November 16 marks a special date in the cultural calendar: International Flamenco Day. Today commemorates UNESCO's recognition of Andalusian culture as a world heritage site, a tribute to the rich heritage of flamenco.
Origins of the Celebration
La UNESCO declared flamenco a World Heritage Site in 2010 in Nairobi, Kenya. This decision, promoted by the Junta de Andalucía and supported by Murcia, Extremadura and the Spanish central government, was the culmination of a campaign titled «I am flamenco«. This initiative, which was promoted in cities such as Madrid and Barcelona and at international festivals, highlighted the importance and global impact of flamenco.
Flamenco Events in the World
On November 16, 2023, flamenco fans can enjoy a variety of shows and concerts around the world. Spain, as the birthplace of flamenco, presents an agenda full of events. In Seville, for example, concerts are held in emblematic places such as the Muelle de la Sal and the Plaza de San Francisco, while in Ronda (Málaga), a flashmob is organized in the natural setting of the Tajo de Ronda. Even cities like Santander join the celebration, extending the events to the weekend with collaborations from local flamenco schools.
What is flamenco?
Flamenco is a complex art that combines singing, playing and dancing, reflecting the cultural diversity of Andalusia in the fifteenth century. Flamenco artists, whether singers or dancers, transmit deep emotions through their performances, taking the audience on a journey through passion and history.
It is also characterized by its variety of styles or 'palos', from alegria and bulería to sevillanas and tangos, each with its own rhythm and expression. Over the years, several artists have left an indelible mark on the world of flamenco, such as Paco de Lucía, Camarón de la Isla, Carmen Amaya and many others, each contributing their unique style to this artistic tradition.
Participation in the International Flamenco Day
The best way to celebrate this day is by attending a flamenco performance. In Spain, the «flamenco tablaos» offer an authentic experience, but flamenco has expanded globally, and its art can be enjoyed in many places around the world.
International Flamenco Day is not only a celebration of a musical and dance genre, but also a recognition of a rich and vibrant culture that continues to captivate hearts around the world. Thus, this day becomes an open invitation to explore and appreciate the depth and beauty of this art.
The Junta de Andalucía on International Flamenco Day
On the occasion of the celebration of International Flamenco Day and in collaboration with the Ministry of Educational Development and Vocational Training, the singer Archangel challenges all educational centers in Andalusia to sing a fandango from Huelva. It must be recorded in an open space of the educational center, or in an emblematic place in the town, singing with all the students. After recording it, it must be shared on networks so that all of Andalusia sounds like Flamenco.