After taking a break for a couple of years, Barcelona's top flamenco festival, De Cajón!, came back in 2017 and has been going strong ever since, with live performances by greats such as Estrella Morente, Diego el Cigala, Antonio Carmona, Rocío Márquez and Duquende, and the art of the guitar by the likes of Niño Josele, Tomatito Sexteto and Chicuelo. Check the festival website for the annual dates starting around October. Performances are also in stunning settings, including the Palau de la Música, BARTS, Luz de Gas and the Conservatori del Liceu.
Flamenco in Barcelona? Why, yes, thank you. Though you may have heard that flamenco shows in Barcelona simply can’t be authentic because flamenco is from the south of Spain, you may be surprised to find out that the genre’s roots in Barcelona and Catalonia go back nearly two centuries. The biggest names in flamenco, including the great dancer Carmen Amaya, singers and guitarists El Pescaílla, Peret and Gato Pérez, the fathers of Spanish rumba, and many others, roamed this city’s streets and squares, and transformed them into places with a rich (and still thriving) flamenco scene.
Local cantaors (flamenco singers) like Miguel Poveda play to sell-out crowds at the Palau de la Música Catalana and smaller venues such as Luz de Gas, as do singers and guitarists from the south such as Paco de Lucía, Diego de Cigala and Vicente Amigo. Dancers, including Rafael Amargo and Sara Baras, appear at the Liceu. And prestigious festivals such as De Cajón! have helped keep Barcelona at the forefront of the international flamenco scene. Whether you like your shows with a drink, tapas or a full meal, we’ve rounded up the very best places to see flamenco in Barcelona – so put on your dancing shoes and get out there.
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