The Festival de las Culturas gives Torremolinos the chance to demonstrate its cosmopolitan nature this weekend. The multicultural festival, which will bring together 14 countries from four continents, will present folklore shows, traditional arts and crafts and a variety of gastronomy representative of the numerous nationalities that reside in Torremolinos.
A colourful street parade featuring all participating countries will leave the Plaza Costa del Sol at midday on Saturday (tomorrow).
Italy, Morocco, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Thailand, Uruguay, Germany and Cuba are among the countries participating in the four-day festival, which began on Thursday and continues until Sunday 17 June.
The individual stands will be vibrantly decorated in the participating country's colours and will offer a wide range of sample dishes, including fragrant curries, barbecued meats and vegetarian cuisine. There will also be American style food trucks selling beef burgers, hot dogs and popcorn.
Visitors can enjoy a large bar and seated area shaded by 1,000 colourful umbrellas.
Sculptures by local artists of world landmarks such as Big Ben, The Eiffel Tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Statue of Liberty, will be on display in the square throughout the festival.
A small street market will offer a variety of exotic goods, while live music and dance performances will continue throughout the day and night on the main bandstand.
These will include opera, flamenco, Cuban jazz, Argentine tango, Romanian folk music, Turkish tribal dance and Mexican ballet.
The festival, which is organised by Torremolinos town hall, begins each day at 1pm and continues until midnight.
Torremolinos is home to more than 150 nationalities and the foreign residents make up 25 per cent of the population of the town.
More information can be found on the town hall website: www.torremolinos.es