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Archive for the ‘Flamenco’ Category

(Not the Bienal de) Flamenco season in Seville

Friday, September 6th, 2013

On even years - 2010, 2012, next year 2014 - Seville hosts one of flamenco's most important festivals, the Bienal de Flamenco, featuring performances by all the biggest stars, as well as workshops. Now, for those who experience flamenco withdrawal in autumn without a great series of stars to watch, a ...

Summer cultural highlights in Seville

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

As always in the hot months of the Andalucian summer, the cultural programme in Seville moves outside and into the sultry late night. Here are some of the best events taking place in Seville this summer - outdoors, long after the sun has set, in historic settings. Also don't forget to ...

Valentine’s Day

Monday, February 11th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9777" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Alhambra Palace in Granada is one of the most romantic buildings in the world - viewed like this, and to visit."] [/caption] So this Thursday is Valentine's Day, or Dia de los Enamorados (Lovers' Day) in Spain. Many hotels and restaurants around Andalucia will have special ...

La Noche en Blanco – late-night culture-fest in Sevilla

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

This Friday night, 26 October, Seville is holding a "Noche en Blanco", a night-time cultural festival. It's a full evening programme of events being held throughout the city, embracing all disciplines: literature, music, art, sculpture, at over 30 locations. Just to the north of the Setas, otherwise known as Metropol Parasol, is a group ...

Free flamenco in Seville!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Outdoor-loving flamenco aficionados - or indeed people who just happen to be visiting the city - will be happy to hear that the Bienal de Flamenco, which takes place until the end of this month, has a wide programme of free events en la calle this year. Part of its ...

Summer in Seville

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Summer has officially arrived in Seville, since the season of outdoor concerts in the Alcazar Gardens started this week. They run until 24 August, with nightly shows throughout the entire 11-week period. Every year, over a good chunk of weeks (usually late June/early July till mid-September, so earlier this year) is ...

Find your way around the Feria

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2934" align="aligncenter" width="494" caption="A group of feriantes at the Feria de Abril, Sevilla."][/caption] Tonight, at the stroke of midnight, this year's Feria de Abril kicks off officially, when the lights on the Portada (entrance arch) are switched on - the alumbrao. For those who have never been, but would like to ...

The gateway to the Feria

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6020" align="aligncenter" width="523" caption="The portada - entrance arch - of this year's Feria de Abril in Sevilla, modelled on the facade of San Salvador church."][/caption] The Feria de Abril here in Sevilla starts officially next Tuesday, with the alumbrao, the lighting up of the portada (entrance gate) at midnight on ...

Charlize Theron and Leonard Cohen go flamenco

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2106" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Sara Baras, one of the Spanish stars of the new TV series about flamenco, in a scene from Carlos Saura's film."][/caption] With Seville's main annual event, the Feria de Abril, fast approaching, and its accent on dancing Sevillanas all night long, I was excited to hear ...

Andalucia’s sense of community

Monday, February 27th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5279" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="One of Andalucia's most famous buildings, and witness to its strong Moorish heritage: the Mezquita in Cordoba."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5277" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="El Rocio, pilgrimage destination for millions every May."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_5280" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Barrels in Bodegas Gonzalez Byass in Jerez - home of sherry."][/caption] Andalucians are prouder of their ...