One of the highlights of our year is the Gala Folklorica Internacional de Ronda, which is held during the last few days of August or early September and is part of the Pedro Romero Feria.
Dance companies from all over the world are invited to perform at this prestigious event and this year featured groups from Martinique, Argentina, Ukraine, Poland, Turkey and Georgia! This Gala was formed in 1974 and is the oldest folk festival in Andalusia and during that time over 100 countries from all continents have taken part.
The location for this Gala is the Auditorio Blas Infante, an open air theatre situated on the edge of the Tajo that offers spectacular views of the valley.
The Gala is held over three days, starting at 10 o’clock each night and in addition to the featured countries, a group of dancers from the local Ronda school of flamenco perform at the start of each session.
It is also a tradition that representatives of each of the dance groups take part in the opening procession of the Ronda Feria, which starts at the bullring and travels slowly up La Bola to the Feria ground on the outskirts of town, where we are treated to a magnificent firework display, which signifies the opening of the Ronda Feria.