Flamenco is one of the most important cultural manifestations in Spain. Composed mainly of song, guitar and dance, it has its origin in the ancestral miscegenation of the Eastern, Arab, Jewish and Christian cultures of the Spain in which it arose.
Its enormous artistic value and its wide international diffusion have led it to be declared an Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Madrid, due to its sense of life and art, fell in love with flamenco. The town of Madrid had a decisive role in its development. Andalusians came through the Puerta de Toledo to work and live in Madrid. At night they met in the taverns to sing, play and dance, and so the people of Madrid fell in love with flamenco. If Andalusia was the mother, Madrid was the midwife. Madrid was filled with singing cafes in the 19th century and flamenco tablaos in the 20th century. The latter were fundamental in the development of flamenco art in Madrid, hosting artists such as Camarón, Enrique Morente, Mario Maya, la Paquera de Jerez, Tomatito, Terremoto and many more. Madrid also carried bailaores such as Antonio Gades, Antonio Ruiz Soler, Manuela Carrasco or El Güito on its shoulders.
All this has made our city the place where flamenco artists from all over Spain have met, and the main showcase for their international projection.