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The elegant grace and fierce passion of the art and culture of Flamenco in Chicago

Help Save The Chicago Flamenco Festival

Dramatic budget cuts threatens the 2013 edition of The Chicago Flamenco Festival. Help us save an internationally recognized cultural landmark, after 10 years the Festival will not happen without your support. The festival offers free live music and dance performances, film series, a visual art exhibit and workshops with visiting artists. Join us!

The Chicago Flamenco Festival is presented annually by the Instituto Cervantes a 501 (c) 3 NFP organization, and Arte y Vida Chicago in collaboration with The Old Town School of Folk Music, The Chicago Cultural Center, and Flamenco Arts Center, and with the support of many community organizations and volunteers. 

Our internationally recognized, Chicago Flamenco Festival is a month long celebration and showcase of the artistry, elegance, grace, fierce passion and legacy of Flamenco. Festival events include concerts, dance performances, films, lectures, and workshops that take place at venues throughout Chicago. Many Chicago Flamenco Festival events are free of charge.

The Chicago Flamenco Festival stages have been graced by many internationally recognized and distinguished Flamenco luminaries including Diego Amador, Chano Domínguez, Rosa Pardo, Caroline Planté; Bailaoras Concha Jareño, La Lupi, Inmaculada Ortega, Omayra Amaya, bailaor Mariano Cruceta

Of the many break-out stars we have showcased are: cantaor José Moreno “El Cano,” who recently won the Fandangos de Oliva de La Frontera prize; Rocío Márquez, a repeat winner of the prestigious Festival del Cante de las Minas de la Unión; and the electrifying genre-crossing flamenco mestizo music of Canteca de Macao, whose recent USA tour included the esteemed Chicago World Music Festival, Globalquerque, Lotus Festival and Madison World Music Festival. 

We are launching this campaign to move the Festival toward a successful self-sustaining status as we enter our second decade in 2013. We need your help to finance the 2013 edition of the festival!  Your contributions will help offset production costs (national & international flights, local transportation and accommodations, visiting artist fees, backline rentals, and festival program printing) so we can and continue to offer free events and keep tickets for the paid events in the affordable $15-$20 range.

The Chicago Flamenco Festival has received recognition from media outlets such as The Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun-Times, Time Out Chicago, The Chicago Reader, Hoy (Chicago Tribune), WBEZ, ABC 7 +

Video Credits: 
Miguel Diaz & Ben Derico, video
Amor Montes de Oca, photography
Music: Juan Carlos Gomez "Repicando" (Bulerías) of his album "Cabalgando" 

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We are a dedicated team with a deep love and appreciation for Flamenco which motivates us to work tirelessly to produce the festival each year to share with our community of world culture aficionados.

•After 10 years the Festival will not happen without your support!

The biggest challenge is to secure sufficient funding, strategic partnerships and sponsorship on a timely manner that will allow us to program a festival of the highest quality to continue to maintain the cultural landmark the festival has become in Chicago's cultural landscape.

Thank you for supporting our vision, we couldn't do it without you! Olé!

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