Sunday, July 1, 2012

Barcelona Festival of Song, Festival Grec and Festival Flamenco d’Estiu

There is always a lot going on in Barcelona. And the summer months are no exception. 




From June 28 till July 7,  Barcelona Festival of Song is on. This is a festival dedicated to Latin American and Spanish vocal repertoire.  Best of all, all the concerts are of free entrance! Check out the program here.


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From today and all through July the 35th edition of the Festival Grec is on in Barcelona.

Just because I couldn't say it better, here is the description from the website: 

We hope you will find the festival to be a door that opens onto the world of the performing arts, theatre, dance, music and the circus. A rich and complex cultural world in which all can find a place to dwell.

Sounds interesting!

Looking at the calendar, every single day has a wide selection of shows, so if you are in Barcelona in July, check out the program for Festival Grec!





                                                                  
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Another festival going on in July is the Festival Flamenco d’Estiu (Summer Flamenco Festval) 3 days; 5th, 6th  and 7th of July there will be a Flamenco concert/show, and according to the website, the artists are big names in the Flamenco world. They had my attention with this photo/poster: 



Flamenco is an artform that is just so Spanish and it fascinates me. I have seen a couple shows and I love to observe and get sucked into the drama and passion this dance encompasses. It's hard to explain, but I don't really understand it. There is so much emotion, feelings, pain and passion in the dancing, the clapping and the singing, but although I can't really identify with it, I love observing it. It is so foreign to me, yet so enchanting. 

Have you ever seen a Flamenco show and what's your thoughts?

8 comments:

  1. Oh you have so whetted my appetite! I would love to go to all of those but later this week we set off on holiday and so I think it isn't possilbe. But I hope you get to all of these and have a great time. I have never seen Flamenco - of course it isn't traditional here so there isn't so much opportunity but in Barcelona of course everything is available. I would love to go. If it feels alien at the beginning, I would advise, just breathe and relax and listen from your heart.
    Have a good summer K x

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    1. I recommend a Flamenco-show, but a real, "authentic" one. It's so fascinating, beautiful although very dramatic. Breathe and relax and listening from my heart is very good advice. The first time I saw it I thought it wasn't for me, too much attitude and drama. But I didn't want to give it up so I kept coming for more shows and although I still can't identify with the pain/passion/emotion they are using to express their art, I now truly enjoy watching it. Good summer to you too, feliç vacances! xx

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  2. Flamenco-festival høres helt fantastisk ut! Har dessverre bare sett det på tv, men "live" er jo alltid best! Barcelona må være en spennende by, det er nok litt mer som skjer der enn i lille Kragerø:-)

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    1. Flamenco er spennende og fascinerende, og sant som du sier, så blir mye av magien vekk over tv-skjermen! Det er temperamentfullt og voldsomt men også veldig fascinerende! Og ja, det skjer utrolig mye her hele tiden :)

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  3. That all sounds amazing! I wish that we had something like that here. I have never seen Flamenco- I'll have to look at some youtube videos of it when I get home :)

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    1. Like I replied to thecatalanway over here, the first time I saw it I thought it wasn't for me, too much attitude and drama. But I didn't want to give it up so I kept coming for more shows and although I still can't identify with the pain/passion/emotion they are using to express their art, I now truly enjoy watching it. And I love how it is so very Spanish! :)

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  4. Oh I bet all of those shows and festivals will be so fun! I love festivals in the summer. I've never seen Flamenco, but I think I'd love it. It'd probably make me want to go shopping for some of those dresses!!

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    1. Hehe I know what you mean :D A friend of mine actually did it. She dressed up in a red/black dotted flamenco dress, and of course with a fan, outside an ancient Spanish bar (you know, the typical one with the hams hanging from the rood and dusty old bottles on shelves covering the walls) and took several pictures. She looked fabulous!!

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