World Festival of Flamenco, Christmas with an Andalusian flavor

Marbella, Spain – For the third year in a row, the Don Miguel Hotel,
Marbella, is hosting the World Festival of Flamenco, from December 26th to 28th.
This unique event aims to familiarize the national and international public with
various aspects of the art through song, tap and dance in addition to other
elements which comprise flamenco culture such as fashion and gastronomy. This
occasion has also become an important tool for disseminating facets of flamenco
among the Costa del Sol’s international tourist population.

The worldwide hotel association, Selected Hotels, is playing host to the third
World Festival of Flamenco, one of the most important cultural events on the
Selected Hotels Festival of Golf calendar. The Festival, organized by the
Selected Events agency in collaboration with Turismo Andaluz and Seville’s
Flamenco Biennial, is an original offer which enables people to enjoy the
Christmas period and attend various shows and master classes given by flamenco’s
top personalities over a three-day period.For Remedios Fernández, Marketing
Director of Selected Events “this event is an investment in promoting
flamenco worldwide, complementing Andalucía’s and Málaga’s tourist offer while
strengthening quality cultural tourism.
“Following the success achieved by the Festival with foreign tourists in previous
years, especially Scandinavians, central Europeans and Britons, Manuel Copete,
manager of Seville’s Flamenco Biennial, will present this year the Flamenco
Guide, published by Turismo Andaluz, in English. “The Costa del Sol World
Festival of Flamenco is a superb product for promoting flamenco beyond our own
shores
“, states Copete.

With its outstanding facilities and the pleasant climate of the Costa del Sol,
having an average 325 days of sunshine a year, the Don Miguel Hotel, Marbella,
is transformed into a perfect forum for blending Andalusian culture with all
types of sports, especially golf. Manuel Macías, the director of Área Telemática
de Turismo Andaluz, stresses that the festival “juxtaposes the world of
flamenco with the hotel’s resources for playing such sports as golf, thereby
making it an essential destination each year for the ‘flamenco traveller.’

Top personalities

The Festival of Flamenco welcomes top personalities in the field to the Costa
del Sol: singers of the calibre of Rafael de Utrera, Fernando de la Morena and
Juan Peña, ‘El Lebrijano’ who will premier his new opus internationally in the
first live concert to feature his latest record. Along with the Seville singer,
there will be performances by the guitarists, ‘Moraito’ and

Gerardo Núñez
who has also chosen the festival to present his new release
internationally and teach flamenco-jazz sessions. Finally, during the festival,
dancers of renown such as

Antonio ‘El Pipa’
, Carmén Cortés and Rafael de Carmen will be performing.

Running parallel to the shows are various exhibitions of Spanish guitar
(Rafael Romero: guitar-maker), photography (Paco Sánchez), painting(La Chunga
and Zaafra), sculpture (Serafín Venegas) and flamenco fashion (Paco Olea) in
addition to conferences overseen by important scholars from the world of
flamenco. Master classes in song, dance, percussion and tap will also play a
fundamental role in the festival. Gerardo Núñez, heir to Paco de Lucía, will
give a flamenco guitar class, ‘El Lebrijano’ will focus on the folk songs of
Lebrija while the dancer, Carmen Cortés, gives a seminar on flamenco dance and
Angel Sánchez “Cepillo” takes the percussion course.

Selected Hotels has prepared packages which include bed, breakfast and free
admission to all the conferences and performances of the three days of the
Festival for any guest staying at the establishments owned by the hotel chain on
the Costa del Sol, the Don Miguel Hotel, Marbella, and the Atalaya Park,
Estepona, between December 26th and 28th.

For those not staying at the hotels, the organization has produced an offer,
with a range of prices, for attending the evening shows taking place on December
26th, 27th and 28th respectively at 22:00hrs in the Salón Jacaranda of the Don
Miguel Hotel. Prices are from from 15 to 25 euros, with tickets on sale at
branches of “El Corte Inglés” and at the Don Miguel Hotel itself. The general
public can also attend free of charge the presentations, conferences and classes
that are given throughout the festival.

Program:

Friday December 26th

13:00 Presentation of the English-version Flamenco Guide, published by Turismo
Andaluz, and of the 13th Flamenco Biennial
18:00-19:15 Flamenco dance master class given by Carmen Cortés
19:15-20:30 Master class in guitar-playing by Gerardo Núñez
Percussion class given by Ángel Sánchez “Cepillo”
Master class in flamenco singing given by Juan Peña “El Lebrijano”: Folk songs
of Lebrija
20:30-21:30 Conference focusing on the various sticks used in flamenco song,
with Manuel Curao, journalist and presenter of flamenco programmes on Canal Sur
Radio and Television, the principal speaker
22:00 Jerez. La búsqueda de las raices: Moraíto, Luis el Zambo and Fernando de
la Morena, accompanied by the hand-clapping of el Chícharo, Gregorio and el Bo
The dancing of Antonio El Pipa
Grand finale to the sounds of the Jerez Christmas drum ‘Zambomba’ (friction
drum)
24:00 Flamenco – Jazz, directed by Gerardo Núñez

Saturday December 27th

13:00 World premier of Jerez guitar genius, Gerardo Núñez’ latest recording
18:00-19:15 Flamenco dance master class given by Carmen Cortés
19:15-20:30 Master class in guitar-playing by Gerardo Núñez
Percussion class given by Ángel Sánchez “Cepillo”
Master class in flamenco singing given by Juan Peña “El Lebrijano”: Folk songs
of Lebrija
20:30-21:30 Conference focussing on flamenco guitar with José Manuel Gamboa,
writer, flamenco expert and representative of the General Society of Authors,
the principal speaker

22:00 Gerardo Núñez and Carmen Cortés in concert
24:00 Flamenco – Jazz, directed by Gerardo Núñez

Sunday December 28th

13:00 Presentation of Juan Peña “El Lebrijano”‘s latest recording
18:00-19:15 Flamenco dance master class given by Carmen Cortés
19:15-20:30 Master class in guitar-playing by Gerardo Núñez
Percussion class given by Ángel Sánchez “Cepillo”
Master class in flamenco singing given by Juan Peña “El Lebrijano”: Folk songs
of Lebrija
20:30-21:30 Conference focussing on the centenary of the birth of flamenco
singer, Pepe Marchena: ‘Una figura del flamenco: cien años de Pepe Marchena’,
with the El Correo de Andalucía critic, Manuel Bohórquez, the principal speaker
22:00 El compás de Utrera y Lebrija: Rafael de Utrera and Juan Peña “El
Lebrijano”
The dancing of Rafael de Carmen with Daniel Méndez on guitar, percussion player
and Bernardo Parrilla on violin
24:00 Flamenco – Jazz, directed by Gerardo Núñez

December 22nd-31st

Flamenco fashion display and exhibition
Photographic and exhibition
Exhibition of Flamenco painting and sculpture

December 26th-29th

The art of guitar-making: manufacturing workshop, guitar exhibition and
practical demonstrations of craftsmen at work.

[Photo of Gerardo Núñez].

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.

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