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Tony Bryant: Gitanerias, the Essence of Flamenco

Monday, May 25th, 2015

Tony Bryant's third book focuses on the writer's time in Utrera, a small town in Seville province known for its gypsy flamenco dynasties. For those of us who choose to live in Spain, many aspects of the country and its lifestyle and culture are powerfully seductive. The weather, the tapas, the ...

Review of 2014’s blog posts

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

This year, here on the Andalucia.com Blog, as always, we've covered a wide variety of topics - from culture and gastronomy to local news - everything from International Sherry Week to the Seville Film Festival, Spain winning top place as the world's number one wine producer, and Andalucia as Trip ...

Tony Bryant and the BBC’s flamenco documentary

Monday, June 16th, 2014

[caption id="attachment_14129" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption=" Tony Bryant (left) with BBC producer Phil Pegum (right), and singer Dani de Utrera (middle), recording The Spirit of Flamenco for Radio 2 in the town of Utrera. Photo courtesy of Tony Bryant. "][/caption] English author and andalucia.com flamenco expert Tony Bryant collaborated with the BBC ...

A bailar Sevillanos!

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

An integral part of the Feria de Abril, now reaching its halfway point here in Seville, is dancing. Sevillanas are a type of flamenco dance (or not, depending on who you talk to), performed in pairs - man-woman or woman-woman. Sevillanas are divided into four parts. While it is not obligatory ...

Here Comes the Sun…

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

No, this is not a weather forecast... You may have noticed the growing popularity of flashmobs around Spain lately. These are groups of people who, either spontaneously, or (more often) having rehearsed, perform a song and/or dance in a public place. Flashmobs can be anything from 20 to 200 people. Last year ...

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 ...

Sevilla Card: the new, easy way to see the city

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

When you come to a city, you want make sure to see all the main sights and experience all the culture - monuments, museums, shows; maybe take a few hours checking it out, and getting orientated, from the comfort of a bus (top deck, back row); or get an alternative ...

A (light-hearted) look back at 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

As this is my last proper blog post of 2011 - I will be wishing you a happy new year next week, but other than that I get a (well-earned) break between Christmas and New Year - I thought it would be a good chance to take a look back ...

A royal visit

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Last Friday, we had an official Royal Visit here in Seville. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall came for a short trip, as part of their Spring Tour, to promote business interests; they were in Portugal before coming to Madrid last week, and today arrived in Morocco. Charles and ...