Helen Sijsling (l) and other members of the Nerja Arts Society in 2019 .
Costa societies ready to enjoy an arty new season

Costa societies ready to enjoy an arty new season

The Nerja, Costa del Sol and Benahavís Arts Societies plan lectures, trips, charity events and much more throughout the 2021-22 season


Friday, 1 October 2021, 09:59


The three Arts Societies along the Costa del Sol are resuming a full programme of lectures, events and fundraising activities, with the return to physical meetings for most of the lectures, as well as the option to go 'hybrid' in Nerja.

Jane Norrie, Chair of the Benahavís society, said, "The life of the societies centres round their monthly talks. The range of topics is incredibly diverse with a menu embracing not just visual art, but music, theatre, travel - and even the art of cooking."

The season began in Benahavís on Tuesday when speaker Lucy Hughes Hallett gave a talk on Cleopatra, showing how artists have projected their fantasies onto her; fantasies of exotic danger or erotic bliss.

On a similarly sensual note in mid-October the Costa del Sol and Nerja Societies open their season with a talk entitled Stripped Naked - The Nude in Art. For this first lecture the Costa del Sol will use Zoom while Nerja will offer a hybrid experience with lectures at the Cultural Centre which will also be streamed.

These two societies share lectures, with speakers generally visiting one of the societies one week and the other the following week. Over the next few months, members and visitors alike will have the opportunity to learn about Cleopatra (the same lecture as in Benahavís this week), Dickensian Christmases, Don Quixote and the Vikings' presence in Al Andalus.

As well as the monthly lectures, the societies will also be organising social events such as lunches or trips. Benahavís is planning a finger buffet lunch with a speaker on flamenco in October and following the success of the September new members' coffee morning, Nerja will be hosting another one on 30 November, to which anyone interested in joining the society, and existing members are welcome.

As part of the society's ongoing charity work, On 23 October this year and 27 March 2022, Nerja will be organising music festivals for local children. For the October festival the society is collaborating with organisations including Cáritas and schools in the Vélez-Málaga area and the performance will take place on the bandstand on Torre del Mar's promenade (paseo marítimo). The aim is to attract talented and budding musicians and give them the opportunity to work with professionals.

Helen Sijsling says, "There are several workshops, music, dance and video, and later a performance by the children. Three grants will also be donated to go to the Torre del Mar music conservatory and we are putting together a 'lending library' of musical instruments for the children to use."

For more information about the societies contact Benahavis:,, Costa del Sol: ch.costadelsol@theartssociety, www., Nerja:,, De la Frontera:,

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