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What’s on in Malaga in April 2024

As usual, there’s plenty going on in April in Malaga, even though this year events don’t include Easter. Read on to discover free concerts, interesting markets and world-class exhibitions in our round-up of what’s on in Malaga in April.

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Wonderful wisteria

One of the highlights during the spring in Malaga is the wisteria pergola at the Botanical Gardens. The wrought-iron pergola literally groans with scented purple blooms for around 3 weeks between mid-March and mid-April. To avoid disappointment, call the Gardens (951 926 180) before you go to check if the wisteria has flowered yet. These gardens are a great place to visit all year round – the wisteria is an added extra! Read all about the Malaga Botanical Gardens.

BAFTA Shorts

CAC Malaga and the British Council has an evening of BAFTA Shorts, two of which won prizes for the best British Shorts 2023, An Irish Goodbye and The Boy, the Mole, the Fox & the Horse.

You can watch the six shorts on Tuesday 9 April at 6.30pm. Free entry, but you need a ticket available online here. The films last two hours altogether.

Aki Kaurismäki Films

The Albeniz Cinema in Calle Alcazabilla is showing a series of films by the legendary Finnish director, Aki Kaurismäki, this month.

  • Tuesday 2 April – The Match Factory Girl
  • Tuesday 9 April – I Hired a Contract Killer
  • Tuesday 16 April – Ariel
  • Tuesday 23 April – Drifting Clouds
  • Tuesday 30 April – Shadows in Paradise

All films start at 8pm, are shown in their original version with Spanish subtitles and cost €4.

Open Art Studios

The local association Encuentra Arte Malaga has organised a series of visits to art studios and galleries in the city from 10 to 14 April. Each day takes a different theme and includes a guided tour of at least two studios/ galleries, some of which are rarely open to the public.

On the list are well-known galleries such as La Casa Amarilla and El Retorno de Lilith, photographic studios Apertura and Buganvillas, and artists’ studios like espacio PHI and El Neo Taller. This is an excellent opportunity to see what’s going on in the world of art in Malaga outside the big museums.

The tours are in Spanish, but the tour guide always speaks English, so can help you out if you need some translating.

You need to buy a ticket (from €6.50) online here – numbers are limited because most studios and galleries are small.

Children’s dramatised tour of the Botanics

The lovely Botanical gardens have the first dramatised tour for children this month. El Talismán Mágico (The Magic Charm) takes the theme of the wicked Uruk who wants to destroy the gardens, so visiting children get together with the Magician Fael and other characters to find the magic charm to bring the gardens back to life. This sounds like a fun family activity!

Friday 12 April at 6pm. Price per person €17. To book a place, call 951 92 61 80 or 639 91 40 55 or send an email to infojbotanicomalaga@gmail.com

Note that the activity is in Spanish, but we imagine the imagination and fun will go a long way to translating. And magic charms are universal!

Malaga Book Fair

This annual literary event, now in its 53rd year, takes place on Paseo del Parque from 26 April to 5 May this year. Stalls from all the city’s main bookshops will be there and events include author signings and talks, and storytelling for children. You can read the programme here.

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Flamenco in Malaga in April

The Flamenco Lo Serás Tú festival returns for another year to the Cervantes Theatre, with flamenco performances from Tuesday 9 April to Sunday 14 April.

Performing on stage will be:

  • 9 April – Carmen Linares, one of Spain’s legendary flamenco singers.
  • 10 April – El Pele, another great singer.
  • 11 April – Rocío Márquez & Bronquio, flamenco fusion.
  • 12 April – Compañía Lucía Alvarez, one of flamenco’s top dancers.
  • 13 April – Arcángel, yet another great singer.
  • 14 April – Rafael Riqueni, flamenco guitar

All concerts start at 8pm, except Rafael Riqueni on Sunday 14 April at 7pm. Tickets cost from €10. More information and links to book tickets here.

Free flamenco concert

This month’s free concert takes place on Wednesday 24 April at 7.30pm in the MVA Cultural Centre on Calle Ollerías. Singer Pepe de Campillos will be performing, along with newcomer on the flamenco scene, Daniela Florido – the video below gives you an idea of what to expect.

Tickets are free, but you need to get yours from the box office on the day (available from 7pm onwards) or from the Municipal Fiestas Department in Camino de San Rafael 99 (available from 9am onwards – you can get here on the No 20 bus from the Alameda Principal).

Traditional crafts exhibition

The Archivo Municipal (Alameda Principal 23) is showcasing ceramics, embroidery, sculpture and sketches by two artists, Paloma de la Cruz and Nuria Riaza. The exhibition, Ceramics and tradition in contemporary art, includes 57 pieces that explore how traditional crafts have a place in art today.

Open until 2 June. Monday to Friday 10am to 1pm and 5 to 8pm, weekends 10am to 1pm. Free entry.

Musical Events in Malaga in April

As usual, there’s an eclectic choice of concerts and musical performances this month.

Crooning Underground

Jazz fans are in for a treat with this concert from Mario Biondi & The Band at the Cervantes Theatre on Sunday 7 April at 7pm. Tickets to listen to Biondi’s unique jazz/crooner voice start at €14. More information and link to buy tickets here.

Brazilian Music

The Polivalente (at Calle Lagunillas 53, off Calle Victoria) has a series of Brazilian music concerts this month. They take place every Wednesday at 9pm and entry costs €7 per person (note that it’s cash only). More information (in Spanish only) here.

English Music

The Astrea Quintet plays a selection of English music at St George’s Anglican Church Málaga, Avda de Pries 1 (in the grounds of the English Cemetery), on Saturday 13 April at 8pm.  Tickets cost €15.  More information and to book here.  

Peter Pan & Wendy

Soho Theatre brings this musical play to Malaga on 19 and 20 April at 7pm. The ten actors bring the well-loved children’s story to life, with circus tricks included. A great evening out for all the family. Note that it’s in Spanish, but we reckon we all know the story well enough for that not to matter! More information and link to buy tickets here.

Free concerts

There are several free concerts this month:

Carmen Thyssen Museum

Voces Blancas Carmina Nova choir sing in the lovely patio at this museum on Friday 4 April at 7pm. Free entry, but start queuing nice and early to bag your seat.

Echegaray Theatre

The Municipal Band performs a concert of processional marches on Saturday 6 April at noon in this theatre on Calle Echegaray. Free entry, but get there early to be sure of a seat.

San Miguel Cemetery

This lovely space, just north of the Calle Victoria district, has a free concert on Friday 26 April at 7pm. The Orquesta Promúsica plays. Free entry, but get in line early.

Museum of Malaga

This lovely patio at this museum has its freebies on:

  • Sunday 14 April at noon when the Camerata 1910 (all strings) plays.
  • Saturday 27 April at 7pm when the Municipal Band plays.

Entry is free, but get there early to be sure of a seat. We recommend being in the queue at least by 10am.

Botanical gardens

The Municipal Band plays in these lovely gardens on Sunday 14 April at noon. Free entry but you need tickets, available online here. Tickets are available from 11am on Thursday 11 April (note that the link doesn’t work before then).

Note that if you can’t get a ticket, you can still enjoy the concert from the esplanade outside the main house. There are no seats here and you have to pay to get in the gardens (€5.20), but it’s still a lovely experience.

There’s a special bus service, leaving from the mainline station at 11am, arriving at the gardens at 11.40am. The return bus leaves at 1pm. Tickets cost €1.40 each way.

World of Harry Potter

The Centro Larios shopping centre (on the roundabout near the mainline train and bus stations) welcomes several iconic Harry Potter scenes from 17 to 27 April. They include a Quidditch pitch and the Hogwarts Express. You can take part in games and competitions, and take photos. Open Monday to Friday 5 to 9pm and Saturdays 11am to 2pm and 4 to 9pm. Free.

Ballet in Malaga in April

The Cuban National Ballet comes to Malaga on Saturday 20 April to perform Don Quijote at the Cervantes Theatre. Tickets cost from €18 and are available from the link here.

Wine tasting in Malaga

Our friends at Winederlust have some wine tasting events in April in the gardens at the lovely Villa Atumalal in the east of the city. Tickets cost €45 (6 wines and pairing cheeses).

Sunday 7 April – Priorat & Monsant at Villa Antumalal at 4pm

Saturday 13 April – Meet the Maker, Bodegas Forlong at Anyway Wine Bar at 4pm

Saturday 20 April – Albariño Carino at Villa Antumalal at 4pm.

Link to more information and to buy tickets here.

Learn to make paella

April has welcomed a new cooking school in Malaga, Elbasi Taller de Cocina in the Soho district. Chef Laura (Le Cordon Bleu trained) is offering a 3-hour cooking course during which you learn how to cook two local dishes and a real paella. Tickets cost €56.95 per person and include two drinks and a surprise dessert.

Best of all? You get to eat the yummy results afterwards. Book your cooking experience now.

Art exhibitions in Malaga this April

As usual, Malaga is showcasing some excellent art this month. Here’s our pick of the best.

Pompidou Centre

The latest exhibition, Place-ness, Inhabiting Space, explores how we interact and live with our surroundings. The six sections include a wide range of installations, paintings, sculptures and videos. And as usual, they all provide plenty of food for thought.

The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate by David Hockney at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga
The Arrival of Spring in Woldgate by David Hockney

Read about the latest art collection at the Pompidou Centre.

Future fossils: exploring virtual scenarios

This new exhibition brings together work by two artists, Ida Kvetny and Diana Velasco. Their individual and joint works look at the meaning and differences between the past and the future, real and virtual, and fact and fiction.

One of the highlights is CryptoPong Participate #2 Málaga (2024), an interactive installation, based on NFT. Until 9 April.

Colour in movement

Carlos Cruz-Diez was one of the world’s greatest exponents of optical-kinetic art and stood out within the Op-Art movement as the instigator of the use of colour. This bright exhibition contains 30 of his works in the form of interactive slides. Until 29 September.

Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 8pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 5pm. 

Picasso Museum

The most-visited museum in southern Spain has just opened a new permanent collection, called Picasso: Structures of Invention. The exhibition shows the 20th century’s greatest artist’s creative process through 150 works. You can also see 22 works from his La Californie sketchbook, which he drew in Cannes in 1956.

Open daily 11am to 7pm. Tickets from €8, free Sundays after 5pm. While you’re there, do visit the Picasso Museum café with its lovely patio.

Note that the Picasso Museum gets very busy and long queues form outside. If you haven’t got a ticket in advance, expect to wait at least 30-60 minutes to get in.

Russian Museum

Although this art museum in Malaga is no longer showing artworks from the Russian State Museum, its latest exhibitions are excellent and both draw on the alternative collections. 

Ahead of his time – dozens of artworks from the huge collection owned by José María Castañé. Divided into four sections, it showcases work by Russian artists as well as key figures from 20th century art such as Paul Delvaux, David Hockney, Eduardo Arroyo and Diego Rivera.

The two largest sections cover 20th century Russian art and contemporary art.

Different perspectives – two award-winning photographers, Elena Anosova and Javier Arboledas showcase their images of two different parts of Russia. Anosova focuses on a remote part of southern Russia, where his family comes from, and reflects on isolation and collective memory. Arboledas looks at Sosnovy Bor, one of the secret cities built during the 1950s in the USSR, and his pictures reflect on memory and utopia.

In the flow – German artist, Boris Groys, who spent many years in Russia, has three videocollages on display.

Image Cities – Russian photographer Anastasia Samoylova has an exhibition showcasing Moscow, NYC and European cities like Amsterdam, London and Barcelona. Her photo collages of modern urban surroundings won the Fundación Mapfre Prize in 2021. Until 5 May.

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Permanent exhibition €6, temporary exhibitions €4, €8 combined ticket. Free on Sundays after 5pm.

Carmen Thyssen Museum

The museum continues to showcase Spanish art from the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection.

The museum also has two temporary exhibitions:

Man Ray – the stunning Sala Noble at the museum showcases an exhibition of Man Ray photos from the 1920s. They include portraits, nudes, Raygrams and self portraits of the artist himself. Until 21 April.

Latent Modernity – this new exhibition includes over 60 paintings by Spanish artists from the 1920s to the 1970s. Anyone who was anyone in the artistic world is on display, such as Picasso, Juan Gris, Menchu Gal and Antonio López. Until 8 September.

Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, €11, free on Sundays from 4pm.

The Carmen Thyssen Museum has a lovely café serving coffee, light snacks and lunch. There’s a daily lunchtime menu, which is excellent value for €12.90. 

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CAC Malaga

This contemporary art museum has the following exhibitions in April:

  • Legacy of Modernism – 34 paintings by German artist Günther Förg, one of the most prominent 20th-century artists. The works reflect Förg’s passion for architecture and minimalism. Until 26 May.
  • Rehearsal for Joy – US artist Theresa Chromati has her first exhibition in a European museum, with her works in acryllic, glitter and sculpture. From 5 April Until 2 June

While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking artwork and installations.

Tuesday to Sunday 9am-9.30pm. Free entry. 

Open Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm and 4 to 7pm, Sunday 10am to 2pm. Free entry, but you’re asked to donate €3, all of which goes to AVOI, the local children’s cancer charity and two animal shelters.

La Térmica Cultural Centre

La Termica Cultural Centre has one exhibition this month, We are made of star dust by Aaron Johnson. The 16 paintings, created over the last three years, showcase Johnson’s use of liquid acryllics on damp canvas.

Free entry. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8.30pm. 

Get to La Térmica by walking west along the seafront (the cultural centre is behind the modern glass Diputación building) or on the No 7 bus from the Alameda Principal (south side).

Markets in Malaga in April

We’ll be adding dates for markets as soon as they’re confirmed.

Arts & crafts markets

El Zoco market on Muelle Uno sells arts and crafts every Sunday from 11am to 7pm. Combine your browsing with a stroll in the sunshine under the Pergola.

Merced Market is on Plaza de la Merced on Sunday 7 April from 11am to 7pm. 

Soho Market on Calle Tomás Heredia, takes place on Sunday 14 and Sunday 28 April from 11am to 7pm.

Organic food markets

Fresh produce grown organically in the Guadalhorce Valley to the north of Malaga. As well as fruit and veg, local producers sell bread and cakes, honey, olive oil, dried fruit and nuts, and organic soaps and creams.

La Malagueta (between Paseo de Reding and Calle Cervantes) on Saturday 6 April from 10am to 2pm.

Huelin Park Saturday 20 April 9am to 2pm.

Sporting events in Malaga in April

Fun run for all the family

Run a fun 5k or 10k along the western seafront on Sunday 14 April in aid of the children’s homes charity, Aldeas Infantiles SOS. The event, called Running Makes Friends, starts at Huelin Park entrance at 9.30am and entry costs €5. Full details here.

HYROX Malaga 2024

Definitely not a fun run and only for the very fittest, the World Series of Fitness Training comes to Malaga on Saturday 13 April from 9am onwards. It takes place at the Congress and Exhibitions Centre (FYCMA) and consists of 8 x 1km runs and 8 circuits of functional training (we needed a lie-down just writing that 😅). Full details and link to sign up here.

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