Flamenco in Granada

This page aims to provide a general guide to the flamenco you can find in Granada throughout the year. Hopefully it will help you get to know Granada flamenco. 

Festivals in Granada

There are two important festivals held in the city of Granada every year: 

Festival Internacional de Música y Danza (June/July) 
Offers an extensive programme of performances held in various locations throughout the city, such as theatres, gardens, caves and parks. Although the festival is not dedicated exclusively to flamenco, the programme always includes the most important contemporary flamenco companies in Spain.
www.granadafestival.org
Festival de Otoño de Granada (December)
This festival, dedicated exclusively to flamenco, takes place in the first week of December every year. The brightest artists from all over Spain come together in the most atmospheric of Granada’s theatres “Teatro Isabela Católica”.

Theatres

Teatro Alhambra
Has an annual programme entitled Flamenco Viene del Sur with performances from famous flamenco artists. www.teatroalhambra.com

Teatro Isabel Católica
Granada flamenco artists perform with penas and dance schools (usually in March).

Auditorio Manuel de Falla
Concerts of elite artists such as the Farruco family, Sara Baras, Paco de Lucia, or Enrique Morente.

Palacio de Congresos
Also worth checking the programme at this large venue in Granada.

Up-and-Coming

Sala la Chumbera del Sacromonte
During winter and spring you can find flamenco every Saturday night in Sala la Chumbera del Sacromonte. With an awe-inspiring view of the Alhambra as a backdrop to the stage, you can admire flamenco artists, mainly Granadinos, with a great future ahead of them.

Centro de Interpretación
In the heart of the Sacromonte, the traditional gypsy quarter of Granada, for one night a week throughout July, you can enjoy an interesting programme of young or new flamenco in a really traditional and original atmosphere.

Summer Shows

Corral de Carbón
On summer nights from July till the beginning of September there are shows in the Corral de Carbón from 10.30 onwards. Each year the programme of artists gets more exciting!

Jardines de Generalife
Every night during summer in the beautiful Jardines de Generalife in the Alhambra there are performances by the best known companies of Danza Española and Flamenco.

Listings and Reviews

For up to date information about the flamenco scene in the city read Jorge Fernandez' blog (in Spanish)which lists the most important performances, festivals and places of interest. Essential reading for all visitors who wish to enjoy or learn more about this art. Jorge is a well known writer and critic of flamenco who writes for the newspaper Granada Hoy.

Popular Venues

 Throughout the whole year there are Peñas Flamencas, Pubs, Caves and Zambras, Tablaos, Restaurantes y other venues where almost every night you can find flamenco. Outstanding are: 

Sala Albaicin with a very professional group of flamenco musicians and dancers.

Eshavira: A pub just off the popular Calle Elvira where professional flamenco and jazz artists perform every Thursday and Sunday nights. 

La Pena la Platería in the Albaicin. A very atmospheric Peña with activities for everyone, from shows to courses on the theory of flamenco or just spending a good time talking about flamenco with other aficionados.

There are many other places of interest to students and aficionados of this wonderful art. For example throughout the summer there are flamenco festivals in the villages around Granada, such as the one in Ojijares in September, where you can watch and listen to real flamenco of the people. And there are caves in Sacromonte where you can spend unforgettable magic nights - or equally unforgettable drunken nights…!

Come and see it with your own eyes!