David Leiva, one of the participating artists

The Ciutat Flamenco Festival is spreading its wings in Barcelona

19 to 28 May sees some fifteen performances in various venues around the city.

The Ciutat Flamenco Festival is back in Barcelona in the second half of May with the finest names in the contemporary scene. Unlike the previous five seasons, in which the performances were based almost entirely at Mercat de les Flors, the 24th edition of the festival is spreading its wings and taking its 15 performances to places like Centre Cívic Besòs, Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius, Palau de la Música Catalana, Biblioteca Nacional de Catalunya, l'Auditori de Barcelona and Taller de Músics 24. The festival will last 10 days, from 19 to 28 May and is sure to delight flamenco lovers.

When selecting the participants, the organisers have looked for proposals that are fresh, unique experiences with an accent on improvisation and closeness to the public. And although contemporary flamenco is the backbone of the festival, it has many different facets, featuring, for example, conferences designed to help people find out more about flamenco, like the one titled Los palos de la A a la Z by Faustino Núñez and David Pino and masterclasses such as La transcripción de Paco de Lucía, which will be given by David Leiva. There will also be a family oriented performance titled Flamenkat, and a flashmob with Rocío Molina, which will mark the opening of the festival on Friday 19 May at Mercat de les Flors. Molina is also the director and star of Caída del cielo, one of the most cutting-edge productions in the Ciutat Flamenco Festival. But if you’re more drawn to traditional flamenco buy tickets for 25 May at Centre Artesà Tradicionàrius, which will offer a double bill featuring cantaora Antonia Contreras and guitarist Juan Ramón Caro, followed by singer Josep 'Apa' Aparicio, together with his accompanying musicians in Flamencianes.

The festival is organised by Taller de Músics. Click here for additional information on the festival programme, times and ticket sales.

Publication date: Monday, 15 May 2017
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