25th Anniversary of Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque to Take Place June 8-16, 2012

Albuquerque recognized as center for flamenco in U.S.

The National Institute of Flamenco in Albuquerque, New Mexico, proudly announces the 25th anniversary celebration of Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque, June 8-16, 2012. Featuring nine days of performances by Spain’s greatest living artists, Festival Flamenco is an exciting opportunity for newcomers to discover the art form, and for aficionados to indulge in a flamenco immersion experience.

For 25 years, the romantic lure of flamenco draws artists and visitors from across the globe to Albuquerque, which is known as the center for flamenco in the United States. “I’ve realized this is one of the most important festivals in the world because of their tradition, their respect, and the love they have toward flamenco,” said Jose Maya, a past festival artist.

The spectacular Festival Flamenco exposes arts patrons and students to over 50 of the most highly revered flamenco artists in the world. These talented artists have performed on stages in Sevilla, Paris, New York and Tokyo. Past festival artists include: Antonio Canales, members of the Amaya family dynasty and the Farruco family.

During the festival, the public is invited to impressive evening performances each night.  In addition, the master artists teach more than 30 workshops covering a range of flamenco practicum-related topics for novice, professional and everyone in between. For those new to flamenco, a beginner’s workshop includes basic components of the art form; and for the more serious student, a variety of advanced and special topics courses are available for enrollment.

Festival Flamenco is internationally recognized as the most comprehensive aesthetic and educational platform, for its presentation of cutting edge performers, academic research symposia and youth programming.

The festival is part of Savor Albuquerque, a celebration of arts, culture and cuisine. New Mexico is comprised of a blend of cultural influences with rich history and Spanish ancestry. Culture and heritage events and attractions are among the most popular reasons to visit Albuquerque, which was recently recognized as one of “15 Destinations on the Rise” by www.TripAdvisor.com and is one of Hotwire.com’s 2012 best value cities.

For information about the 25th anniversary of the Festival Flamenco, visit www.ffi25.org.

Adela Campallo performs during the annual Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque, which celebrates 25 years June 8-16, 2012. Novice and expert performers come together for flamenco workshops, courses and performances in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The festival is part of Savor Albuquerque: Arts, Culture and Cuisine. Learn more at www.ffi25.org. (PRNewsFoto/Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau)