The iconic music of Spain, Flamenco, is a folkloric artistic expression of music, song, and dance. Flamenco’s origins are associated with the Andalusian Roma (Gypsies) of southern Spain, around the 15th century, although the word Flamenco, which applies to the song (Cantes), the dance (Bailes), and the music (Guitarra), seems to not have come into use until the 18th century. UNESCO designated Flamenco as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2010, a fact which strengthens and asserts the importance of this hallmark of Andalusia. Today, Andalusia reigns as one of the top places in the world to view a traditional Flamenco performance.
Although there are different styles of Flamenco, themes typically deal with life, love, and loss, expressing intense emotion and relationships. The dancing is characterized by sweeping arm movements and rhythmic feet stomping. Song adds a layer of methodic hand clapping, and music adds the intense strum of the musician’s guitar. It is a passionate expression and mesmerizing to watch and listen to.
You can see traditional Flamenco across the country, with Andalusia, Madrid, and Barcelona at the top of the list. Most cities will have tablaos, small café type clubs, which host Flamenco performances.
Andalusia. The sights and sounds of Flamenco are pervasive throughout Andalusia. Discover the roots of great Flamenco masters and learn more about the art, on one of these fantastic routes around Andalusia. Visit the Flamenco Dance Museum in Seville, or, if you’re fortunate enough to visit in the late February/early March timeframe, carve out time for a trip to Jerez de la Frontera and participate in their internationally renowned annual Flamenco festival, Festival de Jerez
Madrid. In addition to theaters and tablaos across the city, Madrid hosts the annual Suma Flamenca Festival, which will take place this year, 19 Oct – 07 Nov 2021. Tablaos that are open in Madrid now are: Corral de la Morería, Torres Bermejas, Las Tablas, Las Carboneras, Teatro Flamenco Madrid, Café Ziryab, Taberna Flamenca El Cortijo.
Barcelona. Visit the city’s largest tablao, Palacio del Flamenco, or the Palau de la Música Theater.
For an experience at the heart of Spanish culture, a traditional Flamenco performance, at one of the many tablaos, is a must. Or bring the Flamenco to your location, or perhaps even, for a fun workshop, Flamenco lessons? Oh, and the Flamenco dress, beautiful. For additional information on viewing Flamenco in various regions around Spain, as well as other related Flamenco activities, visit here
Contact the Tourist office of Spain for further information and recommendations on where you can experience Flamenco in your chosen destination – https://www.spain.info/en/