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.
I would particularly like to thank all those people (you know who you are) who have helped us spread the word about the website since its launch in 2014. This year, our aim is to confirm MarbellaAzul.com as Marbella’s premier information website and build on the success of our events calendar, restaurant guide and the business directory.
We are of course extremely grateful for all your likes/shares and follows on social media and this year we will be developing our Facebook and Twitter pages to widen the website´s popularity.
We believe 2017 is going to be a great year for Marbella´s residents and our many visitors. It would be great if you join us on this amazing journey!
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 at the Plaza del Mar on the Paseo Maritimo for the start of the walk at 11.00.
The dogs and their owners were all very well behaved as they got to know each other and put on their “Triple A walks Marbella” T-shirts. The Manuka Restaurant provided refreshments and cakes, along with a ‘doggy goody bag’. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you some of the images.
MarbellaAzul.com’s Roz James was delighted to catch up with Charley Caradas this week to discuss the launch of her new nightclub in Puerto Banús, which will be called “MIRAGE”. It opens on Friday 28 April and will be offering a wide range of amazing entertainment.
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.
Please find below a full programme of processions for 2017:
MarbellaAzul.com’s Roz and Derek James were delighted to be invited to the opening of the new exhibition entitled “Equitana” at the Benezra Gallery in Benahavis on Thursday 30 March. Roz, having had horses from a young age, couldn’t wait to get there and enjoy an evening dedicated to these wonderful animals.
The exhibition is open to the public from 31 March to 30 April.
The Laude International College in San Pedro de Alcántara held its Charity Gala 2017 on 31 March. It was expected to be their biggest and best ever – a tall order, but the staff and students pulled out all the stops.
This annual event is an important fundraiser on the Costa del Sol, raising thousands of euros for local and national charities. The charity gala, now in its fourth year, is totally organized by the students and staff at the Laude International College.
Many people will no doubt be aware of Jacks restaurant in Puerto Banús. Previously known as Jacks American Brasserie, it first opened its doors back in 1999 and soon became a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Marbella.
It enjoys an enviable position on Puerto Banus’s frontline overlooking the iconic marina and it has now been relaunched as Jacks Smokehouse – an idea based on Metro Group head chef Lorenzo Otterburn’s visit to Las Vegas.
Mahiki, the well known London celebrity destination, opened its doors in 2005. In 2011, a second Mahiki opened in Dubai. Now, the Sala Group will be opening a Mahiki in Spain – at a stunning beachfront location in Marbella.
We will keep you posted on its progress and let you know about the opening party when we get details.
It’s Summertime and things are looking up! Chris actually bought me some beautiful white roses for Mother’s Day, the girls very thoughtfully spent their money on some gorgeous clothes and shoes from Zara and the clocks going forward mean we get rid of those dark winter nights.
We all know how difficult it is to avoid the mess left by irresponsible dog owners who don’t “‘pick up” after their pets when we are walking around town. But, a plan will soon be voted on by the council to ensure that dogs are registered on a central DNA database. The cost of this test will be approximately €35.00 from approved veterinary clinics.
We are pleased to inform you that the Marbella Ayuntamiento (Council) is introducing new measures to protect the horses that pull carriages in Marbella. This has been a Marbella tradition for many years. The owners of the horses have been responsible for many improvements over the years, ensuring their fitness and well being. This is after all their main source of income.
Miguel Diaz, the councillor for transport in Marbella said there will be improvements to working hours restricting the service during the hottest part of the day between 15.00 and 18.00.
Exciting news: The Abastos & Viandas Mercado Gourmet (Gourmet Market) opened its doors in the centre of Marbella on Friday 17 March. The official opening was attended by José Bernal (the Mayor of Marbella).
It is great to see this important addition to Marbella’s main street, the Avenida Ricardo Soriano. Located on the ground floor of the Alfil Building, the market has three access points – Avenida Ricardo Soriano, Padre Joaquín Belón and Alonso de Bazán.
Marbella’s Ayuntamiento (town hall) will in future be using the bullring for cultural events, concerts and entertainment. The Mayor of Marbella said they will not be banning bullfighting, but it is being stopped due to lack of support.
The Global Gift Foundation presented details of its 2nd Global Gift Gala in the Spanish capital, which will take place this year in Madrid’s emblematic Teatro Real.
The press conference was attended by Father Angel (founder of Messengers of Peace – a beneficiary of the event), Angela Navarro (founder of the NGO that bears her name), Ramón Freixa (Global Gift Humanitarian Award recipient and two Michelin Star Chef) who will be creating some of his culinary wonders on the evening, flamenco dancer Rafael Amargo, actress and presenter Belinda Washington (Global Gift International MARCOM Director) and Hazel Gormley-Leahy, who led the presentation.
POP ICON and style maven Kylie Minogue shows she has a real eye for fashion as she launches her first ever eyewear collection, exclusively at Specsavers.
A stunning combination of elegance and edginess, the collection reflects Kylie’s own personal sense of style. Launching in the 8 Specsavers Opticas stores in Spain this February, the range features 24 pairs of glasses and four prescription sunglasses and they are available as part of the two pairs with single vision lenses for 129€ offer.
The Kasser Rassu Gallery on Marbella’s “Golden Mile” invited art lovers to the opening of their latest exhibition entitled “Objects of Desire” by L E Art Côtier 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.
The exhibition is a merger of two artists, Luis Torroba and Elena Orad, both of whom were there to discuss this Marbella inspired pop art exhibition with those who attended the event.
The Art Wanson Gallery, located in the Marbella Club Hotel, will be hosting the opening of an exhibition for Lirone, a French photographer, on 18 August at 20.30 for all to see until 15th September.
Those that attend will be able to enjoy a welcome cocktail, whilst admiring the works of a visual artist that has had his artwork featured all over the world in destinations like Paris, Lyon. New York, San Francisco, Geneva and Singapore amongst others. On top of this, notable companies have acquired the pieces of artwork, for example LVMH, Grévin Musuem, EuroMedia France, Van Cleef & Arpels and many more individual collectors.
Thursday 14 July saw the opening of a new exhibition at the Kasser Rassu Gallery on Marbella’s Golden Mile. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to provide details and images.
The exhibition entitled “The Art of MSS” is stunning. It really is well worth a visit if you are looking for a special purchase for your home. It is an exhibition of contemporary 3D art forms – paintings studded with Swarovski stones and pearls, which will bring life and sparkle to any space.
Like a Queen’s “The Art of Jewelry” collection was on display at the Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella on Tuesday 27 October. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you news and images.
The Like a Queen collections are personal favourites with discerning women here in Marbella. This opportunity to view and buy jewelry and accessories from their fall/winter collection was not to be missed. Patricia Nahmad and Caroline Azzi presented their collection of jewellery and accessories amongst the fascinating art currently on display at the Kasser Rassu Gallery.
The press conference for the Senior Masters Cup tennis tournament being held at the Puente Romano Tennis Club from September 22 – 24 took place this morning at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) in Marbella’s old town. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news.
Marbella’s mayor José Bernal, Albert Costa (the tournament’s director), Jorge Manzur (Puente Romano’s Director General) and Spain’s 1966 Wimbledon champion Manuel Santana were there to tell us all about it. The competitors for this year’s event are John McEnroe (USA), Yannick Noah (France), Mats Wilander (Sweden), Sebastian Grosjean (France), Younes el Aynaoul (Morrocco) and Albert Costa (Spain).
We were delighted to visit Marbella’s Kasser Rassu Gallery today to see their “Urban Collectives” exhibition. This is a collection of works by three very different artists which has been put together by Benezra Art Investments & Consultancy – and it is certainly well worth a visit.
We were very lucky because, on the day we went, Maureen Benezra (partner) was their to answer questions about the artists, their life and their work. Maureen clearly has a great feel for the artists she supports and a wonderful eye for art.
We are very excited that José González Bueno will be exhibiting “Hyperrealistic Unique Watercolours” at the wonderful Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella from February 1 to 29 2016. There will be a cocktail reception on February 5 from 20.00 with the artista and the Mayor of Marbella in attendance and music from the fabulous Luz Casal.
José born in Málaga, attended and academy of art to learn the fundamentals of sketching and oil painting. But the most important was to learn the theory of colour and composition. This is where he became interested in Watercolour, mainly because of the endless possible variations which can be achieved with Watercolours.
The Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella is currently showing Kathrina Rupit’s Urban Beauty exhibitio in association with Benezra Art Investment. Kathrina Rupit is from from Mexico. After a period of travelling, she established herself in Dublin, Ireland.
Her inspiration is in part from her Mexican roots and parts of her daily life. She combines this with a perception of current issues which she presents through the female figure. She is an amazing street artist, using various mediums that allow a symbiotic dance between urban and culture. This is apparent, not just with the choice of mediums but in the explosion of colours.
Marc Chagall was born in Belarus in 1877. In 1907, he moved to Paris and lived in an artist colony on the outskirts of the city. As a child, Chagall attended the Jewish elementary school and then the Russian public school. He learnt the fundamentals of drawing during this time, absorbing the world around him and storing away imagery and themes that would feature in his later work.
He began his formal education in painting with portrait artist Yehuda Pen and moved to St. Petersburg to study at the Imperial Society for the Protection of Fine Arts. The following year, he enrolled at the Svanseva School, studying with set designer Léon Bakst. Despite this formal instruction, and the widespread popularity of realism in Russia at the time, Chagall was already establishing his own style and featuring a more dreamlike unreality.
“Creative Colour” by Essex born artist Paula Menchen opens at the Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella on Wednesday 18 November and will run until Friday 18 December 2015.
There will be a cocktail evening on Friday 20 November from 20.00 where you can view the art and meet the artist. MarbellaAzul.com will of course be there to bring you images of this wonderful exhibition. Paula Menchen’s family were dispersed throughout Europe and this had an influence on her work from an early age. She says “I believe our histories and environments heavily affect our personalities and alter our perseptions of reality”.
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.
In March, Nina Nolte returned to Kasser Rassu with a selection of her larger than life canvasses. In May, we saw something completely different with an exhibition of Aali Khahlid´s dark art. In June, the summer started with a bang with the wonderful Victoriano and his spectacular graffitti art on designer bags.
“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.
Marbella’s art aficonardos were out in force, along with members of the press, to see this new exhibition. The turnout, as always at Kasser Rassu, was wonderful and we had another opportunity to see old friends, enjoy a cocktail and meet the artist. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the best images and talk to Sandra Meiland about her views and unique methods.
The Yusto/Giner gallery in Marbella presents “Broken White”, the first solo exhibition by Javier Calleja from 5 June until 24 July.
Javier Calleja (Málaga, Spain 1971) – Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Granada , from his youth began his career in the world of arts. In the last international fair of contemporary art of Barcelona, SWAB , Javier was voted the best Spanish artist with the artwork, “ I hate red” award presented by the company DKV, present in this great event of global significance, and ART IDEA Award Marset.
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 1 – 31 July.
The Kenyan born artist, who is renowned for her paintngs of African wild life uses gold, silver and copper leaf to enhance her paintings and the light that exudes from them is truly amazing. It was a fabulous evening and a great opportunity to hear about the techniques from the artist herself. We are sure she had many congratulatory messages in the visitors book.
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!
Her paintings depict some of the colourful characters she encountered in Plymouth where she was running a busy theatrical boarding house with her husband. Her talent was discovered when guests started to talk about the paintings on display at the boarding house.
The first exhibition in September at the wonderful Kasser Rassu Gallery in Marbella will be Sandra Meiland’s “Farbreisen” which starts on Friday 18 September and runs until Wednesday 14 October 2015.
Lovers of art and good company will as usual be welcome at the cocktail evening on Friday 18 September at the Kasser Rassu Gallery from 8 pm. Sandra Meiland was born in Germany and has lived and worked in Spain, Portugal, Canada and Iceland. She now invites you to join her on a journey into Andalusian colours with her exhibition ‘Farbreisen’.
An exhibition of Francisco Sánchez Gil’s work entitled “50 Años de Creación” (50 Years of Creation) is currently on display at the Centro Cultural Cortijo Miraflores in Marbella. The exhibition opened on 3 June and will continue until 3 July 2015.
The exhibition includes paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Marbella born artist, from his first drawings in 1965 until today. The collection has been curated by the art critic José Manuel Sanjuán.
On Friday 12 June, art lovers went along to Kasser Rassu on Marbella’s Golden Mile to see the first solo show of the renowned international graffiti artist Victoriano.
As always, Shahed Kavousi and Ahmed Ashmawi gave us a wonderful evening at their elegant gallery. They even managed to arrange a beautiful sunset for the guests to enjoy.
Victoriano first picked up a spray can at the age of 17. Sixteen years later, he is now considered by many to be Spain’s top graffiti artist and one of the most renowned muralists in the western hemisphere. He has travelled the world installing graffiti commissions in some of the largest cities, including London, Dubai, Paris, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.
Kenyan born, internationally renowned artist Alexandra Spyratos will be exhibiting her collection of African Wildlife paintings at the Kasser Rassu Gallery on Marbella’s Golden Mile this summer. The exhibition will run from 1 July to 30 July and the official cocktail reception will be on 17 July at 20.00.
Surrounded by Africa’s beauty for much of her life, it is no great surprise that someone with her talent was inspired to paint the bold, glamorous and striking wildlife canvasses that she now exhibits all around the world.
The 7th edition of the London Global Gift Gala took place on Saturday 19 November 2016 to raise funds for the Eva Longoria Foundation, the Global Gift Foundation and UNAIDS. The event was held this year at London’s Corinthia Hotel and it brought together fashion, music and TV celebrities to raise funds and improve the lives of children and women around the world.
Eva Longoria Bastón, Victoria Beckham and Maria Bravo hosted this prestigious event with a star studded guest list, which included the amazing Anastacia who was presented with the “Global Gift Our Heroes Award” for being an example of life, overcoming and social conscience to battle her disease.
Talk Radio Europe’s Telethon for Cudeca will be held this year on 25 November from 10.00 to 19.00 on radio channels 91.5 FM Costa del Sol East and 91.9 FM Costa del Sol West. Talk Radio Europe has regularly hosted telethons for Cudeca raising € thousands.
Cudeca was established in 1992 and offers an out-patients unit and a hospice centre for palliative care to patients suffering from cancer and other advanced or terminal diseases along with support and advice to their families and carers. In 2015, the telethon raised more than €50,000. This year, with your help, they hope to double that figure. TRE will be broadcasting the telethon live and will be joined by some very special guests on the day.
The Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe in Marbella hosted the Global Gift Gala Dinner on the evening of 15 October following the celebrity golf challenge held at the Estepona Golf Club earlier in the day.
MarbellaAzul.com’s Roz and Derek James were of course there to bring you news and images from the red carpet photo call held before a dinner which was specially prepared by the hotel’s talented chefs. This was followed by a performance by Melissa Nkonda and an acoustic set from Ronan Keating.
Over a thousand people assembled on the Puerto Deportivo terraces on Saturday for this year’s Marbella Neon Night. This is always one of the most popular charity walks of the year. Everyone who takes part receives a T-shirt and a fluorescent kit to wear. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the news and images.
As the sun went down, people gathered to collect their kits and prepare for the darkness. To entertain everyone whilst waiting for the start, there was Zumba to music encouraging both adults and children to take part. This was followed by Olympic Karate Marbella who gave us a taste of karate. It was amazing and received raptuous applause from the audience. Marbella Dance School entertained us with their wonderful dancing and then the Rock Factory provided various styles of music from pop to rock.
Marbella eagerly awaited the arrival of this year’s Global World Gifters to celebrate the Global Gift Foundation Weekend of Philanthropy charity initiative on the 16 – 17 July.
The Global Gift weekend began with the inauguration of the first Casa Global Gift on Saturday morning. It was attended by the creator and founder of this new project, Maria Bravo. And she was accompanied by Eva Longoria Baston and Global Gifters from such places as Dubai, London and Paris. This was a private affair and we will let you have more information as soon as we receive it.
The press conference for the fifth edition of the Global Gift Gala weekend took place at the Hotel Gran Meliá Don Pepe here in Marbella on Wednesday June 22 2016. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you all the details and images for this amazing event.
Hazel Gormley-Leahy (international marketing director for the Global Gift Foundation) got things underway by introducing Marbella’s mayor José Bernal who said he was delighted to see this prestigious event return to Marbella for the fifth year running.
The Heart 4 Arts Event 2016 will take place at the beautiful Nueva Kaskada Restaurante in Marbella on 28 & 29 May and promises to be a feast for the senses with art, music and delicious food.
You are all invited to enjoy unique art covering many creative techniques – including sculpture, photography, murals, lithographs, graffiti and mixed media from 20 international artists such as Nina Nolte, Annabel Keatley, Eva Joensen, Luis Ceballos and Natalia Pavlovska. Nicole King from Marbella Now TV and MiMarbella Radio will be officially opening this wonderful event at 20.00 on the Saturday.
We were very pleased to attend the charity dinner for Triple A on 12 March at Conrad’s Il Ristorante in Nueva Andalucia. All the tickets were sold quickly and, due to high demand, they had to set up extra tables on the terrace. In all, there wer about 100 people in attendance and over €3,500 was raised for Triple A.
We were warmly welcomed by Conrad’s friendly staff, shown to our table and offered a glass of cava. Our hostess Lily van Tongeren thanked everyone for coming and reminded us that we were here to enjoy the food and raise funds for the 600 animals currently housed by Triple A. Bettina was unable to attend due to her Triple A commitments, but she did ask that any left over food should be kept for the pigs. Yes, there are pigs at Triple A too!
MarbellaAzul.com and 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 sufferedfrom domestic violence.
As we have come to expect from Kara Robertson, the manager and owner of the Boardwalk who organized the event, the restaurant was beautifully decorated with fresh flowers. The colour theme was white and purple. Fresh linen table cloths adorned all the tables. Cute little gifts were on the tables for each lady from the Bling Boutique.
It was just amazing to see all the ladies arrive and have their photos taken on the ‘purple’ carpet – more than 100 of them in their finest Ascot attire. The hats and fascinators were out of this world. It really felt like we were on the terraces at Ascot.
The inaugural Barking Mad Fundraiser took place on 3 March 2016 at the beautiful Estrella del Mar Beach Club in Marbella.
The night of fine food and fabulous entertainment by the amazing 2True was a resounding success. It was attended by more than 60 guests who helped to raise funds for not just one worthy charity, but 5 animal rescue centres here on the coast – Fidelio Benalmádena, FAMA, Rescued Paws, Alegria Aid and 4Paws Adoptions. Barking Mad set a goal for the evening to raise €1,000, but they were delighted to announce this amount was beaten and the total donations from the night came to over €1,400.
The Marbella-Guadalmina Rotary Club will be holding its third annual sponsored charity car run on Saturday 4th June. It will start in Marbella and head for the beautiful Guadalmina valley (Andalucia’s “Lake District”), passing the famous “El Chorro” gorge and the newly constructed Camino del Rey.
The event will raise funds for the Hogar Betania Project in La Línea de la Concepción, a charity which provides food and accommodation for the destitute people of the La Linea area – one of Spain’s designated poorest areas.
The Boardwalk in Marbella is holding a Royal Ascot Ladies Day charity event from midday on Thursday 16 June. The event is being sponsored by Fake Bake Spain and tickets are priced at €50.00 per person. At the time of writing, there are still a few tickets available, but we suggest you act quickly to avoid disappointment.
It is for a good cause and we expect it to be a fantastic day. Local celebrities are showing their support for this very worthy cause and MarbellaAzul.com will of course be there.
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). MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to bring you the news and images.