As we are part way through the lockdown now some people may be missing seeing art and cultural performances. Others may want to start to experience some of the beautiful performances that are being offered online. So, for one night or a whole weekend why not switch off the news and tune into one of these.
Nightly Opera Stream
The Metropolitan Opera. Every night, 7.30pm EDT (12.30am Spain). Free.
While the MET is closed due to the epidemic it will be screening presentations from the Live An HD series of cinema transmissions. Each transmission will remain available on www.metopera.org for 23 hours.
Royal Opera House
The Royal Opera House. The ROH have announced a programme of full-length productions which will be broadcast over Facebook and YouTube. 7pm GMT (8pm Spain).
The programme includes both ballet and opera and the schedule can be found on facebook.com/royaloperahouse or https://www.youtube.com/user/RoyalOperaHouse
17 April. The Metamorphosis. A contemporary piece by Arthur Pita, created on Royal Ballet Principal Dancer, Edward Watson. It is based on the novella by Franz Kafka, about how one family reacts when their son wakes up, transformed into a monstrous insect.
Ballet Malandain De Biarritz
The prestigious Ballet Malandain is now on YouTube with short extracts of choreography from some classical and modern ballets.
The ballet company’s most recent success was Marie Antoinette with music by composers Hadyn and Glück of which a 14-minute fragment is now available on Vimeo. Finf Ballet Malandain de Biarritz on YouTube and Vimeo.
World Ballet Day
The Bolshoi Ballet. The World Ballet Day filmed live from Moscow can be seen on YouTube.
The Bolshoi Ballet are shown in the video during rehearsals with interviews with some of the teachers and dancers translated into English. There are many other videos of other performances available.
Musée de la Musique
Philharmonie de Paris
Philharmonie de Paris. Virtual tours of the extensive collection of instruments and artefacts that form part of the collection held by the Paris Philharmonic.
The collection is divided into various categories such as keyboard, string and wind as well as percussion, electronic and other instruments. There are also art works including portraits of Stradivari and Fender and an archive containing documents and bills signed by Beethoven etc. The site allows previous exhibitions such as that of Charlie Chaplin to be viewed. www.collectionsdumusee.philharmoniedeparis.fr
Le Chateau Versailles. A virtual tour of how the Versaille palace evolved.
The Versaille palace started life as a hunting lodge and was converted into a sumptuous chateau under Louis XIII, XIV, XV and finally Louis XVI. The video shows the gradual changes made to the buildings under each monarch. http://www.chateauversailles.fr/decouvrir
Collections and Louvre Palace
Louvre. Visit the museum’s rooms and galleries and discover how the palace was built and for whom.
The Louvre is famous worldwide as an art gallery but few know it was originally built as a fortress complete with a moat and drawbridge. Now it houses an amazing selection of art as well as Egyptian antiquities. https://www.louvre.fr/
Recordings of live concerts
Philharmonie de Paris. The orchestra has released several of its past performances.
The web page https://live.philharmoniedeparis.fr/concert has a selection of eight concerts which can be watched online.
The Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band.The band play the ‘Floral Dance from their own living rooms. Video is also on their Facebook page. www.brighouseandrastrick.com/the-brighouse-and-rastrick-band-present-a-concert-in-the-living-room/.
Conciertos en Casa.
Iris Nieto new website listing concerts online around the world.
The website lists the concerts, where and when they are being streamed and information on the performers. If you subscribe, information is sent straight to your email address. https://www.conciertosencasa.com/
Museo de Arte Contempóraneo de Bogotá. The Contemporary Art Museum in Bogotá has a virtual tour of its installations.
Using videos and images, the museum takes the virtual visitor through the different galleries of exhibitions examining the works of Colombian-French artist Chanoir and Joemz among others. http://www.mac.org.co/
Google Arts & Culture. Some of the world’s most famous museums and galleries on the planet can now be visited without leaving home.
Clicking on the arrows you can move around in the pictures looking at the rooms from different angles and getting up close to the art works. The choice of places to visit is too many to list here. https://artsandculture.google.com/
Museo Reina Sofía. The museum has several web sites where its art works can be viewed.
A large number of videos and audios (in Spanish) of tours around the museum and particular collections can be found online with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vimeo and TouTube. https://www.museoreinasofia.es/
Art and Culture at home
Twitter A huge range of art and culture is available on Twitter. Public administrations, galleries, companies and private artists are using twitter to stream their art collections. #laculturaentucasa
Picasso En Casa
Museo Picasso Málaga. The Picasso Museum is presenting its main exhibition online with an audio-guide in English.
The exhibition Genealogías del Arte, o la Historia del Arte Como Arte Visual includes works by Picasso, Cézanne, Kandinsky and Malevich. It is accompanied by a narrative in Spanish or English and the virtual visitor can also listen to a selection of 30s jazz. The museum web page also has information on past exhibitions such as Warhol. https://masdearte.com/especiales/picassoencasa/
Museo Del Prado. Each day the Prado museum is uploading a video.
One of its many works of art is chosen each day for an in depth study. The museum also offers free (90€ with certification) online courses. The courses available are El Bosco and Velázquez en el Museo del Prado. https://www.museodelprado.es/
Pinacoteca Di Brera Collection. The gallery has several of the greatest masterpieces in the history of art anywhere in the world.
The art collection online is divided into centuries starting from 1300-1400AD up to the present. A box in the right- hand corner allows you to scrutinise areas of the paintings up close. https://pinacotecabrera.org/
Latest exhibitions online
Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga. The museum has recorded 360º videos of some of its most recent exhibitions.
Virtual visits of exhibitions such as Fortuny Grabador and Fantasía Árabe, Henri Matisse, Jazz and Sorolla are available as well as a look at the permanent collection at www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org/visitas-virtuales
Painting by painting
Museo de Málaga. The museum’s web page gives a detailed description of each work of art.
Each unique piece of art has a story which is explained. Open the web page below and click on Obras Singulares www.museosdeandalucia.es/web/museodemalaga
Le Gallerie Degli Uffizi.The Uffizi Art Gallery is inviting people to discover its collections and history through pictures and descriptions (in English).
The huge collection is divided up into various sections. Factories of Stories is slightly different than the others as each picture has a narrative with it although none in English (Spanish, Italian, French, Arabic, Farsi and Mandarin). https://www.uffizi.it
Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series
The National Gallery Of Art. The series gives distinguished artists an opportunity to discuss the evolution of their work in their own words.
The lectures available include artist Alex Katz, Zoe Leonard and Thomas Struth as well as many other artists. https://www.nga.gov/
ADANA. The Animal charity ADANA is trying to raise funds with a virtual quiz.
Register for a whole week of brain training by visiting https://www.virtualquizevents.co.uk and once registered, you can search for the ADANA quizzes from the Available Quiz events section. You can sign up for each event that you would like to attend and pay by credit card if you don’t want enter your bank details. Games start at 7pm GMT or 8PM CET.
Axarquía Animal Rescue. Match the title to the statue for charity.
Garden statue quiz
Los Perros have numbered and named twenty-two garden statues and all competitors have to do is match the name to the statue. Entry is a donation to the animal charity and the prize for the winner is lunch or supper for up to four people at Los Perros near Comares (obviously after the current Covid-19 health scare is over). https://comares.webs.com/statuecompetition
Let us know what your favourites have been and once the lockdown is over plan to visit some of this beautiful places in person.
Starlite Marbella is a well-known festival that brings national and international artists to the Costa del Sol every year. Whatever your music tastes there really is something for everyone here. The festival commenced on 5th July and goes on until 23rd August so there are plenty of dates to suit those that live here or may be on holiday.
You can buy weekly ticket passes and VIP tables if you are looking for a fabulous time. Here are a selection of the acts performing:
19th July – Jamie Cullum
Jamie Cullum will perform on Friday, July 19th 2019 at the Auditorium stage of Starlite.
Starlite welcomes the British jazz reference Jamie Cullum, on his second visit to the festival. Cullum turned upside down Starlite on 2013 with his energy and enthusiasm for music, and he will do it again this year with his so acclaimed and particular voice.
23rd July – Sting
The Starlite audience will be able to hear “Englishman In New York”, “Fields Of Gold”, “Shape Of My Heart”, “Every Breath You Take”, “Roxanne”, “Message In A Bottle” and many more, with Sting accompanied by an electric, rock ensemble.
24th July – John Legend
The critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, and platinum-selling singer-songwriter John Legend will attend the boutique festival for the first time, to share with the audience his music, which has garnered him ten Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Tony Award among many others.
3rd August – Luis Fonsi
The singer-songwriter and musician, currently coach of The Voice Spain, launched in 2019 his ninth and latest album, “VIDA”. With these new songs and remixes, Fonsi will land on the Auditorium stage of the festival to make the audience dance and enjoy an endless party, in addition to his global hits: “Despacito”, “Imposible”, “Calypso” or “Échame la culpa”.
5th August – James Rhodes & Katie Melua
Acclaimed pianist and James and talented vocalist Katie are performing for the first time at Starlite and its set to be a great night.
13th August – Jason Derulo
After his amazing performance at the festival in 2017, Derulo and his uncanny ability to find new angles and true trends will be back sharing his music in order to delight the audience once again. His 11 career-defining platinum singles include hits such as “Want to Want Me”, “Whatcha Say”, “In My Head”, “Ridin’ Solo” or “Don’t Wanna Go Home”.
There are so many great acts this year, you are sure to be going more than once if you love music like we do.
For more information check out the official website: https://starlitemarbella.com/en/
Today is the Summer Solstice marking the traditional start of summer when the children start their holidays. Everywhere becomes more bustling along the Costa del Sol during the three high summer months.
Noche de San Juan is celebrated on 23rd June with the main feature being those amazing bonfires you see along the resorts along the coast where people take to the beach to celebrate the start of summer.
The festival is celebrated all over Spain. But some of the most spectacular festivities are observed in the capital city of Madrid, Granada, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia, and Gran Canaria. Coastal cities boast the most scenic celebrations though, as the bonfires are set right on the beach.
At midnight on Saturday 23 June 2019, effigies will be burned on the bonfires. According to tradition, if people jump over the bonfire three times on San Juan’s night, they will be cleansed and purified. It is ritual with pagan roots that rules at San Juan. After midnight, people wash their faces and feet three times in order to be granted three wishes and for a happy twelve months thereafter. How many times will you get to enjoy a moonlight swim!
Traditionally, the Spanish did not visit the beach until this day in each year but if you are of European descent the weather has been far too tempting to keep us from the beaches this summer.
In Malaga you’ll find the activity at Malagueta beach where entertainment starts at 9pm and goes on until dawn. In Marbella, head down to Cable Beach where music starts at 9pm.
In Benalmadena the most popular beaches are Bil-Bil and Santa Ana. Festivities start in the streets of Arroyo de Miel with fireworks and music at Bil-Bil Castle until 1am.
In Mijas Costa, as in other areas along the coast, San Juan Festival is the one night of the year when you are allowed to light fires on the beaches. This is definitely one in the event calendar for the whole family, with a great relaxed atmosphere. Midnight swimming, playing games on the beach and of course large family picnics until the early hours of the morning!
It is fair to say that wherever you are along the Costa del Sol on Sunday 23rd June – head down to the beach and you will find something going on. This is a wonderful festival to enjoy with family and friends and one of the many reasons we think living in Spain is fantastic.
The Costa del Sol in Southern Spain has always been a favourite holiday destination, especially for golfers. With an abundance of luxurious golf courses located next to the Mediterranean Sea, it offers not only a picturesque location and stunning sea views, but also pleasant year-round weather which means you can book several months in advance safe in the knowledge that you can guarantee almost perfect weather.
Golf properties and other properties on the Costa del Sol get lots of attention especially if they are close to the golf courses. Buying a property in Marbella or surrounding Costa del Sol on golf resorts or near, can offer an incredible holiday home investment. Golfing is so popular here and not just because of the weather.
These beautiful and challenging courses have attracted both amateur and professional golfers from all around the world. The East of Málaga is a desirable location with many golf courses being just a short car ride away from one of the busiest airports in the world, with hundreds of short flights arriving every single day from popular cities all across Europe and many of them offered at a low cost by several well-known airlines.
The golf courses of the Costa del Sol, colloquially known as ‘The Costa del Golf’ has a reputation for both luxury and professionalism with hosting international events such as the 1997 Ryder Cup hosted by Valderrama Golf Club and the World Golf Championships in Seville. The Women’s Open de España forms part of the European Women’s Professional Golf Circuit and in recent years has taken place at La Quinta Golf.
There are over 60 golf courses along the coast, many set up by ambitious local businessmen that have over the years become favourite golfing destinations for celebrities such as world-famous Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, who would often vacation on the Costa del Sol during the height of his career from the 70s until the 90s. David Leadbetter, a British golfing instructor, has also enjoyed the outstanding courses that the Costa del Sol has to offer. They are a favourite to many golf enthusiasts and suit all abilities, affording the opportunity to holiday in a picturesque destination and combine it with their favourite hobby.
Other celebrities to endorse the exquisite courses on the Costa del Sol include English golfer turned on-air analyst Nick Faldo, and retired American golfer Arnold Palmer, nicknamed “The King”, due to his legendary golfing career and winning many events including the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour.
But these landscaped courses are far from just golfing destinations, as many of them offer superb amenities such as high-end shops, fine dining, spa facilities and access to nearby five-star resorts. With many being just short walks away from beautiful seaside towns and stunning beaches and virtually guaranteed perfect weather, what more could a golfer want?
Aside from the fabulous amenities and activities that these locations have to offer, many also have their very own luxury residences right there on the golf course. These frontline golf properties have become somewhat of an investment opportunity of the years for budding entrepreneurs as well as individuals looking to invest overseas. They are often rented out as world-class holiday destinations and many of these private residences also come with membership to the golf clubs to which they are affiliated, making them the perfect place to have a holiday home at the same time as being a great investment in prime real estate Marbella. If you fancy teeing off in Marbella, there are currently plenty of luxury golf properties for sale on the Costa del Sol at great value prices.
It’s just a matter of knowing where to look.
Holy Week or Semana Santa, in Andalucia is an event that every year literally transforms towns and cities across the region. Processions of elaborately decorated floats with Jesus and Mary statues, groups of Nazarenos (penitents) and brass bands walk slowly through the streets, from their local church to the cathedral and back.
Parades start on Sunday 25 March and run through to Easter Sunday with Malaga and Seville having some of the biggest and boldest celebrations. If you have never been in the area at this time of year, it is an amazing experience, and a great time to visit. Yes, cities and towns will be very busy but like any great experience it is well worth it even if you do have to wait a little longer for a table at your favourite restaurant. You will never see anything like it!
As the start of Spring too it is the perfect time to get away from it all and relax whether you are coming for a golfing break with friends or a shopping or culture trip. In Malaga, you can combine all of these and more. With museums and art galleries aplenty being the birth place of Picasso, Malaga has something for all tastes.
Spring time in Spain is truly delightful – you can enjoy every aspect of outdoor living with a lovely climate that doesn’t get too hot. Beaches are quieter and the love of outdoor life shows as more keen cyclists, joggers and walkers head out for fresh air. Tapas at a beach side chiringuito is a guilty pleasure as the first throng of warmth means balmy and comfortable temperatures.
Perfect golf weather or indeed just the right time to get out onto the water with a boat charter or trip. In certain spots along the coastline you can even see dolphins!
So, if you are tempted by the sound of this, book those flights and hotels. Living here it is easy to just drive around the coast and stop at the place that attracts you the most.