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Top Global Scientists Descend On Gibraltar To Study Bird Migration Between Africa And Europe – Olive Press News Spain




SCIENTISTS from across the world plan to study bird migration between Europe and Africa via Gibraltar at an annual conference held on the Rock.

The Calpe Conference 2022 from September 22-24 hones in on a book written fifty years ago by Oxford scientist Reginald Moreau called ‘The Palaearctic-African Bird Migration Systems’.

Now in its 26th edition, it will look at how ‘developments in the fields of genetics, biochemistry and tracking techniques’ have affected the study of the migrating birds in the area, the Gibraltar government’s department of the environment said in a statement.

The topic heads an exciting programme for the University of Gibraltar event.

It followed the launch of a European-African Migration Observation Network on the Rock.

Spearheaded by Minister of the Environment John Cortes, a keen birdwatcher himself, the network brings together the top local and international experts on the subject and coincides with the 50th anniversary of Moreau’s book.

“The importance of Gibraltar’s location in the bird migration system is unquestioned, and the contribution to knowledge that has been accumulated here through the decades is hugely significant,” Cortes said in the statement.

“Research continues from the Rock, and it is very fitting that with this year’s Calpe Conference, Gibraltar should celebrate the anniversary of a book that contributed so much to understanding the phenomenon of migration.

Cortes noted his interest in the subject as he contributed to background to the book.

“Gibraltar-based ornithologists will no doubt benefit from, and appreciate, listening to world-renowned experts on the subject talking and discussing right where the migration happens,” the minister added.


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Festibeer: Craft Beer Festival In Spain’s Alhaurin De La Torre – Olive Press News Spain




FOR three days, Alhaurin de la Torre will become the Costa del Sol’s beer capital with its first ever Craft Beer Festival; Festibeer.

This first edition of the Beer Fest will take place on October 14, 15 and 16 in the Plaza of Spain, from 7 pm on the Friday until Sunday in the afternoon.

The fair, baptised ‘Festibeer’ will offer visitors a lineup of various breweries with different styles of beer including popular brands from Malaga and Andalucia, as well as national and international craft beer.

Visitors will also have the option of tasting delicious international dishes, with various stalls and food trucks set up for the event, including BBQs, German sausages, Venezuelan, Argentine, Italian or American cuisine, live music and much more.

Born out of a passion for craft beer, the activity was presented in El Porton by the councilor delegate for Culture, Festivals and Tourism, Andres Garcia, the Culture technician, Mamen Heredia and Jose Peña, from the organising company Licahumann, with the aim of placing Alhaurin de la Torre on the gastronomic brewer map and give the opportunity to locals and visitors alike to taste a wide variety of quality craft beer.


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Superb Local Art In La Fabrica In The Alpujarran Town Of Lanjaron – Olive Press News Spain




AN ex-olive factory in the centre of Lanjaron is playing home to a bustling venue for art, music, and theatre from La Alpujarra’s most talented artists.

Run by a group called Artists Network Alpujarra (ANA), it is the place to see exhibitions of painting, ceramics, photography, collage, and sculpture, as well as participate in various classes and workshops.

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Art in La Fabrica. Photo: Fred Shively.

Focusing on its local zone, La Fabrica has run exhibitions to celebrate the life of celebrated poet, Federico Garcia Lorca, and the history and culture of the Alpujarras. Notable shows have included work from Granadino Jose Manuel Haro ‘Mirlo’ and Chite’s Gym Halama.

The venue hosts music nights, from classical to jazz, rock, and folk.

Artists have included Zeger Gabriel and Andres Ruz, international flautist Lara Wong with guitarist Melon Jimenez, the Marcial Heredia Trio with their flamenco fusion, and Fernando Gallego – who was part of the renowned Gin Tonics and is now a successful solo artist.

La Fabrica has also held fashion shows and wine tastings, poetry readings, tango lessons, basket weaving, coding, writing classes, dance performances and a multi-cultural event to raise money for Ukrainian refugees. 

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Art at La Fabrica. Photo: Fred Shively.

La Fabrica is a not-for-profit association, run by ANA and is funded by membership fees. The venue’s social media now attracts people from throughout Europe and of many different nationalities.

Membership of ANA gives entry to exhibitions and events, free entry into La Fabrica and the bar. Non-members pay an entry fee of €5. People can propose their own events and exhibitions to La Fabrica team.

La Fabrica is at Calle Hondillo 119, Lanjarón and appears on Facebook.

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MSC Cruises Programs 31% More Calls To Spain’s Malaga In 2023




Msc OrchestraTHE cruise sector is going from strength to strength post pandemic with an ever growing number of stopovers to the Port of Malaga. The increase in calls is headed by the shipping company MSC Cruises—the third largest in the world among cruise companies—who has just announced it will increase its calls in the Port of […]

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