The Madrid regional premier, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, and Madrid Mayor, José Luis Martínez-Almeida were both in attendance for the presentation gala of the San Isidro Feria fight card calendar that will make up Madrid’s 2023 bullfighting season in May.
Ayuso told the guests that the regional government will take care of bullfighting, “which is tradition, but also future”. “Madrid is bullfighting. because it is free, because she is happy and because she is cultured. Because it is Spain.”
Ayuso also announced that Madrid’s regional public broadcaster Telemadrid, “will once again broadcast the bulls for San Isidro”. The ferias will be broadcast live for 14 of the most important fights including that of the 2nd May celebrating Madrid’s Dos De Mayo Festival.
She told guests at the presentation galas that as premier she does not ” have the right to impose the type of society that has to live among us, much less to transform it, as so many claim. I was elected by the people of Madrid in a region that It has the honour of hosting the first bullring in the world”.
” I have the obligation to respect, promote and deliver to the new generations a cultural heritage”, he pointed out, adding that it is a heritage ” she continued.
The Feria of San Isidro at Madrid’s Las Ventas Bullfighting Arena is one of the most important in the country and brings together some of the leading Toro Bravo bullbreeding farms with the finest Matadors in the world.
Opened in 1931, the 25,000 capacity bullring also houses Madrid’s Bullfighting Museum, which details some of the legendary fights that the stadium has seen in its 90 years of history.
The feria named in honour of Madrid’s Patron Saint, San Isidro, whose feast day falls on the 15th May.
This year the Feria runs from 1st May until 4th June and includes some 29 bullfights with such renowned Matadors as El Juli and Roca Rey.
Over 600,000 spectators are expected in Madrid’ s taurin collesseum for this year’s festival.