conclude that "it seems that some parties have already begun the electoral campaign next year for municipal elections."