Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Fez to host Morocco's first flamenco festival

A press release from excited Spanish dancers in Madrid is eager to inform us that "the imperial city of Fez will host Morocco's first Flamenco Festival in April with more than sixty artists hoping to bring the traditional Spanish art to the Moroccan public."

Photo Lois Greenfield

The festival, to be held by the Cervantes Institute of Fez on April 4-9, is an opportunity to entertain the public with "the essence and tradition of Spanish musical art represented through Flamenco in multiple forms: music, song and dance," several Spanish media outlets quoted organizers as saying.

Its purpose is also to celebrate a Spanish art whose roots can be traced back to Gitane musical traditions and Andalusian musical folklore.

Fez, known for its annual Festival of Sacred Music, was chosen as the venue for the artistic event thanks to its position as the spiritual and musical capital of the Kingdom, organizers explained.

The festival coincides with UNESCO’s declaration of Flamenco as part of the "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity"

 Intangible Cultural Heritage?  Now, that's a phrase to mull over! 

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