The portrayal of Christ’s passion in Riogordo, the “throne races” of the nights of Easter Thursday and Good Friday in Antequera, and the solemn processions in Malaga itself, which have been declared a fiesta of International Tourist Interest, are just some examples of the significance of the Easter celebrations for the province as a whole.
Other celebrations with their own individual flavour include the May Crosses, the Night of San Juan, Corpus Christi, (a fiesta which is celebrated twice in Arriate thanks to a Papal Bull), and the fiestas of the Moors and Christians which take place in Benalauria, Benadalid, and Alfarnate.
Bullfighting also plays a significant role in Malaga’s festive calendar, with important events such as the Corrida Goyesca in Ronda or the bullfights held in the mythical La Malagueta ring in the capital. Flamenco plays its part, particularly in the verdiales, a unique form of singing and dancing with deeply rooted peasant origins.
The Malaga Festival of Spanish Cinema and the Music and Dance Festival which takes place in the Caves of Nerja are just two more examples of the important role that the arts play throughout the province.