Flamenco in Seville
The origins of the Flamenco in Seville goes back to the XV Century.
The andalusian People have express themselves through music from the very beginning.
Well known in Rome where the Puellae Gaditanae dancing for the Roman Emperor using metal castagnets and a skirt with ruffles. Does it not sounds familiar?
Also the influence of the islamic music and poetry.
In the mid XV Century the gypsies arrive to Spain,after a long pilgrimage from North India always to the west.
When they arrive to Seville, they will settle down in Triana the suburb on the right hand side of the Guadalquivir river .
Here, in Triana, the Gypsies will get in contact with different ethnic groups such as liberated slaves from africa, jews and moorish people.
From the meeting of all this different folklores Flamenco will emerge.
Flamenco. First Steps.
From the XVth to the XVIIIth Centuries, Flamenco will stay at home.
When the persecution against the gypsies finally ends in the XVIIIth Century, Flamenco will come out to the surface.
Flamenco on the Stage.
It is in Seville in the XIXth Century where the first ever “Café Cantante” was open. A sort of Cabaret where on the stage the Flamenco artists will perform.
Little by little the general public will start knowing what Flamenco is about.
The great Spanish poet Federico García Lorca will help organize the firts Flamenco Festival in Granada in 1922.
Since 1980 and every two years in Seville takes place the “Bienal” , consider to be the most important Flamenco Festival in the world.
In November 2010 Flamenco was classified as Immaterial World Heritage by the Unesco.