In Spain, the festival calendar which covers a range of performing arts (music and dance, film and theatre) has much to offer. The names of leading artists and soloists of international standing, orchestras of the first order, moderns bands, concerts, actors of all types and kinds, fill the pages of the programme of entertainment with which Spain greets its visitors year after year. There are a number of musicals events which rightly deserve top international ranking. There are a summary of the main ones for this summer. Castilla y León International Arts Festival, World Heritage Town. 30th May – 12th June 2010 It is a multidisciplinary event that promotes the latest artistic manifestations. The Festival has a wide selection of top international artists from twenty countries. In the five previous occasions the festival has had over 1000 events from 40 different countries which held more than 800,000 spectators offering creations of top international directors such as Jan Fabre or Peter Brook. This year, the Festival will present many appealing aspects, among them, the presence of the Visiting Director, the recognized theatre and opera director Calixto Bieito, who for the first time will be in charge of the cooperation between the Festival Board and the Culture and Tourism Regional Department. Grec Festival, Barcelona. June - July 2010 Barcelona celebrates a new edition of the Grec Festival, with a varied programme taking in theatre, dance, circus and music. The main feature of this major cultural event is the performing arts, with particular emphasis on innovative ideas with which to attract new audiences, and on family shows with puppets and circus performances. Classical and contemporary, conventional and avant-garde, this festival is a key event for anyone who wants to discover the work of all the latest creators. Nights in the Gardens of Seville’s Real Alcázar (old citadel), Programme of Concerts. 1st June – 13th September 2010 The “Nights in the Gardens of the Real Alcázar” festival has been held every summer since the year 2000, in the unique setting of the city of Seville. The programme consists of open-air concerts. This event has come to be one of the summer’s most attractive cultural programmes in Seville, with recitals and orchestras from Spain and abroad. Between the 1st of July and 13th of September you have the possibility to enjoy incredible classical music concerts at a spectacular venue: the wonderful gardens of Spain’s most important fortress and medieval royal palace, the Reales Alcázares in Seville. The directors of the Real Alcázar and the town hall have already organized those fantastic concerts in such an important area since the year of 2000. Their aim is to get the public closer to our cultural heritage and the music arts. Sónar 2010, Barcelona & A Coruña. 17th, 18th & 19th June 2010 Sonar, the advanced music and multimedia art festival, takes place in Barcelona every year during three days in June. Sonar’s diverse artistic offer splits between the Sonar by Day activities (in the CCCB and MACBA venues) and Sonar by Night (Fira Gran Via M2 L’Hospitalet), together with some simultaneous gigs like the performances at L’Auditori. At the last festival edition, more than 75,000 people enjoyed the fine selection of an artistic programme which combines the electronica headliners together with hundreds of emerging artists and DJ’s representing the most updated music and new media trends within electronic culture. Sonar is the meeting point both for a worldwide audience looking for the newest, as well as the professionals, looking for the perfect environment for business and networking. This year Sónar will also take place in A Coruña as part of Xacobeo 2010, the Holy Year.
International Festival of Music and Dance, Granada. 24th June – 17th July 2010 The Granada International Festival of Music and Dance will be held in various emblematic settings in and around the city of Granada. This event’s origins date back to certain symphonic concerts that were held at King Carlos V Palace from 1883 onwards, and the “Cante Jondo” (Flamenco singing) Contest held in Plaza de los Aljibes Square in the Alhambra in 1922, which was attended by such illustrious figures as Federico García Lorca, Manuel de Falla, Ramón Gómez de la Serna, Santiago Rusiñol and other intellectuals and artists of the time. The event encompasses many different styles and genres, each held in a unique setting. Concerts performed by large symphony orchestras will be held at King Carlos V Palace; dance and ballet at the open-air theatre in Generalife Gardens; recitals at El Patio de los Arrayanes in the Alhambra; matinee concerts in some of Granada’s historic churches and buildings; "Flamenco Late Nights" and world music in the characteristic areas of El Albaicín and El Sacromonte, attracting over 30,000 people every year. Via Stellae. IV Festival of Music of Compostela and its pilgrim routes. 2nd – 23rd July 2010 Santiago de Compostela , in conjunction with other towns along the Way of Saint James, plays host to this festival featuring over 100 concerts given by internationally famous musicians and artists, where visitors can hear everything from Baroque music through to contemporary singer-songwriters. Operas in concert format, “Express Concerts” (short musical sessions set in the cloisters, lasting about 30 minutes ), or the Art and Music programme (concerts accompanied by guided visits around interesting sites) are just a few of the options available in this festival, which started in 2006. There are also more avant-garde performances, and original ideas such as the chance to listen to a concert in a market. And all this demonstrates how music can be an example of how different cultures and religions can coexist peacefully side by side. 13th Jazz Festival in Valencia. 7th – 17th July 2010 This annual festival in Valencia, in the Region of Valencia is an event not to be missed for any jazz fan, and includes a range of different musical styles. The programme of the Palau de la Música Jazz Festival features a variety of types of jazz, and each year pays homage to a classic jazz musician. It has an outstanding line-up with numerous international names as well as the leading jazz musicians in the Region of Valencia. There are concerts every evening, and on the opening night the concerts take place outdoors in the lovely Palau gardens, and are free for all. FIB Heineken. Benicàssim International Festival. 16th – 18th July 2010 The Benicàssim International Festival was first held in August 1995 and, throughout its history, major artists and groups from Spain and overseas have appeared on its different stages. The event is held in the Benicàssim concert arena and for a few days it becomes the focal point for the world of alternative pop/rock and electronic music in Spain. The festival not only supports music, but also a range of other creative disciplines such as dance, theatre, sculpture and film shorts. There are also interesting courses on offer that promote cultural awareness. The 11th Guitar Festival in Elche. 17th – 22nd July 2010 The “City of Elche” Guitar Festival is held in Elche, Alicante province. This musical event has gone from strength to strength each year, thanks to performances by talented, internationally prestigious guitarists, along with up-and-coming young names that use the festival to launch their careers. The concerts take in different musical styles with the guitar as protagonist, and are held outdoors, in different locations around the city. The 45th International Jazz Festival (Jazzaldia) in San Sebastian. 21st – 25th July 2010 From a strictly jazz point of view we are facing an exciting program that combines the presence of jazz legends, veterans, famous stars, new and latest names. Among the former, Archie Shepp, one of the “very great” tenor sax and Ron Carter, perhaps the most important jazz bassist today. Another great bass player is Dave Holland, who replaced Carter in the Miles Davis group of a few decades ago, will be presenting his latest project, supported by the flamenco Spanish guitar player El Habichuela.