In its 40th edition, the Malaga Flamenco Festival brings some of the best names to the city. Expect to see big talents in music – singing, guitars and clapping as well as dancers. This year’s guest country is France. The event takes place between 24 June and 7 July and forms part of the V International Flamenco Seminar.
Main Malaga Flamenco Festival events
The city welcomes a long list of huge flamenco talents for two free concerts during Malaga Flamenco Festival. Some of Spain’s best singers will perform with true maestros on guitar. Expect a magical atmosphere with spine-tingling music against the floodlit backdrop of the Roman Theatre and Alcazaba Fortress. And under the stars!
The free concerts take place on Calle Alcazabilla at 10pm on Friday 28 and Saturday 29 June.
• Rocío la Boterita singing with Rubén Lara on guitar.
• Alfredo Tejada (winner of the prestigious flamenco singing prize in Spain last year, La Lámpara Minera) with Chaparro de Málaga on guitar.
• La Lupi and her dance group.
• José Valencia signing accompanied by Paco Jarana on guitar.
Top tip: there will be 1,000 seats out for both concerts as well as standing room. But as always in Malaga, get there early because you won’t be the only ones hoping to enjoy some amazing flamenco.
• Samuel Serrano accompanied by Paco León on guitar.
• Antonia Contreras (winner of La Lámpara Minera in 2016) with Juan Ramón Caro on guitar.
• Argentina with José Quevedo on guitar.
• Antonio El Pipa and his dance group.
Flamenco fashion show
See the latest trends in flamenco outfits at what promises to be a very colourful and lively catwalk. Sunday 30 June on Calle Alcazabilla. Time to be confirmed.
Flamenco while you dine
Bars and restaurants in Malaga city centre will be offering flamenco concerts (music, song and dance) while you dine on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 July. Venues and times to be confirmed.
Perhaps the most fun event of this year’s Malaga Flamenco Festival aims to set the world record for people dancing flamenco at the same time. Two top dancers – Antonio de Verónica and Saray Cortés – have created the choreography. Check out the video below (shot in the lovely Carmen Thyssen Museum patio) and start learning the steps (or go along for the fun!).
See them attempt the world record on Calle Larios on Sunday 7 July at noon.
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Special interest events
The V International Flamenco Seminar celebrates the best of flamenco talent and aims to pass this on to amateurs and professionals in the city. Master classes in all the flamenco types take place throughout the 2-week festival. And you don’t necessarily have to sing, play or dance to take part – places for spectators are also available. This link goes to the full programme (in Spanish only).
Year-round flamenco in Malaga
If you’re not in town for the Malaga Flamenco Festival, you can still take in some great flamenco during your stay in the city. Check out our dedicated post on where to see the best flamenco in Malaga.
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(Photo credit for lead picture: José Hidalgo, Patronato de la Costa del Sol)