The Andalucía Performing Arts Society (TAPAS) has announced its plans to host series of post-lockdown fundraising events over the coming months. Like all associations, societies and charities along the coast, raising funds has been particularly hard this year, especially with the restrictions placed on the performing arts. Generating income to cover costs has also been a challenge, and so the Coín-based amateur theatrical group, which was founded in 2004, has come up with a series of innovative fundraising ideas.
The programme of events will kick off with a fashion show, which will be held in the gardens of El Postillon in Alhaurín el Grande on Saturday 26 September. The group decided to part with some of its wardrobe to generate funds and to reduce ongoing storage costs. The show starts at 4pm, when members and friends will model a wide range of designer wear, along with more everyday items like hats, shoes and scarves for both men and women.
Tickets cost three euros and include entry to a raffle. There will also be live entertainment, supplied by the TAPAS choir, and a hog roast. Places will be limited, so early reservations are advised. All proceeds will be divided between a local animal charity, which is yet to be decided, and Un Sí por la Vida, a local charity that cares for cancer sufferers.
Steve Short, the group's publicity officer, told SUR in English that there could also be a few special surprises, although he was not at liberty to discuss any details until final preparations had been confirmed.
"We are getting ready for the fashion show, which will be our first public engagement since the lockdown was enforced. A lot of preparation has gone into the event. We will have a catwalk and our models will be offering some beautiful dinner suits, evening wear and cocktail dresses, all of which have been donated to the group over the years."
As well as getting ready for the fashion show, the company is currently planning its winter fair, and a special Christmas production, which will be held in the municipal theatre in Cártama at the end of November.
Steve is also hoping that the choir will be able to perform at the Royal British Legion's Remembrance Day service in Coín again this year, although, as he points out, "We will have to follow the advice and guidelines issued by the local government, but they have not made a decision about this yet."