Joaquin Grilo headlines the 2014 Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. Photo by Javier Auris.
Joaquin Grilo headlines the 2014 Vancouver International Flamenco Festival. Photo by Javier Auris.

Award-winning Spanish flamenco legend Joaquin Grilo headlines the 2014 Vancouver International Flamenco Festival.

Started in 1990, the festival presents flamenco artists performing in a range of styles and takes audiences from flamenco’s origins as a blend of cultures, through to today’s evolution of music, song, and dance.

In this week’s #FridayFive, we give you five reasons to take in the Vancouver International Flamenco Festival:

[dropcap]1[/dropcap]The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival presents international, national and local flamenco artists performing in a range of styles from the traditional to contemporary.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap]One of the most influential artists in Spanish flamenco, Spain’s Joaquin Grilo performs for one night-only concert at the Vancouver Playhouse, accompanied on stage by internationally acclaimed musicians, guitarist Juan Requena and singer Jose Valencia.

[dropcap]3[/dropcap]Three other mainstage performances at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island feature national and local flamenco artists including Carmen Romero (Toronto), Kasandra “La China” (Vancouver), Caroline Planté (Montreal), and Flamenco Rosario (Vancouver).

[dropcap]4[/dropcap]There is a night dedicated to guitar and song “La Musica del Flamenco” at St. James Hall, hosted by guitarist Victor Kolstee and featuring Spanish singer José Valencia and guitarist Miguel Requena.

[dropcap]5[/dropcap]You too can learn to flamenco through workshops given by Spain’s Joaquín Grilo for all levels, beginner to advanced!

The Vancouver International Flamenco Festival takes place at various locations around Vancouver, October 28-November 11. Visit http://vancouverflamencofestival.org for tickets and information.