• Seville Prepares for its Big Flamenco Spectacle

    by  • August 17, 2014 • Culture Breaks, Festivals, Music, Seville

    The Seville Biennial Flamenco Festival will attract visitors from all over the world.

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    Seville’s Biennial Flamenco Festival, often termed the “biggest and best flamenco festival in the world,” will this year take place between September 12th and October 5th.  Flamenco originated in Andalusia and displays can be enjoyed in Seville at any time of year, whether in a crowded bar or on a theatre stage.  However, every two years this very special brand of Spanish folk music and dance takes over the entire city for a three week period.  Flamenco includes includes cante (singing), toque (guitar playing), baile (dance) and palmas (handclaps). The first mention of Flamenco in literature date back to the 18th Century, when the genre grew out of Andalusian and Romani music and dance styles.

    The whole genre of flamenco includes many types – “new flamenco”, “flamenco-fusion”, and “flamenco-rock” being a few of the contemporary sub-genres and there are many types of traditional flamenco.

    The Seville Flamenco Biennial Festival combines a flamenco competition with a range of performances, both song and dance, of this typical Spanish art. A variety of shows and parallel events such as courses, conferences, talks and seminars run concurrently with the flamenco competition. Every night there is a concert, plus plenty going on the in theatres, clubs, bars, and on the streets of the city.  Professional shows will last anything from 45 minutes to 2 hours.  Watching flamenco in a bar is a great way to see an improvised flamenco show, where locals and tourists are invited to jump in to join the fun.

    Reservations for polished, professional performances can be made at a number of venues in Seville including the Auditorio Alvarez Quintero, the Museum of Flamenco Dance and the Casa de la Memoria.  For a more improvised performance or possibly a display of only singing or guitar there are plenty of venues which offer a special atmosphere and passion which is difficult to create in a larger venue.  Whether it’s in a bar or on a street corner, Seville is bound to offer the visitor an amazing flamenco experience!