International People’s Fair in Fuengirola

MORE than a million visitors are expected to visit this week’s ever more popular International People’s Fair in Fuengirola. The 19th edition of the event is running until Sunday.

The multicultural event presents an opportunity for the 33 participating countries to showcase their culture, and a unique opportunity for spectators to view a window of the world.

Last year’s event attracted over a million visitors, and created 500 jobs, which prompted the mayor, Esperanza Oña, to comment: “It’s a show that conveys the coexistence between countries, and everyone has a good time.

“We aim to demonstrate that the existence of different societies need not divide, but on the contrary, make us culturally richer. We can boast about Fuengirola’s folklore and cuisine without detracting from others.”

A ceremony to announce the event was attended by representatives from participating countries, and guests were entertained by folk groups from Argentina, Peru, Ecuador, Egypt, Bolivia and Cuba.

The fair started May 1 with a parade and will be open from 1pm every day until May 5.

Two large marquees spread over 2,500 square metres will house 69 exhibitors, including an entertainment area for children incorporating a 300 square metre ice rink.

Launched in 1994, the event has grown into an annual opportunity for Fuengirola to show off its customs, folklore, gastronomy, and reputation as a multicultural place to live.

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