The Ciutat Vella Flamenco Festival has been presented by the Taller de Músics and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB) since 1993. The CCCB is an organisation dedicated to promoting the artistic and cultural symbols of today’s cities. It pays special attention to events relating to urban development and sustainability.
In view of this, the festival is committed to championing flamenco as a style in evolution which is capable of attracting new generations of public and of integrating into the framework of the modern city.
The programme includes singing, dancing and guitar recitals. On occasion specific themes are used to encompass all the events in the festival.
All types of flamenco have a place in the festival, including Catalan rumba, with its fusions with Cuban Son, and music from a range of different countries.
The genre’s relevance to modern culture has been reinforced by the incorporation of an audiovisual section, the P’alucine. Documentaries and videoclips are shown in this section, featuring flamenco artists in different locations of the neighbourhood. The best of each category competes for a cash prize. In addition to the audiovisual section and the concerts, the festival programme includes record presentations, shows for children and conferences.