Marbella International Folklore Festival (Europealia)

Couple at the Marbella International Folklore Festival in Marbella 2017

International Folklore Festival VII 2017

The International Folklore Festival (Europealia) heralds the start of Marbella’s summer season. The festival features traditional music and dance, and amazing national costumes from around the world.

MarbellaAzul.com was of course there to enjoy this annual spectacle and bring you some of the best images.

The festival, now in its seventh year, is organized by the Association ACFYTA. The director Karina Parra and her members work tirelessly to bring us a great weekend of music and dance. The countries represented this year included Argentina, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Rumania, Russia, Ukraine and Venezuela. Spain was represented by a number of cities, including Granada, Toledo, Valladolid, Alaurin de la Torre and of course Marbella.

The terraces of the Puerto Deportivo were buzzing with people on Saturday morning and as usual, there was a rush to claim a seat near the front. There was also a number of market stalls selling clothing, food, jewellery and fashion from the various countries participating.

On Saturday evening, the troupes were involved in a parade through Marbella’s old town, down to the Paseo Maritimo and back to the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo. There were the usual crowds of people lining the streets and enjoying the carnival atmosphere.. as they danced their way dancing Everyone was is in great form, dancing and celebrating with the spectators who lined the streets. 

An amazing weekend of fun, colour and music!

Click here to see this year’s gallery / Haga clic aqui para ver nuestra galeria de este año

Mexico Dance Group at the International Folklore Festival 2017Introduction of the popular Marbella Dance GroupGroup of dancers at the International Folklore Festival 2017Marbella Dance Group - at International Folklore Festival 2017

International Folklore Festival VI 2016

The International Folklore Festival returned to the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo in Marbella for the sixth time on 15 April. It is always a firm favourite with residents and visitors, bringing traditional dance, colour and energy to Marbella from around the world. MarbellaAzul.com was of course there on all three days to bring you the best images from this wonderful festival.

The opening ceremony took place on Friday evening and it was attended by Karina Parra (Director of the Festival) and Miguel Luna (Marbella’s Head of Tourism). This year’s festival was even bigger than last year, with a total of 21 groups from 12 countries and over 600 participants.

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On Saturday at midday, the first group of dancers took to the stage. As well as the dancing, there were also a whole host of stalls from the participating countries – interesting art kits from Italy, drums from Bolivia, silks, clothing, jewelry and lots more. You could be forgiven if you thought you were in a market place somewhere else in the world.

The highlight of Saturday was the procession, with the various groups parading through the streets of Marbella in their national costumes. They made their way from Marbella’s Old Town into Calle Miguel Cano, along the Paseo Maritimo, into the marina and then round to the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo. You could hear the music long before you saw the participants, but you were then hit by an amazing splash of colour.

There was more dancing and singing on Sunday from midday. Three days of fun and laughter. It was a fantastic festival and we hope everyone rnjoyed it. We now look forward to next year.

Click here to see our 2016 gallery / Haga clic aqui para nuestra 2016 galeria

International Folklore Festival V 2015

This weekend (17-19 April 2015), the terraces above the Puerto Deportivo (Marina) in the centre of Marbella came alive with the sound of traditional music and dancing from around the world.

The fifth Europealia International Folklore Festival opened on Friday and continued through Saturday and Sunday. Groups from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Germany, Ireland, Scotland, Venezuela and several other countries provided great examples of traditional national music and dance.

There were stalls selling jewellery, clothing and other products, as well as refreshments and a wonderful paella. There was an excellent turnout and everyone enjoyed the entertainment and Marbella’s perfect weather. The participants also took part in a parade along the Paseo Maritimo. All the groups were in national dress and the costumes, as you would imagine, were beautiful in colour and design. The dancing ranged from emotional and passionate to comical and some members of the audience also arrived in national dress.

A good time was had by all!

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