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Healing arts beach festival

Dancing on the beach at a previous edition of the festival.
Dancing on the beach at a previous edition of the festival. / SUR
  • The Festival Arte Sano will offer something for everyone, including live music, dance and fitness classes, natural health workshops, food stalls and activities for children

The Festival Arte Sano, one of the most popular summer festivals on the Costa del Sol, will celebrate its fourteenth edition on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July. Held on the Playa La Salida beach in San Pedro de Alcántara, this is one of the largest alternative free festivals on the coast, establishing itself as a showcase for contemporary artistic expression.

The healing arts festival will offer something for everyone, including live music, dance and fitness classes, natural health workshops, food stalls and activities for children.

The main stage will feature top DJs and local musicians, offering a mix of international music. Saturday's concerts include popular roots reggae singer, Jens Malling; two-tone favourites, Mentally Ska'd; and Madrid rhythm and blues band, Papawanda. Sunday will present a mixture of rock and roll performed by Jonne Surfer, while Malaga's Mitad Doble will deliver their personal style of funk-rock.

A wide variety of workshops and classes will offer advice on healthy lifestyles and diets, with an emphasis on locally-grown organic food. An alternative market will promote environmentally-friendly products, like craft beers from a local artisan brewery, natural cosmetics, hand-crafted wooden toys and musical instruments and an array of clothing and accessories made from recycled products.

There will also be yoga, salsa, Bollywood and oriental dance lessons, and reiki classes, a hands-on healing process through which a universal energy is transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.

The festival is organised by Eco Passion, a San Pedro-based organisation that aims to make a difference to the future of the planet by reducing the use of plastic, minimise waste and encourage others to make changes to their daily habits.

The organisation is also working towards improving recycling facilities and raising awareness on the importance of environmental issues.

For more information, see www.festivalartesano.com