The Mercat de les Flors says adéu to ‘Carmen Amaya Year’, dedicating their annual Ciutat Flamenco festival to the legendary flamenco dancer. Born in the Barceloneta in 1918, Amaya’s early years were spent in poverty living in a wagon with her parents and siblings. Her parents taught her flamenco at a young age and she would dance in the waterfront taverns of the Barceloneta accompanied by her father on the guitar. There she was spotted by Agustín Castellón Campos who was to become a great flamenco guitarist and they later forged an artistic relationship that was to last many years. Amaya made her debut in Paris at the tender age of 11 and went on to become the greatest flamenco dancer of her time.
Ciutat Flamenco ends the year-long celebrations with a contemporary, transcultural and universal vision of flamenco that examines the tradition and future of this art form and showcases new artists. Organised jointly by Mercat de les Flors and Taller de Músics, the festival opens up this deeply-rooted cultural tradition, presenting its most innovative face.