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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Albuquerque, New Mexico Center for Flamenco in US

Photo courtesy Pat Berrett

The National Institute of Flamenco in Albuquerque, New Mexico, proudly announces the 25th anniversary celebration of Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerquefrom June 8 to 16. 
Featuring nine days of performances by Spain’s greatest living artists, Festival Flamenco is an exciting opportunity for newcomers to entice their curiosity about the art form, and for aficionados to indulge in a flamenco immersion experience.
For 25 years during the month of June, the romantic lure of flamenco has drawn 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 José 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 traveled the world performing on stages in Sevilla, Paris, New York and Tokyo. 
During the festival, the public is invited to see 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 during Flamenco Kid’s Camp.
The 2012 festival will be part of the Savor Albuquerque festival, showcasing arts, culture and cuisine. 
The mission of the National Institute of Flamenco is to preserve and promote the art of flamenco through performance and education.   
Visit www.ItsATrip.org for more information about Albuquerque
For more information about top events in New Mexico take a look at the Top Events USA selection of the annual main festivals and events in New Mexico