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Andalucía Excites New York

10th Annual Flamenco Festival’s Stellar Performances
Inspire Tourism to Andalucía, Home of Flamenco

The Andalucía region of southern Spain warms up New York during February 2010 with its 10th Annual Flamenco Festival, thrilling audiences while inspiring them to visit Andalucía, birthplace of the art of flamenco.

“One of the year’s biggest dance events in new York City” (New York Times), the Festival presents a selection of highly celebrated flamenco artists.

At the NY City Center, the Gala Flamenca themed Todo Cambia (Everything Changes) features Pastora Galván, Manuel Liñán, Belén López and Rocio Molina. At the same theater, Seville-born María Pagés, famed for her “extraordinary sinuousness” performs her evocative Autorretrato (self-portrait) with her acclaimed troupe, and dancer-choreographer Rocío Molino from Malaga presents her award-winning Oro Viejo (Old Gold).

On stage at the NYU Skirball Center, Guitarist José Antonio Rodríguez presents Córdoba...en el tiempo, memories of the city of his birth, with dancer Daniel Navarro. Also at the Skirball, dancer Israel Galván performs his innovative creation La Edad de Oro (The Golden Age), the essence of flamenco, joined by cantaor (singer) Fernando Terremoto and guitarist Alfredo Lagos.

Vocalist Marina Heredia with the Chekara Arab-Andalusí Orchestra of Tetuán brilliantly highlight the cultural fusion that created flamenco, onstage at the Town Hall.

The Festival also presents cultural activities – a flamenco photography exhibit, flamenco film screenings and performer roundtable discussions – at the Instituto Cervantes New York.

Also during February, productions of the Flamenco Festival tour to Miami, Washington DC, Boston, Vancouver, as well as to London.

Flamenco Festival, an organization directed by Miguel Marín, promotes and showcases flamenco and Spanish artists internationally. The New York Festival is produced in conjunction with World Music Institute. (www.flamencofestival.org)

Flamenco, evolving from centuries of folkloric fusions, flourishes today with amazingly diverse regional genres and styles characteristic of each of Andalucía’s eight provinces (whose capital cities bear the same name): Almería, Cádiz, Córdoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaén, Málaga and Sevilla. Flamenco song, dance and guitar, whether onstage or in a local tavern, are prime attractions to experience at the source, especially at festivals and fairs throughout the year.

Coinciding with the New York Flamenco Festival, the Andalucía Tourist Board (www.andalucia.org) in conjunction with the Tourist Office of Spain (www.spain.info) is conducting a series of events promoting tourism to Andalucía. Visiting dignitaries and marketing executives, together with Andalusian hotel and resort representatives, are hosting seminars, receptions and presentations to the travel industry in New York as well as Boston.

Traveling to and within Andalucía has become increasingly easy. Delta Air Lines resumes its nonstop flights between New York/JFK and Málaga on May 28, with convenient system-wide connections from cities such as Boston, Atlanta, Orlando, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Tourism Director Antonio Martín-Machuca says "Turismo Andaluz is very pleased and confident with the return of the Delta’s nonstop flight New York/JFK - Málaga/AGP. This will bring opportunities to show the excellence of Andalucía to the US market".

Iberia Airlines of Spain offers extensive service from New York, Chicago, Miami, Boston and (resuming March 29) Washington DC nonstop to Madrid with connections to cities in Andalucía. (www.iberia.com)

A transportation milestone in Andalucía is the high-speed AVE (Alta Velocidad Española) state-of-the-art bullet train between Madrid and Málaga in less than 2-1/2 hours (velocity up to 215 mph) with over a dozen departures throughout the day in each direction. Inaugurated in December 2007, it has transported millions of passengers. This Madrid-Málaga route compliments Spain’s first AVE service between Madrid and Seville (with an en-route stop in Córdoba), also a 2-1/2-hour trip, launched with extraordinary success for Seville’s Universal Exposition 1992. A growing high-speed train network connects several Andalusian cities such as Málaga, Seville and Cádiz. www.renfe.com

For further information: (www.andaluciaflamenco.com)

 

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