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17th edition of IIFA celebrating six decades of diplomatic relations between India and Spain
The prestigious International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) awards' 17th edition celebrations have started on Thursday at Madrid, Spain with 150 film celebrities and over 20,000 fans in attendance. This is for the fourth time IIFA awards are being held Europe, twice it was held in the UK and once in Amsterdam.

The four day gala started on 23rd June and will conclude on 26th June. Andre Timmins, Director, IIFA and Wizcraft officially announced the start of the gala.

"We are extremely excited to announce that IIFA 2016 will travel to Europe again. We had been working on Madrid for many years and as 2016 marks the 60-year friendship between India and Spain, we feel this is the right time to showcase our culture and Bollywood there," as reported by Indian Express.

Pakistani actor Fawad Khan and Bollywood's celebrity filmmaker Karan Johar will host the IIFA Rocks gala today, while Farhan Akhtar and Shahid Kapoor are all geared up to host the Nexa IIFA Awards which will see six acts by Bollywood stars including Salman Khan, Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Hrithik Roshan, Sonakshi Sinha and Tiger Shroff.

Apart from the IIFA celebrations, a slew of other activities have also been planned to celebrate the six decades of diplomatic relations between India and Spain. As a part of this celebration Shilpa Shetty will be hosting a yoga fest on the streets of Madrid.

The city will also experience a IIFA Stomp and Rang Jam - a Holi celebration, with Indian dances, henna artistes and Indian street food on offer.

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