Spring is in the air and Gibraltar plans to celebrate in style

Many festival activities will take place in the atmospheric Casemates Square.
Many festival activities will take place in the atmospheric Casemates Square. / SUR
  • Food, music, dance, art, fashion, sport, visits and fundraising events, just part of the Rock's Spring Festival in May and June

May is just around the corner and so is Gibraltar's Spring Festival, which kicks off on May Day and continues until 23 June.

Many of the activities will be taking place in Casemates Square, including live music and dance performances, family fun days, classic and vintage car rallies, arts and crafts markets, and of course the famous 'Calentita' food and street party festival which is held to celebrate Gibraltar's multi-cultural community and will take place this year during the evening of Saturday 23 June.

The festival programme is extensive and varied, with events and activities in numerous venues around the Rock.

Art lovers will undoubtedly want to make a note of an exhibition by Patricia Lombard at the Fine Arts Gallery from 7 to 23 May, the Heritage Trust annual painting competition in Irish Town on Saturday 12th, 'Turner versus Constable: The Great British Paint-Off' at the Garrison Library on Wednesday 16 May, the Spring Visual Art Exhibition at the Gustavo Bacarisas Gallery from 23 May to 2 June, 'Still Dancing Under The Shadows', a multimedia Fine Art exhibition by Ambrose Avellano at the same gallery which begins on 14 June, and exhibitions at the Mario Finlayson National Art Gallery in John Mackintosh Square and 'GEMA', the Gibraltar Exhibition for Modern Art at Montagu Bastion in Line Wall Road.

Nor will music lovers be forgotten at the Spring Festival, with A Celebration of Opera at the Convent Ballroom on Wednesday 9 May, 'Zarzuela - Gigantes y Cabezudos' at the John Mackintosh Hall Theatre on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 May at 8pm, the International Song Festival at the Tercentenary Sports Hall on Saturday 2 June and the World Music Festival from 19 to 21 June.

For those who like something a bit different, Gibraltar International Comic Con takes place from 4 to 6 May, the Royal Naval Field Gun Display will be in John Mackintosh Square on Saturday 5 May from 10am to 3pm, the Gibraltar Museum will be holding its Open Day on Saturday 19 May and on the same day the famous Med Steps 5 Challenge will take place to raise funds for Cancer Relief.

These are just a few of the events to look forward to during the Spring Festival. The full programme can be obtained from the Gibraltar Ministry of Culture.