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Manilva celebrates its mix of cultures

International residents line up last year.
International residents line up last year. / SUR
  • The popular event will see 25 different nationalities put up colourful stands around the historic castle to showcase their country's gastronomy, culture and music

Five thousand people are expected to attend the 13th annual International Day at Castillo de la Duquesa this Saturday.

The popular event will see 25 different nationalities put up colourful stands around the historic castle to showcase their country's gastronomy, culture and music. During the lively event, scores of performances will also take place from the different nationalities, local schools and entertainers.

Dean Shelton, councillor of Foreign Affairs at Manilva council, told SUR in English: "This is one of the most important events in our calendar for the Foreign Residents Department. It's multicultural and there will be plenty going on throughout the day to cater for all tastes. Like most years we expect thousands of people to attend over the day and we're hoping for our biggest year yet.

"This year we will also be handing over some trophies to members of the foreign community who have gone above and beyond to help out in their community over the past few years."

Countries represented at the event will include: Brazil, Ukraine, the United States, Russia, England, Ireland, Cuba, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Paraguay, Morocco, Thailand, Bangladesh and Romania.

During the event, an International Family Day event will run simultaneously at Huerto Park next to the castle from 1pm to 8pm. This will feature bouncy castles, workshops, games, singing and dances.

At 10pm inside the historic castle there will also be a performance from Iván Gonzalo, a Michael Jackson tribute singer.

Manilva, which includes Puerto de la Duquesa, Sabinillas and Castillo de la Duquesa, has some 16,000 residents, of which 42 per cent are foreigners.

Organised by the Foreign Residents Department in Manilva, the event is designed to bring the various communities living in the town together.

The International Day starts at 12.30am and ends at midnight.