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What’s on in Malaga in March

The what’s on in Malaga in March list looks to be 1 of the longest in our monthly round-ups. Several Malaga events highlights are on the horizon and it promises to be 31 days packed with something for everyone.

The best of Spanish film, world premiers of flamenco, free jazz concerts and great new art as well as the monthly markets. Read on to discover our pick of what’s on in Malaga in March.

Free jazz concerts in Malaga

free jazz concerts in Malaga

The first week of March welcomes some big-name talents in jazz to Malaga. And even better news, all the concerts are free. Read our dedicated newsletter to see who’s playing, where and when.

Flamenco in Malaga

1 of the biggest highlights the what’s on in Malaga in March list is the start of the Flamenco festival. The Bienal de Flamenco opens on 3 March and lasts until 9 September. In total, there will be over 80 concerts and recitals around the province.

The Bienal starts at the Cervantes Theatre. Local dancer La Lupi opens with La Paula, a new flamenco piece, accompanied by renowned flamenco musicians and singers including Miguel Póveda. Tickets from €12 here

For forthcoming events (and they look very promising), check out the website (in Spanish only). And for information about flamenco in Malaga generally, read our blog post.

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Malaga Film Festival

Malaga Film Festival

The red carpets are unrolled along Calle Larios and Calle Alcazabilla for one of the biggest events in Malaga of the year. The Festival takes place this year from 17 to 26 March. It celebrates films in Spanish and always attracts plenty of celebrities. It’s the 20th anniversary year so expect some special events. You will find a dedicated post on our Guide to Malaga blog once the official programme of events is finalized.

Malaga film festival
Red carpet in Calle Larios

Musical events in Malaga in February

The Cervantes Theatre hosts several concerts this month including:

Music has no limits – singers, musicians and DJs play a fusion of just about every kind of music – pop, opera, house, jazz, classical – to recreate some very familiar tunes. A fun evening full of surprises. Saturday 11 March 8pm. Tickets from €11 here.

Israeli singer and songwriter Noa plays her latest album in Malaga – Love Medicine. Wednesday 29 March at 8pm. Tickets from €11 here.

What’s on in Malaga in March at the art museums

March is packed full of amazing art in Malaga and lots of it completely new. The Picasso Museum gets a facelift and the Russian Museum receives 2 entirely new collections.

Picasso Museum

If you’ve visited the Picasso Museum in Malaga recently you’ll have noticed that most of the galleries downstairs have been closed for restoration. They all reopen on 14 March boasting a new look.

The Museum has new lighting so you can see the pictures better, but more importantly, the Picasso Museum welcomes 166 new works by Malaga’s most illustrious artist. Several of these have rarely been seen in public so there are some definite treats on the horizon. Visitors won’t see all the new works at once – every 3 months, the Museum will display 9 new works.

If you haven’t been to the Picasso Museum for a while, make sure you do in March!

Open daily 10am to 7pm. New collection €7

Russian Museum

new art exhibitions in Malaga

It’s all change at the Russian Museum where 2 new collections have just arrived:

The Romanovs – the exhibition looks at 4 centuries of the Romanov family in art works including paintings and sculptures. €6

What's on in Malaga in March Kandinsky exhibition

Kandinsky & Russia – the iconic Russian painter takes pride of place at this exhibition in Malaga, posted as one of the best this year. The collection (on shown until July) looks at Kandinsky’s work in the context of his homeland. €4

Open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 8pm. Combined ticket for both exhibitions €8

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Thyssen Museum

The Thyssen Museum sets its sights in very foreign lands with 2 temporary exhibitions:

Japan art exhibition in Malaga

The Illusion of the American Frontier – looks at painting during the late 18th and 19th centuries when artists discovered the call of the Wild West. Objects from Indian tribes are also on display plus a small collection of art depicting Ronda’s bandoleros and smugglers. Until 19 March. €4.50

Japan, Prints and Art Objects – 24 prints and 20 objects including traditional lacquerware and Samurai weapons come to Malaga. Until 23 April. €2

CAC Malaga

art exhibitions in Malaga

Camara de las Maravillas – you’re just in time to catch the Mark Ryden exhibition, called ‘The Wonderland Room’. Showcasing this extraordinary illustrator’s work, this exhibition is a must-see. Until 5 March. Free.

van Eeden what's on in Malaga in March

Marcel van Eeden – the Dutch artist returns to the CAC with his 1525 exhibition, including several of Malaga commissioned especially for the exhibition. Among the 250 art works, mostly comic-like drawings, are several of Calle Larios as you’ve never seen it before. Until 26 March. Free

La Térmica

Portraits – Fashion and advertising photographer Michel Comte is showcased at La Térmica where 40 of his portraits are on display. The Swiss artist worked for the best-known magazines and media companies, and you’ll recognise plenty of the famous faces in the photos. Tina Turner takes pride of place in the gallery. Until 14 May. Free


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What’s on in Malaga in March – Markets

Rastro Market – held at La Térmica, this is one of the most popular monthly events in Malaga. Not only can you browse the stalls – vintage items, vinyl, collectables etc – and taste some street food you can join the roller disco and see take in some shorts.

This month’s offering of shorts comes from the British Council Spain and includes ‘The Silent Conversation’ by William Williamson. The film, winner of the Best Fashion Film 2016 at the Madrid Fashion Film Festival and shot in Lahore, looks at the social codes behind the way people dress in Pakistan. Friday 3 March 7pm till midnight

Arts and Crafts – Made in Soho in Calle Tomás Heredia offers lots of arts and crafts stalls plus food stalls and vintage items. Make it a morning or afternoon out with a walk round the market and then brunch or afternoon tea at one of the great venues in Soho. We like Picnic, Señor Lobo and Subtítulos. Saturday 4 March 11am-5pm

Sporting events in Malaga in March

Half-marathon – it’s the 26th edition this year and promises to be a great event. It takes place on Sunday 26 March and the 21.2km take in the western seafront and most of the old quarter. Sign up here. See you there!

Heads-up for April

The highlight in the Malaga events calendar in April is, of course, Easter. Read our guide to Easter in Malaga.

April also sees the start of the Malaga Gastronomy Festival, which lasts from 20 April to 6 May. Look out for a dedicated blog post once the official programme is released. The highlight of the culinary event in Malaga is always the Marina Street Food arena held in Plaza de la Marina.

Bacon, Freud and the London School arrive at the Picasso Museum from 26 April onwards. This promises to be one of the most interesting art exhibitions in Malaga this year.

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