Árchez celebrates its European diversity

The mayor of Árchez, Mari Carmen Moreno, presenting the cultural week.
The mayor of Árchez, Mari Carmen Moreno, presenting the cultural week. / SUR
  • British, French and German residents make up a large part of the foreign community in the town, which will be celebrating its inaugural Residents' Day on Friday

The small town of Árchez in the Axarquía is holding its first Residents’ Day on Friday 16 June, dedicated to its foreign population. The event forms part of a cultural week which comes to an end on Saturday.

The total population of the village, which is situated north of Cómpeta, is 426, according to the latest census, of which 133 are foreign residents. The largest foreign community is British, followed by French, German, Finnish and Danish.

“Our intention is to increase the number of days specifically for other groups that make up our population,” said the mayor of Árchez, Mari Carmen Moreno, speaking at a press conference earlier this week.

From 12pm on Friday a street market will be open selling typical products from the countries represented as well as free beer for participants and from 7pm there will be performances from bands Banditits and Money Makers on the Avenida de Andalucía.

The cultural week will draw to a close on Saturday with a mass to mark Corpus Christi as well as activities around the town, including music and dancing.

“We are inviting our neighbours from the Axarquía and from Malaga province to come and see what our town has to offer,” said Moreno.

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