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Santa comes but once a year. Across the Anglo-speaking world he’s a jolly fat man in a red suit with a rather lax approach to breaking-and-entry laws, healthy eating, and the laws of physics.
But in Spain, Santa comes a little later in the year and sticks around for more than a week. Semana Santa means Holy Week in Spanish, and is a celebration of Easter that is one of the most spectacular and hotly anticipated dates on the Spanish calendar… Continue Reading
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…
“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…
It comes to something when you can hit the headlines for choosing NOT to go somewhere, but that is exactly what has happened in the UK with the recent news that former The Only Way is Essex (TOWIE) star Mark Wright has been banned from visiting Marbella for his stag do by wife-to-be, Coronation Street actress Michelle Keegan.
The Corrie beauty is reportedly rather nervous about the prospect of Wright, 27, hitting up the beaches and clubs of the famously decadent resort and so has ordered the radio and TV presenter to celebrate his last few weeks of freedom elsewhere…
Looking for a job in Spain has become more difficult in the past few years. Finding employment on the Costa del Sol pre-2008 was relatively straightforward provided you were prepared to work hard and chance your arm at a variety of careers.
Since the subsequent economic downturn, though, jobs have been increasingly scarce throughout the country, with unemployment reaching 26% and thousands of young, educated Spaniards heading overseas to work as waiting staff, cleaners and bar tenders in countries all over northern Europe.
But recent labour reforms in Spain have helped make the market more competitive again, and although unemployment is only falling very slowly, the red jagged line is going in the right direction once more. So if you are looking to move to Spain for work but fear that you may not be able to gain meaningful employment, all is not lost – human resource consulting company Adecco has recently put together its top 15 in-demand positions for Spain this year, based on current skills shortages and anticipated growth areas…
The video for Marbella’s new musical campaign #Marbellaishappy premiered last night with an open-air screening in Plaza Santo Cristo, organised by Marbella Town Hall.
The promotional video joins the ‘Happy’ musical movement that hundreds of other cities including Paris, Sydney and Seoul have already participated in, where the cast vivaciously dance around different areas of the town to the catchy monster hit, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams… Continue Reading
There are plenty of reasons why people admire the Germans, respect the French, like the British, love the Irish and get a little peeved sometimes at Americans.
But Spaniards? They’re pretty harmless on the global scale of things, but relatively nondescript in the “Oh, they’re Spanish, NOW it makes sense” kind of way…Maybe people might label them lazy, or passionate, or daintily good footballers, but none of these labels really hold true. Now, though, it seems that the Huffington Post newspaper has hit upon a notion of Spaniards that may just stick: as a nation of food lovers… Continue Reading
The new Zip Line ride over the Guadiana River connecting the Spanish village of Sanlúcar de Guadiana with Alcoutim, in Portugal is now officially open!
A privately funded project of Englishman David Jarman, the world’s first – and only – ‘cross-border’ zipline (tirolina in Spanish) crosses 720 metres over the Guadiana River, 50 feet above sea level, connecting the two countries… Continue Reading
This summer’s Starlite Festival in Marbella will be headlined by internationally renowned superstars Tom Jones, the Pet Shop Boys and The Beach Boys.
Entering only its third year, Marbella’s Starlite Festival has quickly earned for itself a reputation as one of Spain’s most glamorous music gatherings, and will this year take place between July 23 and August 23 at the stunning Marbella Auditorium.
Last year’s event raised the bar when Spanish heartthrob Julio Iglesias headlined, joined by the ever effervescent Buenavista Social Club. But this year’s lineup promises to set the pulses racing even faster, with Welsh troubadour Tom Jones perhaps the pick of the bunch… Continue Reading
With a refreshed and updated corporate image, on 20 February 2014, law firm Lexland Abogados invited the entire VIVA team to celebrate their move to their brand spanking new offices on Avenida Ricardo Soriano 21, Marbella. Bright, spacious and stylish, the new offices provide the highest quality facilities to offer all clients and collaborators a premium service.
Not only a chance to see the new offices, the event was also the perfect opportunity for all staff from both companies to meet and to build a close professional relationship, and for our VIVA team to gain a wider understanding about the foundations and philosophy of Lexland Abogados… Continue Reading