SOURCE: Flamenco Festival New York 2007

February 21, 2007 12:39 ET

"Flamenco Festival New York 2007" Showcases Two Stellar Biennials: "Malaga en Flamenco" This Fall, and the "Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla" in 2008

With Alternating Biennials -- Malaga in Odd-Number Years, and Seville in Even-Number Years -- Andalucia is an Annual Destination for World-Class Flamenco Festivals

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 21, 2007 -- The seventh annual "Flamenco Festival New York 2007" showcases two of Andalucia's extraordinary performing arts festivals, both of which are biennial (every two years).

This Saturday, February 24, at NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, "Malaga en Flamenco" previews its second biennial festival to be held August 27 to September 23, 2007. Twenty-five artists from Malaga, including evocative singer Rocio Bazan, will thrill a New York audience with their regional flamenco art forms including festive "verdiales" (colorful folkloric groups from the verdial olive-growing countryside), spirited "malagueñas" and "fandangos," and Malaga-inspired works by legendary composers Isaac Albeniz and Ramon Montoya.

Travelers enjoy seeing flamenco in Malaga. However, "Malaga en Flamenco" is a reverse perspective; it is Malaga's own regional dance, song and music that comprises an integral part of the myriad regional art forms in flamenco... hence "Malaga in Flamenco."

Jose Luis Ortiz Nuevo, poet, flamencologist and director of "Malaga en Flamenco," will give a conference at the nearby King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at NYU, February 22 at 6 pm. See www.malagaenflamenco.com.

With sellout success last Thursday at New York City Center, the Flamenco Festival showcased a preview of the "Bienal de Sevilla" held in even years; its 15th edition takes place mid-September to mid-October 2008 in venues throughout Seville. Featuring the celebrated Joaquin Grilo, Isabel Bayon, Fuensanta "La Moneta," Olga Pericet, Manuel Liñan and Marco Flores, this gala performance garnered New York Times praises: "It was magic"... "especially sizzling." (The 2006 month-long Bienal de Sevilla had 52 distinct major performances by 180 artists and attendance of 75,000 people.) www.bienal-flamenco.org

The last in a series of pre-concert seminars, "Flamenco Dance," an educational and interactive presentation-demonstration by Rosalia Gomez, renowned journalist-flamencologist and Pepa Gamboa, stage director, will be held Saturday February 24, 7:00 pm at the Skirball Center (566 LaGuardia Place, Washington Square South, tel 212-992-8484).

In conjunction with the two-week Flamenco Festival 2007, the Andalucia Tourist Board (www.andalucia.org) carried out an extensive marketing campaign to travel professionals in New York, Long Island, New Jersey and Philadelphia. Andalucia tourism officials and hotel and resort representatives made presentations at leading travel agencies, hosted an invitational flamenco concert and cocktail reception for travel professionals, and conducted workshops with participating tour operators: Central Holidays, Spanish Heritage Tours, Sun Holidays and Trafalgar Tours.

The art of flamenco is integral in daily life, fairs and festivals throughout Andalucia's eight provinces: Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga, and Sevilla. "Routes through Flamenco Territories" is a series of seven themed five-day rural tours through Andalusian provinces where distinct styles of song and dance originated centuries ago and flourish today. In settings of flamenco "peñas" (local clubs for aficionados), "cortijos" (country estates) and other lesser-known privilidged places, local performers give interactive demonstrations in song, dance, music and "palmas" (hand percussion techniques) while experts explain origins, evolution and art forms of flamenco. For detailed tour information, maps and even GPS technology, see the tourist board-sponsored website: www.andaluciaflamenco.org

For an informative newsletter about flamenco including the year's calendar of Andalucia fairs, fiestas and festivals: www.andaluciaflamenco.com.

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