Why is Flamenco in Barcelona so popular?

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Flamenco music, a universal art

Flamenco is a complex musical genre that combines different styles known as “palos del flamenco”: all of them unique and well differentiated. Today there are more than 50 variations, including sevillanas, bulerías, fandango, alegrías and soleás, among others.

Each one of these flamenco styles has a common structure and a fixed part but also a variable part, where improvisation and the flamenco artist’s own touch prevails.

It is for this reason that flamenco doesn’t understand about limits or ethnicities. The cultural mix and styles that characterize it has made it endure over time making it an art recognized not only in Spain, but internationally.

The fact that there are tablaos flamencos in capitals such as Tokyo and that flamenco artists are applauded in places as different as the Olympia in Paris or the clubs on 42nd Street in New York, is just prove that flamenco art has managed to overcome the barriers between countries and continents thanks to its universal nature. It is a way to express feelings that can reach everyone. It is easy to find flamenco shows in Barcelona and today we want to explain why.

Read also: 13 reasons why you should see our flamenco show in Barcelona

What’s the origin of flamenco?

Although it is true that flamenco originated in the 18th century, around 1770, there are different theories regarding how it was born.

The most established hypothesis is that it was generated in Andalusia thanks to the coexistence and mixture of different ethnic groups and cultures: the gypsies who arrived in Spain around the 15th century, the Jews, the local people, the immigrant Castilians and the Muslims. In addition, it also has an African and Caribbean influence due to the black Africans who crossed Andalusia and the Caribbean who emigrated to Spain.

For this reason, flamenco is considered much more than a genre, it is an artistic expression that includes different cultural features.

Although it began in the 18th century, it was not until the middle of the 20th century that tablaos flamencos, the places for improvisation, creation and expression of this art, appeared. These were an evolution of the so-called Cafés, spaces open to the public where people gathered to offer flamenco shows.

You might be interested in: What’s a tablao flamenco? Discover its history

See also: The origin of the flamenco box drum

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Why is Flamenco in Barcelona so typical? Flamenco’s history in Catalonia

Flamenco art arrived in Catalonia at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th thanks to the artistic contributions of icons such as Chacón or El Mellizo, among others. Although Barcelona was one of the main cities in which this art was established, it also reached to other areas such as Tarragona, Lleida and Girona.

The reasons for the creation and expansion of flamenco in Barcelona were diverse:

  1. Settlement of Catalan gypsies. Due to the industrialization of the city, Barcelona was filled with immigrants but also with cafés and shows with Spanish roots.

  2. Groups of Catalan artists emerged, leaving behind a patrimony of great artistic value as they expressed in their works a special interest in everything related to flamenco and Andalusia.

  3. The area where Barcelona was located. After all, it is a portuary city open to different cultures.

These 3 facts made Barcelona, together with other cities such as Seville and Madrid, become one of the most important cities of the movement known as “flamenquismo”, and a great opportunity for the great flamenco artists to thrive.

However, not everything has been easy. At the end of the 19th century the Reinaxensa  emerged; a movement that promoted the preservation of Catalan traditions as opposed to those coming from outside. This new movement helped to maintain and protect Catalan culture, preventing it from being forgotten little by little, due to past repression. However, flamenco culture had reached Catalonia so strongly that at the beginning of the 20th century it began to convert to flamenquismo.

How the rumba catalana is introduced into flamenco art

Other styles arise from the flamenco genre, such as the rumba catalana, direct heir of the Cuban guaracha.

The rumba catalana comes from the rumba flamenca, a musical style that was originated thanks to the commercial exchange that took place between the ports of Havana and regions in southern Spain such as Cadiz or Seville. As a result of this relationship, they not only shared different provisions but also rhythms, songs and dances that ended up being an essential part of the art of flamenco.

The rumba thrived in Catalonia thanks to the gypsy communities of Barcelona. These communities began to incorporate Cuban elements into the rumba flamenca , together with  influences of rock and roll during the late 50s and early 60s, when artists such as Antonio Gonzalez “El Pescaílla”, Josep Maria Valentí “El Chacho” or Peret became the greatest exponents of this new style popularly known as Catalan rumba.

From there on, other world-renowned artists appeared, like the Gipsy Kings, who managed to expand the rumba internationally and lately the well-known singer Rosalía, who has popularized the rumba around the world making it a true viral phenomenon thanks to the modernization and inclusion of her own style.

Check out: 5 Fascinating facts about Flamenco

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Come to Palau Dalmases to see an authentic tablao flamenco in Barcelona

As you know, at Palau Dalmases we offer flamenco shows every day performed by great artists with a vast  career, who have performed in a large number of tablaos in Spain and overseas.

If you are visiting Barcelona or if you want to make a different plan, going to see a flamenco show is a “must” not to be missed. You will be able to live a unique artistic experience, be very close to the best bailaores, cantaores and tocaores and get to know the historic Palau Dalmases, a beautiful 17th century Baroque palace.

It is not us who say it, but the people who visit us daily in Palau Dalmases. If you want to know a second, a third and up to a hundred other opinions read the reviews about our flamenco show in Barcelona.

13 reasons why you should see our flamenco show in Barcelona

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Why you won’t regret seeing our flamenco show in Barcelona

If you are going to visit or are visiting Barcelona at the moment, it is essential that you go to a “tablao flamenco” to see a flamenco show in Barcelona live. It is one of the most exciting experiences you can live in the city. To convince yourself, here are 13 reasons to visit Palau Dalmases and enjoy the best flamenco.

13 good reasons to enjoy our flamenco show in Barcelona

1. The best flamenco with a good wine is the perfect plan.

The ticket for Palau Dalmases, besides costing only 25€, includes a drink of your choice. You can enjoy the show at the same time you are tasting a good wine, or trying the typical drinks of Barcelona, such as Sangria or Cava.

2. Palau Dalmases: a flamenco tablao inside a baroque castle

One of the peculiarities of Palau Dalmases’ flamenco tablao is that it is located inside a 17th century baroque palace in one of the most emblematic and picturesque neighbourhoods of the city: the Born district, just a few steps from the Picasso Museum.

The area is ideal, and the palace has exquisite architecture and a long and interesting history that you can discover here.

3. An intimate and unique flamenco show in Barcelona

As it is a small palace, the space is limited, so you will be sitting a few meters away from the artists. No matter what row you sit in, you’ll always have privileged views, allowing you to watch every dance move, and listen to every breath between every note in detail. It’s an experience that will give you goosebumps!


4. Variety of daily flamenco shows

At Palau Dalmases you can enjoy the flamenco show at 3 different time schedules from Monday to Sunday: at 18h, 19:30 and 21:30. This way you can visit the city during the day and choose the best show for you, without worrying about running out of tickets. However, we recommend that you buy your ticket for Palau Dalmases in advance.

5. One of the most highly rated flamenco shows in Barcelona

We don’t say it ourselves, but the hundreds of reviews on TripAdvisor and other prestigious travel websites. Palau Dalmases is currently in thirty-fourth position for things to do in Barcelona in Tripadvisor, in addition to having obtained its Certificate of Excellence. Palau Dalmases also won the 2018 Experts Choice Awards from the TripExpert portal for two consecutive years.

Check out Palau Dalmases’ latest opinions on Tripadvisor.

6. Seeing a flamenco show in Barcelona will give you a closer look at Spanish culture

Flamenco has its origin in the 18th century in Andalusia as a result of the mixing of cultures from the area: Arab, Jewish and Gypsy. Since then it has spread throughout Spain, becoming one of the characteristic elements of Spanish culture.  Visiting a “tablao flamenco” and getting to know the history of this art will make your visit to Barcelona a much fuller experience.

7. You will be able to admire true flamenco fashion in Barcelona

Do you like flamenco fashion? In a flamenco show you can see the original flamenco costumes of our dancers. You’ll see that sometimes they can be very different from what you see in shops – get ready to see pure and true flamenco!

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8. Barcelona is one of the flamenco capitals

Did you know that Barcelona is, along with Andalusia and Madrid, one of the most important flamenco regions? The Andalusian immigrants brought the flamenco culture to Barcelona and turned the city into one of the most important stages of this art. Some historians even consider the city of Barcelona as the origin of the guitar used in flamenco shows.

9. Flamenco is also a World Heritage by UNESCO

In 2010, flamenco was declared Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. Just for this reason, it is worth visiting a tablao to enjoy a live flamenco show.

10. Discover top flamenco artists in Barcelona

At Palau Dalmases we offer a quality show. This is why we have top-level dancers, musicians and singers who have performed in tablaos throughout Spain and abroad, and even in prestigious venues such as the Palau de la Música Catalana.

11. Flamenco will make you experience an endless number of sensations

Flamenco is an art with feelings at the forefront. During the one-hour-long show, you will live a thousand sensations capable of reaching the deepest part of your heart; because it is a heartbreaking art that is born from the entrails of the artists. Love, passion, sadness, anger. A whirlpool of sensations accompanied by flamenco vocals, flamenco heels, and guitar chords… Impressive!

12. Flamenco will make you feel better

Not only is flamenco dancing a great exercise that helps improve your health, but also listening to and following the rhythm of the flamenco dance is a great way to improve your body coordination. Maybe when you come back from your trip you’ll be encouraged to learn flamenco!

13. Join the Palau Dalmases community

We are proud to have a very active community of flamenco fans with a real passion for this art. Every month we receive photographs and videos of our flamenco show from visitors from all over the world and we love to share them with our fans! Each show is unique, so thanks to our community you can continue enjoying the best artists, and see spectacular photographs. You can follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

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