The Bullfighting School returns and the tradition of exhibiting bulls is recovered




The Community of Madrid and the City Council of the capital have today signed a collaboration agreement that will allow the
José Cubero ‘Yiyo’ Bullfighting School
move its facilities to Venta del Batán, where the promising young bullfighters will be able to receive theoretical and practical training.

“Bulls are right now an expression of freedom, compared to those who persecute the Fiesta, oppress it, silence it or prohibit it,” said the Minister of the Presidency, Justice and the Interior, Enrique Lopez, during the signing of the agreement with the Culture delegate of the Madrid City Council, Andrea Levy.

This commitment also includes specific measures to protect and defend the Bullfight as a cultural heritage in the city of Madrid and implies the ratification, continuation and development of the Protocol for the Protection and Defense of Bullfighting that was signed in July 2020 by the regional president, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, and the mayor of the capital, José Luis Martínez-Almeida, they report in a press release.

Enrique López and Andrea Levy sign an agreement in the presence of Miguel Abellán
Enrique López and Andrea Levy sign an agreement in the presence of Miguel Abellán

López added that both the Community and the City Council “are two administrations deeply committed to bullfighting”, and that “justice is now being done with the historic facilities of the Sale of the Batán, after the sad closure of the bullfighting school decreed in 2015 by the previous Madrid Municipal Corporation ».

The agreement signed today means that, after the closure of the municipal bullfighting school Martial Lalanda In 2015, Venta del Batán once again had activity as a bullfighting school, now with the students of the José Cubero Yiyo Regional School, which currently has more than 60 students, between men and women, aged between 8 and 22 years.

In addition to the Yiyo, there are currently five other schools in the region for future promises of bullfighting: the Arganda del Rey Bullfighting School, El Juli Foundation; Navas del Rey Bullfighting School; Bullfighting School of Colmenar Viejo Miguel Cancela; Bullfighting School of Anchuelo; and the Cultural Association Bullfighting Tradition of Valdemorillo.

Cattle exhibition

The agreement also includes the use of sleeves and pens by the Community of Madrid, in the Venta del Batán itself, for the ranch of bulls, steers and hats before your transfer to the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas. These cattle may be exposed to the public during the months of March to October of each bullfighting season. In this way, the complex located in the Casa de Campo de Madrid recovers a tradition that contributes to the cultural and tourist dissemination of this art, well of cultural interest, since the cattle that are fought in Las Ventas will be exposed to the general public in La Sale.

It also includes the participation of the City Council of the capital in the jury of the San Isidro Fair awards and recognition of the institutional presence of the City Council of the capital in Las Ventas, with the reopening of its box in the arena from Madrid. Likewise, the City Council will once again include the San Isidro Bullfighting Fair and bullfighting acts in its cultural programming. And the annual placement of the commemorative tile to the bravest bull of the San Isidro Fair in the mayorales patio of Venta del Batán.

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