At Latino, Eddie Pons unveiled a counter-poster for the Nîmes feria… prehistoric!

At Latino, Eddie Pons unveiled a counter-poster for the Nîmes feria… prehistoric!

Swan Soto embrasse Eddie Pons et salue une contre-affiche “très graphique”. MIDI LIBRE – MiKAEL ANISSET

At Latino, Eddie Pons unveiled a counter-poster for the Nîmes feria… prehistoric!

Jonathan Veyrunes et son empègue. MIDI LIBRE – MiKAEL ANISSET

The rain did not dampen the enthusiasm of the fans of this strong pre-feria moment.

There was no shortage of water this Tuesday evening preferably. Neither outside, on the soggy Courbet, nor in the Latino bar, to serve the pastis from the counter-poster. In this feriasque landmark, where the ceremonies to unveil the parody poster of the feria are now held, we were first treated to a lovely introduction by Jonathan Veyrunes. The bullfighter-artist had been chosen to affix the 2024 empègue: a bullfighter in profile greeting his audience, surrounded by a star.

The other bullfighter artist, Swan Soto, was biding his time. Author of the official poster of the feria – a toro on its hind legs turning towards the matador after a pass – he was rather impatient to see the creation of his friend Eddie Pons.

Prehistoric men

"The counter-poster is part of the game. I've known Eddie for 35 years. He followed me when I started as a bullfighter and saw my entire journey." "I really liked this poster and its colors. I felt it straight away,” said Eddie Pons, author of the counter-posters since 2004. Around 7:45 p.m., in a Latino that was always crowded – the rain does not dampen the ardor of the revelers – the counter-poster has been revealed.

In the darkness of a cave decorated with horned beasts, two prehistoric men observe the famous matador making the pass with his standing black toro. "There always has to be one who doesn't do like the others", said one of the two. Applause, cheers in Latin. The 2024 counter-poster is approved. Swan Soto is delighted, the tours start up again and the fanfare starts. Outside, a rainbow appeared.

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