JACKSON, Mississippi — Real bullfighting is coming to Jackson in December, though in this exhibition the bull lives to fight another day. Of course, the matadors enjoy no such guarantee.
The inaugural Mississippi Bullfighting exhibition is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Kirk Fordice Equine Center, next to the Jackson Coliseum. The event will showcase traditional bullfighting as seen in Mexico and Spain, and will feature internationally known, professional award- winning toreros and matadors Alberto Valente and Alberto “El Cuate” Espinoza of Mexico.
This exhibition is the first ever public bullfighting event presented in Mississippi. While a cultural tradition in Spain and Latin American countries such as Mexico, Ecuador, Venezuela, Spain, and Portugal, bullfighting is relatively unheard of in the United States.
While traditional bullfighting ends in the killing of the bull in the arena (except in Portugal that is illegal), this exhibition will not end in the bulls’ death, promoters say.
While the bulls will not be in danger, this exhibition is still a dangerous event with matadors placing themselves in harm’s way at all times. This event is intended to showcase a culturally important tradition of a growing segment of Mississippi’s population.
General admission tickets are $25 for ages 6 and up and are available at Ticketmaster.com, at the Coliseum box office and at the door the day of the event. Admission is free for children 5 and under.