BARRIO FLAMENCO: Flamenco for the People

Sunday November 2, 7pm – 9pm
The Ironworks, 235 Alexander
By donation
Celebrate the spirit of the Downtown Eastside with an unforgettable evening of live flamenco music and dance! Flamenco is an art form by and for the people, danced and played with spirit, ferocity, joy, laughter and tears.

Hosted by flamenco dancer and teacher Kelty McKerracher, Barrio Flamenco features some of the most compelling flamenco dancers, singers and musicians in the city. This year we welcome guitarist Peter Mole, singer Jafelin Helton, dancers Maria Avila, Andrea Williams, Michelle Harding, Liat Harlev, young favourite Sophia Ludwig, and special guests. And a big ‘ole!’ to our Carnegie Flamenco students!

Following last year’s performance, DTES resident and poet Stephen Lytton was so inspired he wrote: “The dance reinvigorates people who want to be involved….We want to dance but don’t or can’t. The performers dance, and through them everybody dances. The love is dance, is the romance…Dance me away Barrio Flamenco. In the spirit of dance, we dance.”

To celebrate Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, our Barrio Flamenco includes a shrine to honour those who have gone before. Bring a photograph of a dearly departed, a flower or candle to contribute to the shrine. On the night when the divide between this world and the spirit world blurs, join us for this exciting juerga (flamenco party) to laugh, play, pray, cry, enjoy, and stamp your feet!

The enthusiastic audience at the Barrio Flamenco 2013 Festival event overflowed out the doors of the Carnegie Theatre, so please note: this popular event will take place this year at The Ironworks, a larger venue on Alexander at Main. Ole!

Barrio Flamenco (1), pro and community, Heart Festival 2013, Mark Montgomery photo

Posted in Festival 2014.