National Institute of Flamenco Cancels 2020 Festival Flamenco Alburquerque Due to Pandemic

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Programming to be determined in lieu of Festival, an event partner of Visit Albuquerque

Yjastros/Festival Flamenco Alburquerque - Photo by Farruk Mandujano

Yjastros/Festival Flamenco Alburquerque - Photo by Farruk Mandujano

Though the 2020 Festival will not take place, we ask you to join us in envisioning Festival Flamenco Alburquerque 2021, when we will be able to share the art of flamenco with our community around New Mexico and the world. We are already planning it.

For only the second time in its 33-year existence, Festival Flamenco Alburquerque, the largest and oldest flamenco event outside of Spain, will be cancelled.

Though Festival Flamenco Alburquerque will not take place this June, National Institute of Flamenco Executive Director Marisol Encinias has a forward-looking message: "The health of our students, patrons, performers, and staff is our top priority. This is only the second time in 33 years that we have been faced with such a decision. Though the Festival will not take place, we ask you to join us in envisioning Festival Flamenco Alburquerque 2021, when we will be able to share the art of flamenco with our community around New Mexico and the world. We are already planning it."

Festival Flamenco Alburquerque is highly valued by the New Mexican community and by attendees both from around the country and the world. Importantly, the Festival provides critical income support to many local artists, administrators, and contractors as well as the many Spanish artists who make the festival such an extraordinary event, which has earned Albuquerque the reputation of being the center for flamenco in the United States.

To support this community and in lieu of in-person Festival Flamenco programming, Institute leadership will soon announce online programming that will take place from June 12-20, 2020. This programming will serve as a celebration of flamenco and allow us to bridge communities while we share diverse perspectives. Please stay tuned for announcements.

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