La Bienal 2016 takes ‘arte jondo’ to every corner of the city
Since last September 8th until next October 2nd, the XIX edition of la Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla will take flamenco to every corner of the city, with activities scheduled so everyone, local or visitor, aficionado or just curious, can enjoy ‘jondo art’, a recognised Andalusian identity sign that was recently declared as part of UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list.
Thanks to an event that every two years turns the city into the most important meeting point for flamenco worldwide, Seville breathes flamenco at every corner, hosting shows created by renowned artists such as Farruquito, José Mercé, Tomatito, Esperanza Fernández, Eva Yerbabuena, Vicente Amigo, María Pagés, Arcángel or Isabel Bayón, to name such a few of them, in the greatest venues, such as Teatro de la Maestranza, Teatro Lope de Vega or Teatro Central, but also at other singular spaces, adapted to hear and see flamenco, such as the iconic Hotel Triana, Espacio Santa Clara, the impressive Reales Alcázares, obligated visit for every tourist in town, or the recently rehabilitated Church of San Luis de los Franceses, a real jewel of the Sevillian Baroque.
But, also, every visitor can enjoy the art of a flamenco figure, even without buying any tickets, because la Bienal has prepared a free street programme, and also due to the flamenco hopscotchs painted all over town, and created for playing them with the rhythm of a ‘soleá’, so Seville, until October 2nd, showcases its most flamenco side from the morning until dawn.
All the information about the official programme and the parallel activities of la Bienal de Flamenco are available on its website, www.labienal.com. Upper picture: flashmob created by ‘bailaor’ Farruquito next to la Giralda. La Bienal de Flamenco’s Audiovisual Archive, photographer Óscar Romero.