Marbella takes to the streets for a very arty party! Now that the days are noticeably longer and the temperature much warmer, Marbella is feeling very much like a city in the mood for a giant party. So how fortunate that for the fourth consecutive year, the very popular Festival Internaciónal de Arte Marbella will again be transforming familiar parts of the town into a colourful riot of imaginative art.

Tamara Cascado - Geisha
This year FIAM will be hitting the streets of Marbella (most specifically the Avenida delMar and Alameda Park) from Thursday June 21st until Sunday June 24th. This year’s festival will showcase works from 80 artists in a small village of attractive white tents, which draw the eye almost as much as the artworks within! The pieces entered for the exhibition will be evaluated by a panel of judges who are experts in the international art world.   Like the previous FIAM events, this year’s gathering will be a family-friendly affair, with attractions designed to entertain every generation. Its appeal has been recognised by Marbella’s Town Hall, which is lending its full support, alongside some corporate sponsors, including Málaga’s Museo Carmen Thyssen. Marbella is a truly international city, so naturally a tremendous range of nationalities will be represented at this year’s FIAM. Already such names as Domingo Chincilla, Nina Reistad, Roger Ayala, Paivi Huuhtanen and Alma del Sol have been confirmed. Museo Carmen Thyssen will be displaying a gigantic artistic jigsaw puzzle, which visitors will be invited to help to construct. Additionally, CEROArte, a gallery specialising in collectable art, will also be offering support as a category sponsor, while jewellers, Gomez y Molina, will be corporate sponsors for the third successive year. The FIAM organisers’ tent never fails to lure the crowds and this year is no exception; the interior will be decorated by Pulse Interior Design and branded items such as t-shirts and digital catalogues of the artworks will be sold. Every day from noon until 23.00hrs there will also be a programme of free entertainment on offer, from the fields of music, theatre and dance. The acts already confirmed include Broadway Musical, Funky Vocals, duo Southern Impact, Divalicious, Steve Shappelle, Arran Harding and popular rock band, The Mighty Pimps. This year’s theme is ‘carnival’, meaning that these four days will seem even more like a lively and extravagant street party than usual. For the more serious minded there will be a series of lectures on the subject of art and special guided tours, which also offer an educational experience. To find out more about this colourful celebration of all things cultural, visit the new website at www.artemarbella.com http://www.altavistaproperty.com/