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Flamenco Festival in Jerez de la Frontera 2020

Flamenco Festival in Jerez de la Frontera 2020

Welcome to the epicntre of Flamenco, The Flamenco Festival de Jerez, 2020.

The city of Jerez de la Frontera proudly celebrates flamenco in a dynamic, colorful citywide celebration every year!

That time is upon us and for two weeks, events, communal & private dance classes, guitar classes and the best performances will draw in visitors from all over the world.

The Festival makes a firm commitment to the creative evolution of flamenco, the development of its expressive forms and the modern to its traditional form. The Festival supports the creative activity of artists determined to find new aesthetic and expressive paths for 21st Century flamenco.

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Flamenco, which refers to song, dance, and guitar, is often considered one of Spain’s national art forms, but it originated and continues to thrive in the south of Spain. Jerez claims the status as the birthplace of Flamenco.
Like most of Andalusia, it is heavily influenced by the Arab occupation and was created by the Gypsy populations of the region. Because flamenco was developed by the lower classes of Spanish society, there is not much documented history dating beyond the past 200 years. However, the art form’s progression took hold during the late 19th century, which is considered the Golden Age of flamenco.

Shows take place all around the city, whether at the city’s main theatre ‘Teatro Villamarta’, or any of the peñas (flamenco clubs that have been around for many years) scattered throughout the historic centre.

It’s not too late to come and enjoy the festivities. We have a few apartments and townhouses left for the 2nd week at the end of February. Flights are cheap, come on over, we have a glass of Sherry waiting for you! Hurry, Casa las Viñas still available

The mass of events and expositions throughout the festival are too numerous to name but I have added a link at the bottom of the page for the entire schedule. In reality, the true experience of the Festival de Jerez occurs in the street, as the city shakes off its glum winter chill in time to see dancers of all nationalities in heavy black skirts scurrying back and forth between classes. On any corner, the echoes of hard stomps waft through open windows, accompanied by rhythmic clapping and the familiar soulful crooning of a cante. All across the city, locals are settling into cramped, dim tabanco bars, perhaps balancing a glass of fino sherry, except this time they are elbow to elbow with foreigners from all around the world enjoying one of Cadiz’s best-kept secrets.

FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

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Paul Shoulders