2016-2017 Full Programme Preview

It’s summer and in the Costa del Sol that means long lazy days combatting the heat … for some. Here at Costa del Sol Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Dfas) we’ll be busy updating our website with details of next season’s art lecture programme which runs from October through to May. We’ve selected lectures and activities that cover a wide range of artistic and cultural interests. Here’s a preview and diary dates below right for your calendar. Everyone is welcome, we hope you will come and join us. We hope you have a wonderful summer.

About Costa del Sol DFAS

The Costa del Sol Decorative and Fine Arts Society (Dfas) was established in 1988, the first Society of its kind in Spain. We are one of more than 350 Societies worldwide that are members of the National Association of Fine & Decorative Arts Society (NADFAS in the UK). Our objective is to further the enjoyment, knowledge and awareness of the Arts internationally and to stimulate interest in the cultural heritage of Spain.

Our society is friendly, active and thriving with our members representing 15 nationalities and who are passionate about fine and decorative Arts. Our art lectures run from October through to May and cover a wide range of artistic and cultural interests. Everyone is welcome, come and join us!

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About Us

Our society is friendly, active and thriving with our members representing 15 nationalities and who are passionate about the Arts.

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Full Programme

A cultural journey from Polynesia to Bilbao, discover our full programme of events for this coming season.

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Our 2015/2016 Programme

We’re delighted to introduce you to our 2015/2016 Programme of art lectures, travel and social activities. This year we embark on a cultural journey of a lifetime, crossing seas and deserts, visiting diverse landscapes of Polynesia, Russia, Armenia, Iran and Afghanistan, and exploring their art and cultural traditions. Make sure you get on board with us this season.

This Season’s Art Lectures

Extra Lectures

Events, Travel and Members’ Forum Illustrated Talks

Thank you to Our Patrons

We give a heartfelt thank you to all our Patrons. We are fortunate to have their generous support, making it possible for us to attract high quality lecturers – experts in their chosen subjects – to our Society.

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Young Arts Project

ADIMI is a charitable association in Mijas assisting the personal development and social integration of disabled young people to improve their quality of life.  Catering for 150 children and youth-adults … Read more …

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Looking for something to do on a rainy day on the Costa del Sol? Join us for our last art lecture of the season: 'Lost on the Titanic: The Making of the Great Omar Binding'. The Great Omar was the most fabulous, elaborate and opulent binding ever created. It was embellished with over one thousand jewels, five thousand leather onlays and a hundred square feet of gold leaf, and took a team of craftsmen over two and a half years to make. It went down with the Titanic. This lecture tells the story of the making of the fabulous Great Omar. It is also the story of the renowned bookbinding firm of Sangorski and Sutcliffe – who were known for their elaborate jewelled bindings – and the men that made this extraordinary book. It also tells the moving story of life after the tragedy and of one young man in particular who decided against the odds to recreate the binding, a venture which itself is mired in tragedy and which occupied him for the rest of his life. Lecturer is Dominic Riley, Vice President of the Society of Bookbinders. With respect, Our Patron is the Harald Huth Memorial Lecture. Full details and times www.costadelsoldfas.com/portfolio-items/may-2016-art-lecture/ Everyone is welcome #Mijas #Fuengirola #Benalmadena #Marbella #Malaga
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ADIMI Young Arts Exhibition, Impressions of Mijas

Apr 14, 12:00

Adimi. Asociación para personas con discapacidad de Mijas Virgen de la Peña

Thirty young people from ADIMI are exhibiting their drawings and paintings in the new ADIMI Centre, the results of an art project funded by Costa del Sol DFAS and Crawford Associates. Six designs were...

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Art Lecture: The Woven Art and Symbolism of the nomadic tribes of Iran and Afghanistan

Apr 11, 16:30

Salon Varieties Teatro

The lecturer draws on his experience of living amongst the nomads of Iran and his travels throughout the Near East and Afghanistan. The journey begins in Outer Mongolia in the 5th century BC and foll...

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Pencils at the ready, it’s Diary Date time again. Our cultural adventures for April are … Monday 11 April our Art Lecture is ‘The Woven Art and Symbolism of the nomadic tribes of Iran and Afghanistan’. Our lecturer Brian Macdonald has been a dealer and consultant in antique oriental rugs and carpets since 1979. He draws on his experience of living amongst the nomads of Iran and his travels throughout the Near East and Afghanistan and will weave a tale from Outer Mongolia to today. Thank you to Our Patron Fernando Gil Martinez. On Thursday 14 April we are delighted to invite you to the ADIMI Young Artists Exhibition ‘Impressions of Mijas’. Learn more and download your invitation from our website. Many of our members will spend the end of the month travelling to Bilbao, La Rioja and Burgos, look out for our photos later in the month. For full details on all our events please visit our website.
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Diary Dates: We've a packed cultural selection this month spanning the centuries, so come and join us for a trip through the ages! Wednesday 2 March is our Member's Forum followed by a lecture on ‘Spain, Summer of ‘36’ presented by member Juan Vincente Garcia Moreno. On Monday 14 March our lecture for classical music lovers is 'Leipzig: Architecture, Art and Music – JS Bach, Mendelssohn and Wagner', including musical excerpts provided by lecturer Dennis Moriarty, a former director and produce of cultural programmes for the BBC over 30 years. Thank you to Our Patron Palomini Properties. We round off on Tuesday 15 March with our Extra Lecture: 'Granada, A Story of the Opposite Hill. A Walk Through Islamic Granada in the 15th Century' by lecturer and architect Rafael Anderson. We're also pleased to tell you of a new venture on the coast which starts on Thursday 3 March at the Danish Church in Mijas with a classical cello performance by award winning British cellist Jacob Shaw. We hope you will be able to join us at one or all of the events. Read full details on our website www.costadelsoldfas.com/calendar-2015-2016/ #Mijas #Fuengirola #Art #Music
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Diary Dates for February. Come and join us for two superb art lectures. On Monday 8 February we learn about three great families and their gardens: The Astors, the Rothschilds and the Sackville-Wests. This is a story of 3 very different, but hugely successful families. The talk traces the history of the families, discusses their considerable contribution to life in England and celebrates the splendid gardens that they created and that continue to give us tremendous pleasure to this day.

Tuesday 9 February our extra art lecture is Popes and Painters: The Avignon Papacy and the Impressionists of Provence. The Avignon Papacy refers to a period in history of the Roman Catholic Church from 1309-1378 when the seat of the Pope was moved from its traditional home in Rome to Avignon. This arose from the conflict between the Papacy and the French throne. This lectures tells of the time in the 14th century when for sixty-seven years, seven Popes resided and found refuge in Avignon in the South of France. It was a turbulent time of transition between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.

We will also explore the fact that 500 years later a group of painters vilified in Paris such as Van Gogh, Renoir and Gauguin also moved to the South of France and found peace and inspiration in Provence.Both lecture are by Caroline Rayman, a former British Museum Official Guide. Thank you to our sponsor Blevins Franks.

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