The Madrid regional premier, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, has announced the return of the traditional ferias de toros in time for the festival of San Isidro that was missed last year, due to the pandemic lockdown.
Visiting Madrid’s great taurin citadel of Las Ventas to commemorate the matador,Victor Barrio, who was tragically killed in a bullfight in 2016 in the town of Teruel, the regional head also announced that the Madrid government would be providing financial support to allow for bullfights to return to 18 Madrid municipalities.
In total some 3 million Euros will be allocated to allow for the return of los toros to small towns and villages in the region with populations of under 8,000 inhabitants.
The funds will go to supporting the industry which provide thousands of jobs in the region’s 64 breeding farms, 39 bullrings and 5 bullfighting schools.
The total amounts to three times what was available during last year’s bullfighting season which was decimated by the pandemic lockdown.
Speaking at the commemoration Diaz Ayuso said that the this was a “critical moment” for the recovery of the industry and continued that she would be its “champion defender of its cultural place.”
Earlier the Vistalgre bullring announced for one its most high profile ferias in recent years with the celebration of 9 corridas for San Isidro with the expected participation of such greats as Enrique Ponce, Morante de la Puebla, El Juli, Manzanares and El Fandi between the 13th and 23rd May.
Due to the ongoing health protocols the maximum attendance will be set at 50% of it’s indoor capacity.