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Seville the birthplace of flamenco

To discover and understand flamenco one has to take a look around the province of Seville.

In Seville’s districts, streets and tucked away in hidden corners you’ll find references to this art, its origins, how it has evolved, prestigious personalities and events that make it a universal manifestation of art.

Gatherings, festivals, memorials and endless events and activities related to flamenco are held all year in the towns of Seville. These pay tribute to an art whose roots are found in popular culture and traditions, and whose styles are nothing less than the expression of how these people feel.

Mairena del Alcor, Utrera, Lebrija, Alcalá de Guadaíra, Morón de la Frontera and La Puebla de Cazalla are some of the towns that have given most to the evolution of flamenco and have the privilege of being the cradle of distinguished cantaores (flamenco singers) like Antonio Mairena, Juan Talega, La Niña de los Peines and La Niña de la Puebla.

The most important flamenco events of the year are held in these towns, like "El Potaje Gitano" in Utrera, the oldest of all; "Las Reuniones de Cante Jondo" in La Puebla de Cazalla, of international importance; "Gazpacho Andaluz" in Morón de la Frontera, and "El Festival Nacional de Cante Jondo ‘Antonio Mairena’" in Mairena del Alcor, which has been declared as being Of Tourist Interest.

However, if you truly wish to immerse yourself deeply into the culture of Cante Jondo, take a wander round the peñas (flamenco club houses) and tabernas flamencas (flamenco bars) all over the province. These provide authentic testimony to flamenco’s history, voices and traditions.

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