Flamenco and Spain, for 400 years, you could not have one without the other. Despite it being named an “Intangible Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO in 2010, this most Spanish of art forms is in serious danger of dying out.
The pandemic has forced many flamenco venues to close permanently, leaving dancers and musicians with nowhere to perform. The industry has asked for government help, but time may be running out.
Antonio Najarro, chief choreographer at El Corral de la Moreria, Madrid’s most famous flamenco venue or “Tablao,” shared, “It used to be full of people who used to enjoy flamenco up close and personal.”
For 65 years, El Corral hosted everyone from royalty to rockstars, as they watched the greatest names in Flamenco not only on the stage but around and with the audience, a truly immersive experience.
However, last year’s lockdown meant its main customer base, overseas tourists, stayed away, resulting in the collapse of the business.