In the white village of Mijas takes place from June 8 to 10 a new edition of the more than consolidated International People´s Festival. This multicultural celebration of Mijas, which had its beginnings in 1989, was a pioneer in Spain and due to its success was later copied by other municipalities. Mijas has been for decades one of the most multicultural cities in the province, with more than 100 nationalities living in this beautiful town on the Costa del Sol.
The International People´s Festival in Mijas, which takes place from Friday afternoon until Sunday night in the streets and squares of Mijas Pueblo, will be attended by more than twenty countries, presenting their folklore and gastronomy. These countries are Algeria, Cuba, India, Brazil, Uruguay, Germany, Morocco, Colombia, United States, Paraguay, Mexico, Venezuela, Ukraine, Senegal, Chile, UK, Bulgaria, Vietnam, Bolivia, Thailand, Israel and of course Spain.
During these two days we can enjoy folklore shows and parades, music and dance from many corners of the world, percussion workshops, salsa, belly dancing or flamenco; there is also a children´s area. The colourful event is held in three areas of the village, differentiated by colour, the Red (Plaza Virgen de la Peña), Green (Constitution Square) and Blue (Jardines de la Muralla) areas.
In each of these areas are also held various performances, as for instance in the red zone on Friday 8, a music and dance performance from Senegal; in the blue zone Celtic Music; on Saturday in the red zone a dance show “Riverdance: Lord of the Dance”, while in the blue zone we can enjoy a show of Brazilian dancers; try salsa steps in the Latin dance workshop or watch street musicians, entertainers and acrobats. On Sunday there will be a performance of music group Rat Pack, paying tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Junior; while in the red zone there is a Bollywood music and dance performance.
You can find the complete schedule here http://www.mijas.es/mijas/UserFiles?dir=/Image/Turismo/a4321_PROGRAMA_FESTIVAL_mailing.pdf and a useful map of the different zones below:
As you can see, the program promises and isn´t lacking in colour nor rhythm; all this will be accompanied by delicious international delicacies; an excellent opportunity to savour with every sense of multiculturalism. Unlike the Peoples Fair in Fuengirola (which has copied the one of Mijas), this one takes place in the streets and squares of the old town of Mijas Pueblo, which of course adds a lot of charm, apart from not being an event as crowded as that of its neighbour on the Costa del Sol.
The municipality of Mijas is the largest in province of Malaga, extending from the Sierra de Mijas to the shores of the Mediterranean and is divided into three areas: The traditional white village Mijas Pueblo located at an altitude of 428 meters above sea level in the Sierra de Mijas; the modern part of town is called Mijas Costa and la Cala de Mijas is the coastal village and tourism centre. The municipality has more than 70,000 citizens registered, of whom a third are foreigners from 119 (!) different nationalities.
For the International Festival visitors who come by car, there is provided a parking area at the entrance to Mijas Pueblo and in the municipal parking. A shuttle bus takes visitors to the historic centre which is situated within walking distance; there is also a tourist train that runs between the different areas of the festival.
How to get to Mijas Pueblo:
By car: From the coastal municipalities you get to Mijas Pueblo by the Mediterranean Highway A-7; take exit 213 toward A-387/Mijas/Fuengirola.
By Public Transport: From Fuengirola there is a bus to Mijas Pueblo every 25 minutes.