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Day: September 13, 2016

Photography Festival in Orihuela

Exhibitions, conferences, master class and photo rally from September 23rd From September 23rd-October 1st Orihuela will be the setting for the first Fotomatón Festival with Exhibitions in five different places, conferences, a master class and a photo rally, announced Councillor Mar Ezcurra. The exhibitions will be of work by nationally renowned photographers, like Juan Manuel Burgos, from Cartagena in the Museo San Juan de Dios, called ‘Havana: interior vision’, which “will give us his vision of an unknown Cuba and whose work won the Olorum Iberoamericano prize”, said the councillor. At the Audiotorio de La Lonja will be the work of Pepe Castro who “brings us portraits in black and white of very popular people”. Castro is one of the 18 ambassadors of Hasselblad and a regular contributor in the media. Likewise, the Sala de Exposiciones Miguel Hernández will be the setting for a show of Jordi Flores’ work ‘Territorio urbano’. Meanwhile, Pedro Díaz Molins will exhibit his images from the show ‘Sin rumbo’ in the Centro Cultural of the CAM, which includes the photo that won him a prestigious Sony World Photography Award. The María Moliner library will feature works by various professional photographers showing daily scenes from society. The inauguration of the event will be in the Sala Museo San Juan de Dios at 8pm on Friday, September 23rd. All the exhibitions also open on September 23rd...

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Nautical sports exhibition in La Mata

Half price activities available on Thursday Torrevieja is holding a Nautical Sports Exhibition Day on La Mata beach on Thursday, September 15th. Councillor Fanny Serrano announced it is supported by the three local marinas and will show people the different activities they can do on the Torrevieja coast all year round. She indicated that from 11am until 8pm visitors to La Mata beach will be able to see exhibitions of different nautical sports and take part in activities with jet skis, fly boarding, stand up paddle (SUP), surfing and jet boarding, all at half the usual price. Serrano said this is a much more ambitious event than the last two nautical sports days they put on because they are taking it outside of the marinas to make it more visible. This is a way of reducing people’s reluctance to go into the clubs and marinas, which they may think are a bit elitist, and showing that these sports and activities are accessible for everyone and lots of fun. The objectives of the day include getting people to have a try and get the bug for these activities, but also promoting Torrevieja as a nautical destination that is open 365 days a year, thanks to the local weather and infrastructures. The Town Hall has contributed by promoting the event and producing the posters and advertising...

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Show of music and colour at Rodeo Caves on Wednesday

Evening performance in Rojales by musician and visual artist The artists in residence of the Rodeo Caves in Rojales, the collective Art N Ground are putting on a musical-multicoloured show on Wednesday, September 14th at 8pm by the musician José Luis Fraga and the engineer and visual artist Iván Lucas. “Open Code”, they informed, is a conversation between notes and colours and the result of research by Fraga and Lucas during their residence in the Art N Ground cave. They explained the harmony between traditional and digital resources, wind instruments and live processes. José Luis Fraga is a clarinettist from Galicia based in Madrid whose work ranges between versions of popular songs and new formats of concerts. His melodies are accompanied by pedals for guitar, loops and other processors. Iván Lucas is trained as an engineer but art is his passion. In recent years he has lived in countries in Asia, exploring their traditions through plastic arts and performance. Now in Spain he has gone back to using technology as his creative palette, questioning the digital tools and seeking a balance with the digital arts. There is another chance to see the show on Thursday, September 15th at 9pm in the Auditorio Puertas de Castillas in...

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Water use and rubbish collected indicate record tourism in Torrevieja

Tourism Offices recorded many more French visitors Councillor Fanny Serrano said Torrevieja is the paradigm of residential tourism, but with over 160,000 homes it is more difficult to measure their occupancy levels than for a hotel. For this reason, data from Torrevieja’s Tourism Offices, water consumption and rubbish collection over the summer have been used to evaluate the affluence of tourists. This indicated an occupancy of 85% in August, almost reaching 100% on the bank holiday of the 15th. The average for 3 and 4 star hotels was 80%, for lesser categories and aparthotels 85%, and for pensiones (guest houses) and tourist apartments 92%. Water consumption in August went up 3.69% on last year – 1,218,130m3 in 2016 compared to 1,174,730 in 2015. While in July it was about the same as last year, at about 1,100,000m3. There was a significant increase in rubbish collected in August, which at 6,155,220kg was 100,000kg more than the same month in 2015. In July 55,155kg more were collected than last year, making a total of 5,539,515kg. Visitors to Tourism Officers totalled 14,376 in July and August, of which 66.7% were international and the rest Spanish. The majority of them wanted to known about general local information, followed by cultural activities, leisure, transport, beaches and the Costa Blanca. Serrano highlighted the affluence of French tourists, 2,721 of whom visited Tourism Offices, which is...

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