Flamenco Fashion Parade in Sabinillas

Manilva’s Tourism Department, headed by Councillor Francisco Becerra, is putting the final touches to the Flamenco Fashion Parade to be held in Plaza Vicente Espinel, Sabinillas on Thursday 30 July.

On display will be some of the finest flamenco fashion from some of the top designers in the area, including Pepi Alonso who will be displaying the latest dresses and accessories.

The show begins at 9 pm and all residents and visitors alike are invited to attend.

Flamenco Fashion Show

Virgen del Carmen 2015

Virgen del Carmen

Thursday, July 16 is the celebration of the Virgen del Carmen, the Patron Saint of fishermen and sailors.

Tradition has it that the Carmelite monks, who inhabited the slopes of Mount Carmel and worshipped the Virgin Mary who had appeared there in a vision, were forced to flee by a Saracen invasion force. During this eviction the Virgin appeared to them again and promised to be their ‘Star of the Sea’ and to guide them to safety.

Since then she has been the patron saint of mariners and, as such, the Virgen del Carmen is revered amongst the local fishing communities of southern Spain .

Virgen del Carmen is celebrated by the fishing communities in Sabinillas and Castillo. The Virgen del Carmen is Castillo de la Duquesa’s Patron Saint and on her feast day – the 16th July – her images are placed on board the local fishing boats in two separate ceremonies: the first off the beach at Sabinillas amongst much pomp and ceremony (this can be quite a ‘hairy’ operation, especially if the sea is a bit lively); and the second in the Port of Duquesa. The two boats bearing the Virgens, along with with a flotilla of fishing and pleasure craft, then parade up and down the coast from the Salt Tower to Chullera before disembarking in Sabinillas and the marina at Puerto de la Duquesa to be borne back back to her place of honour in the churches at Sabinillas and Castillo respectively.

If the sea is too rough, particularly during strong easterly winds, the Sabinillas ‘Virgen’ will be paraded along the beach rather than taken to sea and the Castillo ‘Virgen’ will remain in Duquesa Port.

Virgen del Carmen Duquesa

Programme 2015 


5.00 pm – Ceremony to award the medals to the new members of the Brotherhood.

6.00 pm – A mass will be held at the parrish church in Castillo after which the procession will proceed to Duquesa where the Virgen will be placed on the chosen boat and then paraded up and down the coast accompanied by the rest of the ‘fleet’.

10 pm – Live music in the El Huerto Park next to the Castle until the early hours of the morning.


12 noon – A mass will be held in the ‘Fishermen’s Square’ in Sabinillas, followed by a musical performance by the “Aires de Mar” choir. There will also be a ceremony to crown the Virgen del Carmen Queen and Ladies in Waiting. Later in the afternoon at around 7 pm (ish) the statue of the Virgen will be carried to the beach in Sabinillas where it is placed on a fishing boat.

In the evening there will be entertainment with music and dancing into the early hours of the morning.

Manilva’s Dance Schools performing this weekend

This weekend Manilva’s Municipal Dance Schools celebrate the end of their academic year with performances in the Manilva Wine Centre Theatre and in Parque del Duque in Sabinillas.

From 9 pm on Friday 3 July you can enjoy performances of Flamenco and Modern Dance by the Eva Cabrera School at the CIVIMA wine centre theatre next to the fire station in Manilva. There will also be performances by special guests.

On Sunday 5 July the action switches to Parque del Duque in Sabinillas from 9.30 pm it is the turn of the Cristina Seguín Dance School who will perform various dance styles including Bulerias and Fandangos, etc.

Entry is free to both events.

Flamenco in Manilva

Casares Performing Arts Festival to be held on July 10 and 11

Artes Escenicas in Casares

On the Friday 10 and Saturday 11 July the town of Casares will become a mecca for lovers of the theatre and performing arts.

Over the two days various corners of the historic town centre will be turned into stages with performances of theatre, dance, acrobatics, living statues, and parades.

Completing the programme of activities will be an arts and crafts market in the streets between the town’s two main squares, Paseo de la Carrera and the Plaza de España.

Artes Escenicas Programme

Arte Sano showcasing the alternative Andalucia

After the success of previous editions of Arte Sano, the organisers are planning another festival on the beautiful sea front in San Pedro Alcantara for 25 and 26 July, 2015, from 11 am to midnight. “We had a very successful event there last year for an excellent weekend full of activities and music,” say the organisation. “This year we will be bringing the colourful world of alternative Andalucía to life for another weekend for all the family.” A diverse mix of classes, workshops and talks on subjects ranging from personal development to natural health, spirituality and the environment are on offer and all for free.

The ‘Peace tent’ will host many of these talks, as well as the classes in the open air in the gardens and activities on the beach. children are always an important part of the event and this year they will be well catered for in their own dedicated area with theatre, games and crafts, while the grown ups can enjoy concerts by some of the coast’s favourite artists, with some familiar faces from last year.

A market extends along the sea front full of artisans, natural products, therapists, art and healthy food for the visitors to enjoy. Apart from the main stage, the event includes a special salsa space, dance and movement stage and an area for sustainable technology where visitors can see how solar ovens, ram pumps and dehydrators work. The stage is set for a fantastic weekend in July 2015 on the San Pedro sea front.

Arte Sano poster 2015

CANCELLED Concert – The Golden Age of Spanish Pop


Enjoy the “The Golden Age of Spanish Pop” with a concert by some of the top names from that era including: Modestia Aparte, Jordi Sánches (of the band OBK), Miguel Costas (from Siniestro Total), Nacho Campillo (singer from Tam Tam Go) and Dylan Ferrero, from the group Taxi.

Top Spanish pop covers band Sótano Sur will also be performing on the night.

Organised by EG Events in collaboration with Manilva’s Youth Department the concert will be held on July 4 at the San Luis school in Sabinillas. Doors open 8 pm and concert begins at 10 pm.

Tickets are 20 € in advance or 23 € on the door and are available from: Pub Morey in Manilva; Pub TJ in Sabinillas; Musisol in Estepona; Radio Andalucía in La Línea; Discos Grammy in Algeciras and Mesón La Ermita in Algatocín. Tickets can also be purchased on line at www.playticket.net.

Golden Age of Spanish Pop

Manilva School of Music end of course concert

Manilva’s Municipal School of Music celebrates the end of the 2014-2015 course with concert in Manilva’s Plaza de Orfeo, above the police station in Manilva, on Friday 19 June, from 8 pm.

There will be performances by various musicians, groups, and bands during the concert with the School’s “El Sexto Sonido” band rounding off the evening.

Prior to that, on Wednesday 17 June, there will be auditions in the Wine Centre theatre for students who wish to perform in Friday’s concert.

There will be a bar available for refreshments with all profits going towards the Manilva Town Band’s musical exchange in Holland.

Manilva School of Music

Duquesa Drama Society perform ‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’

Duquesa Drama Society

Duquesa Drama Society proudly present the play ‘Love, Loss, and What I Wore’ an intimate collection of stories by Nora and Delia Ephron, which they will perform at the Manilva Wine Centre Theatre on 12 and 13June, from 8 pm.

Directed by Angela Ferguson, who recently won the award for best newcomer in the recent navy drama festival in Gibraltar for her portrayal of Ann Boleyn in the Regina monologues, this is the society’s first production, with plans to stage a Christmas pantomime and other productions later in the year.

Tickets are just 5 euros and are available from The Bookshop, Sabinillas. A percentage of the ticket money will go to The Duquesa Charitable Society of St George.

If you are interested in joining the group either as an actor or backstage, such as costume making, set building, sound and lighting, musicians, and so on then call Gareth on 686 823 555.

The group are also looking for sponsors, so if you fancy being a patron to the arts then once again call Gareth on the above number.

Semana Santa in Manilva and Sabinillas

Semana Santa Manilva

During Easter week, which begins on Sunday 29 March, towns and cities across Spain celebrate the story of Christ through a number of services and processions. Manilva celebrates a number of these Semana Santa processions in both Manilva town and Sabinillas.

Here is the programme of processions for this year’s Semana Santa Easter celebrations in Manilva and Sabinillas.

Manilva Processions – 2015

Palm Sunday – March 29

11 am. Blessing of the palms in the Iglesia Santa Ana church, Manilva.

12 noon. La Borriquita – Procession through the streets of Manilva.

Holy Tuesday – March 31

From 9 pm the Iglesia Santa Ana church hosts Manilva’s “IX Noche de Exaltación a la Saeta” celebrating the traditional processional songs or ‘Saeta’.

Holy Wednesday – April 1

11.00 pm Via Crucis procession starts from the church and proceeds through Calle Cuartel and El Camino del Calvario.

Maundy Thursday – April 2

8.00 pm Mass in the the church.

11.00 pm Procession of Jesus of Nazareth.

Good Friday – April 3

5.00 pm Adoration of the Cross at the Church.

6.00 pm Procession of “Santo Entierro” and Ntra Sra de los Dolores”.

12 midnight Procession “De la Soledad”. This procession is undertaken in strict silence.

Holy Saturday – April 4

11.00 pm Blessing of the Flame in the church atrium and the Easter vigil.

Easter Sunday – April 5

12 noon Holy mass in the Church followed at 1 pm by the procession of the “Santisimo Cristo Resucitado” and the “Santisima Virgen del Rosario A.M.D.G.”

Sabinillas Processions – 2015

Semana Santa in Sabinillas

Palm Sunday – March 29

12.30 pm. Blessing of the Palms in the Plaza Costa del Sol (fishermen’s square) Sabinillas followed by mass in the San Luis de Sabinillas church.

Holy Thursday – April 2

6.00 pm. Mass at the church, Sabinillas

10.00 pm. Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession

Plaza de la Iglesia
Calle Marques de Larios
Calle Picasso
Calle Duquesa de Arcos
La Colonia

Good Friday – April 3

4.00 pm. Adoration of the Cross in the church, Sabinillas

9.30 pm. Procession of “Cristo del Amor” and “Ntra Sra del los Dolores”

Plaza de la Colonia
Calle Duquesa de Arcos
Calle  Raimundo Buergera
Calle Picasso
Calle Marques de Larios
Plaza de la Iglesia

Saturday, April 4

9.00 pm. Easter vigil in the church, Sabinillas

Easter Sunday – April 5

11.00 am. Mass at the church, Sabinillas

Christmas Flamenco evening

Manilva’s Cultural Department in collaboration with the Manilva Flamenco Association is organising a Christmas Flamenco Evening this Friday, 12 December, at the Manilva Wine Centre Theatre from 9 pm.

Among the performers will be Ana Fargas and her group comprising Paco Javier Jimeno on guitar, Zuri on bass and vocals, along with David Quirós on piano.

They will be accompanied by the Manilva Parranda performing Spanish Christmas Carols and other traditional festive music.

Tickets are free but you are encouraged to reserve your seat in advance at the Culture offices in Plaza Martin Carpena in Manilva, or the Edificio Usos Multiples in Sabinillas.