Marbella International Folklore Festival 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. 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 Marbella International Folklore Festival gallery

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