ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Each June, the National Institute of Flamenco and the University of New Mexico host Festival Flamenco Internacional de Alburquerque, bringing the finest flamenco artists in the world to Albuquerque. For seven days, the city is filled with the pulse of flamenco, and is transformed into a cultural epicenter for the art form. This tradition celebrates flamenco, the ancient form of artistic expression of the Spanish-Gypsy culture.
The Flamenco Festival is the largest gathering of flamenco dance and music in North America and only second in the world, after the annual festival held in Madrid, Spain. The New Mexico Tourism Department will help kickoff the 7-day festival by sponsoring the New Mexico True Fiesta de Apertura. This opening day celebration will include live flamenco performances and music, family-friendly activities, food trucks and the live concert ‘Flamencos en la Sombra by flamenco singer Montse Cortés y Compañía.