After two years of pandemic Lloret de Mar has once again hosted festivals and performances by international bands; a dozen festivals of folk groups and performances by international bands were held in June and July, bringing a total of 1,589 participants to the destination, including artists and accompanying persons. The participants came mainly from Eastern Europe, Norway, Lithuania, Macedonia, Latvia and the United Kingdom.
One of the biggest festivals that has been held is the International Folklore Festival with 420 participants from Macedonia, Germany, Serbia and Turkey. They also performed a parade through the town in the traditional costumes of these traditional dances. In the words of Elizabeth Keegan, manager of Lloret Turisme: “We are still far from the numbers of festivals we had in pre-pandemic times, but we are very happy that they have resumed as they bring vitality and dynamism to Lloret and are a clear sign of recovery”.
Lloret de Mar has a long tradition of hosting this type of event and has agencies specialising in the destination such as Fiestalonia, Traveltec, Viajes Garbí Star and Luxtour, among others. These trips combine performances by participants in different unique venues in the town, such as the Roca d’en Maig, Plaça de la Vila and Plaça Pere Torrent, with a more leisure programme that includes visits to the town’s cultural heritage, such as the Santa Clotilde Gardens, and excursions to attractive towns and cities in the area (Girona, the Dalí Triangle, Besalú, Barcelona, etc.).
Since 2010 the Lloret Convention Bureau has had a specific “Festivals & Events” division; a programme created with the aim of providing an advisory service to festival organisers with the search for public and private venues to hold their events, the coordination of technical visits or the contracting of services with local suppliers.