Eight thousand people flocked to La Nucia’s first International Day.
Thirty countries from four continents were represented at the Camilo Cano sports centre for an occasion that celebrated the culture, traditions and food of the different nationalities who have made La Nucia their home.
The inauguration by La Nucia mayor Bernabe Cano was attended by the consuls of Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and Bulgaria as well as representatives from the local and foreign business community and charities.
Fifty-five stands offered products from the different countries represented at the event and there was entertainment too.
This included the Torrevieja pipe band, Dutch sea shanties, Italian opera and local choirs plus dance performances by groups from Bolivia, Bulgaria, Ecuador, Senegal and Spain.
In reality every day is International Day in La Nucia, as 43% of the 20,000 population are from outside Spain.
The town hall has built bridges to help the foreign community assimilate into La Nucia’s daily life and at OAME, the municipality’s office for foreign residents, Nucieros are attended in seven languages.
La Nucia International Day was another step towards integration, said Bernabe Cano, and its success means it will become an annual fixture.