The week long International Habaneras Competition in Torrevieja starts on Monday 24th July and continues until Sunday 30th July 2023. It is one of the most popular cultural events within Torrevieja. The first competition was held in 1955 and there has been one every year since then. The Habanera is a specific type of music that originated from Cuba in the 19th century. It was the first written music to be rhythmically based on an African motif, and the first dance music from Cuba to be exported all over the world.

The TVE Cultural host Elena Sánchez will once again lead the most identifying cultural event for the people of Torrevieja. A choral appointment that identifies for her “solid trajectory and international prestige”, highlighting the “excitement” that makes her “return to Torrevieja” to meet again “with friends and the people of Torrevieja with whom I have always had a beautiful affective bond”.

Elena Sánchez is one of the most recognized faces in the cultural field on public television. With an extraordinary professional career, she is currently presenting ‘Historia de nuestro cine’ on TVE’s La2.

The Board of Trustees says they have been grateful for her style and professionalism during the three editions of the Contest in which she has previously been involved so they have no hesitation in trust her, once again, with the upcoming edition.

Sánchez said, “I will miss the Eras de la Sal” because the Contest is being held for the second consecutive year in the Municipal Theatre due to the work of its previous venue.

The Opening Gala will feature the Spanish singer Pasión Vega and the Symphony Choir of the Municipal Choral School