The Folkloric Group “Valdemedel” is originally from Ribera del Fresno, province of Badajoz (Extremadura), being founded in 1983 by the masters and folklorists Don Juan Antonio Gallardo Alvarez and Don José Joaquín Masa Romero.
It is part of the “Meléndez Valdés” Cultural Association and is a founding member of the Extremadura Federation of Folklore.
At present it is made up of fifty young people, in its double aspect: instrumental and dances. It also has a Children’s School of Folklore, with its own group, from whose members the group is nourished over the years.
It presents a variety of the most representative costumes of Tierra de Barros, highlighting the feminine for the embroidery of the area and the masculine for their leather leggings, having incorporated the manila shawl in his wardrobe. It also shows the faena costume, of cheerful colors.
Important has been the research of popular songs and dances of Extremadura made by the Group, fruit of the same are the Jotas del Romero and Weddings, Valverde de Burguillos, Casas de Don Pedro and Villafranca de los Barros, which are interpreted by the Group in all its performances, in addition to a varied repertoire of Alta and Baja Extremadura..
En sus treinta y seis años de existencia, son más de seiscientas las actuaciones realizadas, la mayor parte de ellas por pueblos y ciudades extremeñas, en actos culturales y fiestas patronales. También destaca su participación en festivales folklóricos, tales como los de Fregenal de la Sierra, los Festivales Autonómicos de la Federación Extremeña de Folklore, Festivales Folklóricos del día de Extremadura en Trujillo y Guadalupe, así como en los actos en la Exposición Universal de Sevilla,…
In its thirty-six years of existence, there are more than six hundred performances, most of them by towns and cities of Extremadura, in cultural events and festivals. It also participates in folkloric festivals, such as Fregenal de la Sierra, t Festivales Autonómicos de la Federación Extremeña de Folklore, Folkloric Festivals of the day of Extremadura in Trujillo and Guadalupe, as well as in the acts in the Universal Exposition of Seville,…
Every year he participates in the Guías de Actividades Culturales of the Department of Culture of the Regional Government of Extremadura and the Provincial Council of Badajoz. He has taken part in the contest GENTE JOVEN (YOUNG PEOPLE) of Spanish Television and has recorded a cassette tape of the Series CANTES DEL PUEBLO, with the most important part of his repertoire.
He is known outside the Autonomous Community of Extremadura, having performed in the Balearic Islands, Madrid, Aragon, Galicia, Andalusia, Asturias, Valencia, Castilla la Mancha, Murcia, Catalonia, Euskadi, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla – León,…, as well as in International Folklore Festivals in Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Sardinia, Turkey, Greece, Poland and Cuba.