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Rolling Stones’ Madrid gig crashes servers

The Rolling Stones – 14 ON FIRE tour sees Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood returning to Madrid for one night only when they play to an audience of 54,000 at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium on 25 June, treating their generations of fans to a set packed full of classic Stones hits such as ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Paint It Black’, ‘Jumping Jack Flash’, ‘Tumbling Dice’, ‘It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll’, plus a couple of unexpected gems…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 11/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Foreign tourism spend up nearly 19 per cent in Andalucía

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Andalucía's foreign tourist income streets ahead of the rest of Spain

According to figures just released by the Ministry of Industry, Energy & Tourism in their latest monthly report, in February of this year no other Spanish region’s foreign tourism income came anywhere near that of Andalucía which registered a whopping rise of nearly 19 per cent – or to be exact, 18.6 per cent.

So, while overall figures for Spain in January and February showed a year on year increase of 9.1 per cent – hitting a 10-year high, Andalucía was simply streets ahead of the rest of the country!… Continue Reading

Author:Carolyn Mowlem 10/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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Toys go large at KAWS’ ‘Final Day’ exhibition in Málaga

Kaws' monumental 'Final Day' centrepiece

Kaws' monumental 'Final Days' centrepiece is 6 metres high and weighs a massive 10 tonnes

“It’s amusing to think that when I work on a large-format piece in bronze or wood it’s termed sculpture… but if I do the same piece in plastic on a small scale, it’s called a toy.“ So says US painter, sculptor and designer KAWS, whose first solo exhibition in Spain – entitled ‘Final Days’ – is currently running at the prestigious CAC Málaga Centre of Contemporary Art.

As a precursor of the Art & Toys movement, according to Fernando Francés, director of the CAC Málaga, “KAWS is capable of creating a particularly edgy mood, moving in areas of the subconscious like a fish in water.”

Falling within the iconography genre, the showcase features five large-scale sculptures carved from wood and which have never before been exhibited…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 09/04/2014 [0] Comments 
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VIVA at A Place in the Sun – the show goes on!

VIVA's stand at A Place in the Sun Live Just back today from an enormously busy and thoroughly enjoyable weekend at the A Place in the Sun Live exhibition at London Olympia, the VIVA team would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the hundreds of visitors who made our day – or rather 3 days – by stopping by our stand! It was a pleasure to meet you, great to have the opportunity of getting to know you, and we’re delighted you came to see us…

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Bradley Wiggins clicks into gear for the Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía

Bradley Wiggins

Bradley Wiggins will be riding for Team Sky in what will be his first stage race this season

Celebrating its 60th edition this year, the Ruta del Sol Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucía kicks off in Almería on Wednesday, 19 February with 19 international teams – seven of them World Tour teams – racing their way through all eight Andalusian provinces, before crossing the finishing line 733 kilometres later, in Fuengirola on Sunday, 23 February…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 18/02/2014 [0] Comments 
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Costa del Sol property sales up for the first time in 7 years

Nueva Andalucía, Costa del Sol, Málaga

We've always said that the Costa del Sol would be the first place in Spain to recover from the crisis... now it's official!

According to a report in yesterday’s edition of Málaga’s Diario Sur, a total of 18,763 residential properties were sold in Málaga province in 2013, which is 941 more than in 2012 representing a very healthy year-on-year increase of 5.3 per cent.

Of this figure, resale properties amounted to 9,237 – an increase of 479 when compared to data for 2012 – while sales of new homes reached 9,526, up 462 on figures for the previous year…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 13/02/2014 [5] Comments 
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French connection: The Pompidou Centre expands to Málaga

The 'Cube' in the new Muelle Uno district of Málaga city

The iconic 'Cube' is located in Málaga city's new Muelle Uno district

Barely had the paint dried on the two 7-storey urban art interventions recently created in Málaga by none other than Shepard Fairey, aka Obey, and D*Face, aka Dean Stockton… than the capital of the Costa del Sol is making art news around the globe yet again. This time with last Friday’s announcement by Málaga mayor, Franciso de la Torre, that an agreement has been reached whereby Paris’s prestigious Pompidou Centre will be opening an annex at the iconic ‘Cube’ situated alongside the cruise ship terminal in Málaga Port in 2015…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 03/12/2013 [0] Comments 
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Urban art goes large... in Málaga

Two signature 7-storey murals adorn an apartment block in Málaga

The recent event in Málaga has been hailed as 'the most important urban art intervention at a world-class level'

Last week something extraordinary happened in Málaga when not only one, but actually two of the world’s most renowned street artists flew into the capital of the Costa del Sol, each tasked with creating a massive 7-storey mural. Yep, we’re talking about none other than America’s Frank Shepard Fairey, aka Obey, and London’s very own D*Face, otherwise known as Dean Stockton. They were here as part of the MAUS (Málaga Urban Art in Soho) project,  where a previously rather run down district of the city – now renamed as Soho – is currently being transformed by art, taking on a new life at the sharp edge of all things cultural…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 29/11/2013 [0] Comments 
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The Queen of Spain honours Antonio Banderas for his Costa del Sol charity work

The Queen of Spain honours Antonio Banderas for his Costa del Sol charity work

Oscar de la Renta, Hillary Clinton, Queen Sofía of Spain and Antonio Banderas at the New York awards ceremony

Málaga-born Antonio Banderas is of course no stranger to receiving awards, but last week when he received the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute Gold Medal at a New York gala held at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, it wasn’t in honour of his A-List status as one of Hollywood’s most bankable male leads, nor for his success as a film director, film producer and singer…

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Author:Carolyn Mowlem 25/11/2013 [0] Comments 
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Spain’s ‘Golden Visa’ – the finer points of property investment explained

Spain's Golden Visa, the finer points of property investment explainedIf you’re interested in the ‘Golden Visa’ scheme for non-EU buyers of Spanish property, then we’ve now got all the information you’ve been waiting to hear. So for answers to all the most frequently asked questions and more besides, then just read on…

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