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The Al Andalus Arts Society is affiliated to The Arts Society - a leading UK arts education charity with a global network of local Societies which bring people together through a shared curiosity for the arts.

Experts who are top in their own field present eight individual lectures per year in the Marbella/Estepona/Benahavis area, during the period of September to May, and our events provide welcoming places to hear expert lecturers share their specialist knowledge about the arts.

Our strength is our people, joined together by a passion for the arts which can nourish and empower us all. Our work creates a better, healthier and more connected society, and the belief that the arts have the potential to enrich peoples' lives is at the heart of everything we do. 

The current situation


Like most of the nearly 400 affiliated Arts Societies around the world, our society relies very heavily on sponsorship. Why is that? Because, on average, an illustrated talk given by one of our excellent lecturers costs in the region of €1,000 to put on. There is the lecturer's fee; their flights to and from the UK; their taxis to and from the airport; and their accommodation. In some cases, there are venue costs; although we are currently fortunate in being provided with the free use of an excellent venue by our sponsor Hugo Investing; and the venues provided by the town halls are generally not too expensive. Some of these items are reduced in cost by the contributions of our Members (particularly the Committee members); but that remains the usual cost. Membership fees make a contribution - but a significant proportion of those are paid to the Arts Society in the UK; enabling us to access and use their excellent selection of accredited lecturers. Visitors fees and raffle tickets help - but we still see a net loss on each lecture amounting to at least €600 - around €5,000 each season.

In the past we have overcome these shortfalls as a result of many generous sponsorships - some being sufficient to cover all our costs for an entire season - and we are extremely grateful to those past sponsors. Since Covid and Brexit, however, our membership has fallen drastically and, with it, our membership fees, visitors fees and sponsorships. The society cannot continue to survive and prosper into the future unless we rectify that situation. 

Our society is well-recognised in the community (in our case, Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis); and we receive good publicity and support from the local newspapers and radio stations - particularly Sur in English, EuroWeekly and Talk Radio Europe; so sponsoring the society is a very good way to increase quality exposure in the area. Our membership and visitors, although currently not as plentiful as in the past, are in a high demographic group in terms of wealth and position; so this is a potentially very attractive proposition for sponsors.

If you are interested in working with us during the coming year, or would just like some more information, do not hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss things further, or perhaps to arrange a meeting.

Sandie Lenton Forrest
Chair - The Al Andalus Arts Society

How sponsors can help



Gold: €1,000 per lecture or €6,000 for the season of 8 lectures.


Silver: €500 per lecture or €3,000 for the season of 8 lectures.




Gold: Full exclusivity for any lectures sponsored (no other company accepted as the financial sponsor).

Up to five free spaces at each lecture.

Membership advantages for all events during the season.

Up to 3 physical banners erected in and around the lecture.


Silver: Commercial exclusivity for any lectures sponsored (no other rival company accepted as sponsor).

Up to two free spaces at each lecture.

Membership advantages at one event during the season.

1 physical banner erected at the entrance of the lecture.



Two minute introduction to the company before every sponsored lecture(s).

Promotional material can be placed on every seat.

Logo and mention on all our publicity material for the period before the lecture (individual lecture sponsorship) or throughout the whole season (season sponsorship).

Ability to mingle with the guests before and after the sponsored lecture(s).

Join the speaker, committee and guests at dinner after the sponsored lecture(s) (at sponsor’s cost).




€150 per lecture


A unique birthday or anniversary gift; or a memorial of a loved one.

The lecture to be named after that person and a brief description of the person and reason for the donation to be included in the programme and newsletters.

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