Society for Economic and Social Promotion and Development of La Palma - SODEPAL



Isla Bonita Love Festival renews its commitment to diversity and freedom

The new edition will be held from 22 to 28 July and will once again culminate with a music festival in Puerto de Tazacorte.

Sergio Rodríguez stresses the importance of this event that promotes essential values, such as respect, coexistence and the defence of people being who they want and love freely.

The public company Sodepal is working on the wide and varied programme of a new edition of the Isla Bonita Love Festival, which will take place from 22 to 28 July, and which will continue with its commitment to diversity and the freedom of people, especially the LGTBI collective.

The president of the Cabildo de La Palma, Sergio Rodríguez, stresses that the Love Festival is an event that is more than consolidated in the island's calendar and serves as an international reference, focusing on celebrating the diversity of gender identities and expressions; the creation of an inclusive and respectful space; the defence of rights and opportunities for all people, and promotes freedom of expression and individual rights.

Under these premises, the Cabildo de La Palma, through the public company Sodepal, is working on the design of an extensive programme of activities in favour of the LGBTI community, which, as every year, will end with a music festival to be held in the port of Tazacorte.

The president of the island institution, Sergio Rodríguez, emphasised the essence of this project, which is based on the right that everyone has to love and feel freely, regardless of their sexual condition; a fight for respect and equality in which the whole of society must feel committed".

Sergio Rodríguez stressed that "the DNA of Love" permeates each and every one of the actions that will take place during the last week of July, "in which we will have the involvement of groups that defend LGTBI rights".

For her part, the CEO of Sodepal and of the Economic Promotion area, Miriam Perestelo, reported that work is underway to finalise the programme of activities, in addition to making progress in contracting the artists who will perform at the music festival, for a project that "in addition to its work to raise awareness and tolerance, we must add the notable social and economic impact it has on the hundred or so small and medium-sized businesses that directly offer services during Social Week, which culminates with the music festival".

In this sense, Miriam Perestelo will hold meetings with representatives of the island's collectives to define ideas, receive contributions and configure a programme that is as participatory as possible.

Sergio Rodríguez and Miriam Perestelo agreed that in the near future they will be announcing the events of the Social Week and the artists who will be present at one of the most important annual musical events in the archipelago.