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Hi guys! I´d like to start this, my new year message, by wishing all of our friends and the many fans and followers of MarbellaAzul.com a happy and prosperous 2017.

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Marbella News

Faster Public Wi-Fi in Marbella

After an unsuccessful pilot scheme last year, the Council have now said there will be more Wi-Fi areas in Marbella. The previous scheme was criticized for being too slow but, having done a new deal with a new supplier, this should now be a thing of the past.

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Art & Culture

“Equitana” exhibition at Benezra Gallery

Anna Louise Andersen

We were delighted to receive an invitation to the opening of the new “Equitana” exhibition at the Benezra Gallery in Benahavis on Thursday 30 March. Roz was involved with horses from an early age and she was really looking forward to an evening dedicated to these wonderful animals. The exhibition is open to the public from 31 March to 30 April.

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Art & Culture

“Objects of Desire” exhibition at Kasser Rassu

The Kasser Rassu Gallery on Marbella’s “Golden Mile” invited art lovers to the opening of their latest exhibition by L E Art Côtier entitled “Objects of Desire” on Friday 26 August. As usual, MarbellaAzul.com was there to find out what it was all about and provide images of some of the art on display.

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Art & Culture

“Urban Collectives” exhibition at Kasser Rassu

We were once again delighted to be invited to the Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella to see their “Urban Collectives” exhibition. This is a collection of works by three very different artists, which has been put together by the Benezra Art Investments & Consultancy. It is certainly worth a visit!

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Art & Culture

José González Bueno at Kasser Rassu

Nos emocionamos cuando descubrimos que José González Bueno iba a realizar una exposición de su obra titulada “Acuarelas únicas hiperrealistas” en la maravillosa Galería Kasser Rassu de Marbella del 1 al 29 de febrero de 2016.

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Art & Culture

Beryl Cook exhibition at Museo Ralli in Marbella

The Museo Ralli in Marbella is currently exhibiting the work of English artist Beryl Cook. Beryl Cook was born in Surrey in 1926, but she lived in Plymouth in the south west of England for much of her life and she died there in May 2008. She started painting relatively late using her son’s paint set!

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Art & Culture

Kasser Rassu celebrates 6 amazing years

The Kasser Rassu Gallery celebrated its 6th anniversary in true Marbella style on Friday 20 November. Kasser Rassu has brought us so much pleasure over the last six years with featured artists from all over the world. And this year has been particularly interesting.

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Art & Culture

“Urban Beauty” at Kasser Rassu Marbella

The Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella is currently showing Kathrina Rupit’s “Urban Beauty” exhibition in association with Benezra Art Investment. Kathrina Rupit is originally from Mexico. but after a period of travelling, she established herself in Dublin, Ireland.

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Art & Culture

Sandra Meiland exhibition in Marbella

“Farbreisen”, an exhibition presenting the work of Sandra Meiland, opened on Friday 18 September at the Kasser Rassu Gallery here on Marbella´s Golden Mile – opposite the Marbella Club. The exhibition will run until Wednesday 14 October.

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Art & Culture

Alexandra Spyratos at Kasser Rassu

On a very hot and humid July night, art enthusiasts gathered at the Kassu Rassu Art Gallery on Marbella’s Golden Mile to enjoy cocktails with Alexandra Spyratos who is exhibiting her work there from July 1 – 31.

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Charity Events

Triple A charity dog walk in Marbella

It was a lovely sunny day in Marbella on Sunday 23 April for the fifth annual Triple A dog walk. Enthusiastic walkers and their four pawed friends headed for the Manuka Restaurant, Plaza del Mar on the Paseo Maritimo for the start of the walk at 11.00.

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Charity Events

Marbella Neon Night charity walk 2016

Over a thousand people assembled on the Puerto Deportivo terraces on Saturday for this year’s Marbella Neon Night – one of the most popular charity walks of the year. Everyone who takes part receives a T-shirt and a fluorescent kit to wear and MarbellaAzul.com was there to bring you all the news and images.

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Charity Events

Ascot Ladies Day at the Boardwalk

MarbellaAzul.com and a few friends joined the amazing turnout for Ascot Ladies Day at the Boardwalk in Marbella to raise funds for Amusuvig, a charity dedicated to helping women and children who have suffered domestic violence.

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Charity Events

Charity run for Lions Club Marbella

Marbella played host to a charity run for the Lions Club of Marbella on Friday morning 15 April on the terraces of the Puerto Deportivo. In collaboration with Marbella’s Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) and the youth division of the Leo Club, funds were raised for the Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (CEAR).

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Charity Events

Triple A charity dinner at Conrad’s

We were very pleased to attend the charity dinner for Triple A on 12 March at Conrad’s Il Ristorante in Nueva Andalucia. The tickets were sold quickly and they had to set up extra tables on the terrace to meet demand. Over 100 people attended and over €3,500 was raised for Triple A.

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Concerts & Shows

Kaiser Chiefs in Torremolinos

Kaiser Chiefs in Torremolinos - August 6 2016

On Saturday 6 August, British rock band the Kaiser Chiefs played the Auditorio Principe de Asturias in Torremolinos – an event arranged by Crazy Music Productions. The band’s line-up was as usual Ricky Wilson (Vocals), Andrew White (Lead Guitar), Simon Rix (Bass Guitar), Nick Baines (Keyboards) and Vijay Mistry (Drums).

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Concerts & Shows

Suggs at Nutty Bar in Marbella

On Tuesday September 8, two days after his appearance at the Gibraltar Music Festival with Madness, Suggs arrived in Marbella to give a special performance of his one man show at the Nutty Bar in the Puerto Deportivo.

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Festivals & Ferias

Noche de San Juan in Marbella

Noche de San Juan was celebrated as usual on June 23 (the longest day of the year in Spain) on many of Marbella’s beaches, where it’s traditional to build a bonfire on the beach, make a wish for the coming year, jump over the fire and run into the sea.

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Festivals & Ferias

Marbella Feria Opening Ceremony

The Marbella Feria opening ceremony took place this year on Tuesday 6 June on the terraces of the Puerto Deportivo and was followed by the usual firework display. MarbellaAzul.com were of course there to bring you images of this amazing event and all the news.

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Festivals & Ferias

Marbella Feria Programme 2017

This year, the Marbella Feria will take place in and around the town, in the Parque de la Alameda and the Avenida del Mar. The night Feria will take place at the La Cañada III area, where it was last year, and all the concerts and shows will be performed at the auditorium there.

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Festivals & Ferias

Easter Week in Marbella programme 2017

Easter week (Semana Santa) in Marbella is something everyone should enjoy. The spectacle, the culture and the tradition will enthrall all who see it. The processions start joyous with Jesus’s arrival in Jerusalem and become more sombre as the week progresses.

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Festivals & Ferias

Marbella Carnival parade 2016

On Saturday 13 February, the Grand Parade de Humor (the highlight of the Marbella Carnival) set out from the Parque de la Represa to the east of Marbella’s old town and headed for the Avenida Ricardo Soriano.

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Festivals & Ferias

Marbella Christmas lights 2015

Christmas has now officially arrived here in Marbella and this year’s Christmas lights are amazing. And don’t forget to check out the side streets and the old town – it really does look like a magical wonderland.

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Food & Drink

La Sala Banús re-opens with new look

MarbellaAzul.com were delighted to receive an invitation to La Sala Banús’s re-opening party on Monday 5 December, following the popular restaurant’s complete transformation, to bring you the ultimate social and dining experience.

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Food & Drink

Oak Garden & Grill in Puerto Banús

The La Sala Group is opening a new garden restaurant in Nueva Andalucia adjacent to La Sala Banús on Friday June 10 2016. The Oak Garden & Grill will offer charm and elegance for Marbella’s more discerning diners.

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Food & Drink

The Orange Tree Restaurant

The Orange Tree Restaurant in Marbella’s Casco Antiguo (Old Town) has become a firm favourite with residents and visitors, returning time after time for this amazing fine dining experience.

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Food & Drink

The Playwright Restaurant

The Playwright opened its doors in February 2011 following the success of its sister restaurant Beckitts in the centre of Marbella. The owners of this restaurant offer a unique experience with fine food and regular entertainment. Judging by its popularity, they have clearly succeeded in both.

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Food & Drink

Becketts Restaurant

Becketts is a well established restaurant in the centre of Marbella and a dining venue popular with both residents and visitors. Opened in 2004, it has recently celebrated its 11th anniversary. In 2014, Becketts received the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.

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Food & Drink

Peperoncino Restaurant

Peperoncino is one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in Marbella. We love it and we have been there several times. Daniella, Fabrizio and their staff will welcome you warmly and they are all extremely attentive. They will ensure your visit is one to remember.

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Food & Drink

L’Angolino Restaurant

L´Angolino is one of our favourite restaurants at any time of the year. The owner has decorated it in a very individual way. Apparently, her favourite colour is purple and it features throughout the restaurant. The tables inside and out are all beautifully laid out.

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Food & Drink

How to read a Spanish menu

Spanish restaurants and tapas bars can be an absolute delight. Some of the best restaurants in Europe can be found in Spain and they are usually in the major cities or in tourist areas.

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Food & Drink

Popular Cocktails

A cocktail is an alcoholic drink consisting of a spirit or spirits (typically vodka, gin, rum, whiskey or brandy) mixed with other ingredients such as vermouth or a fruit juice. However, these days almost any mixed drink can be referred to as a cocktail.

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Food & Drink

Carajillo

A carajillo is a Spanish drink that combines coffee with brandy or rum. It is thought to date back to the Spanish occupation of Cuba in the 16th Century when conquistadors combined coffee with rum to give them courage before going into battle – the Spanish word for courage is “coraje”.

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Food & Drink

Spain’s coffee culture

You can experience the coffee culture in Marbella in so many ways. Spanish people will typically have a coffee first thing in the morning with their breakfast to get them started. Then, at about 11.00 am, they will stop for a short break and have a coffee with a light snack – perhaps a pitufo or a bocadillo.

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Food & Drink

History of Spanish coffee

Coffee was discovered in the area now known as Ethiopia in north east Africa about a thousand years ago and it arrived in Europe in the early 17th century. Coffee houses became popular meeting places in many European cities and over the last 400 years it has become an integral part of our culture.

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Global Gift Foundation

Global Gift Initiative at Althorp House

Last week, Maria Bravo held the first Global Gift Initiative at Diana Princess of Wales’ family home Althorp House in Northamptonshire, England. The event was hosted by Earl Spencer, the Princess’s younger brother for a night of philanthropy and inspiration to honour the 20th anniversary of her death in 1997.

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Global Gift Foundation

Paris Global Gift Gala 2017

Maria Bravo, Orianne Collins, Eva Longoria Bastón & Valerie Messika

The Paris Global Gift Gala VII 2017 was held this week to honour the philanthropic work of Orianne Collins, Pamela Anderson and Valerie Messika. Proceeds from the event will go entirely to UNICEF France, the Eva Longoria Foundation and the Global Gift Foundation.

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Interviews

Interview with Maureen & Laurence of the Benezra Gallery

MarbellaAzul.com were delighted to be invited by Maureen and Laurence Benezra to their newly opened gallery in Benahavis. It’s a modern gallery, located in a quiet residential area on the La Quinta Golf urbanization. The courtyard is a tranquil setting, complete with orange trees and a relaxing water feature.

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Interviews

Interview with Marbella Now’s Nicole King

“Marbella Now” is an English speaking TV show on RTV Marbella every Thursday evening from 19.30 – 20.30. The show is presented by Nicole King and includes local news, interviews and details of what’s going on in Marbella from MarbellaAzul.com´s Roz James.

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Interviews

Interview with Alexandra Spyratos

Internationally renowned artist Alexandra Spyratos very kindly agreed to be interviewed by MarbellaAzul.com at the Kasser Rassu Gallery (opposite the Marbella Club on the Golden Mile) where she is exhibiting her work until 31 July.

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Marbella Entertainers

Pablo Melgar

Pablo Melgar is one of the best saxophonists in Spain. He is also known internationally. Pablo studied the saxophone from the age of ten at the Conservatory of Music in Málaga.

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Marbella Entertainers

Zoe Louise

Zoe Louise is a popular performer in and around Marbella. As soon as she could walk and talk, Zoe Louise Hughes was singing, performing and entertaining her friends and family.

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Marbella Entertainers

Los Piratas

Los Piratas are a Flamenco group working on the Costa del Sol. Over the last couple of years, they have been busy recording their first álbum and working on their repertoire.

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Marbella Entertainers

Eva Piñero

Eva Piñero has worked as a professional entertainer in the Marbella area for 13 years. Her career began when she went to London to learn English and shared a room with a dancer from Madrid who was working in Flamenco clubs. Eva’s life then changed completely.

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Marbella Entertainers

Paul Maxwel

Paul (the Piano Man) Maxwel is an accomplished performer who performs regularly in Joy’s in Puerto Banús. He was born in Gloucester in England, but he has lived in Andalucía since he was a child. He now lives in Marbella.

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Marbella Entertainers

Mel Williams

Mel Williams is a professional entertainer who has been working on the Costa del Sol for over 40 years. Mel arrived in Spain in 1974 to become Entertainments Manager for Holiday Club International. He continued working, preparing shows and performing for eight years before arriving in Puerto Banús where he worked the clubs and started to build a reputation.

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Marbella Entertainers

Nikki Rae

Nikki Rae is probably best known on the Costa del Sol for her tribute to Adele. She has loved singing from a very young age. She was just five years old when she starred in her school´s musical. And she has been singing ever since. She says “When I sing, I forget all the problems life throws at you. I’m at my happiest when I´m entertaining people.”

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