For the twelfth consecutive year, the Festival of Three Cultures in Frigiliana got under way on Thursday and will be on until Sunday. It is one of the most hotly-anticipated events in the Axarquía and all happens in the town that boasts some of the world’s best preserved Arabic architecture.
At the heart of the celebration is the peaceful coexistence of three of the most important religions and cultures in the world during the Middle Ages - Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
The event started on Thursday with the opening of the Three Cultures market, which is bigger than in previous years. The grand opening also included a spectacular firework display on the Plaza del Ingenio. Around 20 minutes of fireworks synchronised to music were watched by thousands of residents and visitors alike. The spectacle was also shown on a giant screen from the Antigua Casa de los Condes de Frigiliana.
Film showings, conferences, workshops, children’s activities, a Medieval market, theatre and live music make up the activities during the four days of the festival.
The famous tapas route is one of the highlights of the festival, with twenty local establishments taking part. Organisers expect that more than 25,000 tapas will be served over the four-day celebration and a T-shirt will be given to those who complete the route.
Two stages - a smaller one located in the Antigua Casa del Apero, and the main stage on the Plaza de las Tres Culturas - saw a performance by the musician Jorge Pardo who opened the festival on Thursday and Ethnos Atramo and Balkan Paradise Orchestra will perform tonight, Friday. Síria en Mí and Barmer Boys form Saturday’s lineup and closing this year’s festival will be Spanish singer, Estrella Morente. Around 35,000 people are expected to attend the festival over the four days, exceeding previous records.