Barcelona’s most unique flamenco festival is happening in May
Are you a big fan of flamenco or have you not had a chance to witness the art of this Spanish dance and music style yet? Either of that, Ciutat Flamenco festival is an event you shouldn’t miss. The whole of Barcelona will sound into the rhythm of Flamenco between May 16th and 31st.
Ciutat Flamenco is one of the main events of flamenco in Barcelona. Moreover, it is one of the most unique festivals of the Catalan and Spanish dance scene. As a result, the experimentation is always evident in its program featuring flamenco that goes beyond its roots and tradition.
Founders of the annual event are two friends from JazzSí Club Taller de Músics, an artistic venue hosting concerts of a small format. The festival, which began as a neighborhood event in Ciutat Vella, now extends throughout all Barcelona. It offers a balanced program of both classic and contemporary flamenco. There are five main venues where the performances will take place: Luz de Gas, L’Auditori, Barts, Taller de Músics 24, and Tablao Flamenco Córdobes.
This year’s edition of the festival is the 26th one. Ciutat Flamenco maintains its commitment to creation, innovation and the history of a musical culture rooted in the city since its inception.
You will have a unique chance to see many talented artists perform live. One of them is Juan Gómez, known as “Chicuelo“. After long years of working with other artists, Chicuelo decided to start performing as a guitar soloist. Besides that, Antonio Lizana will amaze you by his amazing saxophone skills. Antonio Rey will make a reference to his Andalucian origin by playing guitar. María Terremoto and Pere Martínez will fascinate you by their singing. Equally important, the music formation Tablo de Músics will make you dance, and so will a flamenco group of five women called Tiempo con la Chana. Furthermore, Ciutat Flamenco will also host one of the best singers of flamenco, Miguel Poveda.
This year we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Taller Músics. For this occasion, a pianist and composer Lluís Vidal will conduct a large band formed of one of the best interprets of various genres. Consequently, the organizers will hold the first Congress on Flamenco during this year’s Ciutat Flamenco festival and they will create the Pedagogy of Flamenco.
The evolution of flamenco would not have been the same without Barcelona. In Barcelona, unique historical events have taken place and have marked the history of flamenco. Barcelona has a great geographic setting. Constant immigration of Andalusian people and an image of a cozy city opened to every foreign artistic manifestation was along with Seville and Madrid one of the cities in which the first singing cafes opened. Not to mention the best artists have performed in the capital of Catalonia. During the 365 days of the year, Barcelona offers its citizens and visitors a wide range of shows of this genre, which is rare to see in any other city.
What is flamenco?
The history of flamenco dates back to the 18th century. It emerged in the Occidental area of Andalucía (Seville, Cordoba, Huelva). Flamenco is both a musical style and a dance that originally Andalusian gypsies used to practice. In a flamenco performance, there is usually singing, guitar, clapping and dancing. However, flamenco dancing was not set to music at the beginning. In fact, people were just singing and clapping hands. Flamenco is divided into many different musical forms called “Palos”. Each Palo has a distinct set of musical features in terms of rhythm, mode, and lyrics. Therefore, a flamenco singer usually says, for instance, “alegría”, “bulería” or “soleá” during a flamenco performance to inform the audience what Palo comes next.
How to get there?
Luz de Gas
- Metro: Marina (L1), Monumental (L2)
- Bus: 6, 62, H14, V21, N0, N2, N3, N7, N11
- Car: Parking at Pl. de les Arts
- Metro: Paral·lel (L2, L3)
- Bus: 21, 121, V11, H14, D20, N0, N6
Taller de Músics
- Metro: Sant Antoni (L2)
- Bus: 120, 55, V11, H16, D50, N6
Tablao Flamenco Cordobés
- Metro: Liceu (L3)
- Bus: 59, V13, N9, N12, N15