July 4th, 2012
Well, happy Fourth of July! Noooo, don´t panic…. Spain doesn´t actually celebrate that particular one – we have enough fiestas of our own to contend with!!
Should you happen to be lucky enough to be in the Córdoba area this week, then remember to bring your guitar and a spare set of strings – yesterday kicked off the start of the 32nd International Guitar Festival in Córdoba. So put away that star spangled banner and join in…
Where is it?
The city of Córdoba lies on the banks and in the valley of the Guadalquivir river, in the province of Andalucía, southern Spain.
Come and visit any time of the year, if for no other reason than the city is the largest urban area to be awarded the UNESCO World Heritage status and seal of approval. The great Mosque is probably the most famous and most visited building on anyone´s must see list – but also the Mausoleum, the Roman Stables, the Theatre, the Roman Bridge, the ancient Jewish Quarter, churches, statues, plazas and fountains, and much, much more. Far too many to mention in this post…it´s all another story! Coming soon...
Hey, weren´t we talking music?
Ah yes, the music…
…and the passion of Flamenco, gently strummed guitars over a hot evening breeze, the sound of the music gaining in speed as the dancers re-enact the passion of the story of the song…magical memories and Andalucía at its best. With Córdoba as the birthplace for so many famous flamenco artists it´s no wonder that it´s the chosen spot for the International Guitar Festival. Some illustrious names that can call this city their own are:
- Vicente Amigo
- Joaquín Cortes
- Paco Peña – the best known traditional Flamenco Guitarist of Spain
- Juan Jamón – he´s a bit hammy
Where is the Festival held?
Events are scheduled for various venues, including Gran Teatro, Axerquia Teatro, and Tetro Gongoro . So a show might kick off at one at 9pm and another might start at 9:30 – you can choose which you want to see. Tickets for individual events average out about 18€ – so great value too for a once in a lifetime experience.
Just click on this page and choose the artist you want to see, then click on the basket icon which will take you to the ticket sellers. That in turn will direct you straight to that event and show you the price.
Who can I expect to see?
- John Schofield
- Kurt Elling
- Charlie Hunter
- Elliot Fisk
- Michael Landau
- Robben Ford
- Ian Anderson (from Jethro Tull)
- Ariel Abramovich – hey…wait a minute…wasn´t he the Chelsea Manager?!
- The Cuenca brothers
- Manuel Barrueco
- Niño de Pura
- Mercedes Ruiz
- Pedro Isquierdo
- Luis Delgado
- Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía