2010 Summer Music and Dance Festivals in Spain

Granada festival national danceThis summer experience music and dance emblematic sights such as the beautiful beaches of San Sebastian, The Alhambra in Granada, Montjuic hill in Barcelona or the Real Alcazar in Seville. We have compiled a short list of the many music happenings going on in Spain this summer. 

  

  

  

GRANADA

International Festival of Music and Dance

24 June to 14 July

Granada Music Festival

Each summer an explosion of artistic activities is held in perhaps most emblematic monument in Spain, The Alhambra.  The concerts of major symphony orchestras in the Palacio de Carlos V, dance and ballet at the outdoor theater of the gardens of the Generalife, the concerts in the Courtyard of the Myrtles in the Alhambra, together with concerts in churches and monuments of Granada, along with the late nights of flamenco and world music in typical neighborhoods Albaicín and Sacromonte each year gather thousands of people, all attracted by the magic of the show in these unique settings.

Website: www.granadafestival.org

 

BARCELONA

13 Jun 2010 – 18 Aug 2010

Corinne Bailey RaeOn the Montjuic Hill near Barcelona’s Olympic Stadium is a Greek-style amphitheatre – the Teatre Grec. Many of the 45 events of the Barcelona Summer Festival of theatre, music and dance are performed here, along with a dozen other venues around this magical city. Popularly known as the ‘El Grec’, the festival offers a mix of entertainment with musical highlights for this year include, Joan Manuel Serrat, Corinne Bailey Rae, McCoy Tyner Trio & Joe Lovano, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Gerard Quintana. Every year, the Grec Festival of Barcelona focuses on the theatre scene in a chosen country, helping to give spectators more global insight into the creative world.  This year, the Festival sets its sights on Japan, a country that boasts an active theatre scene with the added attraction that Japanese productions often adopt a very different approach to that taken in the West. For the first time, then, the Grec Festival of Barcelona presents a section devoted to the different theatrical arts of Japan, and it does so within a context that also includes such Japanese traditions as ikebana and the tea ceremony.

Website:  www.barcelonafestival.com

 

MADRID

Veranos de la Villa 

29 June – 22 August

Various stages throughout the city will offer music, theatre and dance this summer.

Ojos de BrujoSpanish stars such as flamenco guitarrist Paco de Lucia, Singer Manuel Carrasco, Pop-Flamenco group Ojos de Brujo, International stars such as Natalie Cole, Elvis Costello & The Sugarcanes, Diana Krall, Sinead O’Connor, The Wailers 40th Anniversary tour will perform at the outdoor stage at Puerta del Angel. Other stages are set around the city offering Zarzuela (Spanish operetta), theatre, and concerts in locations such as the Sabatini gardens next to the Royal Palace.

Website: veranosdelavilla.esmadrid.com

 

SAN SEBASTIAN

Heineken Jazzaldia Jazz Festival

21st to the 25th of July, 2010

Arturo Aandoval Jazzaldia

The 45th annual Heineken Jazzaldia Jazz Festival will be held in San Sebastian from the 21st to the 25th of July, 2010. Hosting some of the largest names in Jazz, this festival has been called the best jazz festival in Spain if not all of Europe and is one of the oldest currently running music festival in Europe. This years festival will see the likes of Patti Smith, Ron Carter, Archie Shepp Quartet + Mina Agossi, Christian Scott, Dave Holland + Pepe Habichuela, Kris Kristofferson,  Elvis Costello and The Sugarcanes, and the Arturo Sandoval Sextet.

Website: www.heinekenjazzaldia.com

 

SEVILLE

From June 6 to Sept. 12, 2010

Nights in the Gardens of the Alcazar, Sevilla

From the orchards of citrus flourish Islamic palace centuries later these gardens, an object of fascination and product of centuries of overlapping cultures that have passed through our ancient city. Now as then, the gardens of Real Alcázar continue to captivate visitors and fountains whisper the voices of other times. Those of the past and those to come. This summer Nights in the Gardens of the Alcazar presents an ecletic series of concerts ranging from classical, to flamenco to pop music. Concerts begin at 10:30pm and cost 4 euros.

Website; (In Spanish) http://www.actidea.com/agenda/2010/07

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