Andalusia is the birthplace of flamenco, one of the most recognisable musical expressions worldwide. Flamenco is more than just a dance, it’s singing, guitar playing, it’s passion and a lifestyle.
Origins of Flamenco
It was born around 1774, according to the oldest record of flamenco, found on a book.
The origin of flamenco is often subject to disagreement, however, the most widespread theory quotes a cross-cultural mix between Andalusians, Castilians, Gypsies, Moors and Sephardi Jews. It is declared as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO, given its importance and popularity.
Jerez Flamenco Festival
If Andalusia is the birthplace of flamenco, then Jerez should be its cradle. Many of the greatest flamenco singers and guitarists hail from Jerez, where more than 16 flamenco clubs and associations can be found. There are also a large number of flamenco schools for all levels, where visitors from all over the world, especially Japanese enthusiasts, come and learn or perfect their dancing, singing or guitar playing.
For the last 23 years, Jerez has been home to the Jerez Flamenco Festival, or Festival de Flamenco. For two weeks, a large number of shows, masterclasses, workshops and talks that take place all over the city. This year, the Festival will take place between the 22nd of February until the 9th of March.
Flamenco as part of your incentive travel
If you would like to enjoy a flamenco show or a flamenco dancing masterclass as part of your corporate or incentive trip in the South of Spain, Meridional Events will be happy to help you arrange everything you need.
Meridional Events is your local DMC for all MICE and corporate events in Andalusia and the South of Spain.