Every two years the southern city of Sevilla celebrates the biggest Flamenco festival in the world: ‘La Bienal de Flamenco‘.
Since it’s inception in 1980, the bienal has become the most important festival to present the best artists of genre in all its elements of song, dance and guitar. This year is not an exception and despite of the COVID-19 set back, the festival will have both live and virtual elements.
Traditionally the festival took place during the month of September but over the last few years the duration of the festival has been extended and this year’s the live performances, in fact, commenced on August 14th. The mainly musical performances (of music and song) were performed at the San Jeronimo Monastery. and consisted of musical performances at will continue until October 4th. A more official introduction to the festival and the commencement of the streaming transmissions will take place on September 4th at the historic Royal Alcazar of Seville, with a flashmob presentation prepared by Antonio Canales and María Morena to the music of Rafael Requeni. This will be the first of 7 performances that will be presented online.
The festivals online streaming of 7 performances is intended to connect with 30% of the festival audience that usually attend from Countries such as Japan, USA, Germany, UK and France. Unrestricted online access to all these performances will be free of charge and open to everyone for several days beyond the performance dates. For more information on the streaming edition of the festival check out this link with a pdf article on the 7 performances. Please note that there is a table summary of the events and the times of the performances included at the bottom of the article.
For full festival program listing check out the official festival program page by clicking here.
The Vancouver Flamenco Festival
The Vancouver Flamenco Festival this year will offer both an outside and online editions.
On September 5th and 6th, they will be presenting the work of local Vancouver-based Flamenco dance and music artists on the Picnic Pavilion stage at Granville Island, 267 Old Bridge Walk, Vancouver.
This FREE outdoor event will have a maximum capacity of 30 people and is split into blocks to cater to multiple audiences while reducing the congregation of large groups.
Saturday September 5thperformances
La Faena / Calle verde – Peter Mole, Michelle Harding, Maria Avila