The Arts Societies Costa del Sol and Benahavís shared a joint celebration of the society's 50th Anniversary in the ballroom of the Gran Hotel Benahavís last Thursday afternoon.
Around 100 members took part in the event which was given the name Golden Memories and a number of people dressed up in 1960s attire. “Many members dressed in the style of the sixties, either as the elegant ladies who founded Nadfas or as hippies from the counter culture,” explained Jane Norrie from the Costa del Sol society.
Part of the programme reflected on the beginnings of the Costa del Sol Society, the first local branch of what was then Nadfas (the UK's National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies), which was established in Spain in 1988. The event went on to show how the society and indeed life in Spain has changed since then and also since the 1960s, when the first Nadfas society was founded in the Chilterns, England, by Patricia Fay in 1968.
Fifty years on and the society has 385 branches and 90,000 members worldwide, Norrie explained. Of the 15 societies in Europe, seven are in Spain. The first was started in Fuengirola 30 years ago by Sue Brodie and the newest was established in Javea, Alicante, two years ago. To take it forward into the next fifty years and make its purpose clearer, Nadfas adopted a new name, The Arts Society, and logo, in 2017.
Branches along the Costa del Sol will be celebrating in different ways throughout the year and each will contribute selected artwork to an international exhibition being held in London later this year to mark the occasion.
The Nerja branch has recently selected a piece, in the form of a bench designed by Cómpeta-based Dutch artist and owner of Galería Luz de la Vida, Lieuwke Loth, which will be sent to the London exhibition.