Nerja’s annual cultural event this summer has the largest budget ever to mark the 60th International Festival of Music and Dance.  The season will run from June 29 to August 3 and include 11 concerts, nine outside in the new auditorium. the Jardines de la Cueva, which doubles capacity to 1,700 seats.  The other two will be held inside the caves themselves.

The first concerts were held in June 1960, 18 months after the discovery of the network of caverns in the village of Maro.  The inauguration ceremony included the first artistic performance to be given in the huge central cavern: the Ballet La Tour de París performed to the accompaniment of the Málaga Symphony Orchestra and the evening included scenes from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, believed to be the first time in history that ballet had been performed in such a setting.

This year’s opening concert on June 29 will feature Pitingo, the charismatic singer of Spanish flamenco and Latin soul, while the Mexican Carlos Rivera will perform Latin pop and romantic ballads on the closing night, August 3.  In between, there are concerts by artistes including  Estrella Morent, Mario Biondi and Pastora Soler, plus the Galician singer Luis Cepeda and, on July 19, a tribute to the rock band Queen.  The two concerts inside the caves will be on July 26 featuring the dancer Rocío Molina, and on July 27 when the Concerto Málaga will perform under composer and conductor José Serebrier.

The budget this year is €600,000, of which €290,000 is coming from the Foundation which manages the caves complex, and the remainder from World Group Management SA.  Tickets are available on line, and can also be purchased the Caves and at the Museum of Nerja in the town centre.

Nerja caves festival