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Vancouver’s 22nd Annual International Flamenco Festival is back this fall, presenting a range of performances and styles, from traditional to contemporary. Vancouver is lucky to have a rapidly growing local and national flamenco community. This festival will explore flamenco’s origins as a blend of cultures through to today’s continual evolution of music, song, and dance. From September 26 to October 2, get ready to be wowed by an abundance of talent in our city.

Esmeralda Enrique
[Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance. Photo credit: Hamid Karimi]

Some of the highlights include a lecture and dance demonstration, several soloists performing at Granville Island’s Waterfront Theatre, and two days of conference programming at the Scotiabank Dance Centre. Javier Barón – winner of Spain’s 2008 National Dance Award – will surely be a hot ticket.

Here’s the line-up:

Monday, September 26, 7 pm
Flamenco Rosario’s Lecture & Dance Demonstration “Understanding Flamenco”
Vancouver Public Library Central branch – free admission
Conference Programming, Scotiabank Dance Centre, 9 am – 5 pm
Tuesday, September 27, 8 pm
Conference Programming
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 9 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, September 28, 8 pm
Local Favourites: Tradition Meets Contemporary
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
Moraima: Peter Mole, Jose Lara, Michelle Harding, Maria Avila
Rosanna Terracciano solo performance
Thursday, September 29, 8 pm
Local Favourites: Ensemble Work and the Soloists
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
Mozaico Flamenco Dance Theatre
Solo performances by Palma Bjarnason, Angela Gomm, and Alice Gerbrecht

Friday, September 30, 8 pm
The Nationals
Waterfront Theatre, Granville Island
Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company
Flamenco Rosario

Javier Barón
[Javier Barón]
Saturday, October 01, 8 pm
Barón” by Javier Barón Company
Vancouver Playhouse, Hamilton & Dunsmuir

The Ever Evolving Art of Flamenco: New Developments in Contemporary Spanish Dance”  
A free public forum with Laura Kumin, moderated by Kaija Pepper
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 3 pm

Rosario Ancer
[Rosario Ancer. Photo credit: Tamara McGill]

Tickets are available through the Vancouver Flamenco Festival website. Festival passes are also available at $130 for tickets to all four mainstage performances (students, seniors, and RAFAS members: $115). For more information or to book Master Classes, phone 604.727.1273.

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