April this year should include one of the biggest events in Malaga of the year – Easter week – when the entire city celebrates with its unique processions. But for obvious reasons, April 2021 in Malaga isn’t about Holy Week. However, there’s still plenty to see and do in the city including free concerts, interesting markets and great exhibitions. Read on for our round-up of what’s on in Malaga in April.
Note that events in Malaga have restricted capacity because of Covid-19 measures. Note also that events may be cancelled last minute if the measures change – double-check with the venue beforehand. Keep up to date with the latest Covid measures in Malaga.
Public holidays in Malaga in April
Thursday 1 and Friday 2 April are both public holidays in Malaga. Bars and restaurants will be open as usual on both days, but shops will be closed on the Thursday. Museums and monuments have their usual opening hours with the exception of the Museum of Malaga, open on both days 9am to 3pm only.
Musical Events in Malaga in April
Plenty to choose from on the music scene this month. We’ve highlighted the following:
More chamber music from La Spagna quartet at the Picasso Museum on Tuesday 6 April at 7pm. Tickets are available online here or from the Museum ticket office.
Aula Municipal de Flamenco in Malaga has its third concert of the season on Monday 10 May at 4.30pm in the Centro MVA on Calle Ollerías in the old quarter. Jesús Méndez, from one of the legendary flamenco families in Jerez de la Frontera sings. The video below gives you an idea of what to expect.
Entry is free but you need to get a ticket on the day from MVA (available from 4pm 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).
Free patio concert
The Carmen Thyssen Museum’s monthly concert takes place on 24 April at 7pm in the museum’s lovely patio when the lovely Carmina Nova Youth Choir will perform. Entry is free but get in the queue early to be sure of a seat.
Free patio concert 2
The Museum of Malaga has its usual monthly concert on Sunday 18 April at noon in its lovely patio. This month’s performers are the Sinoidal Ensemble (4 saxophones). Entry is free but you need to reserve your place beforehand online. Click on ‘Concierto las Mañanas’ and follow the instructions – tickets are available from 9am on Monday 12 April.
Flamenco in the Soho
Antonio Banderas’ theatre celebrates flamenco with 6 performances between 23 April and 2 May. They include some of flamenco’s biggest names such as the dancers Farruquito and La Lupi and singers Israel Fernández and Mayte Martín. Tickets cost from €25 and you can buy at the theatre box office (Calle Córdoba 13) or online.
Flamenco guitar concerts
Composer and musician Antonio Andrade plays his flamenco compositions with Javier Leal, both on guitar, at the Sala Joaquín Elgar (Calle San Juan Bosco 79 – a 25 minute walk from the centre or get the No 20 or 30 bus from the Pasillo de Santa Isabel). 10, 11, 17 and 18 April at 7pm. Tickets cost €10 if you buy them online in advance or €12 on the door.
In honour of the Barceló exhibition currently on at the Picasso Museum (see below), there’s a watercolour workshop, Painted Literature, on 3 April at 11am. In Spanish only, the workshop is for groups of 10 people and costs €30 per person. Book your ticket online here (go to Talleres de Adultos).
One of the fragrant highlights during the spring in April is the wisteria pergola at the Botanical Gardens. See the wrought-iron pergola literally groaning with scented purple blooms at the beginning of this month. Gardeners tell us that it should be in full blooming glory from 1-10 April. The gardens are a great place to visit all year round – the wisteria is an added extra! Read all about the Malaga Botanical Gardens.
Art Exhibitions in Malaga
It’s all change at this art museum in Malaga during April as follows:
Sunday 4 April – Open doors and the last chance to see the exhibitions (see below) before the museum closes for the month. Free entry 9.30am to 8pm.
Out with the old – you can watch the curators take down and pack the old exhibitions on Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 April from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Arrive early or book your slot via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In with the new – you can then watch the new exhibitions move into place on Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 April from 4.30pm to 6.30pm. Arrive early or book your slot via email to email@example.com
Friday 30 April – the new exhibitions open
New exhibitions at the Russian Museum
The main exhibition will be War and Peace in Russian Art, on display until April 2022. Joining it will be two temporary exhibitions: Aivazovsky and religious painting in Russia and Lev Tolstói. The path of life. More details to follow.
The most-visited museum in southern Spain has a permanent collection, called Conversations with Picasso 2020-2023. The exhibition explores 8 decades of artistic creativity from the 20th century’s greatest artist. The Museum has just opened a new room (Sala XII) showing 19 ceramics and 3 paintings created by Picasso between 1931 and 1962. You can also see 22 works from his La Californie sketchbook, which he drew in Cannes in 1956.
Metamorphosis by Miquel Barceló is in Malaga. Spain’s most famous contemporary artist has nearly 100 works on display that he created between 2014 and 2020. They include ceramics, paintings, watercolours, travel journals and 7 giant bronze ‘matchstick’ sculptures on display in the central patio. Like Picasso, Barcelón sees “every piece of work as experimental”. Until September.
Cherry by James Turrell is the first temporary exhibition of the year, showcasing the Californian artist’s work on light and space. His installations treat both as materials in their own right. Until June.
Open daily 11am to 6pm. Tickets €12 for all 3 exhibitions, €8 Cherry and Barceló, free Sundays after 3pm. Note that the Picasso Museum café is closed at the moment 😞
Carmen Thyssen Museum
The Carmen Thyssen Museum has just celebrated its tenth anniversary showcasing Spanish art, particularly during the 18th and 19th centuries seen in the permanent collection,
Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm, free from 5pm on Sundays.
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 €11.90 and it includes entry to the museum.
The multi-coloured cube includes A Century of Spanish Art from Miró to Barceló exhibition. As usual, you can expect to see an eclectic collection of paintings, videos, installations and sculptures. Read about this art.exhibition in Malaga here.
Show Your Face – a major exhibition of portraits in photo and film by 26 artists between 1972 and 2011. Until 11 April 2021.
Open Wednesday to Monday 9.30am to 6pm. €7 for the permanent exhibition, €9 for both. Free Sundays after 4pm.
Top tip – Pompidou Centre, Picasso Museum and Jorge Rando Museum are the only art museums open on Mondays.
CAC Malaga has 2 main exhibitions this month.
After the Gold Rush by Jules de Balincourt – over 40 works by the French artist, created during 2010 and 2020. Balincourt uses vibrant colours and urban scenes predominate his work as well as islands. Until 23 May.
Fifteen by Rafa Macarrón – the Madrid artist brings 15 works to CAC this month including 10 oil paintings and 4 giant bronze sculptures. All take dogs as their central theme – the first one greets you outside the musuem. Until 6 June.
While you’re at CAC, don’t miss the permanent and Neighbours exhibitions. They’re both packed with interesting and thought-provoking art work and installations.
Tuesday to Sunday 9am-9.30pm. Free entry.
The cultural centre hosts an exhibition starring Brigitte Bardot when she was at the height of her acting career. The exhibition showcases photos of the actress when she was filming Les Bijoutiers du clair de lune, a French/Italian production on the Costa del Sol back in 1957. Location settings include Mijas, Torremolinos, Alhaurín el Grande, Malaga, El Chorro and the Caminito del Rey.
Open Tuesday to Friday 11am to 5.30pm and weekends 11am to 2.30pm. Free entry.
Get to La Térmica Cultural Centre on the No 7 bus from Alameda Principal (south side).
Markets in Malaga in April
El Zoco market on Muelle Uno sells arts and crafts every Sunday from 11am to 6pm. Combine your browsing with a stroll in the sunshine under the Pergola.
Spring market on Muelle Uno with arts and crafts, clothes and accessories. Open daily all month 10am to 9pm.
El Paseo Market returns to its monthly date on Sunday 11 April on the Malagueta seafront promenade 11am to 7pm.
Soho Market has two dates in April – Sunday 18 and 25 from 11am to 7pm – on Calle Tomás Heredia in the heart of Soho.
Organic markets selling 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 3 April from 10am to 2pm and Huelin Park Saturday 17 April 9am to 2pm.
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