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A summer of culture in the open air gets under way in Benalmádena

Classical music concerts take place in the Plaza Asturias and La Paloma park.
Classical music concerts take place in the Plaza Asturias and La Paloma park. / SUR
  • Cultura en la Calle Benalmádena will present 25 events that will include jazz, flamenco and classical music

Music and culture lovers will welcome the return of the popular Cultura en la Calle festival, which takes place in Benalmádena throughout July and August.

This cultural extravaganza, now in its third year, is held in some of the most delightful locations in Benalmádena, including the Castillo Bil Bil, La Paloma park and Los Jardines del Muro. Concerts will also be held in the town's squares, such as the picturesque Plaza Austria in Arroyo de la Miel, which will host one of the classical music nights.

The festival will present 25 events including five flamenco recitals, three classical music nights and five jazz concerts.

For the first time, fans of the Cuban boleros can enjoy a concert in the Castillo Bil Bil, while several local blues and rock bands will perform a series of concerts in the Jardines del Muro.

As well as the musical performances, the programme includes a season of summer cinema on the beach of Santa Ana, two theatrical performances and two amateur chess tournaments in La Paloma park.

Other activities include a night of star gazing on the Monte Calamorro, where a huge telescope will offer spectacular views of the coast of Benalmádena and Torremolinos.

The six-week cultural programme will incorporate the Flamenco Festival of Benalmádena, held on the Los Nadales fairground, and the Noche de Cultura. This takes place on Friday 10 August and presents jazz in Arroyo de la Miel, amateur theatre in Benalmádena Pueblo and flamenco on the patio of Castillo Bil Bil.

The festival will be inaugurated on Wednesday 4 July, when Sergio de Lope will perform his spectacular fusion of jazz and flamenco at the Casa de la Cultura in Arroyo de la Miel.

The cultural programme, which is organised by the Benalmádena town hall, has been arranged so as not to coincide with the World Cup Finals in progress at the moment.

The festival has already established itself as the cultural event of the year in Benalmádena and this year's programme is bigger and more varied than those of previous years. All the concerts are free, although capacity is limited in the smaller venues so early arrival is advised.