Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

Comments 34 by Rebecca Bollwitt

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival announces its spellbinding 2018 lineup of local and international flamenco artists, September 21-29, 2018 with free workshops and ticketed performances at various Vancouver venues.

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival

When: September 21-29, 2018
Where: Vancouver Playhouse, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, Annex, the Kino, Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver International Flamenco Festival
La Azulita Flamenco Ensemble, dancer Megan Matheson. Photo by Levent Erutku Photography.

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival proudly presents the Canadian debut of Spain’s Sara Calero Company in Petisa Loca at the Vancouver Playhouse on September 22nd. Sara Calero is one of the main current references in the renewal of both Spanish and flamenco dance. The company’s piece shares the diaspora diaries of a woman and all women as thousands of Spaniards were forced to emigrate between Europe and America in the mid-twentieth century. Petisa Loca features dancer/choreographer Sara Calero, singer Loreto Arnaiz, guitarist José Almarcha, and the electronic music of The Lab.

The Festival also features some of the finest Canadian Flamenco artists with performances at the intimate Annex (Orpheum). Here is the schedule at a glance:

September 21-29, 2018
Pop-Up Performances, Various Locations

Friday, September 21, 2018
Free Flamenco Class for Seniors
Roundhouse, Room B

Friday, September 21, 2018
Public Forum with Margaret Jova
and Moderator Kaija Pepper
Scotiabank Dance Centre

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Flamenco For Children
Granville Island Picnic Pavilion

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Picnic Pavilion Aficionado Stage
Granville Island Picnic Pavilion

Saturday, September 22, 2018
Free Flamenco Class
Scotiabank Dance Centre
Saturday, September 22, 2018
“Petisa Loca” by Sara Calero Company
Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Sunday, September 23, 12:00pm
Artistic Creative Residency
Open Studio Showing
Scotiabank Dance Centre, Zagar Studio

Sunday, September 23, 2018
Sara Calero Flamenco Workshops
Beginner: 1:00-2:00pm
Intermediate: 2:00-3:00pm
Advanced: 3:00-4:00pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre

Sunday, September 23, 2018
La Musica Del Flamenco
Hosted by Guitarist Victor Kolstee
featuring Sara Calero Company
At the Kino (3456 Cambie)

Monday, September 24, 2018
“Understanding Flamenco”
Lecture and demonstration
by Flamenco Rosario
Vancouver Public Library
Central Branch, West Georgia

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
“Solo Flamenco”
by Kasandra Flamenco Ensemble
Annex (823 Seymour Street)

Thursday, September 27, 2018
“Los Labios de La Loba”
by Monique Salez & the Dream Cab
Annex (823 Seymour St)

Friday, September 28, 2018
La Azulita Flamenco Ensemble
Annex (823 Seymour St)

Saturday, September 29, 2018
“Dialogue Extended”
by Flamenco Rosario
Annex (823 Seymour St)

As one of few celebrated festivals devoted to Flamenco Art in North America, the VIFF has since its beginnings in 1990 grown to a mature understanding of Vancouver’s multicultural audiences by nurturing the form’s hybridized roots in Sephardic, Persian, Gypsy and Indian cultures and by striving to reflect and connect its diverse sociocultural identity through work narratives underlining flamenco’s universal message of humanistic tolerance.

Win Tickets

I have a pair of tickets to give away to Spain’s Sara Calero Company performance at the Vancouver Playhouse on September 22nd. Here’s how you can enter to win:

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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 12:00pm on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 8:00am. Follow the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival on Facebook and Twitter for more info.

Update The winner is @wildfireeffect!

34 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. Rebecca fThursday, August 30th, 2018 — 3:27pm PDT

    Yes please

  2. SandraThursday, August 30th, 2018 — 10:24pm PDT

    Flamenco is amazing live, even in videos if the sound is good. It’s one of the best dances to watch!

  3. Shelley ButcherThursday, August 30th, 2018 — 11:27pm PDT

    Flamenco is amazing! This show is going to be awesome!

  4. Ana MFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 8:52am PDT

    I love Flamenco!

  5. wenFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 9:34am PDT

    Good to know! Thanks!

  6. VinceFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 1:51pm PDT

    Fantastic event! A must see.

  7. dbFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 2:01pm PDT

    Flamenco is an exciting dance to watch!

  8. SarahFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 2:01pm PDT

    Ohhhhh yes please!

  9. LyNdAFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 2:38pm PDT

    Dancing away 🙂

  10. Marisa. PFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 3:35pm PDT


  11. Gabriella NFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 3:45pm PDT

    Love flamenco !

  12. Gabriella NFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 3:46pm PDT

    Can’t get enough of flamenco !

  13. MoMoFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 5:50pm PDT

    Si por favor! Flamenco…mi encanta y España también!

  14. Grace GFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 7:10pm PDT

    Yes please! It sounds fun.

  15. MoMoFriday, August 31st, 2018 — 10:14pm PDT

    Si por favor! Flamenco…mi encanta y España también 🙂

  16. Rob lSaturday, September 1st, 2018 — 7:38am PDT


  17. CarolynSaturday, September 1st, 2018 — 7:53am PDT

    Thank you

  18. CyrilSaturday, September 1st, 2018 — 7:54am PDT


  19. RobSaturday, September 1st, 2018 — 8:07am PDT

    Ready for Flamenco!

  20. Teresa KSunday, September 2nd, 2018 — 8:06am PDT

    Would love to win.

  21. VicaSunday, September 2nd, 2018 — 9:49am PDT

    would love to go!!

  22. AmandaSunday, September 2nd, 2018 — 10:13am PDT

    Flamenco is amazing! I would love to take my husband to watch the show!

  23. KellySunday, September 2nd, 2018 — 6:08pm PDT

    I would love to see this!

  24. Theresa SampsonSunday, September 2nd, 2018 — 7:24pm PDT

    This looks so beautiful!

  25. Jessica R.FSunday, September 2nd, 2018 — 10:50pm PDT

    Flamenco is one of the most extraordinary artistic and athletic expressions in this world. I wold love to win these tickets!

  26. ddMonday, September 3rd, 2018 — 6:00am PDT

    Have never watched live

  27. MollyMMonday, September 3rd, 2018 — 6:10am PDT

    I would love to win this prize! I am a big fan of this passionate, spectacular art form.

  28. Cheuk LauMonday, September 3rd, 2018 — 4:19pm PDT

    great prize

  29. Carolyn CMonday, September 3rd, 2018 — 4:23pm PDT

    I would love this!

  30. Jason BMonday, September 3rd, 2018 — 11:39pm PDT

    Very Cool

  31. Ana MTuesday, September 4th, 2018 — 8:15am PDT

    I would love to see Flamenco!

  32. EileenWednesday, September 5th, 2018 — 8:27pm PDT

    I’d love to go!

  33. MandyThursday, September 6th, 2018 — 4:27pm PDT


  34. Cheuk LauTuesday, September 11th, 2018 — 8:35pm PDT

    My wife loves Flemenco

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