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Noche en Blanco: Museums, monuments and music late into the night

Calle Larios filled during last year's edition.
Calle Larios filled during last year's edition. / Ñito Salas
  • The biggest cultural event of the year this Saturday comprises some 182 activities, workshops and concerts across the city of Malaga

The biggest cultural event of the year, the city-wide La Noche En Blanco, will this Saturday include 182 activities, workshops and concerts, many of them at Malaga's museums and monuments. The majority are free but some of them need prior booking and collection of tickets.

Anyone wanting to see the city's Alcazaba can do so by collecting a ticket for the guided nightime tour from the reception of the fortress from 8am today, Friday.

One of the more unusual opportunities during Noche en Blanco is some stargazing with Astroándalus which will be installing a portable planetarium (the largest in Spain) in the Plaza de la Merced. Entry is free from 9pm but must be booked first by email (info@astroandalus.com). Along the same lines is the giant

Classroom of the Sky in Plaza Alemania with a 4K screen and sound. Again, entry is free but you must first sign up (www.auladelcielo.es).

Two of Malaga's most famous cemeteries will be introducing some of the most important figures of city's past with guided visits. Reservations to see the Cementario Histórico San Miguel can be reserved by email (sanmiguel@parcemasa.es) while places for a tour of the English Cemetery can be reserved at the cemetery office.

Outside the city centre, but bound to be extremely popular, is a special beer tasting (with tapas) and beer-making workshop at the San Miguel factory next to Malaga Sirport. Book early to get a place (www.sanmiguel.es).

The youngsters are not forgotten either with a special musical trip though different countries with Novaschool in Calle Los Negros (0- 3 years. Call 951100096), or a painting and music workshop in Mavega Centro Infantil, Calle Elena Soriano (2-14 years. Reserve a place by email: info@mavego.es or call 664273260).

There is also a children's workshop at the Museum of Malaga which will present 'Malaka' during the times of the Phoenicians and Romans. Email (visitas.museomalaga.ccul@ juntadeandalucia.es) to register and include 'Nochecita en Blanco' in the subject line.

There are many more places to visit and the Russian museum, MUPAM, the Centre Pompidou, Museo Picasso Málaga and Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga all have special events and free or reduced access.

Click here for the full programme.