A Facelift for Antonio Banderas

Post by: Gerarda on 22 Feb 2016

Antonio Banderas Plaza 2016

If you are Antonio Banderas the actor, then you don´t need a facelift as you are so darn handsome. However, if you are on the other hand, Antonio Banderas the 20 year old plaza in Puerto Banús, then you definitely need a make-over.

The Ayuntamiento has spent €434,000 on this new appearance for Puerto Banús. If you come to Banús now you will see the results of five month´s work, a newly renovated plaza with giant pergolas that provide shade from the summer sun, ample seating to rest your weary bones from soaking up that sun and shopping in the numerous stores in town. The marble floor has been restored and a new lighting system installed so you no longer have to look so carefully where you are putting your feet.

The Ayuntamiento is hoping that now since the plaza has been refurbished, it will become a destination and not just a place to walk through on your way elsewhere.

Come and enjoy the new look!

 

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Posted on Monday 22nd February 2016 at 12:05 pm

Meet you at Starlite 2015

Post by: Gerarda on 20 Jul 2015

Starlite 2015The Starlite Festival has been delighting audiences again for the 4th summer in a row. If you have not been, the Starlite experience can be one of simply going to see one of the many international stars, taking in a fashion show, enjoying the club scene or simply having a gourmet meal. A unique venue, this natural amphitheater hewn out of rock at the back of Marbella has perfect acoustics and is a fabulous place to sit under the stars to enjoy your favorite artist.

In addition to bringing high value shows to Marbella and the Costa del Sol, the Starlite Foundation is also a philanthropic platform whose aim is to, “improve education, health and living conditions of disadvantaged families and communities”. Money raised at the annual gala dinner hosted by actor, Antonio Banderas, goes towards the various charities they support.

Tickets can be purchased from El Cortes Inglés –  www.elcorteingles.es or directly from the Starlite Festival website – [email protected].

Check out their website http://starlitemarbella.com/en/ to find out details of how to get there, where to park, opening hours and more.

 

Schedule

Monday, August 3rd – Melendi

Tuesday, August 4th – Julieta Venegas

Wednesday, August 5th – Julio Iglesias

Thursday, August 6th – Roger Hodson (of Supertramp fame)

Friday, August 7th – Laura Pausini

Saturday, August 8th – Ana Bélen y Víctor Manuel

Monday, August 10th – Mago Pop

Tuesday, August 11th – Sara Baras

Wednesday, August 12th – India Martínez y Pintingo

Thursday, August 13th – Enrique Iglesias

Friday, August 14th – Amaia Montero

Saturday, August 15th – Noche Movida

Sunday, August 16th – Vivancos

Tuesday, August 18th – Anastacia

Wednesday, August 19th – Queen

Thursday, August 20th – Alejandro Sanz

Saturday, August 22nd – Andrea Bocelli

 

 Enjoy Starlite!

 

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Posted on Monday 20th July 2015 at 10:02 am

Instead of Dentistry – Try Culture

Post by: Gerarda on 30 Jul 2014

The Starlite Festival is an international music festival celebrating its 3rd year in the beautiful quarry of Nagüeles, Marbella. Surrounded by natural beauty, it is a feast for the senses to spend an evening there. From the line-up of stars that have been wowing audiences over the years, to the gastronomic delights, fabulous fashion shows and incredible art exhibitions, it is certainly the place to be this summer. You only have one month to enjoy it though, and August 23rd, the last day of the festival, is quickly approaching. 

A highlight of this month-long festival is the STARLITE GALA, hosted by Antonio Banderas. It is an evening dedicated to philanthropy and recognizes the efforts of extraordinary people who champion the causes of social justice, family and education.  This year, the Mexican businessman, Carlos Slim, will receive a Humanitarian Award for his charity work.image_153394_jpeg_470x324_q85

Below is the list of remaining concerts. Tickets can be purchased from El Corte Inglés  – www.elcorteingles.es or at  Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.es

 

SCHEDULE

Friday, August 1st – Alejandro Fernández

Saturday, August 2nd – Miguel Povada

Wednesday, August 6th – Marta Sanchez & Gloria Gaynor

Thursday, August 7th – Sergio Dalma

Saturday, August 9th – STARLITE GALA

Wednesday, August 13th – Julio Iglesias

Thursday, August 14th – Dani Martín

Saturday, August 16th – Rosario

Sunday, August 17th – Tom Jones

Tuesday, August 19th – Kool & the Gang

Wednesday, August 20th  – Siempre Así

Thursday, August 21st – A Tribute to ABBA

Friday, August 22nd – Alejandro Sanz

 

 

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Posted on Wednesday 30th July 2014 at 5:05 pm

Semana Santa / Easter in Marbella

Post by: Gerarda on 22 Mar 2013

Easter, which was once a very religious time in the liturgical calendar in Spain, has transformed itself into more of a cultural one, especially in the Marbella area. For more than 500 years, from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday Holy Week processions have made their way through the crowded streets in cities and even small villages (except on Holy Saturday) with men carrying antique thrones with images from the Passion of Jesus. Some thrones date back to the early 1900s.

Some of these magnificently adorned thrones weigh as much as 5,000 kg and are carried by up to 250 men. In the smaller towns the thrones are as you would expect, smaller, but no less adorned and carried by 40, 50 or even 100 men. In La Campana women also take turns carrying the thrones.

The processions wind their way through the streets with penitents or nazarenos dressed in long white, green, black, red or purple robes, depending on the procession, often with pointed hats, and carrying processional candles or roughly made wooden crosses. Some penitents walk the streets barefoot, while others have shackles and chains on their feet as penance. Women in black dresses wearing elegant mantillas, carrying rosary beads and candles, solemnly walk behind the thrones followed by candle bearing children dressed in long robes.  Drums and trumpets play somber music on Good Friday with the Spanish Legion playing processional marches along the route on Holy Thursday.

The drums and music from various bands, the aroma of incense and the scent of fragrant flowers flood the air creating a holy atmosphere as the processions pass by the thousands of people who line the streets and applaud their favorite thrones.

Marbella has smaller processions with one and two thrones but the enthusiasm and zeal they exhibit is no less than in the bigger centers. While we might not have Antonio Banderas as a “hombre de trono” as does Malaga, we do have dedicated and passionate participants who have been part of the processions for many years, some who have even inherited their place from their family.

The Holy Week or Semana Santa processions truly are a spectacle and are worthwhile standing and waiting for them to pass by, whether you are looking for a religious experience or a cultural one.

For a schedule of the processions in Marbella or San Pedro please see below.

 

Marbella Processions

 

Palm Sunday – Domingo de Ramos
Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem
Start- 18.00
2 Thrones
Chapel:  San Juan de Dios

 

Monday – Lunes Santo
Anointing of Jesus at Lazarus´house
Start: 20.30
2 Thrones
Chapel: Ermita Santo Cristo

 

Tuesday – Martes Santo
Jesus said his disciple, Judas, would betray him and Peter would deny him three times.
Start: 21.00
2 Thrones
Church: Ntra. Sra. De la Encarnación

 

Spy Wednesday – Miércoles Santo
Judas Iscariot conspired to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
Start: 20.30
2 Thrones
Church: Parroquía Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación

 

Holy Thursday – Jueves Santo
Washing of the feet – Last Supper
Procession # 1
Start: 18.00
2 Thrones
Chapel: Ermita El Calvario

Procession # 2
Start: 20.00
3 Thrones
Chapel: Ermita de Santiago

 

Good Friday – Viernes Santo
Crucifixion of Jesus
Procession # 1
Procession in silence
Start: 01.00
Chapel: Santo Sepulcro

Procession # 2
Start: 21.30
1 Throne
Chapel: Santo Sepulcro (Casa Hermandad)

Procession # 3
Start: 21.30
1 Throne
Church: Ntra. Sra. De la Encarnación

 

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
Jesus rises from the dead
No procession

 

Easter Sunday – Domingo de Resurrección
Start: 12.00
1 Throne
Church: Ntra. Sra. De la Encarnación

 

San Pedro Processions

 

Palm Sunday
Entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem
Start: 12.00
1 Throne
Church: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara

 

Spy Wednesday – Miércoles Santo
Judas Iscariot conspired to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
Start: 21.00
Church: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara -Plaza de la Iglesia

 

Holy Thursday – Jueves Santo
Washing of the feet – Last Supper
Procession # 1
Start: 21.30
2 Thrones
Church: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara

 

Procession # 2 – In silence
Start: 01.30
1 Throne
Church: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara

 

Good Friday – Viernes Santo
 Crucifixion of Jesus
Start: 21.30
2 Thrones
Church: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara

 

Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil
Jesus rises from the dead
No procession

 

Easter Sunday – Domingo de Resurrección
Start: 12.00
1 Throne
Church: Parroquia San Pedro de Alcántara

Note: The schedule for the Semana Santa / Holy Week processions was correct at the time of publishing, provided by the Marbella Town Hall.